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THE CHERRY CONNECTOR

Author: Lily Mazzarella

I formulated this luscious smoothie for a specific reason: I’ve been healing from a chronic arm/shoulder injury for several years and am finally building back strength (woo hoo!) and becoming more active in physical therapy. Aware that an injury could set me back, I’m careful to support my tissues with the nutrients they need to recover. Research has shown that cherries reduce post-exercise fatigue, and that collagen prevents sports injury—a winning combination. Flavonoids from cherries support cross-linking of collagen fibers (what all our connective tissue is made of!). Protein, plant-based omega 3’s, and other healthy fats help reduce post-workout inflammation and restore depleted energy reserves.

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THE CHERRY CONNECTOR
Cuisine American
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Cuisine American
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process at high speed until thick and creamy.
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JUST THE GREENS SMOOTHIE

Author: Lily Mazzarella

I’m not usually a sweet breakfast kind of gal—so often I save my fruit smoothies for snacks, and get down to veggies and lean protein in the morning (see the Turkey-Sage Breakfast Patties at www.farmacopia.net/recipes, if you’re with me on this).

When I don’t have the time or desire to cook veggies in the morning, I fill my trusty Vitamix with them instead. By pureeing them, I’m getting ample fiber and making raw veggies more digestible for my system. Here’s my favorite green blend.

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JUST THE GREENS SMOOTHIE
Course Smoothie
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Course Smoothie
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  1. Place all the ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Usually this smoothie gets pretty aerated/frothy, so I fill a mason jar to the lid and allow to rest at least 1/2 hour before consuming. I always double this recipe, which gives me 1 jar for tomorrow. I squeeze lime juice over the top of the jar to be consumed next day and store it in the coldest part of the fridge. The lime juice prevents oxidation and keeps it beautifully fresh and green!
Recipe Notes

If you’re using this instead of green soup mid-day, make sure to add a serving of protein powder to it, or consume with some high-quality lean protein!

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Strawberry-Goji Happiness Smoothie

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Strawberry-Goji Happiness Smoothie
This light, creamy, not-overly-sweet treat features vitamin C-rich springtime strawberries and goji berries, a.k.a. Happiness Berry or Wolfberry. Goji is a traditional Chinese medicine used for liver and kidney deficiency patterns, for “brightening” the eyes (no wonder, as it is chock-full of carotenes and anti-inflammatory pigments), and promoting happiness and longevity. In a 2-week clinical trial, daily consumption of goji berries was found to increase energy and well-being (“happiness”) and improve digestion in the lucky participants.
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients and adjust liquid to desired consistency.
Recipe Notes

Dried goji berries can be a bit tough, for best results soak overnight to soften.

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