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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Changing The World One Green Drink At A Time.

happiest hour: celery, cuke, lemon, apple, chard, ginger
Last night wrapped another great Wellness Cleanse Group at Core Power.  27 rocking participants gave their all, tried on new things, broke bad habits, and explored a more mindful and healthier approach to eating for the past 3 weeks.  As they are now all discovering, it's only the beginning of the journey.  The foods they thought they couldn't live without now don't have the same appeal.  Everyone is vibrating at a higher level, with clear skin, clear eyes, and abundant energy (sans stimulants - unless you include a healthy dose of green juices, smoothies, and kale to be a stimulant!).

We wrapped with a pot luck, where each participant had to bring a cleanse approved dish.

What an AWESOME buffet!  The picture above was only what the first 8 participants brought...you can only imagine the spread when the rest of the group arrived!  From a pesto nut based 'no-cheese' (inspired by my friend and premier raw food chef, Joy Houston, check out her recipes at the Delicious Revolution), to lentil and carrot soups, fresh fruits, kale salads, and slaws, no matter what you put on your plate it tasted AMAZING and you KNEW it was good for your mind, body, and soul.

My dish was chia pudding from fresh almond milk.  Leftovers will be a base for chia porridge (just add fruit!).
Chia Pudding:

1 cup of soaked almonds
7 cups pure water
6-7 pitted medjool dates
cinnamon to your liking
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/4 cups chia seed

Make your almond  milk by blending the almonds, dates, and vanilla, in the vitamix.  Blend and run through a nut strainer bag into a large bowl.  Toss back in the blender and add in cinnamon, and any extra dates you want to help sweeten it up.  Stir in chia, let set stirring occasionally.  Put in a pitcher/large jar and refridgerate/set til thick.  (it will continue to thicken as it sets - overnight will produce a very thick pudding).  This pudding is awesome made with cocoa powder as well (however, no chocolate was allowed during the cleanse :)!!

Now with the completion of another amazing detox course under my belt, i can kick back with my pug, put my feet up, and sip my green drink with my heart FILLED with happiness and inspiration i've received from my 27 new found friendships.  ahhhhhh, all in a day's work, or as my friend Shiny Gilly says:

'changing the world one green drink at a time.' 

I think this may just need to be my slogan.  ha!

ma.  any green drink fa'me?
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