A hot summer day. Beads of sweat rolling down your face, neck, and back. The energy is draining from your system with each line of sweat. How can you both cool off on this blistering day, and boost your energy levels, you may wonder? Easy. With a detoxifying coconut-papaya smoothie. A hot day and this fantastically nutritious smoothie go hand in hand.
In this blog, I’m continuing on my new obsession with raw and vegan cuisine. Let me let you in on a little secret: I can’t even believe that I LOVE this food so much. If a few years ago you’d have told me that 50% of the food that I would be eating would be raw and vegan, I would have laughed in your face. No, I’m not vegan, and I don’t think I can ever be 100% vegan, but as of right now, I’m probably 50% raw-vegan. And, I’m totally A-okay with it. I don’t feel the need to put myself under any specific category.
My Israeli/ Jewish heritage included Shabbat dinner every Friday night- dinners that are packed full of delicious homemade food, pastries, entrees and desserts. We are a food loving culture.
Another reason that I’m not going to stamp myself with, “I’m vegan and I’m never touching chicken again” is, because the moment I do it, my mind will start playing mind-games with me, and will obsess over wanting to eat only chicken (and lots of it). ONLY because I told myself that “I can’t have it”. You see, the human mind is crazy: The more we can’t have something, the more we want it; and the more we want it, the more we will do whatever it takes to go get it. And we humans usually find a way to get what we want! That’s why diets don’t work. They constantly tell us what we can’t have- food is BAD which makes us feel guilty and ashamed if we “cheat” or splurge.
Forget that! Save yourself years of wasted time, money and energy.
My clients are already well familiar with my famous line– Let’s have the cake and eat it too. No dieting allowed. Educate yourself about food, and read the ingredients. If it has ingredients that you can pronounce, go for it. If not, do not bring it home. If it was made in a way that you’ve made it at home, go for it. If not, it was probably made in a lab. And why would you eat food from the lab for Pete’s sake?
Here a simple recipe that literally takes one minute to make. This luscious breakfast (or snack, or lunch, or even dinner) smoothie is packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin E, omega 3s, vitamin C, folate, magnesium and carotenes.
1 Minute Delicious Detoxifying
The inside from 1 Young Coconut
2 Cups Papaya
2 Tbsp raisins (or 2 Medjool Dates)
2 Tbsp. goji berries
Coconut water ( or water)
1. In a high speed blender or vitamix, add all ingredients and blend until all ingredients mixed together.