Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Find Your Own Healthy Food Obession + My New Earth & Sky Smoothie Recipe

Do you have a food obsession?  

I'm not talking about junk food, sugary treats or fried foods . . . I'm talking about a healthy food that your body craves.  A taste, a texture, a mouth feel that instantly satisfies you right down to your soul.

As a doc I can say that healthy food cravings are simply signals from your cells to your brain that let you know you need a particular vitamin, mineral, enzyme combo that food contains in abundance.  

For instance chocolate is a familiar craving for many of us.  What you may not know is that chocolate is a very rich source of natural mood stabilizers in the form of muscle relaxing magnesium and mood elevating serotonin.  So when you feel stressed and crave chocolate, that's the reason!

If you've been reading my blog for long, you may have guessed 2 of mine . . . the almighty King of the Greens - Kale, and the Star of all Root Veggies - Sweet Potatoes!  But I also have another . . . coconut!  I love it in all its forms . . . fresh, young coconut water and the soft, pudding-like meat; plus thick, rich and smooth Thai Kitchen's organic coconut milk; super fragrant, smooth and delicious coconut oil; So Delicious coconut milk in a carton; thick and very "coconutty" coconut butter; coconut shreds; and last but certainly not least - tangy, probiotic rich coconut kefir!

This morning I wanted to make a delicious smoothie for breakfast, but I was feeling a little bored with my recent berry varieties.  Then all of the sudden I got inspired!  I had (because I always have) a baked sweet potato in the fridge, I had both coconut water and coconut milk and I had a frozen banana in the freezer.  Keep in mind that after more than 40 years of professional and home cooking, I can generally "imagine" what something will taste like before I even combine the ingredients.  But today I just couldn't.  I knew that it would be extremely nutritious, and I hoped it might be tasty, but I simply was not prepared for I just how delicious it actually was!

So I just had to share this super nutrient dense, super yummy smoothie . . . 

Isn't it great when super healthy tastes super delicious!

Earth and Sky Smoothie
This smoothie is packed with protein derived from sprouted seeds, grains, fruits and vegetables.  It also contains up to 100% of your RDA of vitamins A, D, K, B’s and E as well as the minerals calcium, selenium, chromium, manganese, iron and zinc; medium chain fatty acids that provide instant energy for your liver to use; approximately 15 grams of fiber and so much more!
Yield – 18-20 ounces

½ cup organic young coconut water
¼ cup Thai Kitchen organic coconut milk
1/3 cup pH 9.5 ionized water
½ cup baked organic sweet potato, including peel
½ frozen organic banana
3/4 scoop Garden of Life’s Raw Meal (or protein powder of your choice)
1 rounded teaspoon Garden of Life’s Raw Fiber
1 rounded teaspoon whole flax or chia seeds

Blend all ingredients thoroughly with your VitaMix or other powerful blender.  If too thick add a bit more water.  If you prefer a super thick, milk shake style smoothie, add a few ice cubes and blend thoroughly.

Serve in a chilled glass and enjoy.  Your body will thank you for it!

So what's your current healthy food obsession . . . is it chocolate, apples, spinach, peaches, chai, or ___?

I'd love to hear from you!  If you share your healthy food obsession, I'll share a recipe that utilizes it!

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Dr. P

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