creamy sapote-lucuma smoothie

Our neighbor has an orchard near South Point and gave us a few sapote fruits to try. I thought, why not pair one exotic fruit with another exotic sweetener-lucuma powder. Lucuma powder comes from the Peruvian lucuma fruit. I recently purchased the powder at our local health food store, Island Naturals and have to say, I love it. I haven’t done the nutritional research yet, but I’m guessing organic lucuma powder is a safe bet. This smoothie turned out to be sweet enough for a dessert. However, we enjoyed it for a midday snack!

For the organic creamy sapote-lucuma smoothie, blend:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cup frozen sapote chunks
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. 1 1/2 cups rice milk
  4. 1 tbsp. lucuma powder
  5. 1 tbsp. flaxseed
  6. dash of cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

creamy sapote-lucuma smoothie

Raw Banana-Ginger Zinger

raw banana ginger smoothie

If you’re trying to cut back on sweets, drink this smoothie for dessert. It’s light, refreshing, creamy and ideal for those of you who love ginger!

Ingredients:

  1. 2 frozen bananas
  2. 2 dates, seeded & soaked in 1 cup water
  3. 1 tbsp. ginger, minced
  4. 1 tbsp. organic coconut oil
  5. dash of cinnamon
  6. 1-2 ice cubes

Place bananas and dates and soaked water in blender. Add ginger, coconut oil, cinnamon and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and creamy!

Hawaiian mashed sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest staples around. I urge everyone to eat sweet potatoes regularly! For the Hawaiian mashed sweet potatoes, you will need:

  1. 2 sweet potatoes, baked
  2. 1 tsp. fresh ginger root, minced
  3. 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  4. 2 tbsp. coconut milk
  5. 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  6. 1 tbsp. coconut shreds
  7. dash of cinnamon
  8. dash of cardamon (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve!

Hawaiian mashed sweet potatoes

How to make the perfect cuppa cinnamon-ginger tea

Ginger’s fragrance is warm and spicy and is used in traditional medicine to treat colds, fevers, loss of appetite, nausea, inflammation and genito-urinary and lung infections. It is also known to protect the liver. In addition, ginger is a stimulant and aphrodisiac.

   Cinnamon is also warm and spicy with a bit of sweetness. It is thought to be an aphrodisiac that relieves tension and invigorates the senses. Cinnamon is a perfect complement to ginger tea.

Let’s try it:

  1. Add 3 cups of cold water to a saucepan and heat on high
  2. Peel fresh ginger root and slice thin. (I used about 1/4 cup)
  3. Add 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon or 1 whole cinnamon stick to water
  4. Add ginger to water.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil.
  6. Cover the pan and remove from heat.
  7. Let the tea sit for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Strain and pour into your favorite tea-cup. Sip while reading a good book!

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