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Recipe – Energy Balls and Fruit Smoothie

As always, we had a delicious breakfast experience last Sunday as part of the currently ongoing 21-day yoga challenge program. Here are the recipes for two of the dishes that we enjoyed:

Healthy Fruit Smoothie

(by Gillian Horsham)

Technique: put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Large Group

  • Bananas – 2
  • Pineapple- 1/2 (small pineapple)
  • Orange- 1 (small)
  • Strawberries – 5-10
  • Mango- 1 (ripe small to medium size)
  • Coconut Water (1 cup)
  • Lime – 1-2 thin slices
  • Ginger – few slices
  • Mint leaves ( 2-3 leaves)

1 person

  • Banana -1/2 and/or 1
  • Pineapple (less than half)
  • Orange (1/2 )
  • Strawberries (3-5)
  • Mango (1/2 )
  • Coconut Water – 1/2 cup
  • Lime- 1 thin slice
  • Ginger – 1 slice
  • Mint Leaf – 1

Energy Balls

(by Jane Hunter-Ladd)

Ingredients

1 cup almond butter, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup almonds finely chopped (I use a food processor), 1/2 cup hemp seeds, 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder, 1/4 cup flax seeds, 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or raisins), 1/4 cup dates (or prunes, or figs) finely sliced and chopped, 1/4 cup dry unsweetened coconut and an extra 1/2 cup for rolling balls in at the end. 1 tblspoon cocoa powder, 1 tblspoon ginger powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom seeds (bulk powder available at WFoods but it is $40 for small amount, look in jar spice aisle at WFoods, much less expensive), 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Zest of one medium to large sized orange.

Preparation

Warm the almond butter in the microwave or stove for like a minute or so (just to soften), mix into large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients. Chill “dough” for 15-20 mins, remove, roll into walnut sized balls. Pour extra coconut into a bowl, then roll ball through the coconut, refrigerate and ENJOY!!

Nutritional Info: (4 Balls)

Calories 150, carbs 14 g, Protein 9 g, Fiber 4 g, and fat 9 g.

2 comments to Recipe – Energy Balls and Fruit Smoothie

  • Pappu

    Sept. 26 2012 My friends advised me to consult you regarding doubts during performing the pranayams. Now rather asking you directly my doubts, i prefer to tell you how i am doing Anulom vilom shortly. You have to tell me where I am commiting mistakes if any.

    Anulom vilom pranayam
    1)Sit in padmasan with back erect & eyes closed
    2)Block right nostril with right hand thumb inhaling slowly & deeply through left nostril so that stomach is pulled slightly towards spine & chest expands filling in with air.
    3)Then Retain inhaled air in the chest for 3 to 4 seconds & then block left nostril with ring finger releasing lung air through right nostril so that stomach goes away from spine slightly and contracting the chest.
    4)Then proceed in similar manner but first blocking left nostril & then right nostril. This completes one round.

    Continue this way for 10 to 15 min. P.S.: I am high BP patient but BP is under control —- 130 to 135 by use of allopathic medicine.

    Thanks
    Pappu.

    • admin

      Dear Pappu, I am so glad to see that you are practicing pranayama and that you would like to make sure that you are doing the Anuloma Viloma in the right manner. Practicing A-V on a regular basis is known to have a beneficial effect for people dealing with high BP.
      The basic A-V technique that you have described is similar to what I teach. The only difference is in the movement of the stomach during inhalation and exhalation. In the technique that I practice and teach, during inhalation, the stomach is allowed to bulge out slightly whereas during exhalation, the stomach muscles are pulled in slightly toward the spine. I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to ask if you have further doubts or questions. Wishing you all the best.

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