Happy New Year!  If you, like I, over-ate and under-slept throughout the months of November and December, you are not alone.  One too many Baby Jesus Birthday cakes, regular birthday cakes, peach cookies hand-delivered by my in-laws from my favorite bakery in Pittsburgh and going over my one-glass-ration of wine have me feeling a little yucky…or ‘acid’ as my brother’s family is fond of saying.  Truth be told, now that we stock urine test strips in the bathroom, my kids and I say it, too.  We are highly smoothie-compliant in our house and rarely skip a day; however, I get a little lax on the juicing and eating mainly raw foods this time of year.  So hopefully this will inspire you (and me!) to get back on track.  And if you are not yet a ‘smoothie convert’, then there is no better time to add this practice to your daily routine.  If you are already a smoothie-junkie but you want to mix it up a bit, then this post is for you.

Regular readers and those of you who know me personally know that I am a big fan of and often reference The Clean Program by Dr. Alejandro Junger, MD.  It offers the best of both worlds because you can follow the entire program with foods you can prepare in your own kitchen (if you have a good blender and juicer) and supplements you can easily purchase at your local health food store.  Or, if you are like my brother-n-law and have absolutely no interest in juicing for yourself because that’s critical time taken away from your golf game, you can purchase necessary items through http://www.cleanprogram.com

One of my recent posts caught the attention of Meghan Goyer, who wears at least a couple different hats as a member of The Clean Program Team.  Turns out she’s also crazy for quinoa and when I offered her the opportunity to share some of her favorite Clean Program recipes, she was happy to contribute.  Below is her bio and three of The Clean Team’s favorite smoothie creations, as well as links to other Clean-approved recipes.  I’m anxious to hear your experiences and results!

To Meghan: thank you for not only taking time from your schedule to pull this together but also for reading the blog.  As a society, we are urgently in need of improved nutrition and not everyone can afford a trip to a Canyon Ranch or The Hippocrates Institute!  For some people, it’s a choice to pay their phone bill or buy quality food.  So I admire someone like Meghan who is passionate about helping others to make improved choices about the quality of their health.

Enjoy!

Meghan Goyer is the newest addition to the Clean team!  She is a new resident of Charleston, SC as well, coming from Athens, GA where she received an M.A. in religion from the University of Georgia, after studying religion and painting there as an undergrad. Her studies focused on ritual and how it can be used intentionally as a tool for healing in today’s world.  Meghan’s passion for healing is likewise reflected in her yoga practice and teaching, work with interfaith dialogue, community building, non-violent communication, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, creativity, spirituality, mindfulness, and nutrition.  She believes that health is a multi-faceted big picture, and that in addition to promoting a cleaner world through living a clean lifestyle, love and fun are both super important parts of good health, and she encourages them widely.  Her role with the Clean team is still developing, but scans from customer support (which she thinks is SO important) to project development and assistance.

Smoothies and shakes are a great way to start the day, or perfect for a snack.  Because they are liquid, they are easy to digest, so your body won’t have to work so hard.  This means fewer digestive issues and better health! The best part about smoothies and shakes is that you can get super creative with the ingredients. Fruit and vegetables both work great, as well as nut milks and coconut water.  You can also use spices! There are infinite possible combinations, but here are a few of the Clean team’s favorite recipes to get you started.

*Note: The following recipes ask for Nourish or Nourish daily.  These are Clean products that can be ordered from www.cleanprogram.com. You can also substitute your own protein powder.  It’s best to get one with no whey or soy.  Some good options are pea, hemp, and brown rice protein powders. Some of the recipes also call for Move.  This is a Clean product too and can be replaced with ground flax, hemp, or chia seeds.

A lot of these recipes call for nut milk. I prefer to use almond milk.  You can buy this (get the unsweetened kind – Pacific and blue diamond are good brands), or make it on your own.  Here are the directions for how to do that:

Ingredients (Makes 3 servings):

1/2 cup almonds, skins removed and soaked overnight

3 cups water

1 tablespoon stevia to taste

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon flax oil

Directions:

Place the nuts, water, sweetener, salt, and oil in a blender and blend until smooth.  If it’s still chunky, either continue to blend or strain the liquid through cheesecloth, then serve.

“Peanut Butter and Jelly” Shake

1 scoop chocolate Nourish or Nourish daily (or your own protein powder)

1 scoop Move (or 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds)

1 spoonful almond butter (unsweetened and raw if possible)

1 handful of blueberries (I like the frozen ones)

1 cup almond milk (Unsweetened)

1 handful of ice cubes (optional)

Blend until smooth

Avocado Lime and Ginger smoothie: creamy, nutrient packed, satiating and delicious!

1 avocado, pitted and diced

1 large apple (any variety), cored and quartered

Juice of 1 lime

1 inch cube of ginger, peeled and minced OR 1 teaspoon ginger powder

1 cup coconut water OR nut/rice/hemp seed milk of your choice

handful of ice cubes (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth

Becky’s Morning Shake

8 ounces of water

3-4 ounces of nut or hemp seed or rice milk (unsweetened)

1/2 of an avocado

2 teaspoons organic almond butter

a pinch of sea salt

1 scoop Nourish (or your own protein powder)

1 scoop Move (or ground flax seeds)

sweetener to taste, e.g. stevia, agave, brown rice syrup (optional)

1 tablespoon carob or raw cacao powder (optional)

Blend until smooth and creamy.  Please note: this recipe makes a lot, so it can be one serving, or you can save some and have the rest as a snack later, depending on your individual hunger that day!

Here are some links to even more recipes for delicious juices, shakes, and smoothies. 

http://support.cleanprogram.com/forums/171013-smoothie-juice-recipes

http://my.cleanprogram.com/forum/categories/clean-recipes-shakes-smoothies/listForCategory

Feel free to get creative and experiment with your own combinations too! Make sure to tell us any great ones ;)

Our community site is also a great place to find healthy recipes.  Check it out at my.cleanprogram.com

And if you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at Meghan@cleanprogram.com

Cheers,

Meghan