Good Morning Tropica

This is one of favorite green smoothies and I hope it delights your palate as much as it does mine!

1/4 of a fresh organic pineapple

2-3 cups of fresh organic spinach

1/2 organic banana

1 cup of frozen organic strawberries

1 cup of coconut water (or whatever yield you are fortunate to get from a single young coconut)

The meat from the young coconut (optional)

Water to be added to thicken/liquefy to your satisfaction

Toss all the above in a blender, pour into your favorite glass and enjoy! 

Organic is highly recommended for the strawberries as they are on the top of the list of the most pesticide and chemical contaminated fruits.  These are one of the fruits that I will buy frozen if I can't get them fresh because they pack a health punch with 3-4 grams of fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and a good blast of Vitamin C (about 85 mg) and only 50 calories per cup. I also will use raspberries instead of strawberries to change it up a bit....get a little extra fiber (7-8 grams), some iron and a touch of Vitamin A...or even both for a double whammy.


Pineapple Razzatini 

2 cups of coconut water

1 cucumber

1 cup of pineapple

1 cup frozen raspberries

Blend all ingredients, toss a few raspberries on top and enjoy this cool and refreshing taste of yum in a chilled martini glass!!!!  This is similar in texture to a slush and awesome on a hot day or after a good workout!


Banana/Papaya/Chia Smash

This is one of my favorite simple dessert recipes!

1 Medium Ripe Banana

1/2 Large Ripe Papaya

1/2 cup chia gel (soaked chia seeds-can be found at most health food stores)

1/2 avocado

cherries to garnish (or use any berry or fruit)

Toss the banana, papaya, chia gel and avocado in a blender and pulse slowly until pudding texture. Pour into your favorite bowl and savor the flavor!  This is soooo yummy!  One day, I was out of chia gel and just had the blended banana, papaya and avocado w/strawberries and some hulled hemp seed on top and it was scrumptious.  Make up your own combo and enjoy!

*The riper the fruit, the yummier this tastes!!

Talk about a potassium/fiber superstar.....this pudding has over 1000 mg of potassium and close to 10 grams of fiber (give or take) depending on the size of the fruits you use. Papaya also has Vitamin A and C, folate, beta carotene and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which are great for your eyes.  Papaya is a great source of beta-cryptoxanthin which is believed to help reduce the risk of colon and lung cancer significantly.  Papaya also contains papain that helps to digest protein and is believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits for arthritis pain.  And for an added bonus....papayas are on the list of least pesticide contaminated foods.

The nutritional wallop from chia seeds is super impressive as well...protein, calcium, potassium, iron, good omega fats...the list of goodness in chia seeds is simply remarkable, plus, it fills you up, gives you energy and can be used in so many recipes in place of flax or other seeds....I will blog about this amazing seed at some point!!!! tempFile

Collard Rollards

Cabbage pouches, collards, large green lettuce leaves or even endive or escarole, swiss chard leaves, or un-toasted Nori roll sheets....whatever your tasty desire!!!  Any ingredients that you would toss in a salad will work and if the wrap falls apart while you are eating it, just chop up and enjoy anyway!!  I love making these because there are endless possibilities and you just may surprise yourself with a concoction of your own!!!

1 Large Collard Leaf (slice down the middle to create 2 halves and discard the stem)

1 cup of shredded romaine or spinach or any greens of your choice

1/4 cup shredded cauliflower (looks like rice if you blend in mini processor)

1/4 cup julienned cucumbers

1/4 cup julienned carrots

1/2 an avocado sliced in strips

sliced ginger- optional (I use pickled ginger - I shave thin slices and marinate with cider vinegar in a glass jar that I keep in the fridge)

1/2 cup of bean sprouts (mung, sunflower or any other variety of your choice-my favorite is mung)

a few dabs of wasabi paste on the collard leaf (not raw but I prefer it for taste - it can be real spicy so don't overdo it)

Spread out the collard leaf halves and squirt a tad of wasabi (optional) and then the shredded cauliflower and continue to layer the leaves with the rest of the ingredients.  Roll each of the leaves from end to end, pick up, taste and enjoy!  I love these and I make them a variety of ways depending on what ingredients I have on hand.  I have also added red bell peppers, shredded beets, cabbage, zucchini, green beans, jicama etc.....just mix and match your favorites...get creative and you can make a handful of assorted roll-ups to please any taste buds!!!  You can use a carrot strip or a thin piece of the stem from the collards to wrap around your roll-up so it won't can even use a paper towel or a piece of plastic or paper wrapping and then set the collard onto it and roll the towel or whatever you are using around it like a pocket at the bottom to keep the ingredients from dripping all over you while you chow these down!

Watermelon/Lemon Squeeze

1/4 large watermelon with rind

2 whole lemons

1 small cucumber

1 1/2 cups of red grapes

Put the ingredients into a juicer and voila.....tasty and refreshing lemony tasting juice!  I will also add collards or red/green chard for a more nutritional wallop and to keep my sugars balanced if I have this first thing in the morning!   I enjoy this the best after a good workout as it gives me an energy zip right when I need it!!! 


Apple Sliders

Granny Smith apple slices, almond butter, raisins, strawberries, shredded coconut!


Banana Berry Chill

Frozen banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries....blended with my Yonana ice cream maker!!! 
With hemp seed hearts and bee pollen sprinkled on top for an extra burst of feel good energy!!!

Zuchettini and Sauce

1 zucchini

1 cup sun dried tomato (soaked for an hour or so) 

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup shredded red onion

2-3 whole ripe tomatoes

1/2 avocado

2 tbs. lemon juice (or roughly the juice from 1/2 a lemon)

1 date for sweetness (optional)  I prefer it without!

fresh sprigs of cilantro/basil/parsley/chive (just a few leaves of any or all for flavor - whatever your taste buds desire)

Spiralize the zucchini into long lovely swirls that will resemble spaghetti. If you don't have a spiralizer, just use a vegetable peeler (they will be thicker strips though)!  Soak sun-dried tomatoes for 30-60 minutes or so and then drain.   Add the sun dried tomatoes, whole tomatoes (quartered), garlic, onion, lemon juice, avocado and date (optional) into the food processor and blend until you get the desired consistency.....If you like your sauce thinner, don't add the avocado to the blend....just slice it and place around the plate when you serve!  I enjoy my sauce without the date but have noticed that some prefer a sweeter sauce.  I have also used lime juice and even cider vinegar and jalapeno peppers....whatever your palate desires!!!!!  You want to come up with a sauce that you can douse over your spiralized zucchini and it totally makes you smile and say "YUMMO"!  Play around with this recipe and you will discover a variety of delicious ways to change the taste and texture to your liking and make a whole new assortment of recipes depending on the ingredients you use! 

Note:  If you don't have zucchini, you can also use carrot, beet, jicama, turnip..whatever....ALWAYS REMEMBER.....there is no wrong or right....just whatever your taste buds are craving at that moment!!!!!  I also add red bell pepper to my sauce when I have the urge and it's tasty both ways!

I personally sprinkle sesame seed/flax powder, pumpkin seeds or even some RAWMESAN (gluten free parmesan cheese replacement with nutritional yeast, walnuts, sunflower seeds and sea salt) for some added flavor, fiber and nutritional bang!!!!  If you don't have RAWMESAN and like a sprinkling of cheese, nutritional yeast alone is still tasty!  Some prefer to not use it as its not considered RAW...but I like it and enjoy toppings on my, you get the added bonus of some B12 from it!!!!