Smoothies featuring coconut oil

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot Cake SmoothieAll you carrot cake lovers have to try this smoothie. Anyone who doesn’t like carrot cake should try it too :)

Do you ever feel guilty eating dessert? I certainly do, and my sweet tooth still gets the best of me from time to time. Ditch the guilt and indulge yourself with this treat of a smoothie that’s healthy and nutritious.

Sharing recipes and variations of recipes with others is great fun. The idea and inspiration for this recipe was from fellow smoothie enthusiast, Niko. When you’re enjoying this recipe be sure thank her :)

The star ingredient of this smoothie is obviously carrot, which imparts these wonderful health benefits.

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Marvelous Maca Elixir

Marvelous Maca ElixirThis elixir features a superfood that has a special place in my heart. Maca was one of the very first superfoods I tried way back in the day. One of my primary health objectives at the time was increasing my energy levels. Maca delivered then and continues delivering to this day.

Along with increasing my energy for normal day to day activities, I also experienced an increase in stamina and endurance when playing basketball and working out. While harder to gauge, I’m sure maca contributed to boosting my immune system as well. These are the benefits I experienced from maca. It’s known for many additional health benefits which I’m sure other people can personally attest to.

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Creamy Coconut Cashew Elixir

Creamy Coconut Cashew ElixirI’m back with another tickle your taste buds elixir. This one is extra frothy and delicious thanks to the cashews.

Cashews are a great smoothie and elixir ingredient that I often forget about. While soaking the cashews I picked up from my local co-op I remembered how well they blend in elixirs. They lend to that signature elixir frothiness while providing a good source of calories. If you’re consuming an elixir for breakfast it’s important to get enough calories to sustain yourself until lunch.

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Bulletproof Elixir

Bulletproof ElixirThe bulletproof executive provided the inspiration for this recipe. While I don’t regularly drink coffee, I love his bulletproof coffee recipe, usually substituting my favorite tea.

On the mornings I don’t feel like a smoothie, which is often the case in the winter, I heat up some tea and make an elixir. Think of an elixir as a mocha or latte, creamy and rich, with enough calories to keep you going until lunch.

I don’t have anything against coffee and have read several studies expounding its health benefits, it’s just not my thing. I prefer herb/medicinal teas or if I need a pick-me-up, something milder such as green tea, Yerba Mate, or Guayusa.

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Aloe Vera Lemonade Smoothie

Aloe Vera Lemonade SmoothieI recently purchased aloe vera gel to use in a couple body butter recipes, but made sure to save a little for smoothies :)

In the past I’ve procured fresh aloe leaves, filleted, and scraped out the gel for use in smoothies. As it turns out this aloe vera gel is much easier to work with.

For the complete download on the health benefits and awesomeness of aloe vera, click here to view my article. The Reader’s Digest version: aloe is replete with vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Its impressive nutrient profile leads to the following health benefits:

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Chocolate Coconut Elixir

Chocolate Coconut ElixirIt’s time to unleash the elixirs! This is the first in what will be many elixir recipes.

If you don’t always feel like a smoothie during the cold winter months, you may gravitate towards elixirs like I have. These warm, frothy beverages deliver just as much nutrition as a smoothie, but feel more appropriate when it’s cold out.

Slight nuances differentiate an elixir from a smoothie. Elixirs are often thought of as medicinal drinks because they’re typically made with a curative tea. You’ll want to choose a tea for your elixirs based on a particular health concern you’d like to address.

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