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Healthy Super Orange Smoothie Recipe

I love fresh-squeezed orange juice, it’s such a sweet energy booster! I went a little crazy and picked a few too many oranges when preparing for today’s farmer’s market, so I decided to whip up a delicious orange smoothie and share the results with you.

This tasty beverage includes the additional ingredients of turmeric, ginger and coconut oil. All three of these are celebrated for their myriad health benefits, and it’s a good idea to get a little of each into your diet each day. Turmeric, admittedly, has a bit of a bitter taste so you have to exercise a bit of creativity when it comes to working it into recipes that don’t include the word “curry”.

Bitter taste alone isn’t a good enough reason to pass on the exotic spices, however. The health benefits of turmeric are plentiful, not just for its antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have also shown turmeric plays a significant role in fighting multiple types of cancer cells, including prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Orange Super Smoothie:

  • 6 Oranges, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon liquid sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric, grated or juiced
  • ginger (to taste)

After juicing oranges, toss all ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth and frothy. A dash of almond milk, organic vanilla extract, and ice cubes added to the blended will help you whip up a satisfying and healthy variation of an Orange Julius.

Not everyone likes the taste of ginger, or turmeric for that matter, so adjust these ingredients according to your personal preference, but do be sure to include just a little bit for the amazing health benefits they bring to this delicious drink. The best method for getting a potent, daily dose of the health benefits of turmeric is to use it in the form of an essential oil hydrosol.

We have exacting standards in our organic practices here at the Sanctuary of Mana Ke’a Gardens. We always use the highest quality equipment and ingredients, including our ceramic water filters and earth-friendly methods. You won’t find a better essential oil hydrosol anywhere else!

Raw Avocado Cacao Pudding Recipe

 

avocado chocolate pudding    I love a good chocolate pudding, especially the homemade kind that’s so rich, creamy, silky and decadent. Trouble is, dairy doesn’t agree with me, and I really don’t like using corn products unless I can be assured they’re GMO-free, so cornstarch is out. You won’t find me purchasing a box of Jell-o Pudding, I don’t care if they do claim it “tastes like homemade”!

Thankfully, the Sanctuary of Mana Ke’a Gardens has an abundant supply of avocados. You may ask yourself what this has to do with chocolate pudding, and the answer is quite simple. The mild taste and creamy texture of the avocado provides the perfect base for a fluffy, indulgent pudding. Simply flavor with chocolate and a touch of sweetness and you have an amazing raw dessert.

The beauty of this simple recipe is it can be modified to suite your particular tastes or recipe needs. More chocolate, less sweetener, maybe a dash of coconut milk or cayenne pepper for some adventure. No matter your preference you can’t go wrong! With just a little tweak to the ratio of ingredients you’ll have a fluffy mousse, pie filling, thick frosting, or decadent ganache – all without the guilt or questionable ingredients.

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  • Basic Avo-Cocoa Pudding
  • 6 ripe avocados, diced and well mashed
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey, or sweetener of your choice (pureed medjool dates, organic maple syrup, or agave nectar for example)
  • ½ cup organic cocoa powder (more or less depending on preference)
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Process avocado in a food processor, or blender, till smooth, being careful not to over-process. Bring your coconut oil to a liquid consistency with the help of a warm water bath, then combine coconut oil, honey, salt and cocoa powder till smooth. Add chocolate mixture to avocado and blend till well combined and smooth. Spoon into bowls, refrigerate for two hours, then serve!