Shamrock Smoothie

I have my first cacao pods on my cacao trees! One will be ready soon – about 10 inches long and dark red. Can you believe that?!!! I will cut it open, take out the beans and let them sit and ferment in the sun for 6 days or so. Then roast for about 5-6 mintues on each side, take the skins off, open the beans up and take the nibs out – my favorite part.

Recipe of the Day – Shamrock Smoothie

1/2 c. water
2 bananas, peeled & frozen overnight
3 T. chia
1 T. peanut butter
2 Fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
1 cup baby spinach
1 date, soaked and pitted
1 c. coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
A sprinkle of cacao nibs or chocolate shavings

Directions: Blend the first 7 ingredients. Pour into glass.
Use spoon to dollop about a tablespoon of coconut cream on top.
Sprinkle chocolate on top.

WWord of the Day – cacao – chocolate

Tip of the Day – Do it without the spinach for a chocolate shake.

Saffron Rosewater Tea

My daughter in Montana writes, “You would be so glad you weren’t here today! It is 7° F. outside and the wind is blowing like ridiculously hard and it is a sheet of black ice out here! There’s something really beautiful about the silence when it’s this cold outside. The world gets quieter. Especially at where we are, and there’s no one else around. All you can hear it outside is the wind sweeping across the land and whispering through the trees… Howling on days like today.”

Recipe of the Day –
Saffron Rosewater Tea

4 c. water
2  tea bags or tea-infuser with tsp. of your herbs
1 Tab.  rose-water
2 green cardamom
pinch of saffron
  • Honey or other sweetener, according to taste (optional)

Directions: Bring the  water to almost a aboil with the cardamom. Add any tea you desire: green, black, herbal.  Steep 5-7 minutes and remove teabags or strain. Add saffron and rosewater and sweetening, if desired. Serve hot or over ice.

Word of the Day – invierno – winter

Tip of the Day – Saffron is an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic- causes sweating, carminative – prevents gas and to bring on menstruation..

Chocolate Nispero Pudding

I came out to cut dandelions for my green smoothie, only to realize that the gardener, who did such a beautiful job cleaning the land, had cut down every dandelion on the land. So, poor me, I had to have chocolate nispero pudding for breakfast.

Recipe of the Day: Nispero Jam (Knee-Sparrow Jam)


30 loquats (like cumquats, but sweeter-Nisperos)

1/4 c. stevia powder

1/4 c. coconut milk

1 frozen banana

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 T. chia seeds

1 tsp. coconut extract

Directions: Choose the sweet, orange Nisperos. Cut or chew off the end of each, and take out the seeds. Put in the food processor or blender, then add the rest,  And chill!

Word of the Day: tranquilo = calm, chill, tranquil

Tip of the Day – You don’t have to go to the market for these. They’re from the wilds of the land!


Almond Chocolate Smoothie

I’m teaching Gentle Stretch/Chi Gong at Matt Monarch’s Raw Food Retreat Again. And amazingly struck by the beauty, by the ability to get out of the Village and be in idyllic surroundings, quiet and vibrant. I, literally, am eating gourmet raw food, seven times in ten days. In this week I’ve had raw crackers with onion cashew cheese, raw tiramisu, chocolate spirulina truffles, gymnostemma/shilajit-something tea, other chamomile- calming tea, raw banana wraps with chocolate cashew spread, chia pudding, strawberry probiotic pudding, raw granola with almond milk, assorted seasonal fruits, raw date food bars and the ever-present spread of jars of maca-stevia-honey-cinnamon- cacao – almond butter- goji berries, etc.. And that’s just for breakfast!
I feel So rich and am eating So much. Thank goodness I’m not there for lunch and dinner!

Recipe of the Day – Almond Chocolate Smoothie


8 0z. water

1 Tab. raw almond butter

1 Tab. raw cacao/carob powder

1 frozen banana

sprinkle nutmeg

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – enseñando – teaching

Tip of the Day – Man, go to Matt Monarch’s Raw Food Retreat, if you can. It supports a new lifestyle in an amazing setting. That said, and I live here!

Coconut Rice Horchata

My daughter’s coming in ten days! I’m so happy. She also happens to be my friend, a rare miracle between mothers and daughters. Beyond material things from the States, I am so happy to see her again.

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Rice Horchata


Directions: In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 3 hours. Then, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Cool. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with coconut extract and sweetener.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Ya habrá tiempo – there will be time.

