Seasonal warm smoothie made with freshly picked brambles (blackberries) that we found on our forest walk with the dogs today…I love those heavenly moments when nature provides something so delicious, nutritious and so unexpectedly! 🙂
So the ingredients were…
a handful of blackberries,
a green apple,
tbsp of maca,
tbsp of goji berries,
tbsp of flax seeds,
tbsp of pumpkin seeds
and topped with half almond and half water…
In my vitamix I can blend it on high for a few minutes and it will warm it up because let’s face it it’s freezing outside and who wants to drink a cold smoothie heading into the winter months…not sure if this works in other blender models you can give it a try.
If you like it a litte sweeter you could add a date or two or a dollop of honey. This recipe was shared between two people.
Sorry it’s been a while folks, I’ve been busy studying a very basic course on Naturopathy, it’s just the tip of the iceberg but the knowledge I’ve gained has been very useful so far and it’s a good introduction to Natural medicine etc. I hope to continue further along with some plant powered study! 😊
So here’s a quick smoothie I knocked up and it was so powerful I went for a run afterwards, my legs are still sore and that was a few days ago ha ha ha! The black kale plucked fresh out of the garden still covered in the morning dew was absolutely amazing and I could feel the effects of the nutrition immediately lifting my morning brain fog! It seriously felt like a light coming on, it could also have been the ginseng kicking in! I’m so impressed with this stuff it’s definitely on the garden growing list next year!
So I blended it in the vitamix with persimmons (I’m a persimmons addict at this time of year) and a whole orange, a tbsp of pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and some ginseng! I topped up with water as I had ran out of almond milk! You could use half almond milk if you prefer.
Black kale (cavolo Nero)
whole orange peeled
tbsp pumpkin seeds
tbsp of flaxseeds
I should probably add I shared this with the kids! It’s quite a lot to consume yourself!
I was lucky enough to get two massive bags of green apples from a family member this year and before I made jam and pies I wanted to make some delicious fresh apple juice.
I chopped and put through about eight apples into the juicer. You could use more or less but I had two adults and three young kids to feed. I also added some ginger and lemon for a boost against some coughs and colds in the house just now and four sticks of cavolo Nero kale torn fresh out of the garden plot.
A delicious boost of seasonal nourishment before school and so easy to make.
Lovely fresh vegetables from the the Gordon Castle estate local to us in Fochabers, Moray. I would recommend a trip up to the recently restored gardens and lovely cafe/restaurant. The shop near the car park usually sells a selection of seasonal foods grown in the gardens. In the past we have purchased delicious potatoes, tomatoes, courgettes, pumpkin, squash, beans, artichokes and s fee other bits from the shop.
We were talking the other day on our way to a birthday party about how awesome it would be to pick some fresh and wild blackberries (brambles). When we arrived and to our surprise out of the kitchen window there was a huge blackberry bush. I grabbed a bowl and went out to inspect. There were loads of ripe and ready to pick brambles. All the scratches and scrapes were worth it as we gather a massive bowl up. When we got back I made a blackberry and apple gin which will be ready in time for Christmas and a blackberry jam for my kids. I’m not particularly keen on high sugar content jams but I needed to preserve them quickly as they were starting to spoil only after day two after picking. So a high heat recipe was required.
If I were to come across such treasures again I would blend them up immediately into a smoothie when I got back to my kitchen as the nutritional content of blackberries is really high and they contain all sorts of goodies like vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
“Vitamin A helps maintain eye health while vitamin C promotes wound healing, keeps gums healthy and helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin K, along with magnesium, are important in promoting bone health. Potassium plays a role in health blood pressure levels. And fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.” http://www.livestrong.com/article/110325-blackberries-nutrition
If you fancy trying your hand at foraging then check out the book below with a variety of things you can find for free in the wild. Its so satisfying to go out and find something so satisfying in the wild.
Click on the book above for some more foraging adventures.
I was looking for a really quick lunch fix the other day and this Asian infusion hit the spot! Spicy mushrooms and onions with homemade peanut slaw wrapped in a corn wrap with additional spicy sauce if your brave enough. I adapted a recipe from the book below – Rich Roll – The Plant Power Way.
Its a great book for easy family plant powered recipes and Rich Rolls story to fitness and health is very inspirational. I’m also studying his plant powered educational course on the Mind Body Green website. Its great for getting ideas for fueling your body for fitness and for daily meal ideas. Click on the image to take you to his book. Anyway back to my recipes, the ingredients are as follows…
Mini corn wraps
Peanut butter or Almond Butter
Shred the mini cabbage and the carrots and mix in a bowl, in a jar add equal amounts of soy, mirin and rice vinegar and a heaped tablespoon of peanut butter, close the jar and shake or use a small blender. Add to the shredded cabbage and carrots and mix through. Cook the mushrooms and onions in a little coconut oil and add a spicy sauce of choice.
Add the slaw to the corn wrap and top with mushrooms, wrap and enjoy! Yummy! 🙂
Healthy “snickers” bar made with a cashew and coconut flour base, topped with a peanut butter caramel filling, peanuts and a thin dark chocolate drizzle.
These bars are really filling and are a great high energy snack made with healthy and natural ingredients. I split my bars into three cubes and eat pre/post exercise or during a really long walk. Great body fuel!