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Raw Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake

Raw Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake

Start your day right! When Raw Foods Expect Sarma Melngailis (President and Owner of One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine restaurant) shares the shake she finds “sexy,” you take a good look at Sarma, and start your blenders;

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake: Serves 2

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen banana
  • 11/2 cups coconut water
  • 11/2 cups cashew milk (OR, 3 cups of either one)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons yacon powder
  • 2 heaping tablespoons lucuma powder
  • 1 heaping tablepsoon maca
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or pinch stevia (optional)
  • Pinch Himalayan sea salt (optional)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder (add for second half)

HOW TO? Put all the ingredients except the cocoa powder in the blender and blend. If it’s too thick add more coconut water or cashew milk. Taste and add agave or stevia to sweeten. Pour half the shake out into glasses filling them partway. Add the cocoa powder to the remaining shake in the blender and blend. (add cacao nibs to if you like those in your shakes). Top off the glasses with the chocolate. It helps if you pour it gently around the inside perimeter of the glass (otherwise it will just fall straight down in the center and you won’t get the pretty layers). Put a raspberry or strawberry on top and sprinkle w/ cacao nibs. YUM.

Sarma Says;
The “Chocolate Covered Strawberry” – On sale at Pure Food and Wine. It is kind of ironic to us that the concept of using foods to improve body function and strengthen the immune system is constantly referred to and regarded as “new age”. For years and years, and years, and years, Ancient people have scoured the forests and jungles trying crazy fruits and tripped out flowers, roots and fungus, doing all the work for us (like, weeding out the poisonous stuff!) and figuring out how and if they benefit our bodies. One thing to consider when using natural supplements or energy boosters is that even if they don’t do anything for you, they certainly won’t harm you in anyway – unlike chemical drugs. That being said, our ancient ancestors did know what they were doing regarding many of the foods that they considered “superfoods”. In particular, it seems that ancient Peruvians really knew what was up. Yacon, Lucuma and Maca originate from deep in the Andes. Cultivated for millennia, these foods were first used by the Incans for various enhancement properties. For Valentine’s Day, we chose to make a sexy shake using all three because of their kick ass energy increasing power, but also, because the ancient Peruvians believed that these foods were aphrodisiacs. Plus chocolate and strawberries? Yum. If you’re interested in other aphrodisiacs my friend recommended me The Spanish fly ( But I digress. Here’s some info on these three little known powders, which are featured in our shake at our takeaway locations, and are also on sale as ingredients at 15% off if you buy all three. Lucuma is also a popular ice cream flavor in South America and Maca is great in a smoothie for a malted flavor..yacon is probably the best for a sweetner substitute! Enjoy!

Get one to go!
Get all 3 Peruvian superfood powders and save 15% Maca, Yacon and Lucuma Click here to buy: Peruvian Superfood Bundle Everything you need to know about:

Yac³n: The powder is popular among diabetic people and dieters who consume these products because
of their low sugar properties. The low sugar characteristic is due to the fact that the tuber is made up of FOS (fructooligosacharide), a special type of fructose that the human body can not absorb, and thus itleaves the body undigested. The powder is also a probiotic which means that it feeds the friendly bacteriain the colon that boost the immune system and help digestion. A valuable health food and alternative sweetener, yacon’s greatest attribute is its naturally high contentof inulin, a complex sugar that breaks down slowly into fructooligosaccharides (FOS).The high levels of FOS is a quality that is beneficial for two reasons. First, although yacon tastes sweet, the sugar of inulin is not digestible and simply passes through the body. Therefore yacon only contains about half the calories of an average sugar source. Secondly, FOS promotes the production of healthy probiotics within the body, which can contribute to better digestion and colon health.

Lucuma: A dried exotic fruit. Has a nutty, maple flavor and is rich in carbohydrates and nutrients. The lucuma has particularly dry flesh which possesses a unique flavor of maple and sweet potato. It is a very nutritious fruit, having high levels of carotene, vitamin B3, and other B vitamins. Lucuma is considered a healthy alternative sweetener as it lends a sweet taste to recipes, but is very low in sugars. With naturally occurring beta-carotene, niacin, and iron, lucuma powder is a welcome antidote to notorious “empty calorie” sweeteners. Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder has a distinctively sweet fragrance and full-bodied, maple-like taste. A deliciously versatile dessert ingredient, lucuma blends well to make alluring smoothies, puddings, and ice creams, and can also be used as a flour in exotic pies and pastries

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Maca: This nontoxic stabilizer is known to increase energy, endurance, physical strength, and libido. The ancient Incan warrior soldiers would consume this precious root before battle to make them fiercely strong, and then would be prohibited from taking it once into the city so the women would be protected from their heightened sexual appetite. Warriors used this stuff to get revved for battle! Small-scale clinical trials performed in men have shown that maca extracts can heighten libido and improve semen though no studies have been performed on men with sexual dysfunction or infertility. Maca does not affect sex hormone levels in humans, and has not been shown to act on hormones directly. It has been presumed that maca’s hormone-normalizing effects may be due to the root’s unique nutritional profile, which provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system.

Flavor profiles:
Yacon :sweet molasses

Lucuma: sweet potato, nutty, maple

Maca: coffee, malted, chocolate

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