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May the blessing of light be on you –

light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you

and warm your heart

till it glows like a great peat fire.

Here in the desert, it seems like a blessing that evokes sunlight and sunshine is quite appropriate as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And along with that, we have another blessing from our Tasty Tip Chef, Kelli Rose.

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat or May the road rise with you,

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Skinny Shamrock Shake

Servings: 3Green Shamrock Shake

Vegan, Gluten Free

Organic Produce:

1 banana, large & very ripe

½ medium avocado

¼ cup fresh mint leaves (about 25 leaves)

1 cup fresh spinach, loosely packed

Condiments:

1 TBSP organic Grade B maple syrup

½ tsp alcohol free vanilla extract

Alternative Dairy:

1 ¼ cups milk (almond, hemp, quinoa, coconut) – Look for brands without carrageen

¾ cup coconut yogurt, plain

Optional Toppings:

So Delicious Dairy Free Coco Whip

Raw Cacao bar shavings

Directions:

Place all the ingredient in a blender (except the optional toppings) and puree. Taste to adjust maple syrup sweetener as desired.

Enjoy immediately, topped with coco whip and cacao shavings.

Health Benefits of “Green” Ingredients:

Avocado – improves digestion, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, assists in balancing hormones, provides healthy fiber & fats, rich in Vitamin B6, E, Folate, Magnesium and Potassium.

Mint - improves digestion, natural stimulant, relieves fatigue & depression, clears up congestion of the nose, throat & lungs, quick & effective remedy for nausea, inhibits the release of histamines that cause seasonal allergies & hay fever, high in Iron, Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium & Potassium, rich in Vitamin A, B6, C, Folate & Riboflavin.

Spinach – alkalizes the body, aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains healthy blood sugar levels, lowers blood pressure, rich in Omega 3’s, high in fiber, Iron, Magnesium & Calcium, contains Vitamins A,B6, B1, K, Riboflavin, Folate and Niacin.