Stefanie Lischer-Liers LAc amaranth rejuvenate power smoothie

Summer is in full swing and so are many native plants that flourish with the Sonoran desert monsoon rains. Our yard is full of wild amaranth and purslane, two amazingly nutritious “weeds.”

With the desert in full bloom, it is relatively easy to consume local foods in season just by heading out the back door.

I’ve been making a smoothie every morning with a large handful of wild amaranth leaves. The purslane is so tasty that I’ve been grazing on it directly from the yard. But is is also delicious in smoothies, salads, and stir-fries, or put into foods like quesadillas or sandwiches.

Here is the recipe for my Amaranth Rejuvenate! Power Smoothie. I also include other recipe ideas for juicing amaranth, purslane, and prickly pear fruits.



• 1 frozen or fresh Fig*
• Several chunks frozen Mango*
• Frozen or fresh Blueberries*
• 1 Cup plain organic Yogurt (Greek-style works nicely)
• 1–2 Scoops REJUVENATE! PLUS / Berries & Herbs / Original Greens
• 1 Teaspoon raw organic Cacao powder (optional)
• Organic rice/almond/hemp milk add to create to desired consistency
• 1–2 Handfuls wild Amaranth leaves, Purslane or other fresh greens like spinach, kale, etc.
• Sprig of fresh Mint (optional)

(*any frozen organic fruit can be substituted)


Place in a large mason jar and blend with hand blender. Or use a regular blender. Serve and enjoy!!

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Step 1. Assemble ingredients for Amaranth Rejuvenate Power Smoothie.

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Step 2. Place ingredients in blender or container for stick blender.

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Step 3. Blend and enjoy!!


You may never have eaten amaranth, but chances are good it grows near you. There are more than 60 species of amaranth. Not only does it grow in temperate and tropical regions around the world, but also is cultivated widely as a leaf vegetable and for its seeds. The leaves, stems, and roots are consumed in East, Souththeast, and South Asia (including China and India), the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Americas.

The word amaranth derives from Greek “amarantos” meaning “unfading.” The Greek word in turn derives from an ancient Indian Sanskrit word meaning “immortal immortal.” That’s an illustrious etymological significance for a plant our culture often regards as a weed.

Amaranth historically holds importance as a staple food among Native American cultures. Known to the Aztecs as “huauhtli,” it constituted perhaps 80% of caloric consumption before the arrival of the Spanish in Mesoamerica.

Native American cultures consumed amaranth greens, but primarily used the seeds as a grain. Amaranth seed is considered a pseudograin (like quinoa) due to its flavor and cooking properties. It is gluten free, high in protein, and easy to prepare.

The Aztecs used amaranth extensively in their religious ceremonies, especially those dedicated to their sun god Huitzilopochtli. During ritual ceremonies, the Aztecs would create a statue of him made of amaranth grain. Pieces of this statue were distributed among the celebrants.

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Wild amaranth is available for the picking during summer months.

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Amaranth leaves are ideal for smoothies, salads, stir fries, or eaten directly from the plant.

The Spanish outlawed cultivation of amaranth (and chia seeds) thereby removing an important part of the Aztec diet. Notably, amaranth seed is high in lysine, an amino acid which is low in corn (another Aztec staple food) and therefore helped balance their diet.

Aztecs didn’t drink smoothies or juice greens. Yet, amaranth is back in cultivation in the Americas, and grows wild in yards (like ours) everywhere. Take a closer look at the weeds in your yard. You might just find breakfast, dinner, or a nutritious smoothie ingredient!!


Purslane is a succulent that is tender, juicy, and slightly tangy or tart. There is plenty of it growing in our yard. In fact, it grows just about anywhere from meadows, forests and deserts to urban lots and sidewalk cracks. Consider yourself fortunate if this wild edible grows in your yard or neighborhood because its nutritional content is second to none.


Nutritious purslane is often considered a superfood.

Purslane is a rich source of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. It provides more nutrients than almost any of the greens we typically consume today. Vitamins it contains include vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E. Purslane also offers calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorous, and especially potassium.

Purslane not only provides a wide range of nutrients, but offers them in abundance. It is particularly high in vitamin E and contains six times more beta-carotene than spinach. The levels of essential fatty acids it provides are the highest among all leafy green vegetables.

Purslane makes an excellent addition to your smoothies and juices. It is also superb in salads, soups, or steamed.


