After sharing my decadent chocolate hazelnut nutella smoothie yesterday, I wanted to share a more forgiving dessert for those of you on low sugar, low sodium, anti-candida, anti-cancer, alkaline diets, or for those of you health conscious foodies who want something delicious without all of the sugar! Well, I don't mind tooting my own horn and proclaiming that I have hit the JACKPOT with this "pumpkin pie" smoothie that is vegan, alkaline, and sugar free!
I created this delectable recipe as a Valentine's Day surprise for Scott, who has been maintaining a strict vegan, alkaline diet. He has had nothing sweeter than a carrot stick in over six months. I know it may seem a little odd to post a pumpkin recipe at this time of the year. But here's the secret, there is NO pumpkin in this recipe! Yep! Instead, carrot juice, raw coconut meat, and almond butter come together with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to create a taste reminiscent of pumpkin pie without all of the carbs and sugar.
The raw almond butter, coconut, and carrot juice add natural sweetness, and then the AMAZING Sweet Leaf English Toffee stevia comes to the rescue to give it all a lift. NO bitter after-taste and plenty of sublime flavour. You would never believe this didn't have any sugar in it. I just about squealed with piggy excitement when I got the blend "juuuust right". I surprised Scott with a big old jar of this love potion when I picked him up at the airport after a few days of skiiing. His response, "I can have this?" He was thrilled, and the pressure is on to create the next "seemingly decadent" alkaline treat.
When I develop sugar free, alkaline recipes I always feel the need to test them on some "mainstream eaters" as I fear that our alkaline taste buds are a little compromised, seeing as we don't eat any sugar. Enter our dear friends Chuck and Stacey, hosts of the hit web show, VO BUZZ WEEKLY, who came over for dinner last night. You may remember my "partner-in-crime" Stacey from the orange cranberry mousse and maple pecans. I knew she would love this recipe. But it was Chuck who I was my real guinea piggy. When he proclaimed, "WOW!" I knew I was onto a winning blend that I could happily serve to anybody with confidence.
Another reason I am sharing this recipe today is to celebrate Heart Health Awareness Month, and the launch of Jessica Goldman Foung, a.k.a Sodium Girl's, new book, SODIUM GIRL'S LIMITLESS LOW-SODIUM COOKBOOK which has just been released TODAY. Over 70 million Americans suffer from hypertension, as well as heart disease, diabetes, and a variety of other chronic conditions, and Jess is on a mission to spread the "Low Sodium" message as a simple way to stay healthy and strong.
For those of you who don't know this gorgeous lady, she created her delightful blog after a severe case of Lupus attacked her kidneys and brain, and made her chronically ill back in 2004. With the help of a strict low sodium diet, she made a miraculous recovery, and is no longer on dialysis. In 2009, Jessica was inspired to use her medical challenges and share her low sodium adventures to help others through her blog and freelance writing career.
Since then, Sodium Girl has been nominated as one of Saveur's "Best Food Blogs" and Jess has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, Shape, Living Without magazine, Arthritis Today magazine, CivilEats.com, Examiner.com, the Lupus Foundation of America, Alliance for Lupus Research, and Stanford Hospital.
She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Living and Edible San Francisco, and has partnered with the National Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association, and Whole Foods Market as an educator and recipe developer. Jess serves as a positive, fun role model for the kidney community and anyone with a chronic illness.
To celebrate the launch of her fabulous new book, Jess is hosting her Third Annual, Low Sodium, LOVE YOUR HEART 2013 Recipe Relay, where she has invited some of her favourite food bloggers to contribute a low sodium of a salty family favourite! I was going to share a low sodium pasta sauce, but because this month was all about smoothies, I decided to share this pumpkin pie smoothie recipe that can be enjoyed by anybody.
I also wanted to share a healthy blender recipe in honour of Jess's VITAMIX 5200 Super Healthy Lifestyle GIVEAWAY, where she will give away one Vitamix package valued at $549.00 value via Rafflecopter (widget and instructions at the bottom of this post). Jess will then give away a second Vitamix package to SodiumGirl.com readers. That's TWO CHANCES to WIN a new Vitamix! WOO HOO! Good Luck :)
Jess is a wealth of knowledge about sodium. She says in her post, The recommended daily sodium intake for a healthy American is 2,300mg, which equals 1 teaspoon of salt. The recommended daily sodium intake for over 50% of adults (due to health problems, age, and other needs) is 1,500mg, which equals just over 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Nine out of 10 Americans (that’s 90%) eat more than the recommended daily intake of sodium, averaging over 3,300mg, and more than 800,000 people die each year from heart disease, stroke and other vascular diseases, which cost the nation $273 billion health care dollars in 2010. Over 75% of the high sodium consumption comes from processed foods.
But did you know that eggs have over 70mg of sodium? Turnips have over 80mg, artichokes have 120mg, and kale has 30mg per cup, chopped. So even plant-based eaters and those on healthy whole foods diets low in processed foods need to be mindful of their sodium intake.
In her new book, Jess shares tips and tricks for cooking without salt, directions for adjusting existing recipes, suggestions for travelling, eating out, dating, and dealing with friends, stocking a low-sodium pantry, and more. I love her fun, witty, down-to-earth, chatty writing style, and use of clever metaphors like "The Little Black Dress Theory."
Jess's mouth-watering recipes are tasty proof that low sodium cooking is anything but boring and tasteless. There are over 100 low sodium recipes that are bursting with vibrant colours and flavours. Jess shares her low-sodium makeovers of traditional salty favourites like bloody marys and buffalo wings. There are also recipe contributions from several world-renowned chefs, including Hubert Keller, Trace Des Jardins, and the Food52.com team.
There is something for everybody in this cookbook. Some of my favourite recipes include: Pomegranate Granola Fruit Chunks, Roasted Pepper and Tomato Salsa, Roasted Eggplant Hummus, Tomato-Less Ketchup, Pickled Beet and Quinoa Salad, Kale Nori Salad, Umami Broth, Saffron Lemon Broth, Pad Thai, Polangask Dal, Quick Kimchi, and Quinoa Chocolate Truffles. YUMMO!
Whether you have a condition that demands a low-sodium diet, or you just want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, this cookbook is a wonderful resource. Don't forget to enter the Vitamix giveaway! I am so excited to see who wins!!
Giveway runs from Tuesday, February 12th at 9:00AM PST and ends Monday February 18th, 2013 at 12:00AM PST
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to residents of the U.S.A. The winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize before it defaults and another winner is chosen. The name of the winner will be announced on SodiumGirl.com and the Rafflecopter Widget once the giveaway has ended. More rules can be found here.
How do you enter? Click on the widget below, like my facebook page in the prompts, and follow the instructions to enter. Good Luck :)