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Vitamix-Giveaway!

Vitamix Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to the following entrants and thank you to all who shared a tasty recipe. It was a hard decision!

Grand Prize: Wins a new Vitamix TurboBlend VS + 1 container of Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder – “Breakfast for Two” by Kris

Second Place: Wins a container of Garden of Life RAW Meal – Nutty Buddy Protein Power Bars – or Bites! :-) by Kat

Third Place:  Wins a container of Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW – Healthy, quick sweet potato Hash by Cheryl

Runners Up: Get a bag of Garden of Life Raw Organics Super Omega 3 Chia Seed – Zesty Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa Salsa by Gina & The Everyday Rainbow Protein Cabbage Wrap by Kaila

Other Runners Up: Ginelle, Andreas, Sheri, Alexandra, Michele S., Jennifer C., Katie B., Tina, Steven, Jill, The Green Goddess, Jamie & William

Watch your e-mail for your exclusive thank you coupons!

You could win a Vitamix Prize Package valued at more than $500! All you need to do is submit a healthy recipe… Natural Healthy Concepts and Garden of Life are teaming up to celebrate Women’s Health Week. Together we’re giving you the opportunity to win one of the most-popular and versatile kitchen tools available – especially for those of us who truly care about health and nutrition. Chances are – you’ve heard about the Vitamix Turbo Blend and all that it can do. It’s much more than a blender. People who have a Vitamix absolutely love it because they can use it for juicing, making protein shakes and healthy smoothies, for soups and even nutritious desserts. Find out more in our post Vitamix: The Ultimate Kitchen Tool For Health & Nutrition.

How to Play:

Participating in this contest is easy. Just come up with a healthy recipe you could create using a Vitamix and any number of products from Garden of Life. Here’s how it works…

Share Your Vitamix Recipe in a Comment on this Post

Time to put your Julia Child hat on and have some fun! We want to see how creative you are. This contest is not just for the ladies! Men can enter – and they should. If you’d try to win a stuffed teddy bear for your significant other at the fair, think about how happy she’d be if you won her a new Vitamix! Come up with ideas for using a Vitamix to make something delicious and beneficial to your health. Give your recipe a name, list the ingredients and directions, and tell us just a little about how it reflects healthy living. Make sure it is a recipe that you’d use with a Vitamix, and use at least one Garden of Life product – such as a protein powder or extra virgin coconut oil. CLICK HERE to see all of the Garden of Life products offered through Natural Healthy Concepts. You’ll need to enter your name and a valid email address in the comments section. Important: Use an email account you check regularly. This is how we will contact the winners.

How to Win:

All qualified entries will be judged based on creativity and overall healthiness of the recipe. It should taste good too! Please submit only one entry per person. If there are duplicate entries, the entrant will be disqualified. If there are duplicate recipes, only the entry submitted first will qualify. The contest runs until Midnight Central Time on Friday, May 16th, 2014. Results will be announced on this page on Monday, May 19th. Winners will also be contacted via email.

Prizes:

Grand Prize: Wins a new Vitamix TurboBlend VS + 1 container of Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder Second Place: Wins a container of Garden of Life RAW Meal Third Place:  Wins a container of Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW View our complete Contest Rules for more information. Remember, you only have until the end of the day on Friday May 16th – so get to it! Once you’ve entered your recipe, share this post on social media so friends and family can see what you came up with. Plus, you can let them know they have a chance to enter and win too!

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92 Responses to Submit a Recipe For Your Chance to Win a Vitamix!

  1. Denise Harja May 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Berry-licious Raw Fit Morning Smoothie
    1 cup water
    1 tbls Garden of Life Super Omega 3 chia seeds
    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Fit protein powder
    1 teas Garden of Life Extra Virgin coconut oil
    1 cup Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
    1 cup frozen Strawberries
    1/2 cup frozen Blueberries
    Optional: 1 packet Stevia to taste

    Place water and chia seeds in blender jar. Allow to sit and thicken for 10 minutes. All protein powder, coconut oil and almond milk and pulse to blend. Add in frozen berries and Stevia to taste. Blend until smooth. Makes almost 1 qt of healthy and filling berry wonderful smoothie.
    Note: adding in a small handful of raw kale or chard ups the health benefits even more!

    • Susan Hackett May 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      I don’t see how to post my recipe, so here it is in a reply…. Rose Petal-Chia Shortcake
      Ingredients for the shortcake:
      6 organic eggs, separated
      8oz organic cream cheese
      1 cup coconut oil
      ¼ cup honey
      2 cups almond meal flour
      ¼ cup protein powder
      1tsp baking soda
      ½ tsp sea salt
      2 tsp vanilla extract
      1 tsp almond extract
      Directions: Turn oven on to 350* Whip the egg whites with a mixer until stiff. Set whipped whites aside in a large glass bowl.
      Cream the cream cheese, coconut oil, and the honey in the mixer. Add the egg yolks. Next, add the almond flour, protein powder, baking soda, sea salt, and vanilla. Mix for two minutes until smooth. Pour the cake batter into the stiff whites, and fold the batter together gently. Grease a bundt cake pan with coconut oil, and add the cake batter. Place in the heated oven, and bake for 45 min to 1 hour. Take out when a knife inserted comes out clean. Let cool in the pan, then flip over onto a serving plate carefully.

      Ingredients for Rose Petal –Chia topping:
      2 cups of unsprayed- with- pesticides, rinsed rose petals
      ¼ cup organic lemon juice
      ¼ cup raw honey
      ¼ cup chia seeds
      1 ½ cup filtered water
      Directions:
      Take the clean rose petals and put them in the Vitamix blender with lemon juice, honey, and water. Blend until liquidized. Pour rose liquid into a glass bowl and pour the chia seeds in. Stir to incorporate the chia seeds into the liquid. Let it sit covered at room temperature for 30 min to an hour while you are baking the shortcake.
      Cream topping:
      Whip a pint of organic cream in the mixer until stiff. Add ¼ cup honey. Whip a little more to incorporate the honey. Keep cold in the refrigerator until ready to serve the shortcake.
      How to serve:
      Take pieces of cake for individual servings in bowls. Add ¼ cup of rose petal-chia topping on top. Put a scoop of whipped cream on top, and then drizzle with a little raw honey. Serve right away.

  2. Angela Litch May 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Perfect Food Beverage

    3 leaves red cabbage
    1 celery stalk
    1 carrot
    1 leaf of kale
    1 1/2 level scoops of Garden of Life Perfect Food Super Green Formula
    1/2 apple
    1/2 cup cold water
    1 cup of ice cubes

    Put all ingredients in Vitamix container starting with the cold water up to the cabbage. Add ice cubes last. Put on lid and select speed #1. Turn on machine and increase speed to #10 quickly. Then turn to High and run for 1 min until smooth.

    Should make approx. 3 cups, enough to share with a friend.

    It is great for an afternoon pick me up for energy.

  3. Jean Swingle May 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    What’s for Dessert

    1 Frozen Banana
    3 Frozen Strawberries
    1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
    1 Scoop Perfect Food Raw (I use chocolate flavor)
    1/2 Scoop Maca Powder
    Handful of Almonds
    1/2 Cup Yogurt (I use Honey Flavored Greek)
    Almond or Coconut Milk to desired consistency

    Put all ingredients in Vitamix and run on high until well blended.

    This is healthy and delicious, tastes like a milkshake. Great solution for a sweet tooth craving

  4. Marie Armstrong May 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Pear-fect Green Smoothie
    2 leaves kale
    2 c. Bosc pears (or your favorite type!)
    2 c. peaches
    2 tbsp Garden of Life Perfect Food Super Green Powder
    1 c. ice
    1 c. water (add more for desired texture)

    Put all ingredients into the Vitamix. Blend on speed #3 until you have reached the consistency you desire. Perfect for those venturing into green smoothie territory who aren’t used to the “green” taste.

