“Gracious Living Aloe Berry Elixir” in Sweat Equity Magazine June 2013

In Juice + Smoothies, Recipes by Grace Van Berkum

Grace Van Berkum-Sweat Equity Magazine May/June 2013

Sweat Equity Magazine May/June 2013

Drink IT!

Gracious Living Aloe Berry Elixir
by Grace Van Berkum, R.H.N.
Sweat Equity Magazine May/June 2013
Page 38

An anti-inflammatory powerhouse smoothie with miraculous healing benefits. Everyone knows that aloe vera is great for sunburnt skin but this beautiful plant is amazing for both external and internal use.  According to Mike Adams, the famous Health Ranger, (www.naturalnews.com) aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, and enzymes to help oxygenate the blood, reduce inflammation, soothe arthritis, ease constipation, heal digestion and ulcers, stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and alkalize the body to help promote healing of diseases. If you have an aloe plant, just cut off a leaf, and cut ALL the dark green skin off. Cut both spiky edges off first so you are left with dark green skin only on the top and bottom, which you cut off next. You will be left with the gooey aloe filet. This is gold! Put a chunk in your smoothie, and enjoy the healing goodness.  Cheers to the mighty aloe vera!

**For more info, check out my latest post on superfood aloe vera, click HERE.

**Another Gracious Living Beauty Recipe in Sweat Equity Magazine  this month….learn how to use aloe  vera as part of your natural skin care regime, click HERE. 

 Gracious Living Aloe Berry Elixer:

1 cup blackberries or blueberries
1 chunk of fresh aloe vera (contains 20 amino acids which are essential for the production of muscle tissue)
1 frozen banana
1 handful cashews or 1 tbsp cashew butter
Natural sweetener of choice
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2- 1 tsp cardamom powder
2-3 cups water (or unsweetened almond milk for extra calcium and protein)
1 cup ice

*optional: add 1 serving of high quality greens powder to energize and detoxify (Sunwarrior Ormus Greens is my top pick) or add a handful of spinach

Blend till smooth and creamy. Absolutely delicious.  Drink regularly and watch the magic occur in your body and skin!

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You are what you eat.
You are what you think.

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