Friday, November 5, 2010

Rancho La Puerta Power Punch

In my Healthy Cuisine class I learned about Spa Cuisine. So you might ask, "What is Spa Cuisine"? Its a method of treating your mind, body & soul. Along with treating the body came the idea of using food to heal the body from the inside out. Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico was one of the first spa's that started "Spa Cuisine".
Among all the recipes I learned, this smoothie is one of my favorites. I am not a huge fan of smoothies as most are not so good for you. This Power Punch is simple to make and I love all the ingredients. You can modify it anyway you like too. Throw in some black berries for some extra antioxidants but don' t overload on the fruit because of all the sugar. The tofu, (yes I said tofu) gives it that creamy texture and you really can't taste it at all.
This is a smoothie to sip when you return from the gym or big work out, a crucial time to replenish spent nutrients. The protein-rich tofu will give your brain a boost as it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can guard against some of the negative effects of aging.
I hope you enjoy your weekend. Get outside for some exercise and enjoy your Rancho La Puerta Power Punch. Bring some spa cuisine right to your own home.
Power Punch Ingredients
1/2 cup soft silken tofu
1-1/4 cups pear nectar
1/2 frozen banana, sliced
1/2 frozen diced pineapple
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Combine the tofu and pear nectar in a blender. Add all all the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Makes about 2-1/2 cups, serves 2.
Per Serving: Calories 170; calories from fat 18 (10%); total fat 2 g; saturated fat 0.5 g; cholesterol 0 mg; carbohydrates 38 g; fiber 3 g; protein 3.5 g; vitamin A i.u; beta-carotene 0 mg; vitamin B6 0.2 mg; vitamin B12 0 mg; vitamin C 11 mg; vitamin D 0 i.u; vitamine E 0.2 mg; folate 12 mcg; calcium 30 mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 35 mg; phosphorus 51 mg; potassium 281 mg; selenium 1 mcg; sodium 10 mg; phytochemicals: isoflavones, phenolic acids.

1 comment:

  1. Deeelish! Great job Marci on your blog. I love it :-)