Super Charged Green Smoothie Recipe

Yes, for all of you who now got curious about the Sunday Smoothie Demo at the Green Living Show. Here it comes. It is based on the basic Green Smoothie Recipe I posted here earlier – just loaded with potent Superfoods. To find out more about any of the ones suggested in this recipe, you can visit either Navitas Naturals‘ website or the genuine New Zealand based Matakana Superfoods one.
Fresh Fijian turmeric can be obtained from Ramesh and Jayshree on Sunday mornings at the South East corner of the Takapuna Market.

Fresh Turmeric

Scary stuff, this fresh turmeric! *LOL*

And here is your recipe:

Super Charged Green Smoothie
Makes two 750ml smoothies

  • 1 frozen banana, cut in chunks
  • 2 oranges or 4 mandarines, peeled
  • 1 pear or apple, cut in chunks
  • ½ avocado, peeled
  • 1 T (heaping) Sacha Inchi powder or Hemp protein powder
  • 1 T Chia seeds
  • 1 T Maca powder
  • 1 t Maqui powder
  • 1 t Mangosteeen powder
  • ½ t Camu powder
  • ¼ t vanilla powder
  • 2 cm fresh turmeric, sliced
  • 1 big bunch of dandelion leaves, parsley or kale, finely chopped
  • 2 T Goji berries, optional
  • 2 T currants, for extra sweetness
  • 2 t Sacha Inchi oil, optional
  • 2 c drinking water, or more if required
  1. Start with the juicy fruit in the bottom of the blender and finish with the chopped dandelion leaves on the top.
  2. Then pour water in so it reaches about 2/3 up in the blender jar. Blend on high until everything is smoothly blended.
  3. Split in two and share with your loved One!

Super Smoothie



Superfoods 201 – the next chapter

Join us for our next journey into the mysterious realm of Superfoods. We are talking – in my humble opinion – about foods with high nutrient content and density that may positively affect our wellbeing, health and performance. Walking through any well stocked health food store, you will recognise them by their unusual names (at least in our Western understanding) and also their intriguingly high price tags – compared to the standard fare, we have become so used to.

Yum Berries

Many of these foods are sourced from pristine environments like the Himalayan mountains (Goji berries) and the Amazon rainforest – hence their ‘unusual’ names. These plants and their fruits and roots are oftentimes not farmed but wild-harvested which explains their high content in nutrients (non-depleted soils) and also the higher price compared to other foods.

Maqui berries

Foods in this category are Goji berries, Acai, Maca, Noni, Maqui, Suma, Sacha Inchi, Camu Camu, Chia seeds and many more. Many of these are supplied and distributed by companies like Matakana Superfoods. On their website you will also find much detailed information about the different Superfood products.

Superberries Maqui, Yum, Acai, Goji

Among the more ‘common’ superfoods are blueberries, young coconuts, apple cider vinegar, cacao, turmeric, green tea, wheatgrass, sprouts etc.

And yes, we are offering you another class around these preciously packed nutrient-rich foods. Exploring the ones we have not touched on in our last class on the subject, Superfoods 101. To name a few: Maqui, Yum, Mangosteen as well as some old friends like Maca and Cacao.

Superfood pralines

Coming up this
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, 7-9.30pm
at the Wise Cicada Cafe in Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand

Your investment: NZD60
including all samples and the complete recipe booklet of the class.

This class will be centered around a systematic approach to using Superfoods in you daily diet. What (powder, berries) can you incorporate where (your green smoothie, almond milk) and how – for maximum benefit to your wellbeing, health and performance. With a bit of good luck we will have Kevin from Matakana Superfoods with us to introduce a few of his products and to answer your questions about the different power foods.

Seats are limited to 20 students. Book your space today!

Ring René to book on: 027 555 1622 or contact us here.

Alternatively go right ahead and confirm your booking by paying the course fee through our PayPal portal by clicking on the button below.

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Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Warm regards,



PS: We still have room at New Zealand’s first hands-on Raw Chef Training, Level 1. I have extended the Early Bird rate till Monday, April 30, 2012. Book your space Now!

Rene teaching

Superfoods 101 – an introductory class to exotic ingredients

Here comes a brilliant opportunity for you to figure out what all these weird named packages are: Superfoods!

A live food demonstration at the Wise Cicada, February 22, 2012, 6.30pm.

Wildharvested in the Pacific North West

  • What’s in them?
  • What are they good for?
  • How do they taste?
  • How can I use them to my best benefit and greatest taste?

