Saturday, January 7, 2012

To Health! Super shots for super-heroes.

Recently I've been incredibly inspired by some transcendent kitchen experiences I have had with David Richanbach, my super-food super-friend and cacao cohort. Here's the format: We upgrade an existing scene--friends taking a shot together at a bar--to something way more super--SuperHeroes taking ridiculously charged SuperShots together. Taking shots of vodka to get plastered pales in comparison to the experience of these super concentrated elixirs to get totally high on healthy stuff. I have memories of taking shots of some crazy herbal concoctions (on the road to formulating an herbal espresso) with David and jumping around the kitchen yelling. Not for those who prefer the quiet of sipping tea and reading a book.

I especially appreciate this approach because sometimes I simply don't have the patience for a full cup of tea- or for going through the whole process...etc. Shots are quick, portable and you can take them throughout the day. Take your vessel and shot material to work and let it keep you awake and on the ball! I bet your coworkers won't steal it out of the fridge.

Here are a few recipes and ideas to get you started:

-First, you will need to find your shot vessel. I use tiny tea cups that the chinese use for serving tea. They are elegant and special, which makes me feel elegant and special. If you have a special shot glass, this also goes with the ambiance. Go for about 1 fl oz.

-Second you will need to make something to fill it with. I encourage you to formulate your own with your own genius creativity. Here are some recipes that I have found:

Crying Tiger (not for the spice-sensitive)
This shot combination will have you crying. Increase amounts if you find it too weak for you. This is a great thing to take in the morning or before eating. Also great when you have a cold or general congestion. Keep a tissue on hand for nose leakage possibilities.

2 cups water
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 inch piece of grated fresh turmeric, or 1 tablespoon of dried powder
2 Tablespoons high quality honey (no need to be exact)
1/8 tsp cayenne powder (or as much or as little as you're comfortable with--this is spicy, potent stuff.)

Put all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain with a metal fine mesh strainer. Take a shot when cool enough to drink- store the rest in the fridge while you work on it. Lasts 4 days in the fridge.

Liver Siege
Take this tonic for liver support, improved digestion and detoxification. This is a great shot to prepare for yourself when on a cleanse. You can pick the dandelion from your garden! Even this time of year. If not, some stores sell fresh greens that can be substituted.

- About 1 cup of chopped leaves and roots (whole plant) of fresh dandelion
- 1 cup filtered water- or enough to cover in blender

Blend on high until thoroughly pulverized. Strain with a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or rough weave fabric into a jar. Take a shot (1oz) 15 minutes before meals, take two in the morning.

High on ACV
Take this shot on an empty stomach for alkalinizing your body. Brush teeth after this shot, as its pretty acidic. This is a GREAT everyday shot for general health. Especially if you have problems with feeling hungry a lot, or with pH imbalance.

- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar, unfiltered.
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- juice of whole lemon
- 1/8 tsp cayenne if desired

Combine all ingredients in a jar and dance around with it to shake it up. Keep in fridge and take two in the morning, and before meals. Will last a week in the fridge.

Green Lantern
Green drinks are great for general health, and always make you feel great. Parsley is great for cleansing the kidneys and urinary tract and freshening the breath. Cilantro is great for dragging out heavy metals. Green superfood powders are rich in nutrients and protein.

- 1 cup water
- Big handful of fresh parsley (can use stems for this)
- Big handful of fresh cilantro (coriander, for you Brits)
- 2 tablespoons spirulina, chlorella, vitamineral green or blue green algae.

Blend parsley, cilantro and water until thoroughly blended. Its best to put as many herbs as will blend into the cup of water for maximum potency. Reduce the amount of water if you can. Strain through a fine mesh tea strainer or cheesecloth. Put in a jar, add algae and shake well. Drink all within one day in shot increments, or just go for it in one go. Do NOT make if allergic to cilantro. Replace the cilantro with more parley if averted to it.

- You can also add tinctures (alcohol extractions of herbs) to these concoctions. A welcome addition for me is always milk thistle tincture, which is great for liver regeneration! I make some great tinctures for this purpose.

-Lastly, challenge your friends. Whip it out of the fridge and prepare some shots for everyone. Wince in the intensity together. Enjoy it.

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