  5. Caroline W. May 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Triple Berry High Protein Shake

    1 pkg (or 1 scoop) Garden of Life Raw Protein powder, Vanilla
    1 banana
    1/3 c. each: frozen blueberries, frozen blackberries, and frozen strawberries
    1 cup vanilla (or plain) kefir
    1/2 c. mixed greens, i.e. spinach, kale, etc…. (pkged, pre-washed)
    1 tsp Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (optional)
    2 cups ice

    Mix all ingredients in a Vita-Mix type high powered blender. If too thick, add up to 1 cup of water, almond milk or fruit juice.

  6. Karen Roach May 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Mom’s Awesome Smoothie

    1 scoop (raw protein powder)
    2 tbs ground flax seeds
    1 tbs colloidal silver
    1 cup frozen organic strawberries
    1 cup frozen organic blue berries
    2 ripe bananas
    1-2 cups unsweetend apple juice (depends on thickness preferred)

    pour in the apple juice first to prevent clumping. Second add protein powder, flax seed and colloidal silver. Lastly add strawberries, blue berries and the bananas.
    Blend until smooth, pour and enjoy!
    Makes about 4 eight ounce cups

  7. Jenny Stortz May 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth (After blending, I strain mixture for smooth texture):

    1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup frozen raspberries
    1 small jar pureed carrots
    1-2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
    1 tablespoon raw unfiltered honey
    Makes roughly 16oz.

    Add:
    2 capsules Vitamin Code Women per 8 oz. – capsules broken and contents added to smoothie.
    I break the capsules and add the contents right before consuming, shaking container by hand or remixing in blender.

    I will make variations depending on what frozen fruit I have. I might also add only one single frozen fruit item, keeping the amount around a cup or a couple handfuls.

  8. April Oliver May 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Vitamin Ginger Drink

    1 cucumber or couple of English cucumber
    3 fresh mint leaves
    3 fresh basil leaves
    1/2 of a piece fresh ginger
    2 kale leaves
    1 level scoop of Garden of Life Perfect Food Super Green Formula
    couple of squirts of fresh squeezed lemon
    1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil

    Pulse to blend until thorough and use next higher levels until completely blended and smooth. Taste (adding 2 more fresh mint leaves, if needed, and 2 more fresh basil leaves, if needed). Tastes so good and also without ice but feel free to add ice, to the blender, if you must.

  9. Ashi May 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Creamy Cacao Mousse

    This healthy chocolate mousse will melt in your mouth and tastes amazing. Enjoy!!

    ½ – ¾ cup warm water (start with ½ cup & add more as needed)
    ¼ cup Garden of Life coconut oil
    ½ cup coconut nectar
    1 T + 1 ½ tsp raw vanilla extract
    3 ripe avocado
    ¾ cup raw cacao powder
    ½ tsp sea salt

    Measure warm water and add to Vitamix. Then add coconut oil, coconut nectar and vanilla extract. Scoop in ripe avocado (do not use any portion that is brown as it will affect the flavor). Add rest of ingredients. Blend until smooth in Vitamix.

    Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Eat within 3-4 days because of the avocado.

  10. Deb May 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Energy packed chocolate shake

    1 cup almond milk
    1/2 avocado
    1 banana
    1 tsp. honey (or more to taste)
    1 tsp. almond butter
    1 cup ice
    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Fit protein powder
    1-1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
    1 tsp. espresso powder (optional)

    Blend all together in blender, makes 1 large cup. You can also add 1 tsp. ground flaxseed for fiber, just add a bit more liquid. Great energy boost and delicious!

  11. Cindy Wodnicki May 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Almond Chocolate Chip Bars – Mmmmm and Healthy!

    1/4 Cup Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 100% Organic
    3/4 Cup smooth or crunchy natural organic almond butter
    2 Large organic eggs
    1/2 Cup raw organic honey
    1 Teaspoon organic vanilla extract
    1 Cup organic quinoa flour
    1/2 Teaspoon organic baking soda
    1 Teaspoon organic cream of tartar
    1/4 Teaspoon organic sea salt
    1 Cup 70% cocoa organic chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350 and coat an 8″ or 9″ non-stick square pan with organic coconut oil spray. Best if ingredients are at room temperature. Mix wet ingredients and then add dry and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into pan and bake for about 25 minutes until completely golden brown on the top. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

  12. Joe Greco May 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    3/4 cup frozen blueberries
    1 cup baby spinach
    1/2 cup water
    1 scoop Garden of Life Primal Defense powder
    2 scoops Garden of Life Perfect Meal Vanilla
    4 carrot sticks
    4 celery sticks
    1/4 cup Goji berries
    Dash of apple juice

    Blend until consistency is smooth and enjoy!

  13. Traci May 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Super Pre-Workout Smoothie
    2 Cups kale leaves (preferable green as red is a bit bitter)
    2 Cups organic spinach
    1 medium banana (best if frozen)
    1/2 Cup diced pineapple
    Half a mango, diced
    3 Tbsp hemp protein powder (I like Navitas Naturals)
    1 Tbsp chia seeds (soaking them for ten minutes in a glass of water is said to boost the nutritional content)
    1 Cup of your favorite brand (or homemade) almond milk
    1 Tbsp extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil

    Blend until smooth and enjoy!

  14. karen May 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Hawaiian Smoothie

    6 oz frozen coconut milk
    1/2 cup pineapple
    1 frozen banana
    1 handful fresh mizuna, kale or other greens
    1/4 cup fresh or frozen poi (optional)
    1/2 cup crushed ice
    1 T flax meal
    1 scoop Garden of Life Goatein (goat milk protein)

    Blend until smooth

  15. Jaime May 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    “Raw Protein Energy Balls”

    1 cup dry oats
    2 scoops Garden of Life Raw protein (either vanilla or chocolate)
    1/2 Cup natural peanut butter or (nut butter of choice)
    1/4 Cup honey
    1 Tblsp. vanilla extract
    1 Tblsp. water
    1/2 Cup of real chocolate chips, or raisins, or seeds, or chopped dates…..ect.
    2 Tblsp. organic whole ground flax seed (for rolling balls in)

    Mix oatmeal and protein powder together. Add in peanut butter and honey, vanilla and water.
    Mix until just incorporated. Add in chocolate chips (or add-in of choice.) Mix until ready to form. Take out a spoonful of mixture and roll into a ball in your clean hands. Roll the ball in ground flaxseed.

    Easy and delicious..and great for a quick energy snack before or after a workout!

    *This recipe makes 16 energy balls..store in the refridge for a week. Or make a double batch and freeze for up to a month.

    • Alisha & Jared May 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      Just made the “Raw Protein Energy Balls”…outstanding!!

      Thanks for the recipe, definately a keeper.

    • Jada May 16, 2014 at 2:54 am #

      This is a winner…..really yummy!

  16. The Green Goddess May 10, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Hit the gym, hit the blender smoothie
    1 serving Garden of Life Raw Vanilla Protein Powder
    1 TBSP Garden of Life extra virgin coconut oil
    1 TBSP organic chia seeds
    1 TBSP raw cacao nibs
    1 TBSP almond butter (optional)
    2 TBSP organic freeze dried goji berries
    1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
    1 large ripe banana, frozen

    Place all ingredients in Vitamix and blend until smooth.

  17. Lynn Hufsmith May 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Butternut Squash Soup

    2 TBS unsalted butter
    1/2 of a medium butternut squash-peeled and chopped
    2 medium size potatoes-peeled and chopped
    1 large onion
    4 1/2 cups chicken stock
    Salt and freshly ground pepper
    1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
    1cup raw milk or cream

    Melt butter in large pot over medium heat,add squash,potato and onion.Saute until onion is translucent. Add chicken broth and cook until squash and potato are tender.Pour into vitamix
    machine and puree until smooth and heated. Add salt,pepper,nutmeg and milk or cream.Serve hot.

  18. Jill May 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Nutrient-Dense Banana “Ice Cream”

    This recipe combines simplicity and dense nutrition in a tasty treat. For a treat on the go, freeze this in popsicle molds.

