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The World’s Perfect Smoothie

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The ingredients for the world's perfect smoothie!

I’ve been enjoying this smoothie for about 3-5 days per week for a long time. I tweak ingredients every now and then but the recipe below is a good standard approach THAT WORKS. I use it for breakfast most days. Sometimes I’ll use it as a recovery drink after a bike ride or run (as I am doing right now!).

The ingredients:

  • 1 banana: very ripe and ideally frozen (peel before you freeze!)
  • 3 heaping tablespoons vegan protein (I custom order from Trueprotein.com with a blend of non-GMO hemp, rice and pea proteins. You can also try Life Time’s Life Basic Blend or Vega’s Smoothie Infusion).
  • 2 tablespoons Udo’s Oil
  • 1 level tablespoon Garden of Life Perfect Food green powder (any brand or powdered greens will do)
  • 12 ounces of water

Blend everything together and enjoy.

The final product, it tastes really good, ignore the color (unless green if your favorite!)

This recipe will yield:

  • 500 calories
  • ~20 grams of high quality vegan protein
  • ~30 grams of high quality fats and fatty acids
  • ~30+ grams of carbohydrates, with plenty of fiber
  • Boatload of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in a highly digestible form

If you’re first reaction is “holy crap that’s a ton of fat…there’s no way I’m gonna drink all that fat!”…don’t worry. I challenge anyone to consume this drink on a regular basis and gain any extra fat on their gut or behind. In fact, chances are you’ll shed a bunch of pounds. High quality fats are high quality fuel. Udo’s Oil is some of the best stuff around, and they recommend taking 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of bodyweight daily. I use just 2 tablespoons in my smoothie and try to get other good fats in through whole foods (coconut butter, avocados, etc.). If you have an especially brutal training day or work day ahead of you, add 1-2  additional bananas to give you the extra fuel to power through (make sure they are super ripe to ease digestion).

Things I bet you’ll notice after consuming this drink regularly:

  • Fewer hunger cravings – especially if you drink it in the morning
  • Stable energy levels and no “afternoon crash”
  • Better endurance
  • Better skin, hair and nails (I’ve seen a noticeable difference)

Give this smoothie a shot – try it three days in a single week at least, ideally in the morning – and drop a note in the comments to let me know how you feel.

Written by Ravi Raman

February 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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Alkaline Diet Tips – Interview With Wellness Expert Ross Bridgeford

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Energize Your Body With Alkaline Foods

You are what you eat.

This statement is so simple but true. I’ve written at length about the importance of eating a wholesome diet full of fresh and organic plant-based food. I’ve also written a bit about the power of an alkaline diet – a way of eating that focuses on supplying the proper nutrients to the body so it can naturally cleanse and provide you with sustainable power.

I’m really happy about today’s post, featuring an interview I recently finished with Ross Bridgeford – Co-Founder of Energise for Life, Europe’s #1 alkaline diet and nutrition store (check out his Energise Blog for more great tips!). Ross has been living the alkaline lifestyle for a while, and has a ton of great insights on how to live a healthier and more energized life.

I think you’ll find this interview incredibly informative. Enjoy!

Ross and Callum (Left to Right) – founders of Energiseforlife.comross and callum of energiseforlife.com

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April 20, 2009 at 3:39 am

Kale Apple Smoothie

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This is a great detoxifying drink. The apple takes a bit of the bitter edge off of the Kale, without making it too sweet. It is failry thin and easy to drink down.

Recipe = 5-7 large leaves of organic Kale (with center stem removed) + 1 small organic red delicious apple + 16 ounces water + Vita-Mix! Blend on high for 30 seconds.This makes 3 tall glasses. Total calories <100.

The mixture separates pretty quickly. So drink one glass and then turn on the Vita-Mix blender (low speed) for a few seconds before pouring your next glass.

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April 13, 2009 at 1:11 am

Posted in Smoothies, Vegan Food

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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It is oh so simple but oh so good. Anywould would LOVE this. Adults, kids, people who don’t like to eat fruits and veggies, health freaks, EVERYBODY.

It looks good and tastes better. I am drinking this right now before heading to work (after teaching morning yoga practice). You don’t even need a great blender (like a Vita-Mix) to do it (though I think everything tastes better in a Vita-Mix!).

Recipe = 1/2 pint of organic strawberries + 3 medium sized organic bananas + 12-16 ounces water

Makes 3 tall glasses of smoothie goodness. About 350 calories or less. Plenty of fiber, vitamin C and other natural antioxidants. More potassium than you could ever hope for.

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April 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

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