Journey to Inner Food – Part 1 & Tropical Green Smoothie


Last month, I was fortunate to be asked to assist in the Journey to Inner Food Workshop, conducted by Daniw Arrazola (the co-founder of Bahay Kalipay – a healing & detox retreat center in Pahlawan, Philippines). From buying ingredients to sourcing for kitchen equipments, it has been an enriching journey. Never have I shopped for almost RM2,000 worth of fresh produce and ingredients!

With the initial thought that it’s a food raw preparation workshop, I was in for a surprise. Before you give me the “sour face”, give yourself the benefit of a doubt and read on..

Living Food

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“Based on science and on spirit, our body is a vessel for human experience. We must take care of it, as it holds our existence in the everyday world. And one of the quickest and most powerful way to spiritual, ecological, physiological and emotional harmony with the world is to subsist on foods that will heal us, simply because we partake of it in its natural raw and live states.

When we eat foods that are alive, we too come to life. It is that simple.” – Daniw Arrazola

The beauty of this workshop is it’s more than just eating raw food. The radiant colors of the fruits and vegetables brings such amazing energy into the room. As you touch each produce, remember that it infuses us with life force that heals. It never fails to heal even that simple negative thought that pops up into your mind.

Share your good vibes to the food, as your feeling and emotions add to the flavor of what you prepare. Your loving energy will be shared to each one who will get to taste your scrumptious dish. If you’re feeling a bit sad, try to feel the life force of the produce and you’ll be amazed at how negativity can be converted to light.

Left: The ingredients, Top Right: Making Green Smoothies, Bottom Right: Sprouted Black, Red & Green Beans

Why soak & sprout? Nuts, grains, beans and seeds are covered with enzyme inhibitors that prevent premature germination and store nutrients for plant growth. When it rains the nut, grain or seed gets wet and can then germinate to produce a plant. So we are mimicking nature when we soak our nuts, grains and seeds, to activate the seed and neutralise the inhibitors. After soaking, they have to used within 3 days, or dry them using a dehydrator. More about this amazing dehydrator gadget in Part 2.

Now every morning I wake up to a typical raw breakfast of Green Smoothies and Fresh Fruits or Chia Pudding. After 3 weeks, I feel more energised and my body feels strange if I don’t get my green smoothie. I know what’s in your mind now.. “How can we drink raw vegetables?” I also had the same thought and gave a sour face.. but surprisingly there’s hardly any taste of the vegetables at all in the smoothie. Trust me, it’s yummy & try it once!

Here’s a Tropical Green Smoothie and Papaya Passionfruit breakfast for you to enjoy!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Read about Part 2 here

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Tropical Green Smoothie & Papaya Passionfruit with Chia Seed
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Raw Breakfast of Green Smoothie & Fresh Fruits
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Tropical Green Smoothie
  • 4 cups loose measurement of Green Leafy Vegetable (swiss chard / bochoy / lettuce / kale) - only the leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango - peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups Young Coconut water or plain water.
  • 1 pc of medium size cucumber - cut into chunks
Papaya Passionfruit with Chia Seed
  • 1 medium Papaya - cut into bite sizes
  • 3-4 Passionfruit
  • a handful of Goji Berry
  • 2-3 tablespoon of Chia Seed - soaked for 15 minutes
Tropical Green Smoothie
  1. Blend water/coconut water, cucumber first then add the fruits.
  2. Slowly add the vegetables using only the pulse button until all are well mixed together. Note: If you're using high-speed-high-powered VITAMIX Blender you can put all the the ingredients without having to worry that your blender will overheat.
Papaya Passionfruit with Chia Seed
  1. Serve cut Papaya with passionfruit, goji berry and soaked chia seed.
* You may change the green veggies depending on what is available in the market. If your smoothie turned out too strong, just add more fruits and/or coconut water. * Try using Bochoy, Kangkong, Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard & Sweet Potato leaves. For fruits: Pineapple, Papaya, Soursop, Dragon Fruits, Mango, Jackfruit & Banana. * You can add a little of the green superfoods like Moringa, Basil or other herbs. * If you made for more than one consumption, don't worry, you'll be amazed how good it would taste when you put it in the freezer -- it's best to take it fresh but smoothies in the freezer can last up to three days. Store in a BPA free container or use glass mason jar.



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  2. Great sharing!
    There is a new juice shop sell living juice by using compact juicer.
    You think I should get it to make living juice?
    I must thankful to these two young guys who open a healthy living juice bar. Juice there are tasty… I wish that their business bloom like bubble tea! You get what I mean?

    • We were taught to use high speed blenders (like Vitamix or commercial blenders), it only take about 10sec to blend veggie/fruits/nuts, so it’s nutrients are still intact. let me ask my sifu about the compact juicer.
      yes thankful to the 2 guys for opening healthy living juice bar, ya malaysian are still not very educated about healthy food, hopefully in time more people will get to know more, just takes time.

      • Whenever I stand in the outlet the, number of people who drink bubble tea really worrying me…toddlers, pregnant mom, teenagers…

        I tell them that it is better to drink coffee because we know what they put into the drink!

        • yeah it’s worrying when i see how people are drinking and eating processed food like it’s the next best thing, I used to be like that too because we have been ‘brainwashed’ by the food producer giants advertisements.. that’s why I started my blog, do whatever I can to share in my own little way

      • Hello Shenny, here’s my raw food sifu’s reply:
        “In my experience I use the blender a lot and it also acts as a juicer. With the use nut milk (soya milk) bag you can strain and squeeze the blended vegetable or fruit to make a juice. It is so easy to clean and set up as well. Go for high speed blender like Vitamix so you can also enjoy making smoothies, soups, ice cream and even desserts.”
        I totally agree with her, a high speed blender is very useful. now i mostly use my blender. Hope our answers help

  3. I love this post and totally agree…more raw better life. Great pics!!!
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  4. What a wonderfully encouraging post! Not a morning person, I would probably make this for ‘afternoon tea’, but I love the ingredients and the ‘goodness’ I can ‘see’ emanating from the page. As for many of us, raw foods of all styles increasingly beckon . . . . thank you!

  5. What an interesting post! I do love eating raw foods because I love textures in my food and I can get that best from raw foods. We eat lots of salads in this house and many of our meals are just a huge salad – lots of flavor, lots of crunch. What a great green smoothie! The papaya and passion fruit make it very, very tasty I’m sure! Looks like a very educational workshop!
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    • Thanks MJ! Yes it was a very educational workshop, and in some way “spiritual journey” with conscious food preparation. Great to know you have lots of salad in your house. hope you try the green smoothie 🙂

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