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Harvest Revive Smoothie

As part of the #SummerofROO Instagram Challenge, co-hosted by Susie of @longrunergy and I, we are asking participants to share a daily ritual that nourishes, grounds, and reinvigorates your spirit. Green smoothies revive my spirit on a daily basis. As a young girl, I could have never imagined that I would crave a green drink, but, my taste buds have turned and a day does not feel complete without my green smoothie-fix.

IMG_1504One of my favorite go-to plant-based Cambridge restaurants is Life Alive, which has inspired many ROO recipes. At Life Alive, their “classic” green smoothie is called the Harvest Alive, which I have remade as the “Harvest Revive.” It is filling with the thick and creamy consistency of the avocado, chia seeds, and dates, yet has the green zing from lemon juice and spinach.

I highly recommend visiting Life Alive if you are in the Boston area (they also have locations in Lowell and Salem)! Check out ROO’s other Life Alive recreations, including, the Shakti Bowl, the Mystic Mountain Mama Salad, the Coconut Revive Smoothie, and the Helpful Healer Bowl.


  • 1.5 cup almond milk
  • 2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoon chia
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 dates


In a blender, add the smoothie ingredients, and blend until smooth. Pour into a mason jar, drink immediately and be revived!

Have you been to Life Alive? What’s your favorite meal on the menu? Maybe I will recreate it for you :).

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ROO #134: Demetri Velisarius on Training the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Demetriheadshot“What’s your training? What are you training for? Where’s your energy going? To evaluate the direction of your life, realize that the simplest movements can be profound.” 

Demetri Velisarius is the creator of PranaDandaYoga, former competitive boxer, bicycle racer, social worker, experienced meditator, and Prana Flow Yoga teacher.

In this episode, Demetri shares about his experience leaving high school and immersing himself in the practice of boxing through owning Rocky’s Gym and his competitive boxing training. He discusses his return to school in his adulthood when he studied to become a social worker. Demetri traces his journey into training the mind through meditation, from his first meditation lecture to participating in a 108-day silent meditation retreat. He explores how boxing, bike racing, meditation, and yoga have all taught him to train the mind, body, and spirit. Demetri recounts his first meeting with Shiva Rea, his yoga teacher, now life partner, and the story of how they fell in love. He explains his development of PranaDandaYoga, a revolutionary movement practice that involves holding a five-foot staff while flowing through yoga sequences. Lastly, Demetri reveals his vision for PranaDandaYoga and his teaching journey.

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Sweet Baked Plantains

Dorothey's Plantains

There are some tastes you will never forget. I can still remember my first grade self trying to trade my brother for his fried plantains. It was a no go— I had already finished my serving of plantains, a customary dessert in Dorothey’s household. Years later, I still dream of my mom’s godmother, Dorothey’s delicious fried plantains.

I have recreated Dorothey’s plantains in a healthier version that can be enjoyed as a guilt-free dessert! They are oven-baked and have a sweet taste with the coconut and cinnamon glaze.


  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 400º Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut your plantains on the diagonal into slices about ½” thick.
  3. Mix the plantain slices in a bowl with coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon
  4. Place plantain slices on a baking sheet with parchment paper
  5. Cook for 15 minutes then carefully flip the plantains with a pair of tongs.
  6. Cook for an additional 10 minutes to 15 minutes
  7. Enjoy fresh and hot or store in the fridge for later!

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ROO #133: Kyle Merber on Celebrating the Milestones in Running

Kyle“Finding little things to celebrate I think makes the process a lot easier. Whether it’s, ‘I felt great on my run today’ or ‘That was the fastest long run I’ve ever done’— just little things to get excited about. It breaks it up a little bit and gives you little milestones along the way and then, when you do get the really big things, you just appreciate it because you’ve appreciated it the whole time.” 

Kyle Merber is a professional runner for Hoka One One and New Jersey New York Track Club, writer, and race director.

In this episode, Kyle explores celebrating the milestones in running as a metaphor for celebrating life. He reflects on his passion for literature, including what book he is reading now and how he chooses what to read. Kyle explains how he cultivates a positive internal experience during racing, calling upon his recent win at Furman University, where he ran the World/Olympic ‘A’ Standard in the 1500-meter. He recounts his early love of running and his childhood dreams of becoming a professional runner. Kyle then explains how a positive outlook kept him mentally strong throughout his collegiate career, marked by the high of setting the American collegiate 1500-meter record and the low of a year-ending injury. He describes his life as a professional runner now, from the importance of his Hoka One One sponsorship to his world-record, distance medley relay race at the 2015 World Relays. Kyle then invites his teammate Ford Palmer, ROO Podcast Interviewee #119, to share the mic with him to discuss Kyle’s self-proclaimed “accidental veganism.” As a race director, Kyle shares his vision and plans for the upcoming Hoka One One Long Island Mile. Lastly, Kyle reflects on his goals and dreams in the sport of running.