Have you ever wondered how to use: Camu, Yacon, Macqui, Acai, Maca, Sancha Inchi, Chia (apart from Babak’s Chia Drink), Goji berries, Cat Claw, Stevia, Lucuma, Turmeric, Nopal, Noni, Cacao, Mangosteen, Mesquite, Beepollen, Yum, Spirulina, Hemp, Coconut oil, Barberries, Chlorella, Golden Berries, Mulberries, CMD, Pomegranate, and a few more…

I’ll have Ross J Sims from Living Foods Lifestyle assisting me with this class.

Let me introduce

Ross and his wife Michele La Chante are running a Superfoods focused business and are also the New Zealand representatives of Navitas – THE Superfoods company. Many of the Superfoods on the Wise Cicada‘s shelves are imported by Michele and Ross. Ross will be there to talk about the superfoods we present to you in this class and will also answer your questions about them.

I myself will be introducing some delicious ways of using the featured products in your daily nutritional routine and meals. Without giving too much away I can already promise you some ice cream, a few great tasting smoothie ideas, raw chocolate and a few others.

Super SmoothieYou will take a recipe booklet home and get to sample the superfoods we feature that night as well as everything I demo in front of the class.
All of this for an investment of NZD60.- only.

Due to the nature of this class and the amount of samples we will be giving out the space is limited to 20 students only.

Please book early by contacting us here or by ringing René directly on 0275551622. Alternatively you can book your place at the Wise Cicada.

We’ll see you on February 22, 2012 from 6.30pm – 9pm at the Wise Cicada Café in Newmarket – on a natural HIGH!



PS: As you can see above, the list of so-called superfoods is long, so expect more superfoods classes to follow this ‘101’ edition!

Chocolate body paintings available upon request only 😉

Raw Chococlate Body Painting

Green Smoothie – How – not Why

A green smoothie freshly blendedGreen smoothies have been around for a while. You might have even seen someone drink one or you make them yourself.

Lydia and I were introduced to the concept of Green Smoothies as a nutritious breakfast through Victoria Boutenko’s book: “Green for Life”

Here is a quick introduction to the yummy ones. We have been making them daily for the past 7 years and have literally perfected them. I now whip them up in less than 10 min (including greens harvest from our garden).

A basic Green Smoothie from our kitchen normally contains:

  • 1 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
    Quick tip about freezing ripe bananas:
    a) peel them before freezing,
    b) cut them in inch size pieces before blending! I killed the drive shaft of our good old Osterizer blender with a whole frozen banana once. Thank heavens for spare parts!
  • 1 orange or grapefruit, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1-2 apples or pears or any other seasonal fruit fresh or frozen
    We blended a season’s supply of persimmons, froze it in ice cube trays and kept the persimmon cubes in zip lock bags in the freezer, same with berries, halved plums…
    Pineapple and mango make lovely flavours. Kiwifruit can be a bit on the tart side.
  • 2 T of chia seeds
  • 1 bunch of greens from our garden, kale, parsley, puha, dandelion, lettuce, collard or broccoli leaves
  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
    keeps the whole smoothie nicely emulsified, means it will not separate over time
  • 2-3 cm (1 inch) fresh Ginger, thinly sliced
    Make sure you slice any fibrous ingredients thinly as even the most powerful blenders will not break down long fibers. Don’t believe me? Try blending wheatgrass leaves in your smoothie without cutting them beforehand! Just don’t serve the result to your spoiled darling (who might not like fur balls in his/her breakfast :-))
  • 2-3 cm (1 inch) fresh turmeric, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sultanas, optional yet pleasant when you use grapefruit or bitter greens in your smoothie
  • Enough filtered water to fill about 2/3 – 3/4 in your blender jar

Everyone on board

Extras could be any superfood like spirulina, maca powder, goji berries etc..
Fermented foods or apple cider vinegar have not proven to be a safe addition here in New Zealand. Leaving your green smoothie bottle outside the fridge for several hours can turn it into an explosive device. Ain’t pretty when you open the lid and half of the green content is propelled out of it by the expanding fermentation. Happened to me more than once and not only in private.

OK, now put the lid on your blender jar and press “Play”. Our Blendtec blender requires about 2-3 smoothie cycles of 25sec each to liquify everything into a smooth smoothie. Top up with water in between cycles if required.

Remember the lid!

We found the 750ml glass bottles from organic tomato sauce best suitable. They have a wide neck, can be washed in the dishwasher, are easy to fill and to drink from.

Finished Green Smoothie

There you have it!
Easy! and not much to mess up
– aside from your T-shirt with the green stains down the front 😉


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