These Kid-Friendly Smoothies Are As Instagrammable As They Are Good For You!
Come over here for a second and we'll tell you a secret—one of these smoothies c22ontains a generous serving of bok choi, and another is a blend of coconut and butterfly pea, a super pretty edible flower that lends its mesmerizing purple, indigo hue to any recipe its used in.
They're both incredibly healthy and all-natural, but you'll never have to worry about your kids wincing at the sound of ingesting "veggie and herb-infused" beverages because—wait for it—they're delicious!
The recipes are products of none other than Lorenzo's Sanctuary, an Laguna-based agricultural establishment founded by husband and wife team, Olive and Mar Medina.
Their farm, though straightforward at first glance, proves to be extra special—it was the result of two very personal experiences that have transformed them and their family. You see, Olive was once riddled with multiple health issues (obesity being one of her most pressing concerns) and her adolescent son, Lorenzo, is a special needs child with autism.
In the most challenging years of their path to healing, Olive and Mar sought treatment after treatment for physical ailments until they turned to nature and picked up an all-natural approach. Though unfamiliar with what it took to truly be healthy at first, they learned slowly and steadily. Step by step, they began replacing the damaging habits they had acquired over time and unlearned everything unhealthy in their lives.
The results were nothing short of amazing. It’s also evidence of how sustainable, healthy eating habits can make all the difference and, really, be the answer that so many families like them have long searched for.
Olive not only shed the pounds, but felt more invigorated, while her son Lorenzo also benefited from a balanced diet, as well as enjoyed growing and harvesting their produce. Mar was, of course, one happy dad and husband who could feel more at ease about his brood's well-being.
Happy Thursday! Lorenzo giving much attention to watering our produce?? What we give attention to grow and flourish. This does not only apply to plants and produce but to our thoughts and actions. There are so much distractions not to mention negativity lurking around us. At the same time, blessings and goodness abounds. Let us be mindful of where we focus our energy to, eventually it becomes us. May we only think of happy thoughts, say words of love and do things with kindness ?? #grateful #livemindfully #fortheloveofenzo
While there’s nothing esoteric about this change for Olive and Mar, they reveal that it’s actually quite simple. There are tons of ways of enjoying tasty, good-for-you recipes, if only more people knew how to prepare them properly and where to find them.
It's just as any dish or beverage might work; it's a must to find fresh, premium, and most importantly, chemical-free ingredients. They’re quite fortunate to enjoy farm-to-fork dining all day, every day thanks to the produce they have in their literal backyard. It's a huge plus to know how to combine them for optimal yumminess (veggies, fruits and herbs are not to be feared!).
Today, Olive and Mar want to share what they've learned over the years with families and individuals who wish to inject healthiness in their current lifestyles. That and also making the much-needed shift to organic eating, little by little.
Here they are sharing two mouthwatering smoothie recipes that aren't just pretty, but packed with vitamins and that even kids will love!
Lorenzo is happy to pick butterfly pea flowers and use them to add flavor and color to our passion fruit juice for sharing to his special needs co participants at our thanksgiving activity at the farm today - ecobricking and composting. Lovely day to give thanks and be happy?? #grateful
Lorenzo’s Sanctuary Green Smoothies Recipe (serves six 8 oz glasses)
- 8 medium size green leaves, preferably pechay, lettuce or bok choi
- 2 medium-sized bananas
- 1 medium-sized mango
- 1 cup water
- (Optional) 1 tablespoon Dr. Gerry’s Coco Nectar, available at Human Heart Nature's online shop, or preferred sweetener
- 1 teaspoon chia seed
- 5 pieces of almonds
- 5 pieces of walnuts
- Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.
- Consume immediately, or transfer in bottle and refrigerate.
- Consume bottled smoothie within three days.
Butterfly Pea Coconut Smoothie Ingredients (makes one serving):
- ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons coconut meat
- Your choice of sweetener, preferably coco nectar or stevia
- 6 pieces of butterfly pea flowers
- Mix all ingredients in a blender.
- Pour into a glass,
- Top with butterfly pea flower and serve.
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