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Creamy Orange-Vanilla Smoothie

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Growing up in a suburb outside of Atlanta, my free time was often spent hanging out at Perimeter Mall with my friends. Checking out black light posters and other stupid stuff at Spencer’s gifts; and on a good day, getting an Orange Julius. Making this little smoothie takes me back to that time. I can still picture it all.

I don’t really know what was in an Orange Julius. Probably some things I wouldn’t want to have now. But what I put together today is simple, yummy and perfect for a summer afternoon by the pool. I started with someĀ toastedĀ coconut almond milk from Califia Farms. This is my new favorite brand. I get it at Whole Foods. Check it out.

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Mexican Chocolate Elixir

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So I’m prepping for a yoga and chocolate tasting workshop that I’m going to lead next week (wanna come?) and I remembered this amazing drinking chocolate that I had in Santa Fe last summer. If you are ever there, be sure to check out Kakawa Chocolate House. It’s super cool. They have a ton of different chocolate elixirs to choose from and you can taste any one of them first…which of course, I did. And don’t you just love the word ELIXIR. Makes me think I’m drinking something magical and healing sent down from the Mayan gods.

They have all kinds of interesting flavors added to the drinking chocolate including ancho chile, lavender, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and rose to name a few. Some of the drinks are a little more bitter because of the higher cacoa content of the chocolate used and others are sweeter. For this recipe, I stuck with a traditional Mexican flavor combination using almonds, cinnamon and Mexican vanilla.

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Carrot Sweet Potato Juice

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SWEET POTATO JUICE??? Wah??? Um, yes! It’s awesome.

Got this idea today after yoga class. My friend Mayra and I were talking about juicing. (This is a typical post-yoga class conversation, btw.) I mentioned that as it has been getting colder, I mostly want to juice carrots. They seem more warming to me; because of their color, because they are a root vegetable and because they go really well with ginger.

Mayra told me about her friend or maybe her sister or maybe her sister’s friend who combines carrots, sweet potato and ginger for her cold weather juicing. SWEET POTATO???? Wah??? How cool! So I immediately went home to try it.

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Iced Rooibos Chai

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So do you ever go on vacation and pick up a new thing that you don’t regularly do at home? Like taking an early morning walk everyday or sleeping late and reading a book in bed or getting a massage. Whatever it is, when you’re on vacation it feels extra special, right?

I just got back from a two week road trip to Northern New Mexico. One thing that I adopted as my vacation thing was drinking chai tea almost everyday. It all started when we went to an Ayurvedic Indian restaurant in Santa Fe called Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe.

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