Seasonal Green Smoothie With Vega One Shake and Pumpkin Spice

I tried vega one chocolate shake and with was delicious with greens. I make an organic hemp-brazil nut milk and made a smoothie with granola, lots of greens and vega one shake. It was a superfood shake which acted as a good snack (or “meal replacement”).

The vega one comes in individual pack sizes, so it’s convenient to just take one packet, blend it into a smoothie and rest assured that you are meeting all of your baseline nutritional needs. Much better than taking a vitamin supplement.

Vega one nutritional shake info (from site):

Good for your body and the planet, Vega One Nutritional Shake is the clean, plant-based choice to fuel your healthy, active lifestyle—without compromise. Made from natural, whole food ingredients, Vega One is a convenient, all-in-one supplement, packed with:

  • 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
  • 15 g protein
  • 6 g fibre
  • 1.5 g Omega-3
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Greens

Formulated by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on performance nutrition, Vega One is free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Available in Berry, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai and Natural flavor, enjoy Vega One shaken with water, juice or a non-dairy beverage of your choice, and as a delicious, nutrient-supplementing addition to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Do you live in DC?

I’m creating a kombucha nanobrewery which will make kombucha enhanced with the world’s best adatogenic herbs.

GINSENG KOMBUCHA will be the first brew, and it will have $10 worth of kinetic ginseng in each 32oz bottle. (That’s unheard of!)
In time, I plan to have a whole line different kombucha brews, each with high quality, potent and functional superfoods, tonic herbs, and medicinal mushrooms.

See the indiegogo campaign here


My intentions is to create the world’s finest ginseng kombucha. Lend your support by making a contribution.

Please share this idea with any of your friends, family and communities in Washington DC.

8 Immortals (Dragon Herbs)

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All I can say is: “Wow!”.

Eight Immortals is a supertonic antiaging formulation of the highest order. All of the herbs in this extraordinary tincture have antiaging, immune strengthening, spirit lifting, mind strengthening qualities. This is the ultimate example of an adaptogenic herbal supplement. It is composed of eight of the elite tonic herbs, and all of the herbs used are super-premium grade, far beyond conventional commercial grade – in fact, most of the herbs are wild harvested in the remote mountains where they gained their reputations over many centuries. A few are the best cultivated or cultured variety available in the world. The product is named in honor of the “eight immortals,” eight Taoist adepts who were said to have achieved immortality. All of them are associated with tonic herbs.

The wild Ginseng comes from Changbai Mountain, the 65 million year original source of Ginseng. All roots are at least thirteen years old, meaning the roots have achieved immortality (the genetic “death domain” has shut down). The Reishi used is also from ChangbaiMountain and is also collected wild from the ancient forest. Wild Reishi has traditionally been known as the “mushroom of immortality.” Wild American Ginseng has been part of Chinese herbalism for over six hundred years. We use only immortalized roots from the Catskill Mountains, the favored choice of Asian Ginseng connoisseurs. Eight Immortals also contains the herb known as the “quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs,” Wild Schizandra from the remote and pristine forests of Changbai Mountain. This Schizandra is not cultivated or collected at low elevation. It is the real deal, the same Schizandra consumed by Taoist hermits for thousands of years as an elixir of immortality. This Wild Schizandra imbues mental, physical and psychic power, preserves youthfulness and robust inner power. Wild Snow Lotus is collected above the snow line of Tibet. The white flower  blooms just once every five years at altitudes above 18,000 feet. It is one of the three herbal treasures of the Himalayas (along with Cordyceps and Rhodiola, also in this formula). It is a powerful adaptogen and superb cleansing tonic. Tibetan Rhodiola is collected likewise collected from above the snowline of the Himalayas. The red aromatic root is one of the world’s most powerful adaptogens and has many powerful tonic properties. Wild He Shou Wu, from the mountains of Yunnan, is one of the most famous tonic herbs in the world.

The Duanwood Reishi (organically grown on Duanwood logs in the high mountains on mountain water), Heaven Mountain Goji (grown on glacial melt), organically grown Cordyceps fruiting bodies and  are the best you can buy of each of these herbs. All of them have potent antiaging properties.

The herbs combine to build the body’s and mind’s ability to resist stress and overcome challenges on both a short term and long term basis. The herbs have a profound influence on the quality of the skin, mind and vitality.


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Maca Magic

My local Whole Foods Market recently ran a sale for Navitas Naturals Raw Organic Maca Powder for $18.50. That same maca can be had on any day of the week (or time of the night!) for less than that (and Amazon will get it to you in 48 hours!). Is that competition or what?

My fridge has been empty of maca for almost 6 months, because I had been holding off paying almost $20/lb for something that is not my favorite superfood (or so I thought!). I had been surviving on raw cacao! ;) This past week I decided to take the plunge, and I bought myself a fresh batch of organic maca from


I just got this new maca in the mail from Divine Organics. It’s a 2lb bag!

I used to buy navitas maca.

The Divine Organics Maca smells stronger and tastes fresher than navitas maca (or at least is on par for same level of quality). But, the price of Divine Organics maca is $12.5/lb — a much more attractive price point than Navitas Maca (about $17.5/lb) and, for that matter… anything that you can find at Whole Foods Market!

Maca is native to the Andes and Peru.

Maca has been used by people in the mountains for centuries.

