Antioxidant Revival

Mmmm spring Can you feel it in the air?  The birds are coming back again, the snow has melted and buds are peeping out.  Everything is awakening and beginning to grow, so get in tune with it and you’ll grow too!

This warm weather makes me love all things green.  Are you inspired to bring out your inner radiant goddess and participate in a spring cleanse?

It’s also time for an antioxidant blast for our bodies, refreshing and invigorating the cells!  I’m craving berries…

A pure and therapeutic drink will fill you up on nutrients, at the same time as purifying and cleansing all the old crusty blocked energies in the body that may have accumulated through the winter.

Reinvigorating Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 pear, avocado or banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh, frozen or preserved berries (I dug up some red currants preserved in raw honey from the freezer – yum!)
  • 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder or nibs
  • 1/2 tsp spirulina (or more if you dare…)
  • 1-2 drops of stevia to sweeten (optional)

(Photo courtesy of Jozi Kids Blog)

Toss in some extra good stuff like MSM powder, liquid zeolite, a pinch of goji berries or whatever other superfoods or supplements you are vibing with.  Blend well and sip through a glass straw.   Feel your cells rejuvenating!  I love this smoothie in the morning – it’s the perfect wake up food and will keep you going.

Green is springing up, and there’s no better way to get your antioxidants than fresh from the earth, in the wild!  Watercress and stinging nettles are early risers that can be abundant in our area – and tasty purifying superfoods.  Those first bitter shoots to spring up are nature’s way of telling us it’s time to purify and awaken our bodies.   Another way to shake the cobwebs out is by drinking plenty of pure water with lemon throughout the day.  I’ve been making sumac lemonade …another powerfully high antioxidant drink – local, native and abundant!

Creamy Nettles smoothy

  •  1 cup almond milk
  • 1 fruit (banana, pear, apple)
  • a few leaves of nettles, however many you dare to experiment with (use gloved hands to handle – blending them thoroughly destroys the stinging needles)

Blend until smooth and creamy, add a drop of stevia or a touch of coconut oil for extra sweet or creamy consistency.

 Sumac Lemonade

Add a handful of clean sumac berries to a pitcher or jar of pure water.  Let it infuse for a few hours (doesn’t matter how long you leave it, the longer the more sour it gets).  Add some agave, maple syrup or stevia to sweeten your lemonade.  Enjoy pure antioxidant power.

Satisfying Vegan Lunch

Warm weather often calls our body to eat pure.  Its time to ditch the refined flour, packaged food, and heavy, greasy and oily comfort foods of winter.  skip the latte and go for a green, herbal tea, or try yerba mate for a great coffee replacement.

All the full flavour of whole foods comes through from greens, grains, unrefined oils and herbs.   I’ve been trying to lay off the sugar and fatty foods, and today’s lunch definitely hit the spot!  Also, I’ve been leaning towards simplicity and the beauty of 3-4 ingredient meals.  In this case it was whole rye bread, kale, and oil that did the trick.   Here is my simple and satisfying vegan sandwich

  • 1-2 slices whole 100% sourdough rye bread (or use your favourite whole grain, just check the ingredients to make sure there’s no white flour in it)
  • 3-5 leaves of kale, massaged in the hands to soften
  • High protein chia seed oil
  • pinch of sea salt or dried herbs for flavour

Mix the chia seed oil with salt and herbs, massage the kale with it and top your bread.  Tada!  You have a simple sandwich to be savoured.  I wish my camera was working so I could show how how beautiful the simplicity of this sandwich was.    Use hummus or your favourite spread for extra sandwich fun.

Enjoy it, before we embark on a spring cleanse… 

Don’t forget to get outside and recharge on pure sun energy  ❤

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