Tip of the Day – I’ve been really noticing what a true friend is lately. My friends know my shortcomings, and they still love me. I know I’m not a great listener. I interrupt a lot. But I care, between my friends, and they know me well. Always let your kids talk.

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Rosemary Tea

Rosemary has been used to ease muscle pain and spasm, support the circulatory and nervous systems, improve memory and stimulate hair growth. This herb contains two key ingredients — rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid — that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. which minimize damage to your body’s cells from free radicals. Thus preventing cancer. 

Recipe of the Day – Rosemary Tea


1 pot of water

handful of rosemary

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the rosemary. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – romero – rosemary

Tip of the Day – Drink daily to improve your memory and ease muscle pain.

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Mart’s Morning Smoothie

The owners of the Community Center left the Hotel Ramses where I teach, right? Well, I was waiting for the owner to ask him if I could stay and continue to teach anyway. I left he and his wife a long letter, in spanish, and today, after yoga, they agreed that I could stay! And it’s close and beautiful and secluded, just 1 1/2 blocks from the center of town.
My students and I, the four of us that were there today, were SO happy. Oh my gosh. Great day.

Recipe of the Day – Mart’s Morning Smoothie

Mart says: “Mine is not really a bulk up drink, but here is what I threw in it this morning:”

Liquid vitamins
Coconut water
Spinach-softball size
Protein Power-30 grams ish.
raw oats- about 1.5-2 cups
Guayava (Delicous!)
2 carrots
1/2 cup or so of Greek Yogurt.

Directions: Fill it to two liters with water and blend it all up.

Word of the Day – feliz – happy

Tip of the Day – This is my brother, Mart’s smoothie of the day. It sure gives him energy and keeps him going with long work days, a wife and two teenagers in the house! Add or take away what you want for your own body!

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B’s Mango Chocolate Shake

Story from L, a friend of mine, on Paul Newman. Lollie came from Connecticut, and one time Paul Newman and Joanne came into their store! –  “It was 2007, so he was pretty old, but still gorgeous. We laughed about how he came to my college so many years ago to stump for a candidate for president. I showed him a photo of himself! Joanne was so great. She ordered sandwiches and said she had always loved the store. I remained calm…UNTIL THEY LEFT! Then I danced all around the store with my employees and we called everyone we knew!!! hahahaha. So fun.”

Recipe of the Day – Mango Chocolate Shake


3/4 c. raw milk, oat, seed or nut milk

3-4 small frozen bananas

1 avocado

1 mango

2 eggs

1/4 c. cacao powder

Directions: Peel and cut the fruit. Blend together with the rest of the ingredients.

Word of the Day – famoso – famous

Tip of the Day – It’s interesting that many people have told me they didn’t drink milk until they came to Vilcabamba. Perhaps the lack of hormones in the fresh milk makes it more digestible?

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Blueberry Fig Smoothie

On a sunny, 7 a.m. morning, with a beautiful sun-lit hill above the land, I did my sun-gathering and early yoga, ending by digging a soft indentation in the sand and raising my feet to the sky in a Vilcabamba headstand. Tiko respectfully sat right near me, the whole time, patiently waiting for the stick-throwing about to come next.

Recipe of the Day – Blueberry Fig Smoothie

C gave me the figs, J gave the blueberries, The bananas were from my land!


1 fig, the gel scooped into the blender

1 handful blueberries

1 frozen banana

3 drops chocolate or vanilla stevia

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 c. water or coconut milk

Directions : Blend.

Word of the Day –– suporte para la cabeza – headstand

Tip of the Day – Use only 1/4 c. liquid, add a T. of chia seeds, and you’ve got yourself an amazing pudding!

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Kale Banana Papaya Orange Smoothie

In the moment – reflections after three years of living : It’s awesome not working for others more than a few hours a week.How did I ever live without a machete! What would I do without Wilson the gardener? I never knew what it was like to miss a country.  I miss my kids so bad, my heart aches for weeks at a time. With more time I cry more, and am a little more still and quiet inside.                                                                                                         

Recipe of the Day – Green Smoothie


2 c. kale

1 frozen banana

1 c. papaya

1 c. orange juice



Word of the Day – reflexiones– reflections

Tip of the Day – You can make this with spinach or any other greens, if you prefer them.

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