It is a medicinal herb and supposed aphrodisiac. Maca’s has great nutrtional value, with a high concentration of nutrients. It is rich in minerals and trace elements. The general composition of maca is: 60-75% carbohydrates, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats.

WebMD says maca is possibly effective for “enhancing sexual desire in men”. Maca may prove to show potential in aiding the human “detoxification mechanism”. Maca can create an energy boost, and may be a good substitute for caffeine.

Maca may play a role in balancing hormones. Hormones “regulate many things including mood, growth, sexual development, and tissue function.” That our hormones be in balance is very important!

Maca is the Incan superfood for energy, balance and vitality!

Maca has a delicious “malty”, slightly nutty flavor. I tend to use it a lot in smoothies and on top of oatmeal or chia porridge. You can also bake with maca. Substitute flour for maca.

You can buy maca here.

I highly recommend Divine Organics Maca.

Superfoods Series – Adaptogentic Tonic/Healing Herbs – Rehmannia, Goji, He Shou Wu

Rehmannia, Lycium, He Shou Wu

Prepared Rehmannia root

From Alive & Well:

It is a fundamental Kidney tonic in Chinese tonic herbalism and is considered to be a primary longevity herb. It is found in a great many common “anti-aging” formulations. It is considered rejuvenating and life lengthening.
…There are two fundamental varieties of Rehmannia used in Chinese herbalism: prepared and raw. Raw Rehmannia has simply been dried. It has a cold nature and is not particularly tonic (its tonic nature has not been activated). Raw Rehmannia is used primarily in medicinal herbalism to cool down inflammatory conditions. Prepared Rehmannia is highly tonic. It has been prepared by soaking in a special blend of wine (which itself has been specially prepared with Amomi and Tangerine peel) and then steaming and sun drying. The Rehmannia becomes deep black, soft and sticky. It is sold in slices in most markets for easy handling. Most Prepared Rehmannia sold in America is of high quality. It may be tasted raw. It will be soft, easily chewed, fine in texture and very sweet.

From Mountain Rose Herbs:

Constituents: Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic-acid, Aucubin, Beta-sitosterol, Calcium, Catalpol, Copper, D-fructose, D-galactose, D-glucose, Gaba, Glucosamine, Glutamic- acid, Glycine, Histidine, Iron, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Magnesium, Manganese, Manninotriose, Mannitol, Melittoside, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Phosphoric-acid, Potassium, Proline, Raffinose, Rehmaglutins, Rehmanniosides, Serine, Stachyose, Sucrose, Threonine, Tyrosine, Valine, Verbascose, Zinc, Vitamins A, B, C, D, amino acids, cerebroside, dammelittoside


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Lycium Fruit

From Dragon Herbs:

This delicious fruit is very widely used as an excellent Yin Jing and blood tonic. Regular consumption of Lycium is traditionally believed to lead to a long and happy life. It is said that prolonged consumption of Lycium will promote cheerfulness and vitality. Lycium is also said to brighten the eyes and improve vision. It is said that Lycium strengthens the legs and enhances sexual function. Lycium fruit contains polysaccharides that have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system. Lycium is also very rich in vitamin C and in B vitamins. Furthermore, it is the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and is thus a powerful antioxidant.

From Alive & Well:

It is one of the most popular herbs in the world. Regular consumption of Goji is traditionally believed to lead to a long, vigorous and happy life. It is said that prolonged consumption of Goji will promote cheerfulness and vitality.

Goji fruit contains polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system. Goji is also very rich in vitamin C and B vitamins. Furthermore, it is the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and is thus a powerful antioxidant. It is believed to fortify the system against disease and to provide the energy to overcome difficult obstacles.

Goji fruit is widely believed to increase sexual fluids and enhance fertility.

Goji has long been used as a longevity herb. It is one of the premier anti-aging herbs of Asian herbalism and is believed to fortify the system against disease and to provide the energy to overcome difficult obstacles.

From Dragon Herbs:

Sun Si-Miao (581-682 A.D.)
Sun is also known as the Herb King. Sun lived to be 101 years of age. He was born with a very weak constitution and was very sickly in his childhood. His family was almost bankrupted with his medical expenses.

Sun devoted his lifetime to the art of medicine. His monumental books, “Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Pieces of Gold” and “Supplement to Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Pieces of Gold,” have been regarded as compilation of China’s medical achievements up to the 7th century. Sun believed if his work could save a single life, it would surpass the benefaction of a thousand pieces of gold. He wrote his first book at the age of 71, and he finished his “Supplement” book at the age of 100. A year after that book’s completion, he died peacefully. This is not just longevity, this is vigor at an advanced age.

Because of his weak constitution, Sun Si-Miao was a very disciplined practitioner of the art of life preservation and consumed Goji every morning and every night throughout his entire life. He was as famous for his longevity as he was for his work. His secrets for achieving centenarian status 1500 years ago remain an active topic even today.


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He Shou Wu

Polygonum Root – Fo Ti

From Alive & Well:

Primary Traditional Functions:
As a tonic to the kidney and liver functions, toning up the vital essence and blood, fortifying the muscles, tendons and bones, and to prevent premature aging, maintaining the youthful condition and color of the hair, strengthening sperm and ova, fortifying the back and knees and as the premier longevity herb of Chinese Tonic herbalism.


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