Dried Plum & Apple Green Smoothie

smoothiesgaloreA simple delicious and nutritious smoothie recipe from Dr. Susan Smith Jones’ new book Recipes for Health Bliss: Using NatureFoods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life.

The common name for dried plum is prune which Dr. Susan uses in her screen-shot-2011-01-03-at-74748-amsmoothies as a natural laxative,  good source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, beta-carotene, and iron. They help lower cholesterol and are beneficial for the blood, brain, and nerves. “Use this smoothie as a refreshing mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up guaranteed to keep you in the flow.”

1 cup vanilla yogurt (dairy or nondairy if you are a vegan)
8 dried plums, pitte
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cup frozen apple-juice concentrate (you can also find it bottled and unfrozen)
1/4 lemon, peeled (leave pithy part on)
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 leaves fresh mint
5-6 ice cubes

Blend until smooth and serve. Serves 1-2.
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Bloom Talk: The Joy of Natural Living with Dr. Susan Smith Jones

Wake-Up Carrot Juice

img_2131Refreshing way to start the day!

Paired with the sweetness of apple and pear, carrots come alive and so will you. Ginger gives this juice its added zing so you can get up and go!

3 carrots
1 pear
1 apple
1 piece ginger (thumb size)
mint leave
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Place all ingredients in a juicer and extract juices into a pitcher. Stir and pour into glasses. Top off with mint leaves. Serves 2

Vali’s No-Sugar Chocolate Shake

img_2245If you love chocolate, try this healthy smoothie that’s more like a milk shake without the dairy or the sugar!

8 oz hemp seed milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
frozen banana (peel banana first before freezing!)
Optional:  Tablespoon bee pollen

Put in blender on high speed. Enjoy!
Recipe: Valerie Bennis on BLOOM TALK RADIO: Healthy Lifestyle

Mango Madness Smoothie

Flickr, Photographer Farl, Creative Commons license

Flickr, Photographer Farl, Creative Commons license

Dr. Kurt Strecker recommends this sweet and satisfying smoothie with protein!

No dairy here and loaded with good things for you.  A great way to start the day!

1 small banana
1 cup frozen mango pieces
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup light coconut milk
pinch of fresh ground ginger
1/2 cup water
1 packet “Dr. Strecker’s Shake It Up!” (or a whey or rice protein powder)

Blend until smooth and ENJOY!

Dr. Strecker on Bloom Talk Radio: Smarter Food

Ann’s Skin Care Juice “Cocktail”

Eating healthy natural foods (non processed) and including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is great for the skin. Try this delicious skin care cocktail prepared in a juicer:

5 carrots (scrubbed and ends trimmed)
1 apple (remove seeds)
1 stalk of celery
1/2 cucumber (seeds removed)

Place all ingredients in a juicer and enjoy!

Recipe from “bloomer” Ann McDonnell of Ecogenics Skin Care