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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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Protein-rich Emerald Soup

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Protein-rich Emerald Soup
This savory, silky soup is a great way to drink your vegetables, while keeping your blood sugar balanced and your whole system fueled. Liquid meals remove burden from the digestive tract, freeing up resources for repair & restoration in your body. Unlike green juice, green smoothies & soups maintain fiber content & allow for the addition of a protein source, like grass-fed collagen or pea protein. They are also “warming” to the GI tract, and more digestible than juices for many.
Instructions
  1. In a medium to large sauce pan, sauté onions in olive or coconut oil over moderate heat, until they start to turn translucent.
  2. Add zucchini & broccoli, & sauté until just the outside of the zucchini starts to turn translucent.
  3. Add the spinach & wilt. Cover with liquid & bring to a boil, then simmer for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn off heat & add chopped avocado & herbs, if utilizing.
  5. Blend soup, using a hand blender or Vitamix (Vitamix gives the soup a silky texture).
  6. Add salt & pepper to taste. Grate 3 strokes of nutmeg into the soup & stir (use just a small pinch if powdered).
  7. Add approximately 1 tbsp of Collagen or Pea Protein for each cup of soup you consume. Drizzle with olive oil or add a dollop of pesto as desired.
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Easy Pea-sy Fresh Greens Soup

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Easy Pea-sy Fresh Greens Soup
This savory, silky soup is a great way to drink your vegetables, while keeping your blood sugar balanced and your whole system fueled. Liquid meals remove burden from the digestive tract, freeing up resources for repair & restoration in your body. Green soups maintain fiber content & allow for the addition of a protein source, like grass-fed collagen or pea protein.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
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  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook shallot, onion and thyme, stirring often, until onion is translucent and tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add broth, bring to a boil, and cook until zucchini is tender, 6-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in greens and peas, remove from heat, and let sit 10 minutes to allow greens to soften.
  5. Add avocado and preserved lemon.
  6. Add approximately 1 tbsp collagen or pea protein for each cup of soup.
  7. Purée soup in batches in a blender until smooth (or use a hand blender).
  8. Season with salt, pepper, and fresh lemon to taste.

  9. Serve soup topped with Cashew Crema and chopped mixed fresh herbs, or a dollop of Mineral-Rich Pesto.
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Green Dream Smoothie Bowl

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Green Dream Smoothie Bowl
I’ve always loved my smoothies on the thicker side, so why not really go for it, and eat it with a spoon? The ground chia and flax form a gel so this recipe has a wonderful pudding-like consistency (experiment to find your preferred consistency). I use collagen powder as it dissolves fully - but of course use your protein powder of choice. For extra flavor and texture, I love adding coconut shreds, Stress-Adapt Herbal Pow[d]er, berries, paleo granola, and hemp seeds.
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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  1. Blend all ingredients including 1 tsp of greens powder until thick and creamy. Spoon into a bowl and swirl the remaining 1/2 tsp of greens powder of your choice into the center. Top with chopped nuts, berries, hemp or pumpkin seeds and enjoy!
  2. If more sweetness is desired, add 1 tsp real vanilla and/or 1-3 drops organic liquid stevia.
Recipe Notes

The no-sugar version of this smoothie leaves out the dates and banana, and uses more cinnamon, vanilla, and stevia.
Use 1 tbsp nut butter if avocados are unavailable to you.

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Spring Asparagus, Leek + Pea Soup

Author: Lily Mazzarella
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Spring Asparagus, Leek + Pea Soup
This silky, vibrant green soup is the epitome of spring. It is simple to make, but with the addition of some reserved peas, pumpkin seeds and fresh herbs, is texturally complex and delightful. If you’re having the soup for lunch, make sure to add a serving of collagen or pea protein to keep your energy up and your hunger in check. Enjoy with flax crackers, or pair with a turkey patty, sweet potato, or chickpea pancake for a heartier meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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  1. Heat olive oil in large, heavy bottomed sauce pan. Sauté leeks until slightly translucent (about 8 mins), and salt lightly.
  2. Add broth and water, asparagus and peas, and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat. Add preserved lemon and avocado.
  4. Reserve 1/2 c peas. Working in batches, puree soup until silky. (At this point, I usually add 1 tbsp of collagen per cup of soup, so that it can blend evenly in the Vitamix).
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir in peas and fresh herbs, saving some for garnish.
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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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  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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