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Creamy Coconut Water Smoothie

 vegetarian for a new generationWe’ve already had a pretty warm spring here in the Pacific Northwest, but the weather in the past few days has started to push 70º. Here’s a drink that’s perfect for the coming warm summer days. The recipe comes from Vegetarian for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff and it’s definitely worth checking out. One of my favorite features of the book is that the recipes are organized by season.

This smoothie is super easy to make and can be thrown together in a couple of minutes. Combine ice cubes, coconut water, avocado, lime juice, maple syrup, and mint in a blender and blend until smooth. The mint or basil is optional but highly recommended. I took a cutting from the mint in my yard, which is already growing out of control. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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creamy coconut water smoothie

Creamy Coconut Water Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup ice cubes
  2. 1 cup pure coconut water
  3. 1/2 avocado, pitted
  4. 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  5. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  6. 1 small spring of mint or basil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth. Pour into glass and serve.
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Turmeric Carrot Juice

turmeric carrot juice
This is one of my favorite juicing recipes. I really think turmeric root and carrot pair well together. It might be hard tracking down the turmeric root as it doesn’t seem to be readily available in most grocery stores. If you haven’t tried juicing it before I’d highly recommend giving it a try. There is a very unique smell that the turmeric gives off when juiced but I can’t really put it into words. Also be warned that it tends to stain anything and everything it comes into contact with including your fingers. I often go to work with yellowish fingertips. It does eventually wash off, though.

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This a really tart recipe as I like very tart flavors. If you aren’t like me then I would recommend only using half a lemon or adding more of the other ingredients to cut the taste of the lemons. I don’t usually have exact amounts; I eyeball and taste until I get the flavor that I like. I’ve been using an Omega 8006 juicer. Awhile back I upgraded from a centrifugal to a masticating juicer and have been really happy. What equipment is everyone else using?

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Turmeric Carrot Juice
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Ingredients
  1. 6 carrots
  2. 5 celery stalks
  3. 1 lemon
  4. 1 apple
  5. 1/2 cucumber
  6. 2-3 pieces of turmeric root
Instructions
  1. Juice all ingredients. Drink.
Artisanal Vegan http://www.artisanalvegan.com/

Super Green Smoothie¹⁰

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I’ve never been great at math – not even good, actually. I remember I was in the slow math class in elementary school. I wasn’t the slowest of the group, though. I recall the teacher instructing us to count on our fingers and I was the fastest finger counter.

We once played a game where a math problem was written on the board and we went around the room challenging each other with the winner moving to the next round until everyone in the class had a change to compete. I was the last student standing, the winner. I still feel the pride from winning and in all honestly, I’m not entirely sure I actually won; I might have made it all up, but I believe I did and that’s all that matters.

With that being said, something to the “10th power” in relation to anything has got to be amazing, right? I thought I’d start with something super easy that I make several times a week after my runs and before heading off to work. I’ve made many variations of this over the past year or two and this seems to be the combination that I like best. It’s filling, tastes amazing, and is a great source of greens.

Super Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup non dairy milk  (I use soy but any will do.)
2 hand fulls of spinach
1 -2 springs of fresh mint
1 squeeze of agave
1 tbsp. hemp protein powder
1 tbsp. ground psyllium husk
1 tbsp. Trader Joe’s Very Green Powder
1 tsp. matcha powder
1 Frozen Banana
crushed ice

ingredients

Directions:

In a blender, add about a 1 cup milk with 2 handfuls of spinach and a spring of fresh mint. Blend until greens are liquified. Add in all other ingredients and continue blending until well incorporated.

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Add the banana (cut into pieces) and crushed ice into blender. How much iced depends on how thick you like the smoothie. Continue to blend and pour into large cup. I find that this recipe yields enough for 2 people, so add/subtract ingredients to your preferences.