Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Back in NY

Back in NY...but first the recipe for this new smoothie....

So...this is basically a cashew-pumpkinseed milk with add-ons like bee pollen, blueberries, agave nectar for extra sweetness, and a perfectly creamy-ripe avocado for that extra smoothie goodness. This is more of a pudding than a smoothie, although more water would surely bring it back into the smoothie realm. I just prefer to eat it with a spoon, that way it takes me about a minute to finish it, instead of 15 seconds. Haha...

So, lets begin...

We start out with a 1/4 cup of cashews, and the same amount of pumpkinseeds. You can let the pumpkinseeds pre-soak in water for an hour to 5 hours if you'd like. It awakens them, and makes them easier to blend. The cashews are ready to blend because of their high fat content. A when you soak them, they just get a little weird, so we don't have to worry about them at all. Just through them in along with the pumpkinseeds in about 1 cup of water. Let them blend for at least one minute. Then add in the 1/4 cup of blueberries, and the 1/8 cup of bee pollen. This is ALOT of bee-pollen, so you might want to cut this quantity in half at first, and then add the rest on top if you do indeed prefer the taste. Ive eaten over a half-cup a day before, and the taste really does grow on you.

Still blending....? GOOD! Let it work! It wont burn out, believe me. Ive blended more in the past year than in my entire life before that, and Ive never burned out a blender motor. They are made to go longer than what we give them credit for. If we don't let it blend long enough, we get little chunks and pieces that make our smoothies not so smooth and tempting for next time. So let it blend at least 3-4 min each time you make a smoothie.

Add in one tsp. of the agave, and then the avocado! Take the seed and the skin off of course, but all that creamy green-yellow goodness goes right in your blender, and soon your smoothie will thicken up even more. If you have to, turn OFF the blender, give the contents a good stir with a knife, then resume blending. Do this only if you can tell pieces are getting stuck in the blender and not becoming one with the whole. Get them to conform and stir them in!

The end product is a great evening dessert full of amino acids and proteins from the nuts and bee pollen, and lots of good fat from the avocado and the cashews. And you've got your natural sugars from the agave and blueberries too...so we have it all here. Guilt-free, and only takes about 5 minutes to make from beginning to end. Through in more of the unblended ingredients if you want some chunks and texture. I added extra bee pollen and blueberries on top.

And, a quote from a new inspiration of mine -

''The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.''
Malcolm Forbes

We simply can't compromise ourselves and our dreams and desires, because in reality, it is all we have. We have to live lives that little children will sit together and hear stories about one day.
And we have to team up with others that are positive and clear-headed. People that want to see others around them grow and change and improve. If you know someone who is constantly negative and sucking energy away from you, pull that weed from the garden of your life, or do what you can to help them bring out more positive aspects in themselves.

The more you travel and the more you read, the more you will evolve. There is no doubt in this. And once it starts to happen, the growth curve becomes exponential because you see how great it is to learn new things so it becomes a natural way of life for you.

Should we do ourselves a favor and rid ourselves of the meaningless 'friendships' we simply maintain for our own egos or for some possible networking benefit in the future? Should we cast these relationships aside and focus intently on the true friendships and issues and projects that really deserve our attention? Are these the words of a loner justifying his solitude??? Nah...

More alienating posts to come soon...

Love the other because the other is you.

Thanks everyone -



Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your blog and have been sharing the link with others. You pull the words right out of my mouth, perfectly, everytime.

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Craig said...

Hey Anthony,
Just wanted to mention that Kelly and I have adopted the "alienation" as you put it, and nothing but growth has come from it. Also, an old friend of mine met up with me last Friday, and I had mentioned the rawfood "bidniz" and she was hooked, has since started researching, all started from the inspiration I got from my wife and you. Together we shall rise above babylon! haha.
Peace and blessings!