skin problems……smoothie with amalaki/amla berry

Still reading to many books about food, what can make you confused but also very clear in things and facts about food.
Now I am really seeing the need of vitamin C intake! it is good for a lot of things, first the making of collagen, repairing the wounds you have. Reducing the chance of some cancers, it’s an antioxidant.
I read also many times about the amla berry or amalaki, of course I heared it first at my school, but I forgot it. here are some nice reasons to take amla berry.
Ok… why I want to use it, because my skin has troubles, I have a lot of red spots, I think my pitta has some problems. I am stressed and loose probably a lot of vitamin c.Wake up in the night at vata/pitta time. It looks like my hair is beginning to get thinner and very dry.I have a dry skin and for some days a dry mouth! (and so on) So I read that amalaki is reducing Pitta and vata. So I wanted to try and experiment by myself.  I bought some amalaki powder, the taste is terrible mixed with only water, so I made today a smoothie with it, of course you can change some ingredients to make another smoothie with this super berry. I keep you up to date if it is helping me…

the ingredients for two glasses of amla berry smoothie
2 bananas
1 cup of rice/coconut milk
1-2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons (10 ml) of amla powder
Some dried grated coconut for garnish


a foodprocessor or blender

How to make
Just blend everything togehter till it’s smooth and has no lumps! Put in some nice glasses and sprinkle some grated coconut on top


time for picking blackberries…..blackberry/pear smoothie

Nice to have a week of holiday and go on vacation. We went on camping, at a place called the lievelinge. It was a great camping, our prepared house was great mixture of second hand an new (at least it looked like), of course no tents we were with the children and grandma. The nature surround was a lot of forest and water, a carousel, old busses made to sleep in, a pancake house and so on….Really I can recommend you to go there, especially when you have children. I didn’t see blackberries there I must say…. but one week before I picked them together with my children. And then it was time to make a green smoothie with the just picked blackberries and miner’s lettuce from our garden. And of course this was a great tasting red smoothie full of vitamins. And now you can make it also at home!

Ingredients for the blackberry/pear smoothie (6-8 persons)
4 pears
3 cups of blackberries
2-3 cups of water
3 cups of miner’s lettuce

a blender/Magimix with smoothie kit

How to make….
Wash the blackberries and look good for no worms inside (soak them a short time in water with salt and rinse them very well after, so the worms get out). Cut the pears in pieces so you can blend it, wash the miner’s lettuce….
Now I just can say blend all the ingredients together, and I did again at last the water.
Get the glasses fill them with the pink thick smoothie and enjoy the taste


ok ok the last one for now……fresh summer smoothie

Yes I a addicted to every day a green smoothie, after trying one week, I am convienced! I love it and my children get a lot of vitamins in their body just by drinking a nice smoothie.
So yesterday I tried a new one, I just used my creativity, This is a fresh summer smoothie, everybody liked it! Also our French couchsurfers, who are lucky I am addicted so they get also some vitamin shot!Good for their ‘world’trip.I loved their adventure, they are going hitch-hiking through Europe, I want to join toooo 😉

The recipe for the fresh summer smoothie (4-6 persons)
2 little mangos or 1 big one
2 bananas
1 cucumber
2 glasses of water

a blender/magimix with smoothie kit

So just get all the ingredients, wash the cucumber, peel the mango and blend it all together in the blender till it’s smooth. At last I poor in the glasses of water. Get the glasses and taste the fresh summer smoothie especially in the sun at your garden….AAH


the most beautiful garden…..celery/kiwi smoothie

Today I went together with a photographer across the neighbourhood, a jury has selected the 9 most beautiful gardens of this neigbourhood in the North of Amsterdam. We had to make photos of the garden with the people who live there, what a great stories we hear and what a friendly people. I had a great day, the children enjoyed themselves by carrying the poles with a sign (you are nominated for the most beautiful garden).On the 14th of september, the most beautiful will be selected, at the green day here at the zonneplein.
Anyway we are finished now, just as I finished the smoothie week. Here you will get the last recipe!

Ingredients for the celery/kiwi smoothie (2-4 persons)
A recipe I picked up somewehere from the internet I don’t know the source anymore, sorry)
3 stocks of celery
1 banana
4 kiwis
2 cups of water

a blender/Magimix with smoothiekit

Let’s start….
Wash the celery, peel the kiwi and banana. get the blender/Magimix. Make them smooth by using the foodprocessor/blender at last pour in the water. Enjoy this one, if you don’t like celery don’t make it 😉


Bye bye cs-ers…….fresh green apple/parsley smoothie

Phoef, very hard to wake up this morning. I really don’t know why…was I really too busy this week? Probably.
This morning the couchsurfers (Sarit and Aidan) from Israel  left, really great people, also vegans, ….Nice to talk about:why they became vegan, and how they ‘survive’ and of course abouttheir country and so on…and my green smoothie victims;)
So today I will taste my green smoothie on my own, but I must admit the taste of this smoothie is great and is defintely my favourite of the week (just 2 days to go).