Another desert monsoon delectable is the prickly pear fruit. Our family went out this weekend and harvested the ripest fruits and juiced them. The juice is sweet enough to drink by itself or even watered down a bit. (Note: use tongs to pull fruits from cactus paddles to avoid sharp spines and tiny glochids on the fruit surfaces.)

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Ripe prickly pear fruits produce delicious juice for smoothies and power-up drinks.

I juiced the prickly pear fruit and amaranth plant separately, and then mixed them together. Drinking that juice is a real power boost!

The Hurom juicer (single augur) does much better with prickly pear fruit than the twin gear Green Star, which became quickly jammed with seeds.

Some people might like to add pineapple juice or lemon juice and maple syrup to concentrated amaranth juice. Note that for juicing purposes, the entire amaranth plant can be juiced (leaves, stalks and all).

Add a scoop of Rejuvenate! (original) superfood plus a dash of lemon juice and maple syrup to the amaranth and prickly pear juice for a real lift to your day!

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Prickly pear fruits ready for juicing.



• 6–10 ounces Prickly Pear fruit juice (fresh is best)
• 1 scoops REJUVENATE! (Original Greens) superfood
• 1–2 ounces Amaranth juice (or to taste) (optional)
• Organic Lemon juice or Pineapple juice (to taste) (optional)
• Maple syrup (to taste) (optional) (grade B organic best)


Juice the prickly pear fruits and amaranth leaves (separately or together). Mix together with Rejuvenate! original (or the Rejuvenate! superfood of your choice). Add lemon or pineapple juice and/or grade B organic maple syrup. Enjoy!

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Amaranth and prickly pear juices provide a rainbow of antioxidant phytochemicals.


We enjoy a delicious variant of the Prickly Pear Rejuvenate Drink we call “prickly pear lemonade.” Prickly Pear Lemonade is very refreshing and hydrating on warm summer days. It is delicious with maple syrup, chlorella, or Rejuvenate! superfoods.


• 2 Ounces Lemon juice (fresh squeezed or bottled) (organic)
• 2–4 Ounces Prickly Pear fruit juice
• 6–8 Ounces fresh water
Rejuvenate! Superfoods (optional)
• Maple syrup (to taste) (grade B organic) (optional)
• Chia seeds (whole or ground) (optional)
• Ice (optional)
• Mint sprigs (optional)

(Recipe makes 10–14 ounces. Adjust ingredients to taste or when making larger quantities.)


Fill glass or pitcher with fresh water. Add prickly pear juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Add Rejuvenate! superfoods, chlorella, chia seeds, mint sprigs, and/or ice, as desired.

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Prickly pear lemonade refreshes, hydrates, and tastes great!!

The rains of summer bring a burst of life into the desert, including a wide variety of edible plants and their fruits. We are blessed that our yard and surrounding area provide such an abundance of fresh greens and prickly pear fruits. We will consume them in our smoothies and juices well into the fall.


Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Edible Plants

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Wild Edible Plants

Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

Free Food and Medicine Worldwide Edible Plant Guide

Why is Wild Purslane a Prized Superfood?


Rejuvenate! PLUS

Rejuvenate! (original greens)

Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Rejuvenate! Superfoods: Which One is Right for Me?


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A Kitchen Aid hand blender makes smoothies easy.

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The Hurom juicer is perfect for juicing greens and prickly pear fruits.

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Prickly pear fruits ripe for picking.

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Chickens love eating wild amaranth as much as people do.



Stefanie Lischer Liers LAc super tasty rejuvenate superfood barOne of the best ways to consume superfoods when you’re busy is to put them into a homemade superfood bar. I usually make a superfood smoothie in the morning. But during the day, especially if I’m busy, it helps to have prepared some superfood bars in advance. Then I can take them to go, or give to my son for a snack. They are especially good to have for day trips or when traveling.

The great thing about superfood bars is how easy they are to make. My favorite superfood formulas are Rejuvenate superfoods. I often use Rejuvenate! PLUS for bars, but Berries & Herbs works well if you don’t have any berries. Even the original (greens) tastes great.

Below is my basic recipe for a Rejuvenate superfood bar. I change it up a bit every time for variety, so feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your tastes.

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Keep Rejuvenate superfood bars in the refrigerator for freshness & firmness.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need, listed in the order placed in food processor. For best results (including taste!) all ingredients should be organic or wildcrafted.

