August 11, 2008

Recipe: Hemp Power Superfood Smoothie!

Protein is important. So is taste and so is health. Here’s a smoothie I make every afternoon. It fills me up and is so delicious I wish I was eating three a day. It’s thick, hearty and sweet. Pure power! Plus it’s raw vegan so everyone can enjoy and no one gets hurt.

You can find all the ingredients at the Vitamin Cottage. Just toss them in the blender and press play…oh, but don’t forget to first offer the food to God, the divine (or greater good, depending how you think), and fill the rest of the blender with love:

Coconut Water (1/3 of one of those Amy & Brian’s cans)
1 large Banana
3 coconut date rolls (yum!)
3 big spoonfuls of raw Hemp protein powder (Nutiva brand)
1 small handful of raw spanish almonds (preferably soaked over night)
2 spoons of raw cacao nibs

So that’s the basic recipe, but get creative and play around with the combinations to match your taste. Sometimes I sub walnuts, hemp seeds, or sesame seeds for the almonds. And sometimes I sub soaked figs for the dates. But the hemp protein is most important and so is the cacao! And if yours doesn’t taste as good as mine, add agave nectar.

If you’d like to learn more on raw nutrition, check with local mama and elephant columnist Brigitte Mars.

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Ryan Nadlonek

Ryan combines his passion for the “yogic” sports (rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding), his love of musical exploration, and his dedication to a healthful lifestyle, living yoga in all aspects of his life. He is certified in Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga by the amazing teacher Shiva Rea and draws from his studies in Qi Gong, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Buddhism, Bhakti Yoga, and Trance Dance to lead fun, creative and powerful classes with wild tantric explorations into the present moment. He teaches vinyasa classes at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio in Santa Cruz, California (divinitree.com). Ryan also leads ecstatic kirtan and has been performing tabla and mridanga with kirtan leader Jacob Duran in the Santa Cruz kirtan community since 2009. He has worked as a journalist and photojournalist for Climbing Magazine, the Colorado Daily Photo, 808 Scene Zine, and the Elephant Journal.