No Power Stronger Than Love: Purple Smoothie for Purple Person

This post is dedicated to my favorite purple person, an awesome funny blogger and a dear blogo-friend Melinda of www.purpleslobinrecovery.com.

I am a great fan of Dr Deepak Chopra. While I am fully aware of the controversies raging around him and his approach to alternative medicine, I would not doubt the expertise of a former chief of staff of New England Memorial Hospital and a Harvard medical school professor. Among his many books, Quantum Healing is the one who that has grabbed my attention and holds it still.

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I don’t know about you, Beautiful People, but I wholeheartedly concur with this statement! Notice, that it starts with thinking, rather than physical action. So when Deepak Chopra extolls the benefits of prebiotics that “feed probiotics,” I listen. For a full explanation of both, please go to this article published by The Chopra Center: https://chopra.com/articles/5-health-benefits-of-probiotics. Suffice it to say that there is a definite brain-gut connection, a “proven connection in the body; those “gut feelings” you get aren’t just a feeling. It’s an actual physical response that happens between your brain and your gut. When you consume prebiotics in foods, it promotes good bacteria in your gut, so it’s just another way to make sure you’re maintaining gut health through food.”

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Years ago, while I was still running the school for children with special needs, I have incorporated probiotics into the lunch menu. Those are simply fermented foods, easily made (for some of my recipes, please click here), and anyway, who doesn’t like pickles? So now, following Dr Chopra’s advice, I started looking into prebiotics. I immediately found out three things:

  1. Prebiotic supplements are readily available.
  2. They are quite costly.
  3. They are easily made at home.

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As I read ingredients of those commercially produced supplements, I was stunned by discovering only three: oats, blueberries, and agave. Oats are pure fiber, blueberries are great antioxidants that also help heart health, bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, diabetes management, cancer prevention, and mental health, and agave syrup, which is generally healthy, as well as plant-based, as opposed to many other sweeteners. So I started experimenting with proportions. Little curious kitty called Pyshka took vivid interest in my experiments.

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Finally, Pyshka approved of a simple arrangement: a cup of overnight oats, half-a cup of fresh blueberries, and a quarter-cup of agave. She also approved of making overnight oats by soaking a third of a cup of oats in two thirds of filtered water. You can play with your own proportions, Beautiful People, by making it thicker or thinner, adding more or fewer blueberries, and more or less agave (unless you prefer to use honey).

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Dump it all into a blender or use an immersion blender. I prefer the latter. You can also add ice, if you want a real smoothie look and feel. Whizz it for about a minute, and you have your prebiotic supplement for today.

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You also have the most delicious purple breakfast, snack, or even lunch that feeds your brain, while keeping your gut healthy.

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In case you are wondering about the flowers, they fell from this tree, near our house. I don’t think they are edible, and I don’t know the name of the tree. If anyone recognizes it, please educate me – I’ll be grateful.

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Whatever opinion you may have about the benefits of alternative medicine, please do yourself a favor and try this yummy treatment. As you are drinking it, remember:

46 Comments Add yours

  1. purpleslob says:

    Thank you Dolly!! I love it!! I eat oatmeal every morning, now I just need to throw some blueberries in there!
    And I appreciate the shout out too! ❤

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  2. So informative, yet fun to read @

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dr Tanya; I am so glad you like it!

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      1. You’re most welcome 🎀

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  3. Eliza says:

    What is agave? And what do you mean by leaving the oats overnight? If it doesn’t taste gross it doesn’t harm to try (even if I only do it once and then throw it away)

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    1. Agave is a plant from which tequilla is made. However, before the juice starts fermenting to become alcohol, it is simply delicious sweet nectar, or syrup, that looks and tastes like honey but, although it has the same number of calories, it is less hypoglycemic, which means your body does not retain as much sugar. It is sweet, yet it has about 2/3 of calories compared to sugar, and no side effects of other sweeteners.
      Overnight oats are not necessarily left overnight, although if you decide to leave them overnight, please refrigerate, otherwise they will ferment. They are simply not cooked, but soaked in filtered or purified water. I soak mine for a couple of hours, rather than overnight.
      Dear Eliza, it doesn’t taste “gross;” on the contrary, it is delicious! Please let me know how it comes out.

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      1. Eliza says:

        I’m very limited with what I eat (to put it mildly), a lot of foods I just don’t touch (anything dairy, fish, nuts etc), and then of the foods I’ve taught myself to eat quite a bit aren’t good for me. I’m going to look up agave now. It’s not that they’re ‘gross’ it’s that they put me off because I eat so little. I don’t think people who eat most foods realise just how lucky they are 🙂

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      2. Dear Eliza, I am also quite limited in my food selection, and so is my husband, and some of our limitations are different, but I am not about to start running two different kitchens. Suffice it to say that I am dairy-free, while my husband is gluten free, that I can’t have any citruses or apples, or any juices, while I make fresh squeezed orange juice every morning, that I can’t have tomatoes and canola oil, and both of us can’t have anything spicy or salty. There is more, but I find it a creative challenge to work around those limitations. I am not a nutritionist, but I’ve worked with food restrictions for such a long time, that I can probably at least give you some ideas. Please do not hesitate to ask!