    Using the tamper, blend in a Vitamix:

    1/2 cup organic coconut milk plus more if needed
    4 large, frozen, unpeeled bananas
    1 scoop Garden of Life Goatein Pure Goat’s Milk Protein powder
    1/2 scoop Garden of Life Raw Fiber
    Optional: 1 Tablespoon of fresh orange juice

    This will be similar to soft serve ice cream in consistency when done. Scoop into a parfait glass, add toppings (see below) & serve. Enjoy!

    Toppings:
    Top with organic whipped cream, sprinkle with Garden of Life Organic Chia Seeds & chopped organic walnuts if desired.

  19. Kaila May 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    The Everyday Rainbow Protein Cabbage Wrap

    *Recipe makes enough for 2 people*

    1 scoop Garden of Life, Raw Meal Original
    4 raw red cabbage leaves (green works well too)
    4 cups of raw spinach
    1 cup of baby tomatoes
    1 very ripe hass avocado
    1 handful of fresh cilantro leaves
    2 tbs organic raisins
    1 tbs olive oil
    1 tbs lime juice
    1 tbs cold water
    1/4 cup shredded carrots
    1 pinch salt
    1 pinch black

    Tools:

    Vitamix
    Mixing bowl

    Directions:
    In vitamix, pulse together Garden of Life Original Raw Meal, olive oil, lime juice, avocado, water, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Remember to blend lightly, you want a thick puree that still contains chunks of yummy avocado. In mixing bowl combing spinach, tomatoes, carrots, raisins, and your new avocado dressing. Toss until the spinach is fully covered in all other ingredients. Spoon about a cup of spinach salad into each cabbage leave. Roll up to make a delicious taco/wrap perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

  20. Anne Bodee-Galivan May 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Anne’s Start Your Day Right Smoothie

    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein Beyond Organic Protein Formula
    1 T. Garden of Life Raw Organics Golden Flax Seed & Antioxidants
    3/4 cup organic yogurt, plain, low-fat or fat-free
    1/3 cup rice or almond milk
    1 1/2 cups frozen fruit of your choice

    Add all ingredients to Vitamix and mix well. You may need to add a little more of the rice or almond milk to get the preferred consistency. This smoothie is an excellent way to start your day, or make it any time of day for a great energy boost.

  21. stmbt2000 May 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Why was my recipe not published?

    • Ashley Steinbrinck May 12, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Jean! It was the What’s for Dessert recipe, correct? Different user name – but I see it published here…

  22. Jessica Weaver May 11, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    Morning Health boost

    1 cup of Spinach
    1 cup of Kale
    1 cup of Milk
    1/2 Bananas
    1/2 Pinneapples
    1/2 Strawberries
    I scoop of Acai powder
    I serving of PERFECT FOOD ALKALINE &DETOXIFIER

    Blend your greens and almond milk together first. Add your fruits, Acai powder and perfect food next.

    Ditch the ice and freeze your own fresh fruit. No more watered down smoothies that way.

    Spinach and Pineapple are anti inflammatory for those who are curious.

    60 % green and 40% fruits you can’t go wrong.

  23. William May 11, 2014 at 3:35 am #

    Creamy Guilt-Free Black Cherry-Almond Ice Cream

    Vegan, Paleo and No added Sugar!
    *Makes 1-2 portions depending on how hungry you are!

    2 cups unsweetened almond milk
    1 Cup water
    2 Tbsp Organic Black Cherry concentrate
    1/3 Cup Garden of Life Chia/Flax seeds
    3 packets of pure stevia
    Organic cherries* (optional)

    Add 2 Tbsp Black Cherry Concentrate to 1 cup water–mix.
    Add 1/3 cup black chia/flax seeds to cherry-water mix, stir. Let seeds absorb liquid for at least 30 min or more in the fridge. Once the seeds have gelled, blend the mix in a processor/blender (vitamix if you have one) until you get a gelled creamy purée. Add chia purée to the two cups of almond milk. Add 3 packets stevia. Mix well in a glass bowl.
    Add mixture to an ice cream maker or if you don’t have one place the mix into a ziplock bag then put that bag into a larger ziplock filled with crushed ice and salt–knead the larger bag until the mixture takes on a frozen texture. (About 5-6 min) The salt and ice method will get super cold so you might want wear gloves at this part! Once you reach the right texture, scoop ice cream into parfait glasses, top with optional cherries and a little cherry concentrate and enjoy!

  24. Stewart May 11, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Morning smoothie breakfast for health, weight loss and perfect weight maintenance

    In the blender:

    8 ounces of apple juice
    1 cup spinach
    1 cup arugula or kale
    2 Tablespoons shredded carrots
    1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C crystals
    1/2 banana
    1 Tablespoon whole grain Oatmeal
    1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
    1 serving Garden of Life RAW Meal
    3 ice cubes

    Blend in Vitamix for 1 minute and drink this delicious breakfast

    Then eat 1 piece of whole wheat toast with non-hydrogrenated butter spread sparingly or no sugar added jelly which will help sustain your energy and fullness for the morning.

    This meal can be used any time of the day to provide energy and wholesome fullness to your day.

    Namaste

  25. Debbie May 11, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    Mom’s Organic Morning Green Drink

    1 Banana
    1/2 Avocado
    1 C Baby Spinach
    1 C Kale or Collard Greens
    2 Scoops Garden of Life Raw Protien
    1 C Fresh Squeezed OJ
    1 C Anti-Oxidant Blend Frozen Berries
    or 1 Pear (this is our favorite)
    1 Carrot
    2 Celery

    Water as needed to blend

    Add all to Vita-Mix and use the gradual then high blend. Use tamper as needed.

  26. Darlene May 11, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Morning Smoothie

    Small Handful of spinach
    Small Handful of kale
    1/2 avocado
    1 scoop of Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw
    Soften 1 T Chia seed for 10 min. add to mix
    3 T. Hemp Hearts
    1/4 c. walnuts or almonds
    12 Oz of water or Coconut milk
    Blend until smooth

  27. Steven May 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Blueberry Fig Green Superfood Smoothie

    1 1/2 cups almond milk
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    2 figs
    3 dates or 10 drops stevia (optional, if you like it sweeter)
    1 T Garden of Life Organic Chia seeds
    1 T Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut oil
    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein Vanilla
    1 scoop Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Green Superfood
    1/8 t cinnamon
    Few Ice Cubes

    Add the chia seeds and almond milk to blender and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve and Enjoy!!

    • Steven May 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Please add this description to my recipe:

      This is one of the healthiest ways to start your day! Blueberries are great for your vision and brain and are low glycemic too. Combining chia seeds with coconut oil increases the availability of the omega fats in the chia seeds and coconut oil is one of my favorite superfoods, it contains medium chain triglycerides and lauric acid and has antibacterial and antiviral properties. The Green Superfood powder is a yummy way to get in some serious dense nutrition and I love that it’s raw and alkalizing. Adding the Raw Protein gives you the protein you need to sustain you through the morning and it tastes delicious!

  28. Tina May 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Ode to Autumn Smoothie:
    1 frozen banana
    3 tbsp pumpkin puree
    ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
    ½ tsp vanilla extract
    1-2 drops stevia
    ¼ tsp of each cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg and tumeric
    ¼ tsp fresh grated ginger
    2 tablespoons maca powder
    1 tablespoon melted Garden of Life extra virgin coconut oil

    Blend all ingredients except oil. Drizzle oil in as blender is running. Then add ice if desired.

