Grapefruit & Mint Spritzer

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Grapefruit and Mint Spritzer (raw)

Usually made with white wine , this grapefruit juice spritzer is a refreshing alternative for an early morning wake up call. Who wants to get buzzed first thing when they wake up anyways? Well, I’m sure you know someone–if you’re reading this any time before 10am though, it’s probably not you. I’ll bet it’s even great for hangovers, or even sipped in between cocktail glasses to prevent you from getting properly sloshed in the first place.

I love the accent of the fresh mint against the bubbly tang of the sour grapefruit and lime juice. I also prefer to use a natural sparkling mineral water, but you can use any sparkling water.

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Pink Cherry Raspberry Shake

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Cherry-Raspberry Shake (raw)

Giving a recipe for a shake is kind of odd for me, because I usually just throw in whatever frozen fruit I have with whatever creamy base I have and add a squirt of agave and a dash of vanilla etc. My shakes don’t vary that much. I would like to try new flavors and combinations though. This one has cherries, raspberries and banana in cashew milk.

Raspberry Acai Shake:

1 1/2 Cup Cashew Milk (or 1 whole young coconut)

1 Cup Frozen Raspberries

1 Cup Frozen Cherries

1 Banana (Frozen or Fresh)

2-3 TB Agave (to taste)

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Squeeze of Lime Juice

Pinch of Sea Salt

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GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Cilantro Shake

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I’ve had only liquids for a whopping three days so far. I saw this piece about Angela Stokes who did this for 92 days. That’s a loooong time! Doing what I do, it’s not easy to not actually eat anything, be we’ll see. Last time I tried this my energy spiked and it felt pretty good, so I’ll report back soon. For now, below is a recipie for a shake I drink almost every day (even when not doing this whole liquid-only thing). I LOVE cilantro, and below you’ll also find some reasons why that’s a good thing (now I sound like Martha).

I add some thawed E3-Live to mine (you can dump a few tablespoons in and barely taste it, and trust me, you don’t want to taste E3-Live unless you’re one of those rare folk that like the taste of wheatgrass, because that’s what it tastes like, funkiness multiplied!), as well as some tocotrienols (tasty), and top it off with a sprinkle of bee pollen. Yum. If I was a guy I might throw in some hemp protein for good measure.

More Love for Cilantro

Free radicals are everywhere – in the water we drink, food we eat, and in the air we breathe. The main defense to free radicals (coming from pollution, x-rays, radiation, chemicals, heavy metals) are antioxidants. Cilantro leaves are rich in calcium, iron, carotenes, and vitamin C, which it happens are great antioxidants. A Japanese investigator, Yoshiaki Omura, has made the revolutionary discovery that cilantro can mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system if large enough amounts are consumed daily. Reuters reports that cilantro contains a chemical which has been found to kill the Salmonella bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

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GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Chocolate Martini Cocktail

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Chocolate Martini (raw)

‘Liquid dessert’ best describes this lusciously creamy cocktail. It does triple duty as well- sans the alcohol it makes delicious chocolate milk or a cozy hot chocolate on those cold winter nights if heated.

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GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Organic Antioxidant Cocktails

sarmawine GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Organic Antioxidant Cocktails

“Forget the artificial colors and flavorings – the calorie packed sugar syrup mixes you have to give a second thought to indulging in. Today the trend is all about healthy organic drinks that mix pure spirits and wine with fresh antioxidant rich fruits and juices. GreenChef Sarma Melngailis, owner of hip New York restaurant Pure Food and Wine, shared 3 of her delicious antioxidant boosting organic cocktails in the summer issue of Women’s Health. Serve them at your next dinner party for a clean healthy buzz–in moderation of course!” – Indulge

Sarma’s Organic Antioxidant Cocktails (raw)

Recipe by Sarma Mengailis | Raw Food Real World (Harper Collins, 2005)

Serves 6

White Wine Sangria:

(Rich in polyphenols and plenty of other antioxidants.)

1 Green Apple

1 Orange

1 Pear

1 Plum

1 Cup Pineapple

1 Cup Watermelon

2 TB Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 TB Blue Agave Nectar

1 Bottle Sauvignon Blanc


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Wild Blueberry and Hemp Shake

blueshake Wild Blueberry and Hemp Shake

I’m hooked on this one. I’ve been trying to incorporate hemp seeds into more dishes and to replace other nuts or seeds. Even though they are so healthy and taste pretty good, I always found it hard to know what to do with them. Besides for sprinkling them on top of my salads or mixing them with quinoa in tabouli salads. I knew there had to be better ways to get them in larger quantities into my diet. I’ve never liked the hemp protein powders. They are just too gritty and powdery, I hate the texture they give to my smoothies. What surprised me was that the whole hemp seeds have basically the same amount of protein as the hemp protein powders. They are not actually concentrated, and the protein is not isolated anyways.
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Raspberry Acai Shake

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Raspberry Acai Shake(raw)

A pure superfood anti-oxidant shake to get the glow and help protect you from the harsh summer sun. Acai Berry (ah-sigh-ee) is the new hot superfood from the Brazilian Amazon gaining immense popularity in Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Joe McCanta | Organic Mulled Wine

mw GreenChef Joe McCanta | Organic Mulled Wine

Created by Joe McCanta; organic mixologist, bar consultant for rawchef and organic sommelier for the LifeCo international. Joe McCanta has served his organic drinks to such celebrities as Stella McCartney, Claire Danes, Steve Martin, Ashley Olson, Al Gore, Dianne von Furstenberg, Matt Groening, Bebel Gilberto, Danilo Perez, Dustin Hoffman, Lawrence Fishburne, Cecil Taylor, Shirley Horn and Woody Harrelson.

For the Mulled Wine:

1 Bottle of high quality Organic Red Wine (I find Argentinian Malbec works best).

2 TB whole clove

2 cinnamon sticks

1 whole nutmeg roughly chopped

1 Tsp. allspice

3 oranges

3 lemons

1 lime

250ml of Cointreau or Organic Orange Liqueur

2 Cups Organic Demerara Sugar

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