I want to let you in on a little secret. Smoothies alone can change your health. It is so simple, it tastes yummy and it can be the difference between your system working and not.
I notice such a difference in my body and day whenI have one for breakfast, or as a snack.
Are you willing to give it a try?
Give yourself 2 weeks with adding in a smoothie and let me know how you feel.
Heres a recipe that allows you to add anything.
Monkey Milk is just bananas and non dairy milk whipped up in
a blender. It’s simple yet so delish. The first time I had it was at small
little raw cafe in California and I was hooked. Being that we always have
bananas in Hawaii, it is a staple at breakfast and it serves as the base for
endless smoothie possibilities. Sometimes I add Kale, other times, berries. I
also add cocoa powder to make it chocolatey and no one has ever been mad at me
for adding in peanut butter…
Make 16 oz.
2 minutes total time
1 cup organic sliced frozen bananas
1 cup non dairy milk
In a Vitamix or blender mix bananas with milk, starting on
slow gradually taking it to high.
Bananas are powerhouses containing:
- Potassium: 9% of the RDI.
- Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI.
- Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
- Copper: 10% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 14% of the RDI.
- Net carbs: 24 grams.
- Fiber: 3.1 grams.
- Protein: 1.3 grams.
- Fat: 0.4 grams.
Total nutrition for you and your monkeys!
This is maybe my favorite recipe I have ever created. It screams Hawaii. Did you know Lilikoi (passion fruit) is what Hawaiian punch was originally made with. This cake is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. I blend the seeds with fruit and it creates a poppy seed effect. The recipe is up on the blog and it is one of over a hundred recipes in, Good Food Gratitude.
Lilikoi means passionfruit in Hawaiian. It is sweet and sour. It was the flavor behind the original Hawaiian Punch. It has this beautiful yellow or orange flesh and lots of seeds. The seeds have so many nutrients so we decided to grind them with the pulp in our Vitamix and make a cake. In Hawaii, Lilikoi are ripe for the picking six months out of the year and we are lucky enough to have a huge vine on the fence at the restaurant. You can find them at speciality stores on the mainland or plant a vine of your own.
1 ½ cups (about 15) Lilikoi, blended with seeds, set aside ¼ cup for icing
1 ½ cups water
½ cup olive oil
Mix together and set aside.
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
In Kitchen Aid or in large bowl add all dry ingredients and mix. Slowly add in wet ingredients. Pour into prepared (oil and flour) Bundt pan. Bake 30 minutes at 375. Let cool for about 30.
In container add:
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
¼ cup Lilikoi puree
Remove cake from the pan onto plate after it has cooled and isn’t warm to the touch. Pour icing over top. You will want thank me for this one, so you’re welcome!.
Lilikoi seeds have different supplements that you don’t get from most fruits so they should be eaten with the lilikoi! Your heart and intestines will truly thank you.
I also highly recommend the song LILIKOI
These are surprisingly light. They can be made ahead and served cold or made right before dinner and served warm.
Makes 8 mason jars or enough to fill one pie Prep time 10 minutes
GF SF NF
2 cans coconut milk 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
3⁄4 cup cocoa
1 can water
Mix on medium heat in saucepan until bubbly. Add in slurry: 1 can water & 8 tablespoons cornstarch. Wait until bubbly and thick, pull off stove top and pour into tall mason jars. Refrigerate or serve warm. So yummy when topped with coconut whipped cream. You can also pour into a precooked pie crust.
Recently I have seen a meme circling around that goes a little something like this:
YOU CAN EAT THE KALE, DRINK THE ALKALINE WATER, TAKE THE SUPPLEMENTS, DO YOGA…BUT IF YOU DON’T DEAL WITH THE SHIT GOING ON IN YOUR HEART AND HEAD YOU’RE STILL UNHEALTHY .
And I have to stay this has been true for me. There were times when my body was where I wanted it, but the dialogue inside was not.
This is the reason, that I combine “good food” with Gratitude.
