Next week, I’ll be honoring the lingering energy of the winter solstice with fellow free spirits during the Nourish Your Soul Retreat in Tulum, Mexico. Throughout the week, we’ll be healing our bodies with daily yoga, meditation, surfing, moon workshops, and clean, wholesome meals, so that we’ll be ready to take on all that the New Year has in store.
Join us on this cleansing, restorative journey (even if you’re miles away from Mexico) by whipping up these three nourishing recipes from my Tulum cleanse menu in your own kitchen!
Mac Attack Smoothie
This yummy green smoothie features cinnamon, one of my favorite fragrant spices that became a staple in the Mexican kitchen after the 16th century culinary fusion of European and Mesoamerican cooking. Beyond adding its signature sweet-spicy flair, cinnamon also reduces inflammation, possesses antioxidant benefits, fights bacteria, and has been proven to lower blood pressure.
- 8 ounces coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
- 1 cup kale, destemmed
- 1 cup frozen or fresh mango
- 2 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ice to taste
- teaspoon honey or touch of stevia (optional)
Combine in a blender, and blend for 1 minute until smooth and delicious.
Makes 1 serving.
Dijon Kale Salad
For all you kale-lovers, I created this dijon salad to celebrate the king cruciferous winter veggie packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals! For the Yelapa retreat, I’ll be adding in locally-grown avocado and cilantro, the Mexican parsley, which adds in a boost of vitamins A and K!
- 1 head of kale chopped or torn
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- good shake of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 1 light handful of cilantro or flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- dulse to taste, flakes or torn pieces
Put kale in large bowl with oil and salt and massage well until all the kale has visibly changed color. Evenly mix in the mustard, nutritional yeast, garlic, parsley, and dulse. Top with chopped avocado and pumpkin seeds and serve!
Makes 2 servings.
A cleanse in Mexico would not be complete without a guac! I decided to take it a step further and add dates (a natural sweetener that promotes a healthy heart and digestive system) and raw cacao, which was so highly valued by the indigenous Mesoamericans that it was used as currency and as a prized ingredient in food and drinks during rituals. Beyond creating that unparalleled chocolatey flavor, cacao powder also boosts your fiber, sulphur, magnesium, and calcium levels and provides a shot of natural energy!
- 1 avocado
- 5 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 3 tablespoons of Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
Pulse dates in the food processor to make a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, stopping to scrape off the sides. If you don’t have a food processor, chop dates will and mix by hand. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and then enjoy!
Makes 1-2 servings.