Wellness with Vanessa

Tools for a Nutrient-Rich Life

Days 20 and 21: Awesome Juices and smoothies

I was off-line for the weekend, on Block Island with family. Another way to cleanse, nourish and empower is relaxing at the beach, cooking meals as a family and catching up. Eating and growing greens give me this feeling, too. When I feel stuck/ lost in the city from being too long in built environments anad want to connect to earth, greens ground me. I used chard from my dad’s garden and cucumbers from mine to make these last 2 drinks.

Here are the last 2 installments of smoothies and juices. I wanted to end with 2 drinks from opposite sides of the spectrum (or cornucopia?) of juice. all veg- is a drink that isn’t sweetened with with a sugary fruit. As we refine our palettes with eating more whole foods we are able to find pleasure in flavors beyond, sweet, salty and fatty/rich. Heaven is a complex, chocolate smoothie packed with superfoods and supplements. Even though it has veggies and fruits, it’s sweet and I still consider it a dessert drink rather than a drink to have daily. * Unless you are an athlete that practices aerobic activity for long periods daily, in which case this makes a great sport drink.

Day 20: Veg- Out
~ makes 14- 16 oz
3 leaves chard
1 cucumber
1 golden beet
2 stalks celery
1/2 inch ginger (optional)

Juice all ingredients, in this order. The color of this juice is reason enough to make it.

Day 21: Heaven
~ makes 16 oz
3 leaves chard (leafy green powerhouse for iron and vitamins such as folate and C)
1 banana (potassium and a natural sweetener)
3/4 c strawberries (antioxidants and fiber)
100 oz packet açai (antioxidants)
1-2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs ( heart healthy fat)
1 Tbsp Brazil nuts (source of selenium)
1 Tbsp hemp powder (protein and omega-3 fatty acids)
1 – 2 Tbsp water, to adjust consistency
dash cinnamon
Blend all ingredients, adjust to desired texture by adding 1 tablespoon of water at a time.

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