Wow is it ever freezing down here in the deep southern part of the U.S.! I’ve been sooooo cold and when I take Gracie (my 4-legged child) on a walk and watch her jump in the lake in 19 degree weather I almost feel faint. She, of course, couldn’t be happier! Even in the coldest of winter months, I’m still fully committed to my health and I’m determined to stay high-raw. One way I do that is by adding spices to my smoothies and juices. Hence the 2 recipes I share with you below. They are positively delicious, they’re filling, and they warm you up when it’s cold outside.
Speaking of commitment, over the years I’ve learned the depth of that word as it relates to my health. The setbacks, the disappointment in myself, knowing how it feels to be on again off again in my pursuit of radiant health – all these things have taught me what it truly means to be fully committed to something, no matter what.
May I ask you something? How committed are you to creating radiant, gorgeous, vibrant health? It’s now February and I’m just wondering if you’ve been staying true to your new year’s commitments (I don’t like the word resolutions). How strongly do you want to release those extra pounds that are bearing down on you? (and incidentally it’s about so much more than how you look.) What (and Who) is calling to your spirit to “come up higher” so you can experience all God has for you and see your desires fulfilled? No matter how many times you’ve tried and “failed”, know this – you have the power to make a different choice at any moment of any day. There is hope. You can change. Receive it!!
Spicy Green Dream Juice
1/2 cup grape tomatoes or Organic Tomato Juice
2 stalks celery
1/2 green or red bell pepper
3 organic carrots
2 handfuls organic spinach
1 small piece jalapeño
2 cloves garlic
Coconut Aminos or Himalayan salt to taste (optional)
Blend all ingredients except aminos in Green Star or Champion Juicer. Add the coconut aminos or salt if you want a saltier flavor.
Ginny’s Tip: Add more jalapeño to this juice if you want to really warm yourself. I love this when I’m hungry for something savory and filling.
Pralines and Spice Milk
1 cup raw pecans (soaking beforehand breakdowns enzyme inhibitors in nuts and makes them easier to digest)
3 cups pure water (I use alkalinized water)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
3 drops Medicine Flower Vanilla flavor or 1/2 teaspoon Frontier Vanilla flavor
2 to 3 medjool dates, pitted
1 scoop Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein powder
Place nuts and water in Vitamix or other high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy. Use cheese cloth or nut milk bag to strain (this is optional – if you want a thicker drink skip this part) and put strained milk back in blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Pour in glass and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Yum!
Ginny’s Tip: Sometimes I make this as my post-workout drink. To do that all I do is exchange 1 1/2 cups of the water with a 12 oz container of coconut water. It’s also perfect for those nights when you’re hungry later in the evening and don’t want to eat something heavy.
Ginny Edwards is the founder and CEO of Ginny Edwards International , a coaching company dedicated to helping women who sense a deep calling to some form of leadership transform their bodies and their health with the power of raw food. Ginny has been a professional life coach to women of faith for over ten years. Her passion for helping others live lives of excellence with the primary goal of bringing glory to God is inspiring women around the globe to pursue their own high calling which includes radiating health and life to all they encounter.