Food/Nutrition Recipes

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. One 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 …

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Food/Nutrition Recipes

Carrot Cake Power Protein Smoothie

As a young girl, I would always ask my mom for a carrot cake on my birthday. When I transitioned to a vegan diet ten years ago, I wondered how I could recreate a plant based carrot cake alternative. Around the same time, people began to ask me where I would source my protein from. This smoothie is like cake in a bottle and packed with protein. Carrots are high in beta-carotenes, potent anti-oxidants that have the immune supporting benefits of vitamin A. Nuttzo, hemp hearts, Viva Vanilla Vega Protein Powder, and almond milk, fuse into a rainbow of protein power, that …

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Food/Nutrition Recipes

Cashew Christmas Milk

Christmas time is always filled with feelings of nostalgia for me. It brings back many memories of family gatherings, midnight masses, and leaving cookies and milk for Santa. As a vegan, I enjoy almond milk on a daily basis, but recently decided to try making a milk with my favorite nut, cashews. This cashew christmas milk is perfect for Santa— sweet, filling, and nutritious! Ingredients:  3/4 cup of ground cashew meal 1 cup of coconut water 1 cup of filtered water 1 tablespoon of honey 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 teaspoon of hemp seeds Dash of cinnamon Recipe: In …

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Health Podcasts Podcasts

ROO #90: Mother Juice on Bringing Fresh Food to Boston

In the episode, Ellen Fitzgerald, cofounder of Mother Juice, and Will Jackson, manager of Mother Juice, discuss why they started Mother Juice from its beginnings as a juice and smoothie food truck in Boston to the logistics of turning it into an actual storefront. They both reveal how they got into juicing: Ellen’s grandmother’s influence on her and Will trying to pursue his now girlfriend. Ellen and Will explain Mother Juice’s recipe and menu development and the challenges of starting a business. They reflect on who has inspired Mother Juice’s food philosophy. Ellen shares her perspective on why Boston has a surprisingly few amount of vegetarian/vegan eating spots. They discuss how Mother Juice is cultivating a community that is changing lives. Ellen provides insight on why people are afraid of food labeled as vegetarian and vegan and how Mother Juice is trying to overcome this. Lastly, they preview Mother Juice’s plans for 2015.

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Food/Nutrition Recipes

Buddhaful Smoothie

Although I love my Shamrock Kale Shake, I wanted a smoothie that was more filling and had a greater carb/fat/protein content. I created my Buddhaful smoothie to do just that! It incorporates two of my favorite companies, Nuttzo and Vega, that provide real and nutritious protein and fat. It will leave you full, satisfied, and beautiful as a Buddha! Ingredients: 1/2 frozen banana 1/2 avocado 1 cup of frozen mango A handful of kale 1 tablespoon of Nuttzo 1 tablespoon Viva Vanilla Vega Protein Smoothie  1 cup of almond milk 1/2 cup of water Recipe: In the blender, add the smoothie ingredients, and …

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Food/Nutrition Friday Find Recipes

Coconut Revive

As I mentioned in my Mystic Mountain Mama post, one of my favorite restaurants in Cambridge is Life Alive. They make scrumptious, nourishing meals that are primarily plant-based. I highly recommend visiting their restaurants if you are in the Boston area (they also have locations in Lowell and Salem)! My second love at Life Alive, after their Mystic Mountain Bowl, is their Coconut Alive Smoothie. I have recreated it in my college kitchen and renamed it “Coconut Revive.” Revive refers to its potent power to revive me from my senior thesis slumber. Ingredients:  1 cup of almond milk 1 frozen …

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