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      3. Joëlle says:

        Hello Dolly! We all have our own « problem foods », don’t we? I think it stems from the fact that each one of us has his own gut flora, different from anyone else’s. One more reason to try and improve it by feeding it right.
        Oats (the gluten-free kind) are a staple breakfast food for me. But I am not a great fan of smoothies: I like to feel the different textures in my mouth. However, thank you for the recipe and reminding me about soaking my oats rather than cooking them!

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      4. As long as we only have flora, but not fauna in our bodies! 😻
        I don’t know anyone, dear Joelle, who is challenged with more food limitations and restrictions than you, and no one who meets these challenges as valiantly and creatively, as you do.
        My chapeau is off to you always!

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      5. Joëlle says:

        Thank you, Dolly! Actually we both know someone with a lot more complicated food restrictions, I am talking about « Jack » in Ireland. So I consider myself relatively lucky to be able to eat such things as tomatoes, soy, legumes and potatoes!

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      6. You’re right; I forgot all about him, but he is also amazingly creative, and he also grows his own vegetables.

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      7. Eliza says:

        Thanks
        That’s really nice of you….
        Hope you have a peaceful weekend/shabbat

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      8. It’s my pleasure, dear Eliza.
        You too, have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, dear Gail; I am so glad you like it!

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  4. Ren says:

    I have been watching Deepak for a long time now. He is fabulous. I was not aware of the current controversy with him. It makes sense though. People do not usually except change well. Plus, it is a sign of the changing times. He is 100% spot on with his practice and power to him!

    Plus, thank you again, for a wonderful recipe. I love purple, smoothies and good health.

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    1. Dear Ren, I think he is awesome, but people are jealous of his fame, especially among “the rich and famous,” so they raise all kind of objection to his theories and his methods. They don’t know how many people he is treating free! He is to humble to advertise that, but we once met his brother Sanjiv, who is a one of the Deans at Harvard Med School, and he told us privately.
      Thank you for a supportive comment, darling, and I hope you drink this smoothie in good health!
      I agree with you – all power to him!

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  5. Tasty, nutritious and healthy – can’t ask for more! 🙂

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    1. How about pretty? Only kidding, of course! Thank you so much, Ronit!

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  6. bingingonabudget says:

    Thanks for sharing, this looks fantastic. What’s your favorite kind of smoothie?

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    1. At the moment, this one, but generally, anything with any kind of berries and coconut milk, plus a banana. Thank you for your kind comment, darling!

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  7. Yum! Who wouldn’t like healthy purple food?

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    1. You are so sweet, dear Mimi – thank you for your support!

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  8. Thank you for another great posting, Dolly! My first read about Dr Deepak Chopra, but it sounds very interesting. Have to go deeper. Now after five years i “recovered” from antibiotics i had to take against Heliobakter. Horrible how long they determined my body. Best wishes, ichael

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    1. Dear Michael, every minute you spend reading Deepak Chopra’s books and/articles is a minute added to your life in a very healthy way. I have my own relationship with antibiotics: I had allergic reactions to those few that were available in Russia before I left. When I came to the US, I had no idea what their equivalents were called (other than basic penicillin), so when asked, I’ve always honestly said, “I don’t know, and I don’t want to risk.” Nevertheless, I had an anaphylactic shock twice, when over-confident doctors had some American “harmless” antibiotic administered to me. Now I have it written everywhere in big letters: NO ANTIBIOTICS OF ANY KIND.
      Have a great day, Michael!

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      1. Vitamins, Michael, and tons of them, especially vitamin B Complex! It’ll take time to clear your system, but as long as you hasn’t had an allergic reaction, you should be fine. Wishing you the best of health!

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  9. Wife & I been experimenting with what we add to our oatmeal for awhile now, amazing what’ll work! Love your kitty being involved – ours always were, lol! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Felipe! This kitty is the baby of the family; she hasn’t learned appropriate behaviors yet. The older guys had done insinuated themselves into pictures in the past, but now they know better. 😻

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      1. Ahhhahaha, I bet they have! But bet the baby won’t mind not learning, lol! 😊

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  10. This all makes sense to me

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    1. I am glad, Derrick. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  11. gresshoppe says:

    Exactly:)
    All you need is love ❤

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    1. Thank you, dear Nonna!

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  12. spearfruit says:

    Good story about the way the doctor approaches health and I like the probiotic drink you made. Both go hand in hand to a healthier living.

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    1. Plus an occasional mojito and a dance on Ocean Drive… Thank you, Gary!

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      1. spearfruit says:

        You’re right!! LoL!

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  13. I am a Deepak Chopra fan too Dolly and had the great experience of hearing him speak in person. Wonderful recipe and good for you.. hugs xx

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  14. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    BUT WATCH FOR CAT HAIRS? NAW…ONLY IF YOUR OWN CAT DECIDES TO SAMPLE SOME! SOUNDS GOOD, INDEED!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging and for a cute comment, Jonathan!

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  15. oldpoet56 says:

    Excellent article Dolly, I am going to reblog this one for you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ted. I hope you actually try it one of these days – it is so healthy! Many blessings to you and yours, as always.

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend.

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