Wednesday night marked the first meeting of the Wellness Group of Martha’s Vineyard, hosting by Not Your Sugar Mamas, at their Edgartown Village location. Organizers Debbie, Ky and Chay exuded a welcoming enthusiasm for the new members and all attendees immediately engaged in cheerful “shop talk” checking out our offerings of freshly picked thimble berries from Ice House Pond, raw beets, organic frozen cherries, kale, and zucchini bread from Morning Glory Farm.
Hello, My Name Is: Health-Loving Vineyarder
We were instructed to bring something to blend or a snack to share. Coming straight from the office (2 blocks away, how convenient) I embarrassingly brought nothing, but embracing the nature of a community group, I offered to “take the minutes” of this meeting as my contribution. The group ranges in age from young to experienced, most of us having some cliche island connection that was revealed after just a few minutes of chatting. As much as I relish a break from the world of Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate, it’s truly an omnipresent and lovable topic onisland, so we chatted about the Field Club, Katama and new construction trends while Ky and Chay started up the juicer for our first course - A GREEN JUICE.
LEMON, CUCUMBER, KALE JUICE
Ky and Chay, of NYSM are juice and smoothie experts. The group asked a LOT of questions! We got a basic guide to the method in real time:
Kale goes first into the juicer, on high speed, a handful. Slow it down for the cucumbers, two, which go next, as they are very soft and watery. One lemon is quartered, with rind left on and goes in last on high speed.
Johnny exclaimed, “You can put the lemon rind in?!” To which Ky replied, “I don’t think there are any rules, I think you just go crazy.”
We all toasted to health and to wellness, with teeny cups of bright green liquid, and a gentle murmur of “yummmmmm” fell over the group.
Second Course: BEET, APPLE, CARROT JUICE
Two beets go in first, cut up, but with skin intact, then two apples, quartered but not cored, and finally five medium carrots.
We asked about what normal serving sizes should be for these powerful cleansing potions and Chay explained, “Your body can only absorb a certain amount of vitamins and minerals at a time, so small amounts of juice throughout the day is best for maximum absorption.” Ky also reminded us of the strong detoxifying powers of beets, and to not over do it, even though it tastes amazing. This batch made two full servings. It was sweet, rich and had a velvety rich consistency.
The result of these two juices was a reservoir of pulp that would be put to good use as compost material; other options discussed were using to bake quick bread, or to put in a dehydrator for tons of recipes like crackers...http://www.pinterest.com/juicersbest/pulp-recipes-what-to-do-with-leftover-juice-pulp/
A DELICIOUS BLEND: Smoothie Time
It was time for the crowd pleaser, finally...Ky announced, “I’m making the Happy Shake!” This was a nod to Stacy Stowers, author of Eat Raw Not Cooked, who makes raw eating easy, fun and attainable for all. I make a variation of her Happy Shake every morning for breakfast - Ky’s went like this:
SPINACH, WATER, COCONUT OIL, CACAO, MACA, FROZEN CHERRIES
Toss first five things into the Vitamix (Which Chay recommends as the pinnacle of smoothie tools) to blend, and then add the frozen fruit, and blend again.
We topped this one with Cacao Nibs, and everyone asked for seconds, it was incredibly tasty. Cacao Nibs taste like chocolate chips, but are actually broken up bits of cacao beans.
One of nature's richest dietary sources of magnesium, cacao nibs are also an excellent source of iron and dietary fiber. - Nativas Naturals
Our conversation wandered at this point to topics including mood characteristics of Libras, the Lululemon shop at the Field Club, the upcoming Love Yoga Fest on Cape Cod and then moved onto DESSERT COURSE.
CASHEW, COCONUT WATER ICE CUBES, DATE, CACAO Smoothie
Blend all together and serve.
Our challenge for next week is MON-WED, two smoothies a day in place of two meals. In order to get what your body needs, the smoothies should have a fat, some greens, and a fruit. Fats can be avocado, coconut oil, almond butter or cashews. One member brought up another protein option without fat called PB2.
We all agreed that dessert smoothies are key in a smoothie cleanse challenge - And Chay suggested adding cayenne pepper to the CACAO based smoothie for an added metabolizing kick start, ala the Master Cleanse, which is popular though incredibly challenging.
The Wellness Group of Martha’s Vineyard is open to all, find it on Facebook and join online. The challenges can certainly be done remotely, and members are encouraged to post their smoothies and experiences on the group page to keep each others inspired. Look to the page for announcement of the next meeting, see you soon!