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You knew this was going to happen! I warned any green juice/smoothie-phobics in the previous post. 

With the change of seasons, I have found myself really craving green smoothies. I don’t have a juicer just yet, but it will be one of the first things I buy once I move! Weirdly, I crave them more now, that the temperatures are actually falling (ever so slightly), than I did all summer. I guess that my body understands that this is a bit of a challenging time for our immunities. Cough, Sniff, Cough.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 1.12.12 PMIf any of you have been/ are interested in juicing and smoothies, I am sure you know (or should know!) Kris Carr (http://kriscarr.com), author of the Crazy Sexy Diet. That girl is a powerhouse of health and happiness! She looks 20years younger and she just glows. I want that glow!

At first the cookbook title seems a little silly; another diet book… This is if you don’t know the story. You look closely and this is a girl that has been living with stage 4 cancer for 10years! And not only living, but thriving! A real inspiration to us all. How does she do it? Well, she completely revisited and revolutionised her diet. She now promotes a high raw vegan diet, both gluten free and sugar free. An alkalizing diet, to lower our body’s inflammation. It might sound drastic to some, but really, if you have stage 4 cancer and you decide to eat more kale instead of getting a multiple organ transplant, it doesn’t sound crazy to me! I can suck it up too then! Why not do some prevention.

Turns out, there isn’t too much sucking it up involved. I can’t say I live this lifestyle 100% of the time, but I feel like it’s important to be aware of it so you can make the best decisions for yourself. I think the most important thing is to listen to your body. 

A few days ago I downloaded Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Juices and Succulent Smoothies, an online guide to juicing which has a bunch of awesome recipes. Right away I was interested in Chad Sarno’s AJ’s Power Smoothie. Since he is an amazing raw chef, I trusted him completely for my first smoothie of the season. He claimed it was his daughter’s favorite smoothie, so if a little girl liked it, I can like it too! And yes, it turned out totally amazing! Beautiful bright green, just the right amount of sweetness, and very satisfying. So don’t be shy, bring out those Vitamixes.

IMG_1779Ingredients (for 2 cups)

– 2 cups almond milk
– 1 cup berries
– 1/2 cup frozen mango
– 2 tablespoons almond butter (peanut works well too)
– 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or 1 date (I didn’t sweeten mine, just taste it and decide)
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean
– sprinkle of cinnamon
– 4-5 kale leaves
– handfull of spinach (I just added a bunch of spinach as we don’t have kale here)

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I am sad to say I have become a hermit during the past week because I was basically frozen. I am not sure what happened to our fabulously hot and sunny summer, but it’s gone. That only thing it left behind is a muggy fog, depressing darkness and a persistent cold in my bones. In case it wasn’t clear, I like the heat. I like to sit myself in the sun with a cool drink and just warm up. So, I have been reduced to walking around my, obviously not heated, house in AUGUST with a scarf, fat socks and a sweater… Oh goodness… Even worse, I have started knitting!

Funnily enough, I started reading about raw veganism a few weeks ago and was really tempted to give it a try. I really like having raw smoothies in the morning instead of bread and coffee for example. They really power me up.

I even discovered these funny types of fruit which I really like in my smoothies. Here they are called ‘Fichi D’India’ and they are fruits which grow on cactuses. I believe they are called ‘Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit’. Anyways, apparently they are very healthy for you and are full of antioxidants, plus help our body’s circulation. The issue is that they are full of little seeds inside. So, I usually sieve out the seeds once my smoothie is done.

My shelled garden inhabitants totally approved the funny fruits. More about these little guys another time tho!

My favorite recipe so far is super simple, but super delicious. 

Ingredients

1 banana
4 cactus fruit
1 cup strawberries
1 tablespoon acai powder
1 teaspoon goji powder
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1/2 cup tropical juice (or any juice of choice)

Mix all the ingredients in a mixer until creamy. Sieve out the seeds and serve. You can even add some greens to it for extra fiber. 

But let’s face it, you have to be a serious badass to be able to endure cold weather on raw foods alone. Nobody is taking away my steaming bowl of soup! 

So, besides baking my way to a fat behind, I have been bringing back some staple menus which warm the heart (and frozen bones!) What better way to bring on the heat than a nice and spicy curry. My absolute favorite curry dish is one I discovered in Isa’s Appetite for Reduction. In all the recipes I tried so far, this one is the perfect blend of flavors. I don’t know how she does it;  she is like a spice mastermind! 

Eggplant – Chickpea Curry : eggplants, tomatoes, chickpeas, ginger, red pepper flakes, curry powder, garam masala, cumin and broth

What scared me the first time I made this recipe is that it takes a total of about 1hr to make. The thing is that, 40 of those minutes are just the simmering on the stovetop. So, not a huge issue. You just need to chop and dice all the veggies first and then you are good. I like to make this recipe with a mix of wild and brown rice. I think it makes it really healthy. Plus I like to add some exotic fruit in it to add a new dimension of flavor. My favorite, pineapple cubes. 

The best thing about this recipe is the way the scents and flavors take over the entire house while it is cooking. I have had my neighbor comment on the wonderful smells he was noticing; in the garage!. That already brings a lovely, cozy feeling. 

So, in lack of sunshine, bring on the curry heat!

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