By Daniel Plan Signature Chef Jenny Ross

This smoothie, from Jenny’s new cookbook Healing with Raw Foods, balances plant-based proteins, amino acids, and essential minerals in a fortifying liquid meal to be enjoyed alone or alongside other foods.  Incorporated for endurance, the chia seeds add sweetness akin to poppy seeds to this rich, creamy smoothie.



6 ounces fresh berries or frozen wild blueberries
1 cup raw apple juice or coconut water
½ cup young Thai coconut flesh or 2 tablespoons coconut butter
1 medium-size pear, seeded and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon maca root
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (optional, for energy)
1 teaspoon vanilla paste (optional)

In a blender, combine the berries, raw apple juice, Thai coconut flesh, pear, chia seeds, maca root, raw cacao powder and vanilla paste.  Blend until well combined.  Enjoy within 1 hour.
Note:  Because the chia seeds also serve as a thickener, this recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and enjoyed as a yogurt in a parfait.