The recipe of Emerald Applesauce by Aletha Nowitzky (2-4 persons)
4-5 apples (I used the red/yellow one I can imagine the green sour apples will be great also))
a bunch of fresh parsley
1/2 inch of ginger root (I used 1 inch by accident but it was great)

a blender/Magimix

How to prepare?
Cut the apple in pieces, if you use the Magimix smoothie kit you don’t have to remove the seeds and stems.
So now put all the ingredients together in the blender/Magimix and make a juice of it! Ready to drink!


cycling…cycling and time for another smoothie (vegetables smoothie)

This morning it was cloudy, but me and my brother (and of course Kaya and Yvi) went cycling through the twiske, searching for playing gardens and looking at the nice water and nature.
Finally home I gave my husband the smoothie I made this morning, I said I didn’t like it so much, but you can still drink it (he had the same). I have this recipe from the internet but I really don’t know from where.
Anyway I still give you the recipe you never know maybe you like it…I think it’s from this video or a variation

Recipe for the vegetable smoothie (2-4 persons)
3 stalks of celery
1/4-1/2 avocado
+/-1 cup lambsquarters
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup purple basil
1/2 spicy pepper

a blender or Magimix smoothie kit

lets make the juice…..
just blend it all, take some nice glasses and drink. It’s a different smoothie and I must say you like it or not….This is really green!


do you remember me….cucumber/parsley smoothie

Yesterday I went to a concert at the Paradiso, here in Amsterdam, it was nice! Not so crowded at all, the music was strange but great and heavy and weird 🙂
But at the end I wanted to go to the entrance and then a guy came to me, I knew him and he me. Unfortunately I really don’t remember from where, I know his face very well…do I have a hole in my memory….? Especially the smile…a day after I still don’t know where I know him from, I have no name, the only thing he is now living in Hilversum and is a programmer in woerden…So I need more food for my brains, another smoothie in my one week green smoothie week. Let’s get back my memory….!

Green smoothie number three (2-4 persons)
(recipe from: Parsley Passion Smoothie by Sergei Boutenko)
1 cucumber
1 banana
1 bunch of fresh parsley (with stems also)
1 red/yellow apple (Fuji)
2 cups of water

Yes again the blender or Magimix with smoothiekit

Here we go again…..
I would say wash all the ingredients that needs to be washed. Cut them in pieces so you can blend it. I put the water at last in the blender, after I blend the fruits/vegetables.
Maybe it need to be stirred with a spoon so it’s a good mixture for a smoothie

I like this one it is fresh, and if you don’t like cucumber don’t make this…



day 2 of the green smoothie week

The sun is shining jippy…., I had a busy morning, but finally home I have time to make a bread and of course to make the green smoothie of the day. My garden is full of lambs quarters, I just had 1 plant last year but it take over the garden. But I like it, they have nice purple leaves and don’t need much care, you can use them like spinach!
Now time for a green smoothie

Ingredients for smoothie no 2 (4-6 persons, +/- 1 litre juice)
2 cups of fresh peaches (I used 3 big peaches after tasting this recipe)
2 cups of lambs quarters leaves
3 cups of water

a blender or Magimix with special smoothie kit

so let’s make it……
Get the seeds out of the peaches, cut the peaches in little pieces so you can put it in the blender or Magimix. Wash the lambsquarters and blend them together with the peaches till a nice smooth juice. The cups of water I add at last.
It’s ready now, I must say it was really suprised (maybe I had to get used to the green taste) of the taste and maybe next time I put in some lemon. But just try! And experiment.

recipe from this page

party, alcohol……green smoothie week

Saturday was a long but nice day in the morning I woke up, had a breakfast, a shower, made lychee cupcakes and after I went on the bike to the centre. Looking for nice old flower teacups with a saucer, a present for a friend of my who became 30 (and finished her school). After many second hand shops I found them! Also together with some great tasting tea from Simon Levelt of course…..and a book with many recipes for making soup! (I am going to borrow this from you once Esther;))
So after all my tasks I went home change my clothes, decorated the cupcakes took the train and went to the surprise party!
OOh it as a great party, campfire, music, friendly old knowing people and wine/beer.
I had too much alcohol ( I wasn’t drunk by the way) not so many sleep (I slept at a friends house, but my husband had to work early in the morning so I had to take the earliest train).
So really now it is the time to get some energy from the green smoothies….so this week I will have a green smoothie week, with help of the Boutenko family and internet.
So monday is the first one, let the vitamins come in!

Green smoothie no 1 The Laughing Gorilla by Valya Boutenko (4-6 glasses)
2 ripe bananas
2 oranges
1 mango
1/2 head of romaine lettuce
2 cups of water

a blender
a cup
a knife

So let’s make it…
If there are seeds inside of the oranges get them out. I didn’t peel them as they say on the side. I put every ingrediënt together in the blender, and blend it till it gets smooth.
I took a glass and put a slice of banana on the edge of the glass for decoration, poor  in the juice and enjoy

recipe from the rawfamily Boutenko

another day…another smoothie (pineapple-melon)

Really my body is almost like the old one after two pregnancies, I have my old size of clothes (not that I became extraordinary more weights), my pelvic floor muscles are almost recovered after my hard workouts! Just wait a couple of weeks and I can jump run and especially do some serious workouts, I am looking forward to it!
Anyway with a good trained body you need some healthy juice also…I just had a pineapple and melon a dish time to use it!

Here the recipe for a fresh pineapple-melon smoothie (4 big glasses)
1 pineapple
1 melon with orange flesh
100 gram of rapini or maybe you like kale more
some twigs of mint leaves
a piece of pineapple for decorating the glass (optional)

a blender
a sharp knife

Make the smoothie..
Wash the green leaves (mint and rapini), put them in the blender (not blend yet)! Cut the pineapple and melon, put them also into the blender, I would say put on the blender and mix and blend till it’s a smooth juice!
Maybe you can put in some chlorella powder if you like, but that’s what you like (it makes it extreme healthy).
I would say poor the juice into the glasses, decorate with a fresh piece of pineapple. Drink in the summer when it’s warm!

Enjoy and feel the vitamins come into your body!