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Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Happy Fall Y'All!" Autumn Spiced Green Smoothie

"Happy Fall Y'All!"
Autumn Spiced Green Smoothie

Try this tasty green smoothie for fall! Seasonal ingredients and apple-pie spices give it an autumn flair. This smoothie not only tastes great, but it will also keep you healthy as the seasons change. Check out the health benefits in this POWER-PACKED smoothie...

(from top center of picture below)
Hemp oil: Contains alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential to proper organ function. It can help prevent heart disease, arthritis and depression. And, it's 25% protein!
Honey, raw: Includes vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C. It also reportedly contains antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. 
Kale: Contains plenty of vitamins A, C and K and folic acid, as well as calcium, potassium, copper and iron.
Banana: Has potassium, vitamin C which boots the immune system and improves absorption of other nutrients like iron, vitamin B-6 which is necessary to grow new cells, manganese good for bone health as well as metabolism, and fiber which keeps your digestive system running smoothly.
Ginger root: Kills cancer cells, protects the liver and kills microbes like undesirable strains of bacteria.
Cinnamon: Offers anti-microbial benefits, boosts brain function and contributes to a healthy colon. Healthy colons= Happy bodies!
Allspice: May help ease digestive problems, reduce pain, fight disease causing pathogens and improve circulation. 
Pumpkin Seeds: A rich source of B vitamins, manganese and zinc.
Nutmeg: Contains powerful medicinal compounds that treat  a variety of health disorders, including impotence, tooth pain, infections and gastrointestinal upset. Used also as an aphrodisiac!
Cloves: Aids digestion and has antiseptic antibiotic properties.
Yams: Rich in levels of vitamin B6 which helps lower cholesterol in the blood and have high levels of antioxidants which helps to lower oxidative damage to your cells.
Walnuts: Helps to improve a person's reaction to stress, and protects the heart against cardiovascular disease.
Raisons: High in iron with helps the circulatory system and fiber which is beneficial for the digestive system.
Sprouts: Packed with enzymes to help with all body functions especially digestion.
Almond milk: Loaded with calcium, providing the same amount per cup as cow's milk and soy milk.
*Source for all of the above: Livestrong.org

All that goodness in one little drink? YOU BET!

"Happy Fall Y'all!"
Autumn Spiced Green Smoothie
(Makes 2 cups)

1C Almond milk
6  Kale leaves, medium size
1 Banana, frozen
1/2 C Yams, raw and chopped
1 T Hemp oil
2 T Honey, raw
1" Ginger root
2 T Pumpkin seeds
1 t Cinnamon
1/4 t Allspice
1/4 t Nutmeg
1/4 t Cloves
1/8 C Sprouts

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with Walnut Raison Crunch Topping.

Walnut Raison Crunch Topping
(Makes 1 cup)

1 C Walnuts, raw
1/2 C Raisons
1 t Cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Pulse until a crumbly consistency. Use to top smoothies, desserts and sweet breakfast dishes. Will store in refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Ingredients available at D&W Fresh Market.
Capture the flavors of Fall in
"Happy Fall Y'All!"
Autumn Spiced Green Smoothie

Ingredients (from top center):
Hemp oil, honey, red ursa kale, frozen banana, ginger root,
ground cinnamon, Ground allspice berries, pumpkin seeds,
ground nutmeg, ground cloves, chopped yams,
walnuts, raisons, homegrown sprouts and almond milk.

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