Limeade or Virgin Mojito

This recipe has the added benefit of apple-cider vinegar, also known as the ultimate health tonic.  Known for its cleansing, healing, and energizing health qualities, it makes a terrific summertime beverage.


2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar

Juice of 1 lime

16 oz filtered water

Stevia to taste (approx 1/2 tsp spoonable stevia- I use Stevita brand)

Mix in a tall glass and enjoy.  Add some additional lime slices if desired.  Make a larger batch for a crowd.

OPTIONAL:  Muddle some mint leaves in for a virgin mojito.

Lavender Lemonade

Advanced & Core Plan

Serves:  6-8

This is a very “tea-party” style drink that is perfect for a summer afternoon, a brunch, baby shower or wedding shower.  It has such a unique taste, everyone will be asking what it is.

8 cups filtered water

2 tsp spoonable stevia

1 tsp lemon zest

1/8 cup dried lavender (or 1/4 cup fresh lavender flowers)

1 cup fresh lemon juice

lemon slices or blueberries (optional)

Combine 4 cups of water, stevia, lavender, and lemon zest in a pan.  Bring to a boil and simmer until water turns a light shade of pink.  (about 10 minutes)  Strain sauce and discard flowers.  Pour into a pitcher and add the lemon juice and remaining water.  Serve over ice with lemon slices or blueberries.

Berry Smoothie

This is the basic smoothie recipe that we recommend.

1/2 can coconut milk (Native Forest brand preferred to ensure no BPA cans)

1-2 handfuls organic frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mixture of any)

Enough filtered water to cover the berry/coconut mixture.  (add more if needed for it to blend)

1 – 1 1/2 scoop   Maximized Living Perfect Protein

Put all ingredients except protein into a high powered blender (like a Vitamix).  When the mixture is smooth, add the protein powder, mix for a few seconds and serve.

Juicer Recipes

Here is a good selection of juicer recipes.  Feel free to add greens or greens powder to any of the recipes for added nutrition.

Ginger Apple Juice
4 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 inch fresh ginger
OPTIONAL:  1 fresh beet
If you put the beet in it is very, very red but tastes great.

Apple Pineapple Ginger Juice
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed, skin removed
1/2 inch fresh ginger
Juice the apple and ginger together, then juice the pineapple and serve.

Midtown Blend
1 large lemon
1-1/2 handful spinach
1 small beet
2-1/2 apples
3-4 carrots
1 thumb size Ginger root

Blueberry Grape Juice
handful of organic grapes
1 cup blueberries, fresh or thawed from frozen
Process the fruit in a juicer and serve.

Apple Kiwi Juice Recipe
3 kiwis, peeled
2 apples, cored and sliced

1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed, skin removed
5 strawberries

Creme de Menthe – Hot or Cold

My favorite taste of all time is mint and chocolate –  Growning up, my favorite treats were:  Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Peppermint Patties, Girl Scout Thin Mints, you name it. If it was minty and chocolatey…I would eat it.

This is a great treat that is completely healthy while satisfying any mint/chocolate lovers taste buds.  You can enjoy this warm like a mint hot chocolate or cold as a smoothie.
Creme de Menthe
1 serving
1/2 can coconut milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (or to taste)
2-3 drops peppermint extract (check label for no sugar)
1/2 head romaine lettuce (optional)
stevia to taste OR 1/2 scoop Perfect Protein
Put everything in a blender or Vita-Mix and blend.  If you are using the romaine lettuce- make sure you blend it thoroughly.
For a COLD smoothie – add some crushed ice, for a HOT chocolate drink, transfer to a saucepan and heat over low/med heat.
Whipped Cream:

1 1/2 cups organic heavy cream
1/4 cup xylitol or erythritol (or to taste)
Blend and top your drink

Chocolate Cappuccino Smoothie

My good friend Chevette tipped me off to this recipe (thanks Chevette!).  I’m not a coffee drinker AT ALL but this smoothie is delicious with just a hint of coffee flavor.  I enjoyed mine in a coffee cup

1/2 can organic coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
2 packets Stevia (or adjust to your taste)
3-5 organic coffee beans (if you have a powerful blender like a Vita-mix, you can just throw them in…otherwise grind with a coffee grinder or small spice grinder)
1/2 cup ice

OPTIONAL:  for an extra healthy boost, you can add greens powder, fresh greens, or cabbage

Blend everything up until frothy and the coffee beans and ice are incorporated.


PS – People always ask me if coffee is OK…my answer is that coffee, in moderation, is OK.  However, everyone’s definition of moderation is different.  1 cup of coffee a day would be moderate.  Obviously, organic is better than regular and stay away from decaffinated (dangerous processing) and instant coffee.

The only caveat to that is that we never want to see anyone “addicted” or “slave to” any food or substance.  You never want to have to rely on something like caffeine to get started in the morning.  If you feel like you HAVE to have your coffee in order to make it through the day, that is more of an addiction and should be overcome.