Ah, late Summer and one can still catch a longed for glimpse of the serene Lotuses gently swaying in the cool of an early morning breeze! A dear friend, Ganga, and I paid homage to them one early Saturday morning, in their pond home in the Adelaide Botanical gardens. We sat silently, enjoying communion with them and each other, and gratefully acknowledged our good fortune at being there with such beauty.
I have included a lovely poem by Thich Nhat Hanh…..”Padmapani” at the end of this post in honour of them.
Raw Green Smoothies for Health.
Recently I came across on Facebook a young , commited inspirational couple
Sheleana & Caleb- Co-Visionaries, Founders of Young and Raw and their invitation to join a 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge group. Well how supportive, educational and wonderful have their daily recipes been. I recommend you refer to their website and try either this challenge or at least some of their green smoothie recipes! It will be well worth your while and your health will greatly benefit! I have included some of their recipes that got me started on this 30 day challenge.
Their web site is email@example.com. Well done Sheleana & Caleb and thank you for your caring effort to heal us and our planet!
Raw Green Smoothie: A Recipe
This was a recipe for day 2 of the challenge! They named this-
Raspberry Kale Booster Smoothie
1 rib of Celery
1 frozen Banana
1/2 cup of Raspberries or Blueberries
1 handfull of Kale
1 cup of water or Coconut water
I substituted Spinach for Kale as I had no Kale on hand, and used Blueberries and fresh Coconut water.I also added 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds to meet my daily requirement for Omega 3 s and 6 s. As I am a vegetarian daily Chia seeds, golden flaxseeds or Hemp seeds (1-2 tablespoons ) are essential. Soak these seeds overnight or grind then first in the blender before you add all the other ingredients.
Blend all ingredients adding more water or Coconut water for your preferred consistency. Drink and enjoy your newfound energy source!
Green (although it looks purple because of the Blueberries) Smoothie
Raw Green Smoothie: A Recipe
Another of the smoothie recipes was from day 6 they called this one-
Creamy Tropical Cleanse Smoothie
I loved this one! Felt ready to take on the world after it’s smooth deliciousness!
1 cup frozen or fresh Pineapple (I used fresh ingredients as much as possible)
1/4 Avocado ( make sure this is not mushy rather green and ready to eat)
2 mm (or 1 inch) piece of fresh Ginger
2 handfuls of Greens of your choice ( like using a mixture of fresh parsley, spinach and kale leaves)
1-2 cups Coconut water or water
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
Skin ginger, avacado and pineapple. Blend the Chia seeds first, then add all other ingredients. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Do check out the Young and Raw site. So many wonderful Raw Green Smoothie recipes and health tips! firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again Sheleana & Caleb you are an inspiration! I am enjoying my 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge!
In praise of the beautiful and mystical Lotus Flower!
“Padmapani ” by Thich Nhat Hanh 1976
“Flowers in the sky.
Flowers on earth.
Lotuses bloom as Buddha’s eyelids.
Lotuses bloom in man’s heart.
Holding gracefully a lotus in his hand,
the bodhisattva brings forth a universe of art.
In the meadows of the sky, stars have sprung up.
The smiling, fresh moon is already up.
The jade-coloured trunk of a coconut tree
reaches across the late night sky.
My mind, travelling in utmost emptiness,
Catches suchness on its way home.”