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ASN's Ultimate Greens Supershake

Ultimate super greens shake


"Hey mate... I don't think I'm going to be able to make it to the gym today, I'm feeling a bit under the weather..."


Except this time, it's not leg day, and you're ACTUALLY sick!

Nightstand stacked high with Codral and Vitamin C, you wonder why it is that as soon as you notice someone sniffle around you, or shake a stranger's hand in the winter months, you get struck down with the sniffly, debilitating illness known as "the common cold".

Well, while we're not quite able to cure the dreaded cold, here at ASN, we've come up with the ultimate power-shake to turbocharge your immune system, to keep you in tip-top shape all year round, so there's no excuse to skip out on leg day! (Again).

ENTER THE ASN ULTIMATE GREENS SUPERSHAKE


A bit of background:

Sure, multivitamins are great. Actually, they're damn-near essential if you're pushing your body through the limit, and eating a calorie restricted diet, or indulging regularly on processed junk food. However, due to poor bioavailability and the body's ability to only absorb so many things at a time, it often isn't quite enough to give you EVERYTHING you need, despite what it may say on the label!

Incase you're a complete nutrition rookie, here's the 411: Wholefoods, particularly green vegetables, are the number one source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which your body has been pre-programmed to absorb, thanks to your ancestor's healthy eating patterns!

So if you're feeling the sniffles coming on, or if you're finding yourself sneezing while reading this article, head down to your local farmer's market or greens grocer and stock up on the following ingredients.

 

Looking for a premium organic superfoods powder? Check out Evolve Green Machine.


 

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THE SUPERSHAKE RECIPE:


4 Kale Stalks
Yes, this is physically A LOT of kale. However, this is quite possibly the most important ingredient, so don't skimp on this essential and incredible superfood!

4 Stems Of Celery
Celery carries a lot of water, which is perfect to give the supershake a smooth, easy-to-chug consistency!

1 Whole Cucumber
That's right, a whole cucumber, we're not messing around here!

A bit of Ginger
Gingers got a serious flavour kick, and a serious nutrient kick! Depending on your taste-buds, we recommend a decent chunk, maybe around 1/2" or so to start with, and go from there!

1 Serve Of Your Favourite Fruit
Let's be honest here, the above ingredients aren't going to leave the best taste in your mouth... so chuck a piece of fruit in there to balance things out! We recommend peaches, strawberries, pineapple or pears! Yum!

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1 Scoop Of Evolve Green Machine
This is a SUPER greens shake for a reason! Not only does a scoop of our premium greens powder boost the vitamin and mineral complex significantly, it also adds a delicious fruity flavour, and is packed full of our signature herbal blend, loaded with adaptogens, probiotics and herbal remedies to cleanse and power up your liver, gut and much more!

Here's some tips:



  • Blend the bad boy up, don't juice it! Juicing removes a tonne of the good stuff, and we want to get as much of these fruits, veggies and superfoods into your body as possible!

  • Feel free to add up to about 200-250ml of water to help your blender out, and to avoid the shake coming out as a thick paste.

  • Save yourself some time and cut up each of your ingredients, and refridgerate/freeze each serve in a zip-lock bag, to save yourself the hassle in the long run!


Take it from us here at ASN, this Greens Supershake will give you a natural, clean, euphoric rush of energy like nothing else! It's distinctly different from a caffiene or pre-workout buzz, as you don't feel overloaded or cranked up... we'd best describe it as "operating at your maximum"!

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Don't just take our word for it though, here's some science for ya!


Kale:
It's been dubbed "the world's healthiest food" for good reason! Loaded with Vitamins K, C, A, E, B1, B2, B6 + Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, Fiber and Folate, this natural superfood is guaranteed to put a spring in your step, and boost your immune system to keep you in tip-top shape! Don't forget, Kale is packed full of anti-oxidants AND anti-inflammatories, which will boost your post-workout recovery!

Celery:
There's no shortage of vitamins in Celery! Primarily an excellent source of Vitamin K, Celery also packs in high doses of folate, potassium and fiber, plus some extra B2, B6, calcium, copper, Vitamin A, and the all important Magnesium!

Cucumber:
All of the above, PLUS Vitamins B1, phosphorus and biotin!

Ginger:
Ginger is your stomach's best friend, easing nausea and gastrointestinal problems, and even better, increasing the absorption and the body's utilisation of all the goodies packed into the Greens Supershake. Ginger makes 'em count!

So if you're serious about looking after your body this winter, or if you're looking for a natural and powerful alternative to your double-shot coffee or 500ml Red Bull, look no further! Give it a shot, and we guarantee that you'll feel the difference! 

 

 

The best "HEALTHY" pizza alternative!

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So your trying to cut down on the take-out foods, but you just REALLY LOVE PIZZA hey? We got the perfect recipe for you! Anyone that's said "clean eating" is boring had no idea!

Here is a great low-carb, low sugar, HEALTHY alternative to your fav pizza! I'm not going to say pizza isn't good.. it's amazeballs but when you have a goal of shredding down & leaning up it's not the best thing for you to have too often.

Making healthy alternatives to your favorite "naughty" foods will help you feel like you are not missing out! Mentally that's a good thing!

RECIPE - Homemade Cauliflower Pizza Crust - This is one of my favorite healthy alternatives. It is ever so delicious, grain-free,high in protein and carb friendly!

INGREDIENTS:
-1 small/medium size cauliflower (head)Cauliflower Pizza
-1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
-1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
-1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt
-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 tablespoon almond meal
-1 whole Egg
-dried crushed red pepper optional**

You will also need all the delicious toppings you choose to put on your pizza!
I opt to use the mozzarella that the crust called for and a simple organic tomato sauce! I like my pizza more plan but get creative and do whatever your tummy is grumbling for!

Other things you need:
Pizza pan, cutting board, sharp knife, mixing bowl, food processor or heavy duty blender, tea towel/or heavy duty paper towel, parchment paper, spatula and pizza cutter.

DIRECTIONS:
-Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

-Wash and dry head of cauliflower.

-On a cutting board, cut the florets from the cauliflower stem. Place florets in food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds. You will know when you are finished pulsing when your cauliflower starts looking like snow! You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower “snow”. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel or doubled up strong poet towel (I used paper towels in the video) but first allow to cool for a while before attempting the next step.

-Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, (if you don’t wait long enough you can burn yourself) wrap it up in the dish towel/paper towel and wring all the water out. This is where your lifting capabilities come in! Do you even lift bro? ...haha!! You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess. (See video)

-Dumped cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Also add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 teaspoon pink salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt), 1 tablespoon almond meal (quick tip – add a dash of crushed red peppers if you want a little spice) Now add your egg and mix away. Hands tend to work best!

-Once mixed together, use your hands to form the dough into a crust on your pizza pan lined with parchment paper. Pat it down thoroughly, you want it nice and tightly formed together. Don’t make it too thick or thin either.

Eeeek …. How amazing does the crust look and we haven’t even baked it yet! Now pop it in the oven (crust only) and Bake for 8 – 11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven!!

-Here comes the fun part!! Add however much sauce, cheese, and toppings you want. (See video above for my desired toppings) When adding toppings there is no special recipe or specific measurements for this step! You know how you like your pizza – so go for it! After finished with your sauce and topping – Slide pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.

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