  29. Jeanine May 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    The Fake-out No Bake Cake Batter

    1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
    1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
    2-4 drops almond extract
    1/2 teaspoon valilla extract
    1 tablespoon vanilla sugar free instant pudding
    1/2-1 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
    5 ice cubes

    blend all ingredients until smooth/desired consistancy

  30. Kris May 11, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    “Breakfast for Two”

    2 handfuls of spinach
    2 handfuls of kale
    beet greens or fruit
    1Tbl flax seeds
    iodine drops
    3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened kombucha,, or almond or flax milk
    1/2 c oats
    2 Tbl unsweetened coconut
    2 scoops garden of life perfect meal
    1 scoop garden of life raw protein
    1-2 Tbl greek yogurt
    1 small banana
    1 small apple, washed and quartered (include seeds and skin)
    1Tbl local honey
    1 handful frozen cranberries
    As space permits, about 1/3 c frozen:
    blueberries
    raspberries
    strawberries
    red grapes, including seeds
    other frozen fruit

    Add unfrozen items to vitamix, blend for a couple of minutes until flax seeds, etc., are smooth. Add frozen foods and blend for 1 – 1.5 minutes on high until smooth. Pour into two large Garden of Life shaker bottles and buckle your seat belt!

    • Jaime May 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      Congratulations! 🙂

  31. Phyllis May 12, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    kale/broccoli/tomato parmesan with brown rice pasta

    1 cup chopped kale
    1 cup chopped broccoli
    1 can unsalted diced tomatoes
    2 cups grated parmesan cheese
    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    2 cloves minced garlic
    1 tsp. coconut palm sugar
    1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
    1 tsp tumeric
    1 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp dried mustard powder

    blend on high for 3 minutes, then again for 2 minutes.
    Cook brown rice fettucini per package directions

    When pasta is al dente, turn off and allow to sit for 2 minutes. Drain but do not rinse pasta. In a large bowl, combine mixture with pasta and toss. Serve immediately.

    This is so nutrient dense and delicious it has become a family favorite. Even when you stuff (which you will), you feel great!!!

  32. lena May 12, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    1 Cup Almond Milk
    1 Banana
    1 Cup Greek Yogurt
    1 Handful Almonds
    1 Serving Perfect Food

  33. Sarah May 12, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Pina “Kaleoda” Smoothie

    1 cup fresh Kale
    1 cup canned light coconut milk (I use Trader Joe’s “light; please only use canned coconut milk, not the processed coconut milk found in the dairy section of grocery stores)
    1 cup cold water
    1 cup frozen Mango chunks
    1 cup fresh pineapple
    2 Tbsp Garden of Life Flax Seed

    Place all ingredients in VitaMix blender, and blend until smooth.
    Provides 4 delicious, healthy servings!

  34. Leandra May 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Banana Chocolate Dream Machine

    1 ripe banana
    1 large leaf of kale
    1 tbsp raw cacao powder
    1tsp raw honey
    1tbsp raw almond butter (optional)
    8 oz of water

    Blend all ingredients in high speed blender until smooth.

    1 healthy, energizing serving!

  35. caroline kim Jonsson May 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Garden of Life:
    Raw organics Super Omega 3 Chia Seed – 1 ounce
    Perfect Food Alkalizer Detoxifier: 1 scoop
    1 tlb extra virgin coconut oil

    other ingredients:
    1 med. size eggplant, baked whole when cool, put in blender including peel
    2 tlb organic virgin olive oil
    2 tlb raw black sesame seeds
    1/4 cup raw tahini
    1 clove of garlic
    juice of one lemon
    juice of one lime
    salt to taste
    2 tsp cumin powder
    2 tsp fresh ginger
    2 tsp fresh turmeric root
    Use the vitamix masher and mash until smooth!

    Add water to thin as much or as little as you want. Great dip eaten with celery sticks, cucumbers, carrots or jicima!

    My variation of Babaganoush – upping the nutritional value with Garden of Life products!

  36. Martha VanCamp May 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Choco-Banana Protein Smoothie

    1 small banana
    1 cup cold coconut milk
    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Chocolate Protein Powder

    Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix until smooth.

    Enjoy!

  37. Nancy Pidutti May 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Soak these seeds and nuts for a hour or so :
    1 Tbsp. Garden of Life Flax seeds
    1 heaping Tbsp. Nutiva Raw shelled hemp seeds
    About 8 almonds

    In this fluid:
    1 cup of Zico coconut water
    1 bottle of KeVita mango coconut probiotic drink

    When ready to blend, add
    1 heaping Tbsp. Perfect Food Energizer Green Powder, Garden of Life
    1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
    2-3 large hulled, washed fresh strawberries
    1/3 Cup fresh washed blueberries
    Can add 1/2 fresh or frozen apricot

    Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

    • Nancy Pidutti May 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      I only use a Vitamix for best results.

  38. Nicole May 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    “Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed” morning smoothie

    1 cup Almond Milk*
    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein, Chocolate
    1 tablespoon Garden of Life extra virgin coconut oil
    1/2 medium banana*
    1/2 cup strawberries*
    1/2 cup spinach*
    3-5 ice cubes

    Blend until smooth and enjoy!
    *use organic when available

  39. Janette May 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Starting My Day Right Smoothie Recipe

    1 5.3-ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup soy or almond milk
    1 cup fresh spinach
    1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
    1 tbsp organic honey
    2 tbsp Raw Organics Golden Flax Seed & Antioxidants
    2 scoops DetoxiFiber Special Detoxification Fiber Blend
    1 scoop of Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder

    Place in Vitamix Blender and mix until smooth. Add more (or less) milk as needed to suit consistency and enjoy!

  40. Ashlee May 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Afternoon Energy Drink

    1 cup spinach
    4-5 pineapple chunks
    1/2 large apple (fuji or honeycrisp are best)
    Small chunk of fresh ginger root (peeled)
    1/2 cup fresh orange juice
    1/2 cup cold water
    Handful of ice cubes

    Place everything in Vitamix blender and blend until desired consistency. Should have the consistency of pulpy orange juice – add more water if too think. Sip and Enjoy!

  41. Sherry Rocuskie May 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Chocolate PB Delight

    1 medium banana

    1-Raw Meal Beyond Organic Chocolate Meal Replacement Single, 1 Pack(s), Garden of Life

    1 cup Sugar free Vanilla Almond Milk

    1 tray of small ice cubes

    1 Tbsp of PB2

    Place in Vitamix and mix until smooth. This recipe is perfect if you are having a sweet tooth moment. The chocolate will satisfy that need, and the protein will help keep you full.

  42. Katie B. May 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Nutty “RAW Protein – Chocolate” Vitamix Truffles (Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan, & Totally Delicious!)

    These fabulous truffles go perfectly with a morning cup of coffee and work equally well as a guilt-free dessert or on-the-go snack. The protein and fiber keep me full between meals and give me the nutritional boost I need. Best of all, I can whip these up in my Vitamix and have them ready to serve in just 20 minutes flat! I make them in three RAW Protien Flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, & Vanilla Chai), so use your favorite variety when making these truffles. Today’s recipe is my favorite flavor, Raw Protein Chocolate!

    ½ cup raw almonds
    ½ cup raw pecans
    ½ cup hazelnut milk (or other nut milk)
    2 tsp Garden of Life Super Omega 3 Chia Seed
    ½ cup pitted dates
    ¾ cup Garden of Life RAW Protein Chocolate
    2 tbsp Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, liquid at room temperature
    2 tbsp agave nectar (or more to taste)
    ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

    Place nuts, nut milk, chia seeds, and dates into the Vitamix. Blend it on high until a cookie-dough like paste forms. Empty the contents from the Vitamix into a bowl and stir in the RAW Protien Chocolate (mix in a little bit at a time), Garden of Life Coconut Oil, and agave nectar until well combined. The mixture should be very thick and doughy. Roll the “dough” into little truffles, about 1 inch in diameter, then roll each ball in the coconut flakes. Place truffles on wax paper lined baking sheet and place in freezer for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy! Makes approximately 30 truffles.

  43. james rhode May 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    one scoop of garden of life protein powder, and one pineapple and one coconut and one papaya, then mix in a cup of ice and a 1/4 teaspoon of stevia. Blend it on high for 60 seconds or so and enjoy.

  44. Julia May 13, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    Vegan Pumpkin Soup

    Halve and scoop seeds (reserve and toast for garnish) from a pie pumpkin, then brush with Sage infused olive oil and bake face down at 375f until fork tender. Meanwhile, saute a handful of roughly chopped mushrooms, onions and a garlic clove and combine in a couple cups of warmed low sodium vegetable broth with sage, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper & a little salt. Combine with pumpkin (scooped from skin) and pour into Vitamix blender while still warm. Drop in a large dollop of solid/cool Garden of Life unrefined coconut oil. Blend until smooth and garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds and a little coconut milk if desired.

