Spring Cleaning

Full disclosure, I am not one generally for anything green that comes in liquid form (see my post a few weeks back and the delish tonics from Body & Eden).  But, I am slowly reforming old habits and tastebuds.  I likely won't be going full force on wheatgrass shots, but in an effort to refresh things in the spirit of spring cleaning, I whipped up a new smoothie mixing in kale, avocado, mango, shaved coconut and banana.  Sounds like a completely random mess, but I'm totally smitten.  Too often smoothies are loaded with excess sugar and spike your blood sugar - not exactly what you're looking to do when trying to kickstart your day at breakfast.  This one's got a great balance of healthy fats from the avocado, protein from hemp seeds (a new obsession), and sweetness from almond milk and a drop of honey or agave nectar.  And if that's not enough, drizzle in some vanilla extract which will put you over the top, energized and satisfied all morning long.  Spring's an ideal time of year to take stock of your daily food routine, or rut, and polish it up nice and pretty.  So...go grab a blender and start your own smoothie.

*And here's a little shout out to my two clients who devised their own detoxifying drink, "the green monster!"

Avocado-Mango Smoothie :: with Kale, Coconut & Hemp Seeds

Serves :: 2 to 3


1 1/2 cups kale, stems removed

1/2 avocado

1 banana

3/4 cup frozen mango (or peaches)

1 cup almond milk

2 tablespoons hemp seeds 

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend well.  Done!

TAGS: spring, detox, breakfast

posted: 03.28.12

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Elixir Allure :: Body and Eden

It's not every day I stumble across a new obsession.  Luckily, Body and Eden tonics and elixirs came into my world last week...and I'm hooked.

Not only is their tagline "nourish yourself" -- could it be anymore fitting?! -- but these drinks blend organic fruits and veg with precisely paired superfoods and herbal infusions.  The tonics and elixirs are a refreshing take on the array of calorie-heavy and sugary-sweet juices and smoothies offered by many of the "cleanses" and "detoxes" out on the market.  Founders Aubrey Levitt and Hillary Deppeler wanted to create something that wasn't intended to be another cleanse, but to simply provide a nourishing, nutrient-packed boost to your everyday routine.  And let me tell you, they've hit gold with their seasonal, organic custom blends via local farmers (NYC and LA areas).  As someone who's always been a bit skeptical of green juices (I prefer to chew my kale and spinach most of the time), these tonics and elixirs rock.  Drop dead delicious taste, low calorie (bottles range from 20 to 60 calories), low sugar to keep your energy levels stable, and they just make you feel good, can't get much better than that.  Actually you can, they're packaged in sleek, vintagey apothecary jars and are perfectly portioned.  Return the jar, reuse, revive and repeat.  The drinks are worth every penny in my opinion and they're hot off the presses, literally, just in time for spring.  

*Deliveries available in NYC and LA and soon to be stocked at Marlow & Sons in BK.

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TAGS: spring, detox, juice

posted: 03.08.12

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