Cold Pressed Enlightenment - Summer Chakra Series

This weeks concoction is inspired by fresh peaches from Cardo's Farm Project  in Denton, Texas. Cardo's is a community farm and education center that uses sustainable agriculture and really works hard to reach out and educate the community. They have internships opportunities, farm share options, and a super yummy recipe blog you can follow on their website to get some cooking inspiration. You can also find them at the Denton Community Market every Saturday to stock up on your own fresh locally grown produce! 

This weeks juice mix, that is being transformed into a nice cool refreshing smoothie by Harvest House very own Andie Sterling, resonates with the Solar Plexus Chakra, or Manipura in Sanskrit. Manipura translates to "city of jewels" and is very befitting name for the beautiful color of this weeks recipe. The Manipura chakra is located between the navel and the sternum in the body, and is represented by a beautiful yellow color. This area of the body is where we build are heat, and the fire we internally stoke purifies the past and energizes progress towards are own self and mental awareness and gaining spiritual development. This chakra is our intuition and "gut instincts", that internal guidance that promotes personal strength and understanding. This chakra holds that power inside all of us to will change not only within ourselves, but the world. 

Ingredients include fresh peaches, banana, orange, and chia seeds, with a cinnamon cacao drizzle! Cheers yogis and thank you so very much to Harvest House and Andie for this yummy cocktail to enjoy after our Wednesday morning 10am class. Class is all levels, in the beautiful Harvest House lounge or sunny backyard, drop in is only $5, and a portion of proceeds will go to the Denton Animal Support Foundation. 

Peaches - used as a way to ward off diabetes and other metabolic syndromes, peaches also help to reduce LDLs, or bad cholesterol. The antioxidant Vitamin C does improves skin texture and contributes to our bodies production of collagen for healthy skin. The fiber, potassium, and choline content in addition to the Vitamin C all support a healthy heart too! 

Bananas - help over come depression due to the high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into Seratoin - the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. Bananas also help protect against muscle cramps and nightime legs cramps, and regulate blood sugar. The high levels of Vitamin B-6 contribute to a a strong healthy nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells. 

Oranges - eating higher amount of a compound found in citrus fruits may lower ischemic stroke risk for women, and the potassium found in oranges could be considered just as important to lower blood pressure as cutting our sodium. The super antioxidant VItamin C helps to reduce free radicals, and combined with fiber, potassium, and choline will also aide in heart health. 

Chia Seeds - these little seeds are packed full of  nutrients for a healthy body and brain. They provide an wide range of nutrients for the body without all the additional calories and just 1 ounce contains 11 grams of fiber! They are full of antioxidants to combat free radicals, and make an easy addition to any salad or smoothie.