My wife, a wonderful chef, gets annoyed when I say this, but I truly believe I could survive the entire rest of my life armed with a blender and a handful of superfoods. I'm serious. I could drink a smoothie, shake or any of the other mind-bending recipes you're about to discover, and be happy and satisfied for all time – for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But no, I don't plan on drinking or melting my meals in my mouth until I die. Ribeye steak, corn-on-the-cob and sweet potato fries are just too good for that. However I do have six crazy, exotic, superfood cocktails that I don't plan on forsaking anytime soon.
So without further ado, and in no particular order of tastiness or importance, here they are:
1. The Big-Ass Smoothie
Although a nuked Reese's peanut butter cup can certainly brighten a weary morning, I'm come a very long way since my daily breakfast of microwaved oatmeal with protein powder, peanut butter and a chocolate bar.
I now simply chew on a what I call my “big-ass smoothie”. And by chew, I do mean chew. I use a high quality blender that can take a serious beating, mix the entire smoothie at a texture that allows me to eat it with a spoon (so that the enzymes in my mouth can initiate pre-digestion), then scoop it all into my lucky Theodore Roosevelt “Man In The Arena” mug.
And what's the current iteration look like? Knock yourself out.
-Gather four to eight varieties of leafy greens, wild plants, vegetables and herbs. Chop and add to blender. On one morning, I might include dinosaur kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, mint, parsley and cilantro, and on another morning purple cabbage, red lettuce, carrot, basil and ginger. No rules.
-Add 3-6 ounces of full fat, BPA-free coconut milk
-Add 1 tsp Bulletproof XCT Oil
-Add 1/2 of a chopped avocado
-Add 1-2 scoops (20-30 grams) Bulletproof protein powder
-Add 2 teaspoons organic ceylon cinnamon (which lowers blood sugar response to a meal)
-Add 2 teaspoons Bulletproof chocolate powder if you like chocolat-ey goodness
After blending, for added texture and crunch, add:
-1 handful unsweetened coconut flakes
-1 tablespoon organic cacao nibs
-1 handful raw almonds
-3-5 brazil nuts
-1 pinch Aztec salt (you can't go wrong with this salt, trust me. It makes the taste of anything go from good to great)
Should this seem overboard to you, here a recipe one of my readers (Eric) recently sent to me, a recipe he drinks each day and a recipe that makes the complexity of my own smoothie seem quite trite:
“Ben, place these ingredients into large-mouth quart sized Mason jars during the weekend to save prep time:
• Brazil Nuts
• Pumpkin seeds
• Chia seeds
• Primal Defense Ultra
• Active Lipoic Acid (300 mg)
• CoQ10 (200 mg)
• Vitamin C (1,000 mg)
• Vitamin B Complex
• Vitamin D3 (3,000 mg)
• Thorne curcumin (Meriva – SR)
• Cissus Quadrangularis Extract
• Pine pollen extract
• Bladderwack powder
• Tongat-Ali powder
• Maca Root powder
• MSM powder
• Cinnamon powder
• Maqui Berry powder
• Matcha green tea extract
• Sunflower lecithin
• Cocao nibs
• Cocao butter
• Schizandra extract
• Astragalus root extract
• Chlorella powder
• Spirulina powders
• Seaweed (both Dulse and Hiziki)
• Goji Berries
• Collagen protein
The day prior to making a shake from these ingredients, I take the jar of powders and add the following:
• Spring water (stir the powder and pills)
• Raw-milk kefir
• Natto (wake it up first by stirring)
• Aloe vera juice
The mixture is then allowed to soak overnight. The next day, the contents from the jar are put into a blender with:
• Parsley (curley – full bunch)
• Cilantro (full bunch)
• Fresh Ginger
• Cranberry juice
• Olive oil (raw unfiltered cold pressed)
• Coconut vinegar
• Avocado pit (if I have avocado that day)
• Raw (frozen) liver
• Palm oil
I then run the blender on high for about a minute, and then bring it down to a low level and add:
• Pastured raw eggs (2)
• Whey protein”
2. Black Ant Frappe
Sure, you could swing into Starbuck's and grab a caffeinated, sugar-laden, milk-infused, calorie-bomb frappuccino, or you could try my version, which relies upon one secret ingredient that beats the pants off black coffee: black ant extract (read more about it here and stay tuned for a forthcoming podcast on it).
Upon waking from my afternoon nap, I simply blend the following:
-1 teaspoon black ant extract
-2 teaspoons organic ceylon cinnamon
-5-6 drops dark chocolate stevia
-1-2 handfuls ice
Low calorie? You betcha. As in, zero calories. If I do want an extra ketotic-kick-in-the-pants, I drizzle in a tablespoon of brain octane oil.
3. Pau D' Arco Bark Milk
Yeah. You read correctly. Bark milk.
Here's the science behind this one: if you listened to my podcast on the anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer benefits of a compound called “Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide” (NAD), you may have heard that you can spend hundreds of dollars on NAD supplements or thousands of dollars on NAD injections.
But after a bit of research following that podcast, and a fascinating discussion with a man who I consider to be one of the brightest minds in medicine: Dr. Joseph Mercola, I discovered that a compound called “beta-lapachone” can massively increase levels of NAD, and that this pricey chemical can actually be quite inexpensively obtained via a pau d' arco tree bark tea from the Peruvian jungles. Dr. Mercola is way ahead of his time in terms of his experiments with and knowledge on NAD, he's working on a new book on mitochondria that will go into this and much more (I'll be interviewing him soon for the podcast about the book) and he clued me into and gave me instructions on how to prepare an absorbable NAD precursor for pennies on the dollar – instructions he put together after hearing this fascinating interview with anti-aging expert Vince Giulliano.
