Beverages

Digestive Smoothie -Pineapple Green Mint

 pineapple mint smoothie
This green smoothie is definitely one that I can handle. It has the right amount of sweetness and keeps you from getting hungry for hours. Pineapple contains enzymes to assist with digestion and mint is also an excellent remedy for digestion which makes this the perfect smoothie when in need or just want to enjoy it.
Ingredients:

1/2 cup water (or fresh apple juice)
the juice from half a lime
2Ttbsp. fresh mint
2 cups of fresh, chopped pineapple
1 banana, (fresh or frozen)
1 cup of kale or spinach
1 Tbs. flax seeds
1 handful of ice, if you use a fresh banana

Instructions:
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Start on a low speed and increase to high
  3. Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

Iced Chai Tea

iced chai

This is a recipe for chai tea; it is just something I threw together, not really in a specific cultural category. But it is delicious, refreshing, and nourishing.

Recipe: 

3 Cups filtered water

2-3 tea black bags or 1 Tbs. loose black tea

1 Tbs. anise seeds or 1 anise star

1 Tbs. whole clove

4 cinnamon sticks

¼ inch fresh ginger, chopped

6 whole pepper corns

4 cardamom pods 

Sweetener- Use according to taste, I use 2 tsp per cup. You can use honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or even organic cane sugar if you must. If you are using a liquid sweetener, add when tea has cooled to room temp. If using sugars, add while still hot so it will melt better.

Liquid-

½ Cup coconut milk or raw milk

OPTIONAL Flavors:

½ tsp. almond extract

2 tsp. vanilla extract 

Instructions:

Bring 3 cups water to a boil, and then add the rest of the spices and low boil for 10 minutes, take off heat and let cool with spices in the water still, this is to enhance the healing/nourishing properties of the spices. When cooled, strain and add the liquids.

Serve over ice.