Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie

The Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie will energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. #vibrantrecipes

Spring has officially sprung and we couldn't be happier. It seems that despite the lingering tendencies of winter everyone in the Vibrant Health office has put the down jackets to rest and embraced the spring vibe. I found this recipe on preventdisease.com, who originally got it from rawforbeauty.com. Of course, I made a few small changes (some might say improvements). 

The Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie will energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. #vibrantrecipes

The idea behind the Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie is to energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. Here's why:

Chia seeds provide omega 3's, which benefit your skin by strengthening cell membranes' barriers that allow water and nutrients in while keeping toxins out. 

Maca is said to strengthen hair and reduce hair loss. Also due to its hormone regulating properties, maca has been used to clear acne. 

We have discussed previously the wealth of benefits one may expect from curcuminoids (orange pigments in turmeric) including: anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It's also been said to help with digestion, blood purification, and as a skin tonic. 

Coconut Oil's hair and skin benefits mostly come from its topicial use, but ingesting coconut oil can aid digestion and boost energy as well as speed the healing of fungal infections. Also taking it internally has been said to help remineralize teeth. 

Mangoes & Blackberries are both rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help keep your skin healthy and glowing. Mangoes are rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish and promote hair growth. 

Cinnamon is also known to promote hair growth, but used more topically for that purpose. Try mixing a little cinnamon and coconut oil together for a great scalp treatment. In this smoothie it adds to the anti-inflammatory nature of it as well as of course, great flavor.

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1/4 cup blackberries

1 banana

1 tbsp coconut oil

1-2 Maximized Curcuminoid tablets

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp Maca powder

Directions: Blend until smooth. The Spring Rejuvenation Smoothie will energize you, while clearing your mind and infusing your body with all kinds of antioxidant benefits. This smoothie is an excellent hair and skin tonic. #vibrantrecipes

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Golden Milk

Golden Milk - a potent and delicious #turmeric hot drink. Made with #maximizedcurcumoids #vibrantrecipes

If you haven't heard yet, turmeric has become a buzz word within the health industry and beyond. At the Natural Products Expo West this past weekend there was a wide array of new turmeric products from fizzy drinks to capsules and powders. Some benefits of the root may include anti-inflammatory effects, an immune boost against colds and flus, an effective pain killer, a digestive aid, and so on. It's even boasted as being anti-cancer. *Shrug* I don't know about that, but I am sure it couldn't hurt either :). I am a huge fan of this "super-root." I have been taking Maximized Curcuminoids for about a year now almost daily and my once unbearable seasonal allergies are virtually non-existant. It helps with soreness between workouts for me as well as migraines. This product is a pretty sizeable tablet. so the recipe today will be great for those who can't (or would prefer not to) swallow pills.

We at Vibrant Health recognize March as Bone & Joint health month and Curcuminoids are one of the featured products during this month. What are curcuminoids? Glad you asked. They are the brilliant orange pigments from turmeric with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant atrributes. Curcuminoids were traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to support digestive health, live health, and skin health. We make two curcuminoid products: Cucuminoids 95+ (250 mg) and Maximized Curcuminoids (1000 mg). Both contain black pepper extract for added absorption.

If you want to learn more about curcuminoids, you're in luck. This month you can earn rewards towards discounts & even free product just by watching our Curcuminoids video.

Ok, ok, now for the delicious (and perhaps a little outside the norm) recipe you are looking for:

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened coconut, rice, or almond milk

1-2 Maximized Curcuminoid tablets

1 tsp coconut oil

Few shakes black pepper

Generous dash vanilla

Raw honey or maple syrup to taste

Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Directions: Our blender is actually powerful enough to grind the tablets right up. If you don't have a blender that can do this, you could use a coffee grinder or pill crusher. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour mixture into saucepan and heat on low until desired heat.

NOTE: Try not to drip the mixture. If you do, be sure to wipe it up immediately as it can stain orange. (I may have dyed a few things in the office kitchen orange – but hey, orange is the new black, right?)

 

Golden Milk - a potent and delicious #turmeric hot drink. Made with #maximizedcurcumoids #vibrantrecipes

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Women’s Health Magazine recipe

wh recipe

This recipe was found in the pages of November 2013’s Women’s Health Magazine as part of an excerpt from Brooke Siler’s “Big Book of Pilates”

It’s a yummy and energizing smoothie!

wh recipe

Ingredients:

1 scoop or handful of ice

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 medium banana

1 cup berries

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (we recommend our Pure Green Protein Vanilla)

1 scoop Rainbow Vibrance

2 tsp flaxseed oil

 

Leisure Smoothie

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leisure

You’ve been working hard. You deserve a break. Labor Day weekend is a time to honor your hard work, so sit back, relax and let your Rainbow Vibrance smoothie do the work for you! Be patriotic, be healthy, be vibrant!

In this smoothie: Cauliflower contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, and boron. Strawberries and Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which benefit cardiovascular health as well as cognitive function. Their phytochemical content is also said to have anti-cancer properties, prevent wrinkles, counteract bad cholesterol, fight inflammation and regulate blood pressure. Rainbow Vibrance contains phytochemicals and plant fibers which can help rid the body of heavy metals an toxins. Coconut milk is said to be antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

Ingredients

5-7 florets of Cauliflower

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1 cup coconut or almond milk

1 serving Rainbow Vibrance

Handful of ice

Beet Your Greens

beet tops

beet tops

Did you know you could use your beet tops to make a highly nutritious smoothie? Beet greens contain large amounts of Vitamin K, which is an important element that aids in blood clotting, may help fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and works with calcium to boost your bone strength. Beet greens also support healthy vision and a robust immune system as they are rich in Vitamin A. Rainbow Vibrance is a Critical Cellular Care product which concentrates the nutrition of approximately two-thirds of a pound of fruits and vegetables in each small scoop of 5.9 grams. Each serving carries an exceptionally high antioxidant value (expressed as ORAC units) from a broad range of specially selected fruit and vegetable powders and extracts. This smoothie, with its deep burgundy color, is a tasty snack for your immune system.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped beet tops

1 apple

3-4 kale leaves

1 tsp flax seed

1 scoop Rainbow Vibrance

1 tsp honey

8 oz water

Handful of ice

Anti-Inflammatory Zinger–Muy Picante!

zinger

zinger

Do you get headaches? Is it a migraine, a tension headache, a sinus or a cluster headache? I could get another headache just trying to pinpoint what type of headache I actually have, what caused it (weather? genetics? diet?), and how to avoid them in the future. All I know is sometimes my head hurts and sometimes it just feels a little foggy. With the hesitant summer we are having on the East coast, the pressure is all over the place causing joint pain and other aches. So whether you get bad headaches or you would just like to drink something that rocks for brain function, circulation, and the fight against inflammation, then this is the drink for you. This drink packs a little (or a lot if you so desire) spice, so you can feel like you are having a fiesta while you’re taking care of your body.

Ingredients

1 serving Green Vibrance®

1/8 tsp. (or to taste) Cayenne pepper

1 cup brewed Gingko tea or any detox tea

1/2 cup spinach

1 banana

1/2 cup sliced cucumber

1/4 tsp. (or to taste) fresh ginger

Optional antioxidant bonus: 1 Maximized Curcuminoid Tablet

Directions: In an electric blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, serve immediately.