    Very delicious!

  45. Terri David May 13, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Morning Pick Me Up Smoothie

    I don’t usually measure, just throw in what I like.

    All organic

    1/4 cup each of frozen peas, kale, spinach, broccoli
    1/4 cup each of frozen strawberries, raspberries, or any other fruit
    1/4 cup nuts of choice
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    1 tbsp Raw Protein
    1 tbsp Perfect Food Alkalizer and Detoxifier
    Can add chia seeds or hemp hearts to taste

    Process in blender

    This recipe reflects healthy living because it is organic and uses whole foods, detoxifies, and has added protein.

  46. Sara Nelson May 13, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Sara’s Smoothie Supreme

    Ingredients:
    2 large bananas
    Half of a pear
    1/2 cup raw cashews
    1/4 cup cherries
    1 cup strawberries
    1/4 cup blueberries
    2 cups peaches (mango works great, too)
    1/2 cup coconut water
    1/2 cup almond milk
    1 level scoop of Raw Protein Beyond Organic Protein Formula
    1/2 cup sliced zucchini

    Directions:
    Microwave zucchini, with a bit of water in a bowl, for 60-80 seconds, or until soft. Drain off water.
    Place all ingredients in Vitamix, and blend on slowest speed for 10 seconds. Over the next 10 seconds gradually increase to highest speed. Then blend on highest speed for 30-45 seconds.

    Makes about 45 ounces.

    Please note: I prefer to use frozen fruit (which I partially defrost). I put all the frozen fruit in a single bowl, and microwave it for 60-80 seconds. It should still be partially frozen. Instead of using a microwave you can let the fruit defrost it on your counter for about an hour.

    By using partially frozen fruit, it makes the smoothie cold. There is no need to add ice, because the partially frozen fruits acts like ice, without watering down the taste of the smoothie.

    It keeps for about 24 to 36 hours in the refridgerator. So, I will make this, have some immediately and save some for later.

    Healthy Living:
    This recipe reflects healthy living for several reasons. There is no added sugar in this recipe. The sweetness comes from the natural sugars found in the fruits. It is an easy way to hide a vegetable. My 5-year-old loves this recipe, and has no idea that there is zucchini in it. There is a wide variety of fruit in this recipe, of all different colors. Most importantly, this recipe has done wonders for my health. I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis. It would not be advisable for me to eat the nuts and fruits in this recipe, if they were not so well blended. The Vitamix’s ability to pulverize the contents allows me to get all the health benefits of these ingredients without any digestive problems.

  47. Donna Phillips May 13, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Heat things up!

    Several handfuls of raw organic kale (red & green)
    1/2 frozen banana
    3/4c. frozen blueberries or mixed berries
    Serving of Organic green superfood RAW
    scoop of Maca powder
    Pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes(just to taste, go sparingly)
    1 cup fruit infused water
    Place all ingredients in vitamix and blend. I usually put ingredients in in the order listed.
    Makes a large cup or two smaller servings.

    This reflects healthy living because it incorporate many benefit ciao ingredients from the super greens and Maca plus red kale is a great source of cancer fighting nutrients as well as the antioxidants in the blueberries. Potassium from banana to help keep your heart and muscles strong. Maca revs up your libido and cayenne helps rev your metabolism. It’s a win win.

  48. Yvonne Engelman May 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Banana, Avocado, and Cherry Smoothie

    • 1 cup almond milk (or more, to desired consistency)
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 ripe avocado, peel and pit removed
    • ½ cup pitted dark sweet cherries
    • 1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein

    Add all ingredients into the Vitamix container and blend until smooth.

  49. Cheryl murphy May 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Sweet Carrolime

    4 carrots ( juiced in juicer)
    1 sweet potato ( juiced in juicer)
    1 1/2 orange manually juiced
    Place ingredients in Vitamix along with raw almond milk ( see recipe below), 1/4 cup silken tofu or Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup if ice and blend. Sprinkle organic cinnamon on top and serve.

    Almond milk:
    Soak raw almonds overnight.
    Add 1 1/4 cup soaked almonds
    1 whole vanilla bean
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    Sprinkle nutmeg
    Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
    3 1/2 cups filtered water
    Sweeten with 4 teaspoons raw agave syrup, or 2 dates
    Blend on high for 2 minutes. Strain through nut bag and refrigerate until needed.

  50. Kat May 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Nutty Buddy Protein Power Bars – or Bites! 🙂

    Ingredients:
    – 1/2 cup quinoa
    – 1/4 cup Garden of Life Raw Organics Golden Flax Seed
    – 2 cups quick oats
    – 3/4 cup Garden of Life Raw Meal Beyond Organic Meal Replacement Formula Chocolate or Vanilla
    – 1/2 cup sugar (or equivalent sugar substitute)
    – 1/2 cup flour (can be your favorite gluten free mix, rice flour, regular or whole wheat flour)
    – 1 tsp baking soda
    – 1/2 tsp sea salt
    – 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    – 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
    – 1/2 cup cranberries
    – 1/2 cup shredded coconut
    – 1/4 cup Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 100% Organic (melted)
    – 2 tsp vanilla
    – 1 cup water

    1. Grind flaxseed into flaxseed meal using coffee bean grinder, food processor, or Vitamix blender.
    2. Prepare quinoa according to directions.
    3. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients (oats, flax, Raw Meal Replacement powder, sugar, flour, baking soda, sea salt, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and shredded coconut).
    4. When quinoa has finished cooking, add the coconut oil, vanilla, and water and mix lightly.
    5. Pour the wet quinoa mixture into the dry ingredients bowl and stir together.
    6. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and press the dough into the pan.
    7. Bake the bars at 350°F for 20 minutes.
    8. Before they have completely cooled, slice into bite sized pieces or bars – whichever suits your mood!

    • Kat May 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

      I forgot to mention, this recipe reflect healthy living in the fact that it is not only nutritious and will give you hours of sustained energy, but it also fits our active lifestyles. So often, people do not have time to do a lot of cooking and tend to grab quick, processed, unhealthy foods. These bites/bars are perfect for an on-the-go type person. I also love this recipe because it is versatile and you can easily substitute different types of nuts and fruits – it is fun way to get creative with various combinations and flavors!

  51. nick kowalski May 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    Creamy Coconut Chia Smoothie

    This is not only delicious but healing to the max! Nutrient dense, very easy to digest and delicious this smoothie is great for anyone. I add some secret ingredients to add some high vibe frequencies and lots of love with some healthy bugs (yup some probiotic power!) Making it so easy to digest that your body can save is precious energy for living your life to the fullest! Beautifying as well, the enzymes, omega 3 content and hydrating minerals leave your skin and hair with a youthful glow. There isn’t anything this truly super smoothie cant do for your good. 🙂

    -12oz Raw Coconut Kefir (you can use raw coconut water if sugar is tolerated)
    -1 scoop Raw Meal Vanilla
    -1 tablespoon Garden of Life coconut oil
    -1 tablespoon Garden of Life Chia Seed
    -1/2 avocado
    -1 tablespoon original living coconut raw coconut cream
    -1 teaspoon gelatinzed maca
    -1 teaspoon chaga : optional (skin purifier and natural vanilin)
    -handful of blueberries
    -few drops of vanilla stevia to taste

    Add in vitamix or high-speed blender, in order and top with some raw cacao nibs!!

    Enjoy!

    Love,
    Nick

  52. Heidi Sebree May 14, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    Fruit Smoothie

    Handful of frozen pineapple
    Handful of frozen strawberries
    Handful of frozen blueberries
    Scoop of Garden of Life protein powder
    1 TB Garden of Life coconut oil
    Trader Joe’s light coconut milk until consistency you like

    Blend well. Enjoy!
    You can use any berries you have on hand, but the pineapple is a must!!