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* Apply NOW for Revolution WhyRevolution Why is a four-day retreat for millennials who want to challenge the status quo and question their relationship with their work, health, food, and other people. It will include workshops on yoga, vegan cooking, deliberate living, and building your own business with opportunities for skill sharing and fostering life long friendships. Limited amount of spots available, so apply now on and lets start a revolution together!

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ROO #132: John Malkovich on Understanding Fame, Talent, and Failure

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“Once fame became something very different, I think you’d have to be blind not to look back on it and say, was this worth while or was this what I should have done?”

John Malkovich is an acclaimed actor, director, producer, and fashion designer.

In this episode, John discusses his perspective on talent, fame, and failure. John reflects on his Midwestern upbringing and lessons learned from the death of numerous family members. John recounts his beginnings as an actor from the Steppenwolf Theatre Company to his breakthrough into film. He offers insight on how the world has changed during his time as an actor and the experience of questioning one’s life path. John considers the phenomenon of fame and how it has impacted his life. He shares on his passion for fashion design and the importance of failure in creative and life endeavors. Lastly, John explores how talent is a responsibility and previews exciting projects and films on his calendar.

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* Apply NOW for Revolution Why! Revolution Why is a four-day retreat for millennials who want to challenge the status quo and question their relationship with their work, health, food, and other people. It will include workshops on yoga, vegan cooking, deliberate living, and building your own business with opportunities for skill sharing and fostering life long friendships. Limited amount of spots available, so apply now on and lets start a revolution together!

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Amaranth Plant Power Pizza

I recently discovered the super grain amaranth, which is gluten-free and a source of complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids. Amaranth’s nutty and earthy flavor won me over and I was inspired to begin experimenting with it. Lottie Bildirici, my friend, soul sister, creator of Running on Veggies, and ROO podcast interviewee #116, developed a quinoa pizza crust that was a big hit among my family and friends. Lottie’s quinoa pizza crust recipe showed me how to make reimagine pizza in its gluten-free glory! I have developed this amaranth pizza to be the perfect Meatless Monday meal, packed with plant-powered protein, and, most importantly, is delicious to eat!

AmaranthPizzaCrust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of amaranth uncooked (soaked for at least 6 hours or overnight)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic

Topping Ingredients:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potato, roasted
  • Black Beans
  • Sun-dried Tomato
  • Avocado
  • * I do not give exact amounts for the topping ingredients since it is flexible depending on the topping volume you desire.


  1. Soak uncooked amaranth for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  3. Rinse your amaranth with a fine strainer.
  4. Blend all crust ingredients in a blender until a creamy liquid.
  5. Line parchment paper on a 10-12 inch pizza pan, spray with non-stick spray, and spread out crust batter on the pan.
  6. Cook crust for 18 minutes on one side.
  7. Flip and cook for an additional 15 minutes until the crust is golden-colored and crispy.
  8. Coat crust with tomato sauce and top with spinach, black beans, roasted sweet potato, and sun-dried tomatoes. Place back in the oven for an additional 5-8 minutes.
  9. Remove pizza from oven and add slices of avocado.
  10. Enjoy this Amaranth Plant Power Pizza for your Meatless Monday! I’d love to know what you thought about the recipe, feel free to comment below or reshare & tag me on your social media outlets.

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ROO #131: Greg Ux on The Path of Wellness Entrepreneurship

“The little things are the big things. If you do the little things well, they will become the big things in the long run.”

Greg Ux is a wellness practitioner and creator of Deluxe Life.

In this episode, Greg shares his athletic background from placing fourth in the NH state decathlon in his senior year of high school to studying athletic training, strength, and conditioning. Greg explains how his work as a wellness practitioner is beyond the limits of a personal trainer. He discusses the challenges he has faced in founding Deluxe Life, his health company, centered on fitness, well-being, and lifestyle. Greg reflects on the power of dreams, visions, and inspirations in the development of his personal wellness philosophy and business model. Lastly, Greg reveals exciting projects and events for Deluxe Life.

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