Amy Levin offers up five fabulous cleansing recipes.
This beverage is especially beneficial for stiff joints and provides a source of lubrication for the entire system. Turmeric was used thousands of years ago and it’s still used today in Hindu religious ceremonies. This spice is believed to improve fertility. It’s a good antioxidant, great for the immune system and wonderful for egg health. The creator of this original drink (which calls for dairy milk), Yogi Bhajan, recommended cooking the turmeric before eating it.
• 600ml nut milk
• 1tsp liquid sunflower lecithin
• 1⁄4tsp almond extract
• 2tsp heaped raw honey
Blend all ingredients on high speed until the sunflower lecithin has dissolved. You can blend until the milk is slightly warm for a nice, relaxing bedtime drink.
This recipe provides the basis for the Golden milk and Super charged smoothie.
• 1 cup/150g nuts (almond, whole hemp or brazil are my favourites)
• 3 cups/600ml filtered water, use more water for a less creamy milk
Blend nuts and water together on high speed for 30 seconds or until creamy. Strain through a nut milk bag or a fine sieve. Dehydrate the nut pulp (not hemp) until dry, powder it in a high speed blender or coffee grinder and save for future use in crackers, breads or cakes and cookies.
This smoothie is thick, luxurious and has the taste and consistency of egg nog without all the nasty stuff; not to mention all the health and fertility benefits. Almonds are a great source of essential fatty acids, zinc, folic acid and vitamin E. Sweet potato is a wonderful source of safe vitamin A and is hormone regulating. Linseed oil is brilliant for your daily dose of Omega 3 essential fatty acid. Cinnamon will assist with regulating your blood sugar and will help you to curb the sugar cravings. And if that wasn’t enough, bananas contain B6 and tryptophan, an amino acid that makes you chill out and feel good. Who couldn’t use a bit of that?
• 600ml nut milk
• 150g sweet potato, peeled and diced
• 1⁄2tsp vanilla powder
• 1⁄2tsp cinnamon
• 2tsp maca
• 1tsp freshly grated nutmeg or 1⁄8tsp nutmeg powder
• 2tsp coconut syrup
• 200g banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
• 2tsp linseed/flax oil
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender for about 30-45 seconds or until it’s smooth and creamy. Serve at once.
A true power house of a smoothie and great for an afternoon 'pick me up and keep me going untill dinner’ or as a meal replacement. Bee pollen is a good source of vegan protein and helps promote a regular menstrual cycle and blood flow. It also contains B vitamins and minerals, which are helpful for fertility. Hemp seeds are a good source of both omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Blue green algae will give your immune system a boost and will regulate your metabolism, while chia seeds are probably your best source of vegan omega 3.
For the chia gel:
• 1tbsp chia seeds
• 60ml water
For the smoothie:
• 600ml water
• 2tbsp shelled hemp seeds
• 250g banana, sliced and frozen
• 1tbsp bee pollen
• 1-3tsp Blue green algae
• 2tbsp chia gel
Make the chia gel by combining the seeds in a small bowl with 3⁄4 cup or 60ml water. After about five to 10 minutes of the seeds soaking in the water, whisk and then transfer to a small jar. This will keep in the fridge for four or five days. Combine all smoothie ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
These recipes appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Get Fresh!
Amy Levin of Ooosha, is a raw chef and teacher running classes from East Sussex and various locations throughout the UK. Classes include Advanced Raw Chocolate, Fermentation and more. Visit www.ooosha.co.uk for class dates and locations