  53. Amanda Hofacker May 14, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Creamy Coconut Curry

    Ingredients:

    2 cups of organic vegetable stock
    1 can of light or full-fat coconut milk
    1 can of chick peas, drained
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    2 tsp curry powder
    .5 tsp garam masala (omit if you do not have)
    .5 tsp red chili flakes
    .5 tsp unrefined salt
    3 tbsp chia seeds
    1 sweet potato, diced
    1 red pepper, diced
    3 cups of spinach, torn up

    Next, add to the Vitamix the vegetable stock, coconut milk, chickpeas, tomato paste, curry powder, garam masala, pepper, and chili flakes and set it to a medium speed for 5 minutes or until ingredients have formed a creamy paste.

    Pour this creamy mixture into a large pot and add the chia seeds, sweet potato, and red pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. During this time you can also prepare your brown rice to go on the side.

    Add in the spinach about 10 minutes prior to serving. This will prevent the leaves from becoming overcooked. If you prefer your curry on the thinner side, add a bit more water.

    This recipe is super easy to make and has a lot of wonderful health properties because of the coconut milk, curry, and chia seeds. I always use full-fat coconut milk to ensure that I am getting the most MCFA’s and lauric acid. Curry powder is loaded with three powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. In addition, you are getting a good dose of antioxidants, omega-3, and fiber from the added chia seeds.
    If you are feeding a larger family, feel free to double the recipe.

  54. Jennifer Champy May 14, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Cravings Be Gone, Health Be Restored

    1 Scoop of Garden Of Life Raw High Protein for Weight Loss ( I use Marley Coffee)
    1 Scoop of Garden of Life Perfect Raw Food
    I Scoop of Garden of Life Raw Probiotics 5 day Max Care ( If you have been on steroids or antibiotics or have bad tummy this will realign you) Afterwards a maintenance probiotic

    1 Cup Unsweet Almond Milk or Unsweet Coconut Milk ( Organic0
    1/4 Cup of Organic Strawberries Frozen
    1/4 Cup pf Organic Wildberries Frozen
    1/2 Banana Frozen
    1/4 of avocado

    1 Cup or more of fresh of Organic Kale or Spinach

    Add Almond Milk and powders as directed. Add remaining ingredients and blend in blender for a good one to two minutes. If it become to thick I add water to desired consistency.

    Hints, I buy fresh produce, wash it and stick it in the freezer. Having the smoothie cold really enhances the flavor. I am full for a long time and happily losing weight at a great rate in spite of some really bad health challenges.

    If this can work for me who has been on massive steroids and antibiotics for years… It can work for you. My health is being restored. My body is receiving the nutrition that the medications have robbed plus even if health wasn’t it an issue it is an incredibly healthy good way to get good nutrition without any GMO’s and lose weight and feel great

    • Jennifer Champy May 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      I see a lot of people posting about putting it in their Vita-mixers. I don’t have one. If I did I would use it for sure because it is an awesome all in one machine.

      • Cindy Wodnicki May 20, 2014 at 8:23 am #

        Same! I thought the idea was to win one!

        • caroline kim Jonsson May 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

          I believe many of us are saying “in my vita-mix” because we are visualizing making it in our vita-mix!

          • Cindy Wodnicki May 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

            🙂

  55. Daniel Jesolva May 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Place all ingredients in a Vita-Mix and blend for 30 to 45 seconds.

    1scoop chocolate raw protein, 1scope perfect good, chocolate cacao, 1cup organic kefir, can substitute coconut kefir, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon organic peanut or almond butter. Add ice cubes to make cold. Can add cinnamon or nutmeg for an extra boost. I call it the Funky Monkey.

    In one shake you get antioxidants, protein, potassium, healthy fats, and probiotics.

  56. Linda May 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    A Berry Nutty Green Smoothie

    1 cup organic baby greens (spinach, chard, and/or kale)
    1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
    1 TB raw almond butter
    small piece of banana (fresh or frozen)
    1 tsp Garden of Life Super Omega 3 Organic Chia Seeds
    1 tsp maca powder
    1 scoop Garden of Life DetoxiFiber
    3/4 cup coconut water (I like Harmless Harvest or Trader Joe’s brand)

    Place all items in the Vitamix and blend on high until smooth.

    This tasty smoothie is raw, vegan, and contains antioxidants, protein, healthy fats, enzymes and fiber.

  57. alma Mercado May 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Dad’s favorite power drink

    1cup of organic pastures kefir ( or home made kefir made from raw milk)
    1very ripe banana
    2dates
    Organic frozen strawberries,blueberries,raspberries
    1organic pastured RAW egg
    1tsp of Garden of Life coconut oil
    1 tbsp of colostrum powder (premeir research labs)
    2 dhA caps

    Directions : simple ! Just throw all ingredients into blender!
    This recipe is an upgraded version of my dads. When I was a young girl he use to make me smoothies of milk, strawberries bananas and raw eggs.
    I just loved them ! Since then strawberry banana smoothies are still my favorite . I have learned quite a bit more since then , so I added ingredients. homemade kefir made from raw milk is full of beneficial bacteria. Of course always use organic foods , coconut oil is great for digestion, parasites and provides healthy fats. Dha are high in omega , great for nerves, brain and eye and heart health. And lastly the colostrum is has many benefits to list, but is a super immune builder, and a super food!
    this is as quick and simple as it gets when it comes to super smoothies , but gets the job done:-) enjoy !!! l

  58. Anita Saunders May 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Awesome Coconut Berry Smoothie

    1-1/2 Cups Trader Joes Coconut Milk
    1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
    1 Cup Frozen Blackberries
    2 TLBS Cacao Nibs
    2 TLBS Garden Of Life Raw Organics Flax Seed & Chia Seed
    1 tsp Homemade Vanilla
    Stevia to taste

    Blend well and enjoy! Hits the spot for that chocolate craving!

  59. Cheryl Crouse May 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Healthy, quick sweet potato Hash
    This is a full meal filled with vegetables, protein and healthy fats. It is filling and so satisfying. It is easy to make in half an hour to serve to a family. Comfort food at its finest–made the healthy way. cooked in a cast iron skillet for all of the healthy benefits of the cast iron.

    1/8 c.Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 100% Organic, Garden of Life
    1/3 # pork sausage (see recipe below) made with pastured lean pork and no preservatives, or use turkey, chicken or lean pork sausage–crumbled into pan.
    1 large sweet onion
    1 large bell pepper
    1 small zucchini
    1 T bottled pesto–red or green
    1/8 c. Raw Fiber Beyond Organic Fiber, 803 Grams, Garden of Life
    1 very large or 2 medium organic sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
    Sea salt, pepper to taste
    2 eggs

    In Vitamix, chop onion, zucchini and pepper to medium chop. In a cast iron skillet, heat coconut oil, add vegetables and sausage. Break up sausage with a fork. You may want to add a little water to help break it up. Continue browning until sausage is nearly done. add sweet potatoes, pesto, fiber and salt and pepper. Put lid on skillet and allow to cook over low heat until sweet potatoes are fork tender–about 10 minutes. Take lid off and make 2 wells in the vegetables. Break eggs into wells put lid back on and cook another 3 minutes–until eggs are coated with white skin, but cooked to soft doneness. Immediately serve onto plates–the hash on the bottom and the egg on top. To eat, break the yolk over the hash.

    Homemade sausage
    Grind 1 1/2 # pork shoulder cubed in the vitamix until finely ground. Add 1 T. agave, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1 1/2 t. fennel seeds toasted,1 T red pepper flakes and 1 T. kosher salt. Mix well. Transfer to a large plastic bag or glass bowl and refrigerate over night. Divide into portions and freeze or refrigerate.

