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Golden Smoothie Recipe! June 30, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — adaba @ 3:14 am

IMG_6067You’ve been asking for the Golden Smoothie recipe and here it is! It just takes about 5 minutes to make a Golden Smoothie from scratch, assuming that you have turmeric paste made, but since there are several ingredients, it’s more efficient to whip up a batch of the Golden Smoothie Mix when you have a few free moments so all you have to add is frozen banana, ice, and water when that craving hits! Both alternatives are provided below. Either way, like all good things, it is worth the effort. YOU are worth the effort it takes to get good food into your body!

This recipe is a combination of two very different ideas – Golden Milk, which is an Ayurvedic healing beverage usually served hot, and a Boston Cooler, which is a float made with Vernors Ginger Ale and vanilla ice cream – those of you from the Detroit area know what I’m talking about. Somehow the two merged in my mind and out came a creamy ginger milkshake that’s full of anti-inflammatory and good-for-you things that make it so special and wonderful that it’s the only smoothie we serve at Julia’s Kitchen!

A generous amount of ginger almost makes it seem like this thick smoothie is carbonated (throwback to the Boston Cooler). It has a deep yellow color from the turmeric paste (props to the Golden Milk). It has a satisfying creaminess from the banana, almonds, and chia seeds without being too heavy. It has a bit of blood sugar balance support from the cinnamon, and the cardamom offers a cooling counterbalance to the heat of the ginger. It has just enough sweetness that is balanced by the pungency of the ginger, the astringency of the spices, and the bitterness of the almonds and turmeric. The ice is an important component of this recipe – it keeps everything nice and cold so that the texture of the banana stays fluffy and light. The coconut oil is good for your brain and, since turmeric is fat-soluble, necessary to maximize the effects of the turmeric in your body. BUT, of course you can play with the proportions however you like so you can get it exactly how YOU like it. You can add kale or other leafy greens if you want to make it into a green smoothie, and I’ve heard it also mixes well with a shot of espresso!

You’ll need to freeze some bananas ahead of time; might as well do a bunch! It’s best if they are spotted; slighly over-ripe.

Golden Smoothie

  • 1 cup water,
  • 1/2 ounce ginger root; no need to peel (approximately an inch to 1.25 inch square)
  • 1/4 cup sprouted and dried almonds (can also use hemp seeds or another nut)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 3/4 – 1 cup ice
  • 1 large banana, frozen
  • 1/2-1 date, optional
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric paste*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom, or a bit more
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, or a bit more
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Place water, ginger, and almonds in a blender and process until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until it has a thick, even texture. You may need to add a little more water, but first turn the blender off, give the container a little shake and blend briefly again; sometimes you just need to redistribute the ingredients to get it to blend. Taste it and see if you want to add a bit more of any of the spices. Enjoy and be happy!

**Simmering powdered turmeric in water to make a paste mellows the bitterness and also seems to activate it in some way so it’s benefits are more available. You can make turmeric paste and keep it stored in your fridge for a couple weeks.

Turmeric Paste

  • 1/4 cup powdered turmeric
  • 1 1/4 cup water

Bring the turmeric and water to a low boil, then keep at a high simmer for about 8 minutes. Cool, then use or store. Make sure you stir your paste well before using as it will separate.

The Plan Ahead Then Make It Quick Version – Golden Smoothie Mix

When you have 5-10 minutes of time on your hands, blend up a big batch of this mix so you can whip up a Golden Smoothie super fast with less clean up and more time to savor it!

  • 1 cup water
  • 5 Tablespoons turmeric paste
  • ¼-1/2 lb ginger, depending on how much of a kick you want
  • ¼ c coconut oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon powdered cardamom
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 2 cups sprouted and dehydrated almonds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

Blend until smooth. Cool, then store in an airtight container in your fridge. It will last at least a week! When you want to make a smoothie, blend the following and you are good to go:

The Quick Version

  • 1/3 cup Golden Smoothie Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4-1 cup ice

Place it all in a blender and process until smooth. You may want to stop the machine, give the container a little shake, then start again before adding more water.

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New Summer Hours and New Ideas… June 21, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — adaba @ 11:48 pm

7885907-oak-tree-life-cycle-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-acornHello and happy Summer!

We are on the brink of discovery and transformation at Julia’s Kitchen. We are going strong and planning to feed you (body and soul) for a long time to come. This past year and some in the new location has been amazing; we love this center and this part of Boulder and we have felt so welcome. I personally have learned SO much over the past 3 1/2 years, and especially the last year in this new spot. Now, it’s time to assimilate this information and see where it can take us. For this reason, as well as some logistical reasons (staffing transitions and the temperature of the space among them), I am going to pull back on our regular business hours for the rest of June and July. Starting this week, we are open for lunch 11-3 Tuesday through Friday and at the downtown Boulder Farmers’ Market 8am-2pm on Saturday. Yes, that means we are closed Sunday and Monday for now. In addition, we will likely shut down for the early part of August, then come back with a well-rested, newly-trained team! TO STAY IN THE LOOP, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THIS NEWSLETTER IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY.

Once we are in the rebuilding phase in the late Summer/early Fall, we will very likely expand our hours somewhat. However, I hope that if I consider going back to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, someone will talk some sense into me. In the meantime, if you want Julia’s Kitchen food and you can’t make the current hours, talk to me! You are very much on my mind and I have some vague ideas like pre-ordered meal pick ups, maybe similar to soup night for those who knew me in the pre-JK days. I’m sure there are other ideas I haven’t thought of as well that would allow us to provide amazing food to you in a way that is manageable for me, so let’s communicate!

Another set of ideas still in process is bringing more hands-on learning to Julia’s Kitchen. I think we’ve determined that this food is delicious and satisfying and so worth the effort, but I still hear people say they wish they could make it for themselves. Well, of course everyone can, so let’s empower you! A cookbook is high on my priority list, and classes are an option, but for those who want to delve deeper, maybe there are also some more innovative options…more later on that; if your curiosity is piqued or you have ideas, let’s communicate!

I love, love, love Julia’s Kitchen and I’m so grateful for your support and appreciation of it, and for your understanding as we ebb and flow through the life of a small business. Thank you. We’ll see you for lunch or at the market sometime soon!

Julia