This is a shining example of clean, plant-powered, REAL FOOD goodness. Read about the health (and libido) enhancing benefits of each ingredient as you savor every sweet-tart sip and the subtle notes of rich cocoa. This recipe is featured in my upcoming book, Lady Bits… Watch for more news in the months ahead! UPDATE: It’s here! Click to learn more.
Lusty Lady Smoothie (serves 1)
Add to blender in this order:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened 100% pomegranate juice
- Heaping ½ cup frozen raspberries or strawberries
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Optional: 1 tsp organic raw honey or 5-8 drops liquid stevia
When you start to blend, use a low speed. It takes time to move the larger chunks of fruit to the blades. Gradually increase speed to high as this happens.
Blend on high for 30-45 seconds, or until completely smooth. Add a splash of additional almond milk if needed, to allow for easy blending. Serve immediately.
Did you know you have an apothecary in your kitchen? These are some of the health (and libido) enhancing benefits of the Lusty Lady Smoothie. Thanks so much to The Longevity Kitchen cookbook (highly recommended) for “turning me on” to some of these healthy facts!
Almonds are high in antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium. They are have a low glycemic load, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes. The almonds in this recipe are consumed in the form of almond milk. Use store-bought almond milk or homemade. Homemade is ideal, as it contains only two ingredients: almonds and water. Simply blend 1 cup almonds with 4 cups water for 2 minutes, and strain through a fine mesh “nut milk” bag. That being said, store-bought almond milk is a convenient option and one that I often resort to, myself. This is an example of the 80/20 rule in action: I make homemade almond milk approximately 80% of the time, but I almost always have a carton of packaged almond milk on-hand for those times when I run out and just don’t have the time, energy, or ingredients to make more. Always remember: It’s not about being “perfect,” it’s about doing the best you can, being easy on yourself, and enjoying yourself along the way.
Historically, pomegranate has been a symbol of fertility. It has now been shown to decrease hot flashes and possibly even increase sperm motility (so if you’re hoping to conceive, have your husband drink this smoothie too!). The nitric acid in pomegranate makes blood vessels relax, making it great for heart health and for promoting healthy blood flow throughout the body, including the erogenous zones. Furthermore, pomegranate antioxidant levels are through the roof and in animal studies, pomegranate extract has been shown to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood.
Raspberries are anti-inflammatory and contain a compound called ellagic acid, which may inhibit development of certain cancers. They are also high in resveratrol (also abundant in red wine and cocoa powder) which may inhibit certain neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and might even help to slow the aging process by delaying normal cell death.
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which aids in the production of collagen, which is vital for skin health as well as smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Like raspberries, compounds in strawberries have been shown to kill certain cancer cells and help normal cells repair themselves. When purchasing strawberries, be sure to purchase organic. Strawberries are known to be highly absorbant of pesticides. They are consistently one of the top offenders on the “dirty dozen” list (published every year by the Environmental Working Group).
Coconut oil is known to be anti-inflammatory, and get this – it’s also an antiseptic! Coconut oil is an outstanding source of lauric acid, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Did you note that this recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil? This is not a misprint. Many nutrition experts encourage women to eat MORE fat (healthy fats, such as coconut oil), using a guideline of approximately 1 Tbsp per meal of health-promoting fats such as coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, grassfed butter, and/or ghee. I love the oils (and other coconut products) made by Tropical Traditions.
Cocoa powder (or cacao) contains flavonols that may prevent coronary artery disease, reduce blood pressure, reduce insulin resistance, and protect red blood cells. Dark chocolate has also been shown to be an excellent mood enhancer. I purchase raw cacao powder made by Vitacost and use it almost daily. Some other recipes you might enjoy include chocolate chia parfait and chocolate-almond freezer “fudge.”
Enjoy, lusty ladies.
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