  60. Michele Sirois May 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Better For You Frappuccino (quick & easy)
    (free of gluten, cow’s milk, eggs, soy, and nuts)

    approximately:
    3/4 cup original, unsweetened Hemp Milk (or alternative)
    1/2 cup Rice Milk (or alternative)
    1 1/2 cups of ice
    1 very heaping Tablespoon of Garden of Life Goatein (or Garden of Life RAW Protein, Unflavored)
    1 T Frontier Natural Products Coffee Flavor
    1 T Agave

    Put ingredients in a powerful blender (such as Vitamix) and whiz up until smooth!

    Makes approximately two 8-ounce servings, and I drink them both in one sitting!

  61. Angie McKenna May 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Buckwheat Pancakes

    1 Vitamix

    ¾ cup buckwheat flour
    ¾ cup gluten free all- purpose flour
    2 tbs honey
    1 tbs baking powder
    ½ tsp Himalayan salt
    2 cups milk
    ½ cup fresh blue berries
    ¼ cup Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (melted)
    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder
    4 tsp Garden of life Super Omega 3 chia Seeds
    ½ cup water

    1. Add 4 tsp Garden of life super omega 3 chia seeds into a bowel of ½ cup water. Allow mixture to stand for 5 min or until becomes thick.
    2. Put in the Vitamix the buckwheat, gluten free all- purpose flower, honey, baking powder, Himalayan salt, milk, Garden of life extra virgin coconut oil, Garden of Life Raw Protein, and blue berries. Add the Chia seeds to the mixture. Blend ingredients until smooth. If batter is too thick add a cup of water. Blend to the right consistency.
    3. Lightly oil skillet and place on medium heat. Pour some batter onto griddle. Cook until done and brown . Turning on both sides.

    Enjoy!

  62. Alexandra May 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Tropical Nilla Nummies

    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein Beyond Organic Vanilla Formula
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt or cultured almond milk Greek-style yogurt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 scoop Garden of Life Primal Defense HSO Probiotic Powder
    1 tablespoon Garden of Life 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
    1/2 cup coconut shavings or fresh coconut
    1 mango, peeled and pitted or 1 cup frozen mango
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
    1 cup ice
    1/2 cup water to desired consistency

    Scoop protein powder and choice of yogurt into the Vitamix, add the half teaspoon of vanilla extract over the yogurt. Then scoop probiotic, coconut oil, and fruit over the yogurt, and add the ice. Blend until smooth. Depending on desired consistency, add water and blend again. Open kitchen window to let the breeze in and then sip and let your taste buds and senses take a healthy, 10-minute vacation right from home.

    This exotic recipe promotes physical, emotional, and mental health. The smoothing scent and flavor of vanilla extract immediately relaxes the senses while the vanilla powder provides an important serving of the day’s protein. The coconut oil and shavings supply just the right amount of good fat to keep the smoothie drinker satiated and craving-free until the next meal. The yogurt adds a calming creaminess while the tropical fruits and drink’s icy coolness allows for a 10-minute escape into imaginings of a tropical paradise.

    • Lynn Barron May 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      5 oz ice cubes – About 6 small
      1 frozen organic banana
      9 ounces Kefir water or almond milk – I use Kefir water
      Sweet Leaf chocolate stevia to taste – I add 20 drops
      Blend
      Add:
      2 T Garden of Life Chia Seeds
      1 T or more Cacoa Nibs
      Blend Thoroughly
      Add 1 Scoop of Garden of Life Raw Fit Protein Powder or your favorite Protein Powder
      Blend Lightly
      Pour into large mug or glass and place in freezer until you are ready to eat.
      Enjoy!

  63. Sheri May 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Super Foods Alkalizing Taboule

    1 large organc kale leaf (stem removed)
    2 large bunches of organic parsley
    1 bunch organic fresh mint
    1 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked and drained)
    2 – 3 garlic cloves
    4 thinly sliced scallions (green onion)
    1 cup sprouted quinoa
    Juice of 1 large lime
    1 TBSP Garden of Life Raw Alkalizer and Detox Organic Powder
    1 TBSP Garden of Life Raw Organics Flax Seed and Chia Seed
    1 TSP Himalayan pink salt

    Cook & cool quinoa and set aside.

    Add sundried tomatoes and garlic to VitaMix and pulse until minced. Add kale, parsley & mint and pulse gently until lightly chopped. Pour into large bowl.

    In small bowl, combine lime juice, Raw Alkalizer and Detoxifier powder and thinly sliced scallions. Toss with chopped ingredients. Fold in cooked quinoa and sprinkle with Raw Organics Flax & Chia seeds.

    Enjoy!

    Great way to add super foods into your diet in an easy, quick & portable healthy meal or snack. Adding alkalyzing foods assists the body in dealing with the more acidic food and drink choices made during the day.

  64. joseph gersch May 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    hot and cold surprise

    1 avocado peeled
    1 /2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    1 banana (very ripe)
    1 kiwi,peeled
    1 cup rice milk
    1 tsp srircha sauce
    1 cup ice

    put all ingredients in as listed, blend in Vitamix on high for 60 seconds, use tamper to push down ingredients and do the Cha Cha!

  65. Bonnie Kelley May 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    3 very ripe bananas
    3 tbl sp Peanut butter
    1-2 cups Oatmeal
    1/2 cup Almond milk
    1/2 -1 cup Raisins
    1 cup Stevia

    I use ALL Garden of Life product that I can, I mix all until cookie dough consistency.

    Bake 325 12-15 minutes…. Delicious!!! They don’t last a day in my house!!!

  66. Sherry Whitney May 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Super Green Smoothie

    Drinking half for breakfast and half for lunch gives me everything I need to keep me satisfied till dinner. Chia seeds, avocado, and coconut oil provide the right healthy fats. Raw broccoli sprouts/microgreens are not included in the Garden of Life organic Raw Sprout Blend, so I add them as a cancer preventative and to help metabolize estrogen down the proper healthy pathway (for both women and men!!!). The Power Greens provide calcium and I like the fact that Garden of Life Raw Protein contains Vitamin K as MK-7 to direct the calcium to all the right places, i.e., our bones and teeth. I love the fact that Garden of Life Raw Protein contains glucomannan to feed existing gut bacteria and Raw Probiotics to add to our gut biome. No gluten and no soy for low-thyroid people!

    1/2 – 1 tsp Garden of Life Chia Seeds
    1/2 c. cold filtered water or cold coconut water
    1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
    1/3 c. frozen mango chunks
    1/2 of a ripe avocado
    1 T. Garden of Life Coconut Oil
    1/3 c. raw broccoli sprouts or broccoli microgreens
    1 scoop (22 g) Garden of Life Raw Protein (not chocolate)
    Earthbound Farm Organic Deep Green Blends Power Greens–71 g (about 1/2 of the 5 oz container)

    Add cold water/coconut water and chia seeds to blender container and let sit for 5 minutes.To this add frozen mango and frozen banana and blend to a slurry. Add coconut oil, avocado, Garden of Life raw protein powder, and broccoli sprouts and blend thoroughly. Lastly, add Power Greens and blend about 40-60 seconds until thick and smooth. Pour into a glass and eat with a spoon or a straw if not too thick.

    These instructions are my procedure using a standard Hamilton Beach blender, because I don’t own a Vitamix, but I know that results using the Vitamix would be much faster and smoother!!!

  67. Andreas May 16, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    Yumazing All Day Strong Gut Health Super Smoothie

    1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    1 scoop Garden of Life Goatein Pure Goat’s Milk Protein
    2 tablespoons Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
    1 cup full fat organic kefir or yogurt (preferably grass-fed)
    1 scoop Garden of Life Primal Defense HSO Probiotic Formula Powder
    1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder
    1 tablespoon unmodified potato starch
    1 banana
    1 1/2 cups mixed fresh or frozen berries (just strawberries, or just blueberries is nice too)
    6 ice cubes

    Add all ingredients to blender (preferably a Vitamix), in the order listed above. Start blending on low power at first, then raise to high power for at least 30 seconds until nice and smooth. Finally, brace yourself for a delicious and satiating meal, packed with protein, the very best fats and the ultimate gut health ingredients. 