Follow this recipe:
-Mix 1-2 teaspoons of pau d' arco tree bark with 4-8 ounces of warm water and allow it to sit overnight for 10-12 hours.
-In a good blender for 2-3 minutes, blend the water and soaked bark with fats, which will form liposomes that can increase absorption of the beta-lapachone from the tea. For fats, you can use ghee, brain octane oil , coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil or full fat coconut milk – but Dr. Mercola advised me that the best solution, aside from a special krill oil formulation that is not yet available on the market, is simply a half teaspoon of organic, non-GMO sunflower lecithin, which contains good amounts of phosphatidylcholine, an excellent way to make phospholipids.
-For even more absorption, add 1-2 teaspoons of organic turmeric powder to this mixture.
-Strain after blending.
You can then use the resulting foamy white bark “milk” as an ingredient in smoothies or shakes, or you can drink it straight.
4. Starbucks Surprise
I'm lying. This mix is not really a surprise, because, just like McDonald's, 7-11, paper clips Lego blocks and fly swatters Starbucks rarely ever changes. You can almost always find at any Starbucks the two necessary ingredients you'll need for this next recipe: raw almonds and a banana.
Here's how the Starbuck's Surprise goes…
-Travel with some kind of greens-superfood-meal-replacement-type-of-powder. That's my catch-all name for anything organic, relatively healthy, serves as a replacement for vegetables, comes in powdered form and preferably does not include sucralose, other artificial sweeteners, fructose, maltodextrin, etc. My weapon of choice is usually either Ambronite or SuperGreens.
-Waltz up to Starbucks, stand in line, purchase a banana (bonus if the banana green because the glycemic index is lower and it contains more probiotic-feeding resistant starch) and a bag of raw almonds.
-Politely ask if they can also include a big plastic cup of water, no ice.
-Once they pour you the water, casually add, “Oh, I almost forgot, is there any chance I could also get one of your little plastic spoons?”
-Boom. You now have: banana, almonds, water, a cup, a spoon and your powder. Drink half the water, dump the powder into the cup, chop up the banana (I only use half and save the other half for later) and throw a handful of the almonds in.
-Stir the entire concoction then stuff your face with your spoon.
Sure you could travel with things like bananas and almonds and cups and spoons, but if you're anything like me, you inevitably either forget, run out, have a long layover, find yourself up the creek without a paddle, you get the idea.
So if you ever see me standing in line at Starbucks, it's quite unlikely I'm purchasing their burnt coffee.
5. Ketotic Mind Bender
OK, you can now stop reading and scroll to the end of the article if you eschew booze or other potentially mind-altering compounds, because these last two are a bit…edgy. And fun.
You will need a special kind of blender for this first edgy recipe: a commercial-style, made-for-home countertop immersion blender that you can set and forget and simply walk away from as it stirs everything you pour into it while operating at a set temperature you can specify.
Yeah, they make those. The one I have is called a “Magical Butter Machine” (not joking) and is marketed as “the world’s first countertop Botanical Extractor designed for creating fantastic recipes, infusing the essence of healthy herbs into butter, oil, grain alcohol, lotions, and more”.
Sound like fun? You bet. But upon purchasing my Magical Butter Machine, I realized many of the recipes were fraught with processed sugar, juices, vegetable oils and stuff I avoid eating. So I made up my own low-carb yet incredibly tasty mind-bending recipe, which I call a Ketotic Mind Bender. Here's how it goes:
-Get a good, organic bud (or two, or three) of marijuana and decarboxylate it (an important, easy step you can learn here).
-Press the Temperature button, and select 160°F/71°C; then press the 2 Hours/Butter button.
-Once the butter is complete, pour it into a high-quality blender and blend on high for 60 seconds with the following:
After blending, pour into freezer molds, freeze, then pop out of molds and store in glass container in a cool, dry place (or, if you're like me, in the freezer). At the risk of dispensing potentially harmful advice, I'm not going to dish out too many math tips for this recipe, but an edible approximately the size of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup is going to contain 10mg of THC using the recipe above. Be responsible, and remember, if something goes wrong, NatureCBD can make all the psychoactivity of THC go away within about 20 minutes.
6. Ginger-Turmeric Liver Cleansing Cocktail
My wife makes ginger-turmeric kombucha. She uses the recipe from the Kombucha Mamma's book (click here to listen to my podcast with the Kombucha Mama and to get that recipe)
I then take this delicious ginger-turmeric kombucha, which is chock full of liver-cleansing, cancer-preventing glucuronic acid and glucaric acids and anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric and I proceed to mix it with a compound known to have the capability to mess up one's liver and cause rampant inflammation: vodka.
Yes, I defile her healthy kombucha with booze.
Here is my exact recipe, which I actually consider to be a relatively healthy cocktail because I go quite easy on the vodka, I never have more than one at a time, and I add a digestif (lemon) and electrolytes.
-8 ounces ginger-turmeric kombucha, poured over ice into a glass jar.
-1 shot vodka
-1 squeeze of half a lemon
-a pinch of a really good salt
Simple, tasty and a nice occasional switch-up from my usual glass of this organic red wine. By the way, for more detox tips, and to learn about the myth of “liver detoxes”, click here to read my two-part article series on how to truly detox your body.
Now it's your turn to share your crazy, tasty, twisted, unique or nutrient dense recipes.
Leave them in the comments section below, along with any questions or feedback about any of my six special recipes. I look forward to seeing what you've come up with!
(Oh, and that featured image at the top of this post? That's simply my wife's elderberry cordial made from a tree in our backyard…and she also makes fancy kombucha infusions, fermented lemon rind concoctions, flavored nut milks and all sorts of other home-y craziness that you can access here. Enjoy.)
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