Morning Liquids

SPINACH – ORANGE – GINGER JUICE: In a blender add a handful of clean spinach, ~3/4 c fresh squeezed orange juice, and grate in a small knob of ginger.  Add 1 – 2 tbsp water. Blend well and enjoy!

BEET – STRAWBERRY – BANANA SMOOTHIE WITH CASHEW BUTTER SWIRL: In a blender add 1 medium sized boiled beet (skin removed), 1 ripe banana, 5 – 6 strawberries, ~1/2 c nut milk (I used unsweetened almond milk).  Blend.  If you like it sweeter you can add a little honey, dates, more strawberries, etc.  In a cup or glass, take a generous tbsp of nut butter on the back of a spoon and spread the nut butter against the sides of the glass to create the ‘swirl’.  Pour in the smoothie and enjoy!

CHAI & CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SHAKE: Sometimes I have protein powders but I don’t like to have them too often or rely on them.  I enjoy Garden of Life products when I’m in the US (or Pulsin when abroad).  For this shake I brewed 1/2 c strong chai tea, 1/2 c almond milk, and added a packet of Garden of Life’s ‘Raw Organic Protein Powder – Chocolate’.  I usually mix this gently by hand with a spoon but you could use the blender. Some dates or cinnamon for extra sweetness would be nice too.

MORNING ‘CHAMOMILE SOUR’: A twist on the classic whiskey cocktail…I don’t have mixology equipment so I shook the liquids in a clean jar with a tight lid and then poured over ice.  Brew 1 c strong chamomile tea in a jar with ~ 2 tsp honey depending on your sweetness preference.  Make sure you have extra room in the jar for the other ingredients.  Once brewed, add one or two ice cubes and/or place in the refrigerator or freezer to cool.  Once fully cooled, add 1 tsp turmeric and 1 egg white.  Shake vigorously to start to emulsify the egg white.  To the jar add another few ice cubes to chill the drink and shake a little more continue emulsifying.  When the drink is starting to get a little foamy, pour the mixture over a glass filled with ice and enjoy.

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