Market Monster Smoothie!

Don't let the name of this scare you away. It's a treasure trove of nutrition, helps with seasonal allergies, and tastes super yummy.

I found this recipe on a farmers market website and tinkered around with it for a bit. I ma sorry I do not remember which one, but I want to shout out MAHALO! to the lady who started my mind going...

I am not a huge cantaloupe fan, but sometimes, I need something totally different, and I was looking for a way to help with my seasonal allergies without having to drink yet another cup of tea!

I used herbs that help with allergies in a tea as the base instead of nut milk or something else.

Nettles are excellent for nourishing your whole body physiologically. They are super nutritious and can even aid in helping to stop cravings for protein if you're trying to not eat much meat.

The biggie here is Elder Flower - an excellent herbal tea for helping with spring or autumn induced allergies. I cannot tell you exactly how it works, but it does help them from getting out of control. Clients have reported back to me that it does indeed help! Aah, the magic of herbs.

Originally this recipe was using only fresh ingredients found at the farmers market mixed with tea.
I added a few "non local market" items for here in Chicago and came up with this.
Try it out, you may be surprised :)

Market Monster Smoothie

Ingredients

half of a ripe cantaloupe
a large bunch of kale ( about 2 C.)
1 TBSP flax seeds or flax seed meal
2 dates
1 frozen banana (makes it creamy)
a pinky nail of fresh ginger - if you like ginger please add more
3 coconut water ice cubes
1 c. herb infusion (tea) of nettles and elder flower - a TBSP of each - cooled
 

All the ingredients are here - except the ginger root piece which I already put in the vitamix with my tea.

All the ingredients are here - except the ginger root piece which I already put in the vitamix with my tea.

Put all the ingredients into a high speed blender and well, blend and enjoy!

Looking forward to try more market inspired smoothies as we have more available in the city at our markets.

Love to you,
Lisa Kai


Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Coffee and Cauliflower??!!!

Have your coffee and eat your veggies too??? !!!  Add some veggies to your morning cup of Joe???!!  What the ---- you say?

My frozen concoction with my favorite Tiki mug - The Islander :)

My frozen concoction with my favorite Tiki mug - The Islander :)

YES! COFFEE and CAULIFLOWER DO MIX!!!

Weird right?? But oh so good.

My latest smoothie addiction thanks to The Blissful Basil blog. I have played with the original recipe and this is my favorite I have made so far this fall.

My sweetie and I both tried the cauliflower concoction at the same time after the initial recipe was tested saying - "here we go" and then being pleasantly, REALLY pleasantly surprised as to how it does not taste like cauliflower. A nice creamy consistency, sort of like soft serve...

I believe it's because it is frozen!!! Frozen cauliflower - freakin' brilliant Ashley.

To begin, I do not really have a relationship with coffee as some people do, so I apologize if this freaks them out.
But seriously, you should give it a try, if only to test it for yourself.
Although if you are a huge coffee aficionado, perhaps not with your $80 bag of coffee. (No grimacing and cussing over an expensive cup of coffee wasted please...)

S0 - Here goes:

What you need:
You will definitely need a high speed blender - that old 50's Oster will not cut it man. (Boo, I know)

Ingredients:
1 c. milk of your choice
1c. frozen cauliflower florets (the smaller they are, the better they blend up)
2 bananas - 1 frozen for sure, the other can be room temp
3 - 4 coffee ice cubes (you know, put coffee into a tray and freeze it!)
splash of Vanilla extract


How to:
1. add milk to blender first, so it's at the bottom
2. then add the frozen cauliflower, bananas and ice cubes.
3. Drizzle a bit of vanilla extract on top
4. blend it up - to a creamy soft serve like ice cream consistency.
      - you will definitely need the damper wand to push the frozen stuff into the blender. and you may even need to stop the blender, push it down and then start it up again. A little bit of extra work, but oh so worth it!

If this isn't sweet enough for you, try adding a few dates to blender afterwards.

AND- I imagine that this is what a frappacino would taste like.
Maybe not, but hey, I have never had a frappacino, and that's my imagination at work :)

Thanks so much for reading and trying this recipe out - for the original, check out the Blissful Basil Blog - Ashley has a lot of really interesting and yummy recipes...

Blessings, Lisa Kai

                    

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Let's Beat the Heat together!

So, it is going to be hot again this week in Chicago. I don't know about you, but when it's hot, cooking, and even the thought of putting together a salad for myself, can be unappealing.
Yes, some laziness I take full responsibility for, but also there is the desire for savory and cool and a little sweet mixed into one. This is when a "meal" in a jar becomes an alchemical challenge for me.

Veggies, fruit, savory, sweet, flavorful, thick, cool... playing with variables and throwing them into a blender to see what happens!
This post was inspired by a friend who made a smoothie and wasn't satisfied.

I love smoothies. I HAVE to experiment and see what combinations I can come up with using whatever is in my fridge or pantry. Really, it's almost an obsession of mine.

So, when a friend of mine told me of her unsatisfying smoothie, it provoked this thought process...
What ingredients do I have around the fridge and pantry/cabinets to add to a smoothie to make it more interesting. Looking in those places, here's the list I came up with.

To begin, you need a "base" liquid:
          yogurt / kefir (or dairy of your choice)
          nut milk of your choice
          coconut water (plain, or frozen into little ice cubes to add the chill and some hydration)
And - some veggies of your choice (carrots, spinach, kale, and cucumber seem to work well)

Then...

These are what I like to add for some creaminess (or, as Mrs. Felix, my grade school teacher liked to call it, some pithiness!) dates, frozen bananas, raw cashew, and an avocado.

These are what I like to add for some creaminess (or, as Mrs. Felix, my grade school teacher liked to call it, some pithiness!)
dates
frozen bananas
raw cashews

 

Also to add thickness, and some healthy fats, there are avocado, almond butter, and raw coconut oil.

 

For a deeper, more layered, flavor, adding some flavored extract (like vanilla, almond, or chocolate), goji berries, and a sour fruit such as lemons and limes seems to add a bit of a punch to it. Even a dash of apple cider vinegar can add a layer of flavor you never thought of. Caution - not too much vinegar here - you still want it to be palatable.

 

As for sweet:
Tropical fruits such as mangoes, papaya, cherries, pineapple and oranges are great. If you choose mango, be sure to use a good tangy base - like a yogurt or even kefir is great! (to disarm some of its sweetness.)

 

Last, but not least - Savory: lets go for herbs like basil, lemongrass (if you can't find fresh, they carry this in a jar with Thai foods), anise, cinnamon, summer savory, turmeric, ginger, mint, and cardamom. A little goes a long way with fresh, and especially dried herbs. I suggest minimal, and adding in more for your taste buds as you try your concoction.

Now it's time to play and see what combos we can come with!

It helps to think like a bartender.

Maybe your going for a "tiki" like drink - try coconut water, a handful of cashews, handful of spinach, a dash of apple cider vinegar, bananas, 2 dates, some lemongrass, a few mint leaves, and some pineapple. Voila! Yummy!

Stay cool wherever you are, and enjoy life to the fullest you can possibly imagine...
Blessings, Lisa Kai

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tiki freak, digs jazz, double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.