My creative spirit has come alive in my quest to move toward veganism. My favorite morning smoothie is my vegan coconut ginger smoothie loaded with micro-nutrients that feed my body and brain all day long. I call it human rocket fuel because of the “get up and go” energy I receive after drinking one.

The base for my sweet and tangy smoothie is a fresh raw coconut. You can substitute coconut water or “milk” bought at your local grocery store. If you use a raw coconut you must choose a pre-peeled and cut coconut so the top chops off more easily . . . it may take some time to become good at chopping off the top – you will need a large sharp knife – watch your fingers!

Coconut makes my smoothie rich and creamy, while flooding my body with electrolytes and potassium. It keeps me going strong for 5 hours. Use fresh raw coconut for beautiful, hydrated skin, as well as for healthy eyes and a strong heart.

Almond or hazelnut “milk” are high in nutrition and lower in fat than cows milk, and add a “milkshake” like creaminess. Sometimes I substitute berry juice, chocolate almond or hazelnut milk, or purified water for variety.

I prefer rice or spirillina protein powder – not soy, or dairy, or casein. No added corn, sugar(s), fake sweetener, or chemicals.

Blackberries are loaded with quercetin, which halts the production of histamine, and bad cholesterol. Strawberries are sweet high fiber treats and packed with vitamin C.

Cherries reduce arthritis pain, and inflammation caused by an injury. We now understand that inflammation produces pain as well as disease throughout our body and our brain. Most of our diseases are inflammation related and can be treated successfully with diet. The quarter sized cherry is loaded with the mineral boron and gives our bones a boost. The perillyl alcohol in cherries helps to prevent the development of pancreatic and breast cancer. Sweet cherries are anti-inflammatory, and make my smoothie sweet and yummy.

Tip: for a vegan homemade ice cream, add chopped up cherries and dark chocolate to vanilla or chocolate hazelnut or almond “milk” and freeze – delic!

The father of western medicine, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine.” And when we add exercise into the health equation our results can be mind blowing, health building, and reduce or eliminate our need for drugs and surgery – all for a fraction of the cost and time of a full blown illness and its debilitating effects.

I love flax seeds! They are high in omega-3 brain food, and have high lignans and linolenic acid to protect vision. The little seed is good for my heart, and keeps cancer in check.

There is nothing that can replace “greens” in our daily diet. Of course I prefer to eat my greens whole in my salad, but they are delicious and nutritious in my smoothie, too. I never miss an opportunity to eat my greens. Kale is high in vitamin K, which is bone food. Kale acts as a blood thinner, so be aware if you are on heart medication. Kale is king when it comes to carotenoids keeping cataracts and macular degeneration at bay.

Tip: eat 1/2 cup if your allergies are acting up – kale is rich in quercetin. Eating a serving a day – beginning 6 weeks before allergy season – is a fantastic way to naturally stay allergy free all season. Kale also tastes great in soups and stews.

Spinach is great for improving memory and vision, while also avoiding cancer and fibroids . . . vit A, C, folate, copper, magnesium, manganese and protein, make up this wonder green. Our macula needs extra support as we age, and spinach delivers a whopper of a dose for our eyes. Night blindness, macular degeneration, and cateracts are all addressed with spinach consumption.

Tip: toss raw spinach, strawberry slices, and walnuts, with a light citrus dressing, for a delicious salad that feeds your brain and your body.

NOTE: kale and spinach consumption should be no more than 2-3 servings a week. Use alternative greens such as dandelion, romaine, and parsley . . . they are loaded with nutrients! A wide variety is always better then a lot of one veggie, as they work in concert, like a symphony verses just drums.

Fresh raw ginger root offers relief for tummy troubles. Ginger is packed with heart healthy phytochemicals like gingerzone, preventing polyunsaturated fats from being oxidized, and deterring the damage they cause on a cellular level. Cancer, infections and stroke, are all included in the health benefits of ginger. But the shinning achievement for me is gingers inflammation fighting phenolic substances – they reduce inflammation in our bodies and reduce pain as a result. Ginger is fabulous for improving digestion – since 70 % of our immune system is found in our gastrointestinal tract. Digestion is the foundation for good health. Always begin with improving your digestion when you desire better health.

Tip: add fresh ginger and fresh garlic to a veggie stir fry, with a dab of coconut oil and some pre-cooked wild rice, and your unwanted pounds will melt away while your taste buds are in heaven. Lightly saute’ the garlic and ginger first. Add sweet & sour or teriyaki sauce right at the end. This meal only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and fills you up with satisfying goodness. Add broccoli for your “meat”. Broccoli has more protein than beef! Shocking, but true.

Krista’s Coconut Ginger Smoothie

  • Raw fresh Thai coconut – use both the clear juice and the white meat (if it is pink inside it is rotten)
  • Almond or hazelnut “milk” – sugar free – 1 or 2 cups
  • Protein powder – rice or spirillina – 2 heaping spoonful’s
  • Frozen organic strawberries and blackberries (blackberries have seeds!)
  • Frozen organic sweet cherries – 1/2 cup
  • Flax seeds or flax powder (soften seeds by soaking overnight)
  • Organic kale or dandelion – 1/2 – 1 cup
  • Organic spinach or parsely – 1/2 – 1 cup
  • Fresh raw ginger root – chop up 2 spoonful’s of small pieces
  • First blend coconut meat and juice, flax seeds, protein powder, chopped raw ginger root, and blackberries, on high for 30 seconds in your Vitamix or blender. Then add spinach, kale, and almond or hazelnut milk, and blend for 30 seconds. Lastly, add frozen strawberries and cherries, and blend 1 minute on high. It will have a milkshake thickness. Add water, berry juice, or more “milk” to the last blending for a thinner consistency, or to the first blending if you need more liquid.
  • If you like, add 1/2 ripe banana to sweeten, or you can add organic grade B maple syrup while blending, which is high in minerals. Stivia makes an excellent low glycemic sweetener.
  • Makes 2-3 large servings.
  • It can be used the next day by storing the left over in a clean glass jar in the fridge. However, fresh is always best for nutrient value.

Chew the smoothie for a few seconds before swallowing, which prevents gas and bloating, and begins the digestion process. The chewing motion triggers our saliva . . . the first part of the digestion process, and the first opportunity to create better health for ourselves.

Cheers – to good taste, to boundless energy, and to a healthier you!