Java Smoothie РGooooood Morning world! 

If you love coffee you’ll love this smoothie! 

Do you ever find that you’re left with coffee that you didn’t drink in the pot? And if you’re like me, you make coffee on a regular basis. I store my left over coffee in the fridge for my morning smoothie blend, which is what I’m going to be sharing today! 

In a vitamix or equivalent blender mix:

 2 cups black coffee

1/2 cup coconut milk 

1 heaping tbsp peanut butter or almond butter 

1 small banana 

1 tbsp cacao nibs 

1 tbsp golden flax seeds

1 tsp cacao powder

1 tbsp Maca powder 

1 tsp Acai powder 

1 tsp chllorella powder 

1 tbsp goji berries 

1 scoop chocolate meal replacement 

*my ingredients are all organic, including the coffee which is also single origin, and the meal replacement I use is from either Plant Head ( I have their vanilla and their chocolate, raw vegan organic ) or Amazing Meal (raw vegan organic), or Garden Of Life (raw organic) 

Mix on high for 15 sec. Pour into your favorite mug, or to go canister and enjoy! 

Whats your favorite way to make coffee? I like to use my French press at home ūüôā share your tips on making the best coffee or your suggestions for this Java smoothie below! 


All things Golden Smoothie! – a delicious treat for a hot day!


It’s become really hot here in Los Angeles. Where I am in Marina del Rey it’s a little more bearable, but let’s just say that the fan hasn’t stopped working thins last week ūüėČ

So to celebrate this massive heat wave and the golden sun I have created a new recipe I lovingly refer to as
All things Golden Smoothie ūüôā

It doesn’t actually combine all yellow fruits and veggies under the sun (pardon the pun)
– (pardon the rhyme!)
It combines my favorite raw golden treats!


– First I start by brewing up some hot water for a large cup of Yerba Mate tea. I put about two tablespoons worth of loose leaf Yerba mate in a cup and pour the water over, letting it steep until it’s no longer hot.
– I add 1 tsp of raw organic local honey and stir until it’s dissolved
– I pour the sweetened tea into my bullet blender
– I add two cups worth of cubed pineapple, fresh. (It’s way more flavorful if you use fresh pineapple versus the frozen variety.)
– I add a whole ripe organic mango, cubed.
– finally I top it off with a heaping tbsp of organic local bee pollen
– and 4 deliciously refreshing ice cubes

Blend till everything is homogenized, and the texture should be creamy. This will ensure that the pollen has broken down to its tiniest form for easy absorption.

And then I kick back and enjoy! And I hope you will too!

To your health,
Irina ūüôā


Power Smoothies – 4 Easy and Nutritious Smoothies!

A lot of people these days are rushed and have no time to eat a proper meal.  It seems easier to grab a coffee and a muffin at a local coffee store, in the drive through lane, then to spend an extra 10 minutes at home making a nutritious meal.

But when you realize the cost involved maybe you will change your mind. The extra gas, the high price of coffee and sugary baked goods, it can all add up to $5, maybe even $8 if you get a fancy large latte. ¬†The cost on your health? ¬†You can’t really put a price on that! ¬†Let’s just say, high caffeine and sugary rich meals wreak havoc on your body, mind and emotions, leaving you more prone to allergies, weakened, tired and out of it. ¬†A powerful meal consists of high fat and high protein. ¬†Coffee and baked goods have none of that, so it’s not wonder we feel tired shortly after the sugar/caffeine rush wears off. ¬†A meal at home costs a fraction of that cost, especially healthy, nutritious smoothies.

What? you say, you don’t think it’s that easy or cheap?¬† I tell you, the price of organic bananas is pretty much equal to regular ones, organic milk too, berries and coconut water, all of these items go a long way. ¬†You might spend $20 at the grocery store investing in these simple items, but you will be saving big throughout the week, and reaping the health benefits of good food! ¬†No more mid day crashes! ¬†No more drops in energy after lunch! ¬†No more stomach upsets!

Let me give you 4 simple smoothie ideas!¬† And no, you don’t need a fancy blender for any of these. ¬†This whole process can be very, very affordable! I use a tiny blender we bought ¬†years ago. ¬†This baby has paid for itself hundreds of times over by now, if not thousands! ¬†If you want to get fancy and have the money, get a VitaMix blender. ¬†But for these smoothies, a little blender will work just fine!!

1) Power Smoothie –¬† This will give you protein, fat, hydration and sustenance for the day, not to mention boost your immune system! ¬†Perfect for busy lifestyles! ¬†Pour in half a cup of raw milk , add one raw egg, half an avocado, a pinch of salt and blend thoroughly. ¬†30 seconds later, voila! ¬†If you don’t like to eat the incredible, edible egg, though I hope you will, then skip the egg and add a scoop of protein powder or whey powder.

2) ¬†Vegetarian Smoothie – Pour in 200-250 ml of coconut water into the blender, break up a banana into smaller bits and toss in, add a tsp of pollen, a tbsp of raw honey, and half an avocado. ¬†You have healthy fats from avocados, immune boosting pollen and raw honey, and hydrating coconut water plus bananas which are high in Potassium and help keep the body hydrated throughout the day. ¬†Delicious, simple, and ready in 30 sec! That’s the bonus of smoothies!

3) You should invest in a great meal replacement powder, ¬†it will provide you with complete nutrients.¬†¬†I highly, highly¬†recommend¬†Garden of LIfe Raw Meal replacement, especially the chocolate kind. ¬†I bought the original one a while ago and couldn’t really stomach the taste. ¬†Chocolate meal replacement is awesome because its rich like a meal should be but lightly chocolatey so it’s like a meal and desert in one! ¬†Here’s how I like to blend this: a cup of coconut water, two scoops of raw meal, one whole banana, a tsp of pollen, a tbsp of raw honey, and a few berries. ¬†Blend for 30 sec or until smooth and enjoy!

4) Fun smoothie!¬† Great for kids¬†– coconut water or raw milk, strawberries and raspberries, half a mango, half a banana, one kiwi, 1tbs honey and 1tsp pollen, and a little flax oil. If it’s a hot day then add a few ice cubes into the mix or opt for frozen berries or frozen banana. (You can buy bananas that are really yellow and on sale by the pounds, and go home and unwrap them, placing them in zip-loc bags and tossing them in the freezer for later use.)

Blending is fast, and liquid meals are extremely portable! ¬†Just use a thermos, empty bottle or a clean jar and you’re off to the races! No more excuses! Please let me know if you have some good smoothie ideas in the comment section! I would love to hear what you are blending!


With love, and to your health,

Irina Thomason

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