Smoothie: Warming Up From The Inside

To all my friends in the states, I am guessing that IT IS COLD!  Use some tropical inspiration to whisk yourself away to the lull of ocean waves and the lazy summer sunshine.

Let’s live the tropical dream today 🙂 A mix of tropical fruits, a tiny taste of coconut, and the addition of some spices that stimulate circulation and boost metabolism.  It is worth nothing, though, this is a high fruit-sugar smoothie, so make sure you plan accordingly if you’re working to control blood sugars.

Warming Tropical Dream Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 papaya
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, unrefined
  • squeeze of lime
  • dash of cayenne powder
  • Ginger, to taste (start low)
  • water to help blend; make desired consistency
  • Optional sweetening: agave, honey, stevia, or blend in dates
  • Optional :garnish with a few raw macadamia nuts


  1. Blend the papaya, avocado, banana, mango, lime, and water. 
  2. Add warming spice(s) to taste. 
  3. Taste and sweeten as needed with agave or honey. 
  4. Pour into a festive tropical glass, and garnish with nuts and a little extra dash of your warming spice(s)
  5. Toss a cute little umbrella in it, play some island music, and dream of beaches!
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This is a wonderfully healthy smoothie! Papaya is rich in vitamins A and C (which help with skin collagen – keeping it smooth, firm, and healthy!) as well as papain, a enzyme that can help with your digestion.  Avocado, rich in vitamin K and fiber, is also a source of health promoting monounsaturated fats, specifically oleic acid. Lime, like lemons, will be loaded with vitamin C and enzymes.

Once condemned for its high saturated fat content, there are now studies coming out showing there are different TYPES of saturated fats, and coconut’s may not be as bad as once thought. Lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid in coconut, may be a form of fat that the body is not going to absorb really quickly, and would rather burn quickly as fuel.  Coconut is also very healthy for the skin, giving it healthy beautifying fats and good hydration (yay for softer, healthier skin!) So enjoy in moderation!

Have a wonderful, warm spirited day!
~Coach Kate


This is a smoothie that has some great benefits for your skin.  First, the recipe, and then, for you with the interest, the scientificy-geeky details that I love about WHY this is such a great drink to include in your collection. (Though high in natural fruit-sugar, so plan accordingly)

Skin So Smoothie

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Skin So Smoothie

  • 3 c. grapes (organic red grapes with seeds are best)
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 collard green leaves, de-stemmed
  • 1 c. spinach (or more!)
  • 1 Tbs flax oil


Throw it all in a blender, and blend it all! Add ice to chill, if preferred.

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And those promised Geek-tails (details for the food geek):


Nutrition Details:

Seeded Grapes: So many benefits in that red skin! And I could probably do an entire post about the health properties. But for today, I’m looking at the grape seeds. The oil in grape seeds is commonly found in facial products because of its beautifying benefits. I talked with a woman who makes her own soaps, trained by her Cherokee grandmother who was a medicine woman for her tribe. She says “You are right about the grapeseed oil. It is VERY good for your skin, hair, nails. It is one of the 11 oils that go into my lotions for its healing properties.” So can you get these benefits by ingesting rather than applying topically? Absolutely! Beauty really does start from the inside, and can be compounded by the products you use on the outside. Grape seeds and skins also are anti-microbial, helping your pores and cells stay healthy. Additionally, grapes are rich in antioxidants which will help protect your skin from aging oxidative damage to the cells (read: fine lines, wrinkles, and less firmly toned skin.  No fun!) They are also rich in manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes optimal functioning of your thyroid gland.

Lemons: rich in enzymes, they also help stimulate your liver function; and your liver is one of your main organs to rid your body of waste and toxins, and burn fat. They are also packed with the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C. And the Mayo Clinic states that research suggests a diet rich in vitamin C may promote younger looking skin.

Collard Greens (or Kale) and Spinach: These are rich in vitamin A, which is very important to skin health. It helps with tissue repair, and the formation of skin-tightening collagen and elastin, fibers that help support skin structure. And collards, being from the same family as kale, have strong properties that help your liver naturally detoxify your body.

Flax Oil: Rich in omega-3s and omega-6s in a healthy balance, these essential fatty acids (EFAs) are beneficial for many parts of your body. One of those benefits being healthy skin. EFAs help with healthy cell membranes, which helps the cells no only work as a barrier for harmful things, but to allow nutrients to cross, and let waste out of the cells. It also will help hold the healthy waters in, keeping cells hydrated and firm.

And of course, the whole beverage is from water-rich produce, so that adds extra hydration to your body, keeping joints, eyes, cell, and everything supple and lubricated. The healthier you are inside, the more it will show outside!

But it does take time. You won’t notice huge changes overnight, as your body is going to be more concerned with healing your inner cells first. But over time, you will notice your outward appearance picking up the healthy, youthful glow.

Drink up, and keep that hydration going!



Blackberry Bursting Smoothie

Blackberry Bursting Smoothie
2 c spinach
2 c romaine
1/2 cucumber
1 tbs flax oil
1.5 c red grapes
6oz blackberries

Antioxidant PACKED! Along with the wonderful, cool hydrating effects of the cucumber, the skin-healing properties of red grapes, and the omega-rich benefits of flax oil

The blackberries actually turned this green smoothie into a beautiful burgundy!

If you have still been hesitant to try a smoothie, I recommend using blackberries or pineapple as a base – they have potent sweetness that helps to overcome “greeness.” And just start with some spinach, as it is less flavor-bursting green than Romaine and other leafies.

Have fun and give a smoothie a try!

Tapochau Tonic

Happy weekend!  I hope yours is going as well as mine.

My Saturday was full of fun relaxation, and I finally got some time to focus on yoga, meditation, and studying my books for yoga school.

And Sunday has been a wonderful day, so far, as well!  I got up early and hiked all the way up Mt Tapochau with the dog, Kodama.  She was a trooper.

Coming back down the mountain, I could tell my joints were getting tired, as walking downhill on loose gravel was quite trying for my knees.  So I whipped up this omega-rich, joint-soothing, re-hydrating, healing PUFA-fat filled, 110% manganese smoothie after I got back:


Tapochau Tonic

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 young coconut (water and meat)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 Tbs hemp seed
  • cinnamon for garnish
  • Ice optional


  1. Put it all in a blender, and blend away!
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