    We now know that without a healthy gut, we just aren’t healthy! Poor gut health is associated with a vast array of health concerns and the list continues to grow. Enter the Yumazing All Day Strong Gut Health Super Smoothie. With gelatin to help heal the gut, a double whammy of probiotics from kefir and Garden of Life Primal Defense, and potato starch to help feed the little critters, your digestive system will be purring like a finely tuned machine. 

  68. Kevin Hickey May 16, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    2 cups organic mixed berries…2 cups Fage Greek Yogurt…1 bunch Kale..1cup Umpqua Oranic Oatmeal..1.Meyer Lemon (whole)=1 20 oz zero carb vita-drink & fill with I’ve! Blend and enjoy an out of this world smoothie!

  69. Laura M May 16, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    P.B.B. Flax Smoothie

    1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
    1/2 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
    2 tablespoons Garden of Life ground golden flaxseed
    1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 ripe banana, sliced

  70. Peggy May 16, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Almond Joy Muffins

    2 cups organic flour
    1 Tablespoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon sea salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    ¼ cup organic unsweetened coconut
    ½ cup of almond meal
    3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
    2 scoops of Garden of Life Raw Protein chocolate cacao

    Whisk above in a bowl

    In another bowl, combine:
    2 eggs (or egg substitute)
    1 cup almond milk
    2/3 cup organic sugar
    1/4 cup Garden of Life coconut oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix, & put in oiled muffin tins.

    Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

  71. David Ham May 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Raw Meal Fruit Smoothie

    10 ounces Organic Orange Juice
    1 Scoop Garden of Life Raw Meal Vanilla or Plain (Vanilla gives an almost cake like flavor)
    5 ounces Frozen Organic Peaches
    3 ounces Frozen Organic Cherries
    2 ounces Frozen Organic Blueberries
    2 tablespoons Coconut oil (I don’t melt mine)
    1 Pasture Raised Farm Egg (otherwise, you’ll want to give the egg a 2 minute boiling bath)

    Mix all in the blender and blend on high for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
    For additional protein add 2 Tablespoons of Hydrolyzed Gelatin (Collagen) powder.

    The fruit eliminates the need for any additional sweetners.
    I use frozen fruit to eliminate the need for ice that will water down the smoothie.

  72. JAMIE BREWER May 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    CHERRY ALMOND VANILLA ENERGY BARS

    1 1/4 CUP OF YOUR FAVORITE CHOPPED NUTS.. I USE PECANS
    1/2 CUP UNSWEETENED SHREDDED COCONUT (SEPARTED)
    1/4 CUP GARDEN OF LIFE ORGANIC COCONUT OIL (MELTED)
    1 1/2 TSP PURE ALMOND EXTRACT
    2 TBSP RAW HONEY
    1/2 CUP GARDEN OF LIFE RAW PROTEIN VANILLA
    1 LARGE EGG
    1/4 CUP ALMOND BUTTER (ROOM TEMP)
    1/2 TSP SEA SALT
    1/2 CUP DRIED CHERRIES

    GREASE 8X8 SQUARE PAN WITH GARDEN OF LIFE COCONUT OIL. SET OVEN AT 350 DEGREES.
    PUT FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS IN VITAMIX: BLEND 1/2 CUP PECANS UNTIL RESEMBLE A MEAL/FLOUR MIXTURE. THEN ADD HONEY, EGG, ALMOND BUTTER, ALMOND EXTRACT, COCONUT OIL, SALT, MIX UNTIL WELL COMBINED. STIR IN REMAINING 3/4 CUP CHOPPED NUTS, 1/4 CUP COCONUT, RAW PROTEIN, AND CHERRIES.

    POUR INTO PREPARED 8X8 PAN. SPRINKLE WITH REMAINING 1/4 CUP COCONUT. BAKE FOR 30 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM OVEN AND LET COOL FOR 15 MINUTES, CUT INTO 12 SQUARES AND READY TO EAT!!! ENJOY ANYTIME YOU NEED A QUICK PICK ME UP…

    YOU CAN SUBSITUTUE GARDEN OF LIFE RAW PROTEIN CHOCOLATE FOR VANILLA AND ADD 1/2 CUP DARK OR GF CHOCOLATE CHIPS

  73. Ginelle May 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    “Drink Your Rainbow Super Smoothie!”

    Ingredients:

    Bottom Layer:
    -1/2 c. blueberries
    -2Tbsp Beyond Organic Amasai (or goat kefir)
    -I/2 scoop Garden of Life Goatein

    2nd Layer:
    -2 kiwis
    -1 Tbsp spinach
    -1/2 scoop Garden of Life Perfect Food

    Middle Layer:
    -3 rounds pineapple
    -2 Tbsp coconut milk
    -1/2 scoop Garden of life Raw Meal

    4th Layer:
    -1 orange
    -1/2 banana
    – 1/2 scoop Garden of life Raw Protein

    Top Layer:
    -1/2 c. raspberries
    -2 Tbsp pomegranate juice
    -3 strawberries
    -1/2 scoop Garden of Life Chia Seeds

    Directions:

    1. Blend the ingredients for each layer separately in the VitaMix

    2. Beautifully layer the smoothie by carefully spooning each layer of the mixture into a glass, one at a time, starting from the edges.

    3. Enjoy! Drink your way to a healthier, happier, more beautiful you!

  74. Gina May 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    “Zesty Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa Salsa”

    Ingredients

    1 Scoop Garden of Life Perfect Food
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, sliced
    Pinch red-pepper flakes
    4 red bell peppers, roasted and quartered
    3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
    Coarse salt
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    1/4 small red onion, diced
    1 avocado, diced
    2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
    Lime wedges, for serving

    Directions

    1.Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and red-pepper flakes and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add roasted peppers and stock. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, 10 minutes. Let cool slightly, then puree in the VitaMix until smooth. Season with salt.

    2.In a small bowl, mix together quinoa, red onion, avocado, and cilantro. Season with salt. To serve, ladle soup into bowls, top with quinoa salsa, and squeeze with lime.

  75. Meowsome :3 May 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    I call it the Incredible Hulk smoothie!

    My favorite smoothie ever because it tastes amazing and motivates me to wake up in the morning. Lots of protein so it can double as a post-workout shake too!

    1 cup spinach
    1.5 cup homemade vanilla almond milk
    1 tbsp homemade nut butter (I like peanut butter)
    1 frozen banana
    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein vanilla

    Put it all in a blender and mix until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

  76. Amanda Birling May 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Perfectly Pumpkin Pancakes
    1/2 cup canned pumpkin
    1/4 cup almond milk
    4 eggs
    2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
    2 Tbsp vanilla extract
    1/4 cup coconut flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp sea salt
    1 cup almond flour
    1-2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice, to taste
    2 Tbsp garden of life extra virgin coconut oil

    2 scoops garden of life organic protein, if desired

    Place dry ingredients in blender and blend until combined. Add eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, maple syrup, and almond milk and blend until smooth. Heat coconut oil on medium heat griddle. Spoon batter into circles on hot griddle. Flip when bubbles form and cook until lightly brown on both sides. Serve warm with maple syrup or whipped coconut cream.

  77. Susan Bakke May 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Grapefruit Protein Thirst Quencher !!

    1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein vanilla
    1/2 cup grapefruit juice
    1/2 cup water
    1 scoop Ionic-Fizz Super DK Calcium Plus (mixed berry)
    1-2 cups greens (spinach,kale, etc.)
    1/2 tsp camu camu (rich in vitamin C)
    (1 packet stevia if you want more sweetness)

    Blend ALL in ingredients till greens are liquid. Pour over ice! Really good after a work-out!

  78. Delia Payne May 19, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    MORNING THUNDER SMOOTHIE

    1 scoop of Garden of LIfe Raw Protein

    2 Tbsp Raw Sesame Tahini

    1 Tbsp Organic Black Strap Molasses

    12 oz Almond Milk or choice of organic juice

    1 Tbsp Lecithin granules

    Optional: 1/2 cup frozen fruit of choice

    BLEND & GO! VRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!

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