Guest Blogger: Andrea McNinch

Mall “Food” Reincarnated!

I use quotes here because nothing served at the mall is food. Sure you can eat it, and I’m not saying the fried, processed garbage found in your typical mall “food” court doesn’t taste good, but food is your fuel. Would you put the worst gas ever in your lamborgini? Probably not. And If you did, what would happen? Depending on how the car was built, it would break down a few times, or many times, and end up in the shop until the engine totally breaks and the car is no longer fixable. Sound familiar? Why not put the best fuel EVER in your body?! And guess what??!! Good-for-you food CAN taste good too! This recipe will change this belief!

I am obsessed with nostalgic raw foods at the current moment, which leads me to this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G recipe that is 100% spot-on to the Orange Julius I used to get when I went to the mall back in the day. I know some raw recipes will mock certain junk foods and then to your disappointment, you eat it and it tastes nothing like the original! Don’t get me wrong, I love all raw food and mainly eat green salads and juices all day, but sometimes I like to indulge, so if you tell me what you are about to feed me is going to taste like fries, donuts, ice cream, etc., it BETTER taste like what it is mocking!! For example don’t grind up cauliflower and call it mashed potatoes! I love me some cauliflower, but don’t try to pass this watery cruciferous veggie off as a creamy, salty, buttery pile of mashed potatoes!

Well, I promise you, this rich creamsicle dream is the REAL thing, however it won’t kill you and is soooooo GOOD for you!! The nutritional value is off the charts with this bad boy! I also must add that not all goji berries or superfood powders are created equal. So, if you stray from Vivapura, you might have to adjust your ingredients for taste and also the nutrient value won’t be the same.

Orange Julius
5 cups coconut or pure water (if using *medicinal water, do a 50:50 ratio)
2 cups Young Thai coconut meat
¾ cup goji berries
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup lucuma powder
½ cup raw honey, or other raw sweetener
Juice of 3 limes
Juice of 2 small lemons (or one big one)
1 organic aloe vera leaf, filleted
Meat from 1 **mamey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pouteria_sapota)
1 dropper full of Vanilla Essence (http://www.purejoyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=500)

Directions
Blend everything in a high-speed blender until completely smooth. Place into freezer for 30 minutes. Stir, then serve! Taste before to see if anything needs adjustments. If you add more of anything, you’ll need to blend and the refreeze.

*Instead of using plain old water in my raw food diet, I steep waters with nettle, horsetail, barberry bark, cats claw, schizandra berries, etc. and store them in my fridge in big glass jars. I then will cut the water called for in a raw recipe 50:50 with
whatever “water brewed potion” I have on hand. This is a GREAT way to sneak in more health benefits into my raw diet.
**If you can’t find an organic mamey, add ¼ cup Irish moss paste.

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