I want my meme to say:
YOU EAT THE KALE, DRINK THE ALKALINE WATER, TAKE THE SUPPLEMENTS, DO YOGA AND BECAUSE YOU DEAL WITH THE SHIT GOING ON IN YOUR HEART AND HEAD YOU’RE HEALTHY
In the cleanses that I offer, every week you will be given mind health homework sheets to do. These are the tools that I use to pull myself back up when life gets down. These are my go-to’s.
I want you to be open to trying all of them and at the end of the cleanse you will decide which ones worked for you. All of the exercises are meant to help you get to know yourself on a deeper level.
Don’t worry, I know your busy, so I made them easy.
I am not here to sell you “perfect happy” all the time, but I can tell you from my own experience, shifting your attitude and outlook, will change your life.
Acai is one of the top superfoods. Look below for the amazing list of health benefits. This is an easy recipes that anyone can make and feel like they just ordered one from that cute vegan cafe that wows everyone and is Instagram pic worthy. Acai degrades very quickly once it is picked from its palm tree so you normally find it in frozen puree packets or dried (Costco carries it too). We use the packets. I am lucky we have a company here in Kauai, Tambor Acai that brings it in from Brazil.
What you need:
1 ½ frozen acai packets cut in ½
1 cup frozen sliced bananas
½ cup non dairy milk (we use homemade Mac Nut Coconut Milk)
Place all ingredients in Vitamix and add lid and tamper attachment (stick). Slowly start to blend on low and gradually bring it up to high using the stick to move ingredients around until it resembles sorbet consistency. I use a silicone spatula to transfer it to a bowl and then I top it with sliced fresh banana and ¼ cup of homemade granola (see recipe). You can make so many variations by bringing in toppings or adding to your base.
Additional Add-on Ideas: Goji Berry, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Mac Nuts, Fresh fruit, Chocolate chips, Cacao Nibs, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and more as toppings
Blend-ins: Chlorella, Kale, Greens, Maca, Peanut and Almond Butters.
Health Benefits of Acai:
- Promotes Heart Health
- Stops Bad Cell Proliferation
- Aids Weight Loss
- Promotes Skin Health
- Helps Digestion
- Reduces Irritation
- Improves Cellular Health
- Immune System Booster
- Has Anti-Aging Effects
- Boosts Energy
- Encourages a Healthy Libido
- Improves Mental Function
Pic by Bryce Johnson
I went to Cuba on a spontaneous trip with new friends last year. This is me kissing a building because I fell head over heels in love with Cuba. The buildings, the people, the energy, the colors and over all life.
As always I travel for food and was in a little shock when I learned it may be hard to find vegan food. It was true, I had a hard time finding food I could eat and without internet almost impossible. I decided I was in the Cuba cleanse.. At first I was a little cranky, but something amazing happened. My body felt great. I was living off very little in comparison to what I normally eat. So many small issues I had, seemed to just disappear. When I returned back to LA I was happy to eat. I went to a few restaurants and noticed pretty quickly that something was wreaking havoc on my system. Symptoms started reappearing very quickly and their was no denying that I felt better in Cuba.
As soon as I landed in Kauai, I started to try to see if I could figure it out.
It took months, I was relentless, I had a lot of setbacks but I finally figured out that my body does not like soy. A vegan that could no longer have tofu. I started to feel better right away. I discovered that I am so sensitive that I can’t really have any soy. The hardest thing I have had to give up is soy sauce (Tamarine). I use it in so many recipes and love the flavor it brings. I have found that my health and vitality bring so much flavor to my life that I can live without soy. Feeling good is more important than any food I may crave or love.
It’s been over a year now and I can’t tell you how many issues I have had for years have disappeared.
I owe it all to Cuba.
It only took days of eating simply there for my body to show me that something was working.
It may seem a bit daunting to figure these things out but your your health is important and it’s worth the investment in yourself to go down some hard roads to find truth!