• 2 Cups Almonds

• 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds

• 2–4 Scoops any Rejuvenate superfood — PLUS, Berries & Herbs, or original (I prefer PLUS for this recipe unless I don’t have berries, then will use Berries & Herbs)

• 1–2 Tbsp raw unprocessed Cocoa Powder

• 1 Cup Walnuts (or Cashews)

• 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds

• Handful of Goji Berries (if the berries are really dry then I place them in a small amount of water, just to cover and let them soak until softer – save the water to add if mixture is too dry)

• 5–8 Dried Apricots or 1/4 cup (handful) Raisins, Blueberries, or Raspberries (fresh or frozen) to your suit preference.

• 2–3 Tbsp Cocoa Butter (melted), or Coconut Oil. Cocoa butter will make the bar more firm and has a higher melting point than coconut oil. If you plan to keep refrigerated and not travel with it then coconut oil will work just fine. Personally, I prefer the cocoa butter.


Begin by grinding almonds until fine. Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time, allowing the each ingredient to mix thoroughly. The ingredients can be varied to suit your taste. For example, you can leave out cocoa powder or sunflower seeds, or you could add coconut.

The ingredients that I chose were based on nutritional content as well as flavor. By the time you get to the berries the consistency should be fairly thick, but you will still be able to mix the berries. I then drizzle the oil over the top and mix it a bit as I put it in a glass container.

If the mixture is too dry, then add the water from the goji berries or any other dried fruit you soaked to obtain the right consistency.

Spread the mixture to the desired thickness (I make it about 1.5 inches thick) and place in refrigerator. Another option is to make individual servings and wrap in wax paper. If you were going on a hike in warm weather you could freeze one or two bars to take with. Enjoy!


Rejuvenate superfood bars are consumed a lot in our family. They can be eaten any time of day and they’re always delicious.

Yet, Rejuvenate superfood bars are highly nutritious. Rejuvenate PLUS and Berries & Herbs both provide a built-in multivitamin that includes coenzyme-form vitamins. There is plenty of protein in the bar, too.

While the bar contains natural sugars from fruit, it doesn’t taste overly sweet. Glycemic effects are mitigated by high nutrient density, including vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber.

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Rejuvenate superfood bars provide vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber & dietary nucleic acids.

In fact, if you know much about the unique benefits of Rejuvenate superfoods, then you may know the dietary nucleic acids (food-source RNA and DNA) they provide are great for supporting optimal health and exercise performance.

I recently gave my bar recipe to professional cyclist Irena Ossola who now makes it for herself as part of her nutrition program. Irena loves these bars. Along with her regular use of Rejuvenate superfoods in smoothies and power drinks, the bar helps her improve cycling performance and speeds recovery.

If you’re looking for a highly nutritious and delicious food bar you can consume with confidence, then try making Rejuvenate superfood bars.

These bars not only provide superior nutrition for you and your family, but can also replace a smoothie when you’re pinched for time. Or make great snacks in-between meals to sustain energy (for adults and kids). Make them ahead of time, and you’ll be set for the day!


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Rejuvenation Program Part Nine: Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Stefanie Lischer Liers LAcThe HPDI Rejuvenation Program provides practices, protocols, and recommendations proven over 26 years. It is a complete program to rejuvenate, regenerate, and boost vitality to body, mind, and spirit. It is especially helpful for those who want to restore health. This article discusses the role of acupuncture within the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program.

The Rejuvenation program emphasizes establishing basic nutrition, foundational supplement formulas, and high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods and other sources of dietary nucleic acids. The program rests on six elements: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

The six foundational elements remain powerful individually, but act synergistically when combined to support optimal health. The results are greatly improved capabilities for your body to heal, regenerate, rejuvenate, and restore its vitality.

In Part Eight of the Rejuvenation Program series, we discussed the Massage Program (part three of four sub-articles on supporting protocols), which is an important supporting protocol in the Master Rejuvenation Program.


In this article, we present another supporting protocol in our Master Rejuvenation Program: the Acupuncture Program. We include acupuncture in our Rejuvenation Program because it offers proven modalities for healing based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These modalities include acupuncture, but  encompass an entire system of medicine designed to maintain balance for mind, body, emotions, and spirit through the use of specific recommendations for diet, exercise, herbs, meditation, and more.

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TCM is a complete system that is designed to promote the flow of life energy (Qi) and to remove blockages that adversely affect its flow. It is the unrestricted, yet balanced flow of energy that promotes harmony in the body, and thereby helps create health. Like massage, acupuncture and other TCM modalities can improve the flow of energy, blood (circulation), and lymph, and therefore prevent or treat problems relating to blockage, statis, or lack of proper flow.


Acupuncture involves tapping into energetic meridians or pathways in the body using needles. There are 12 primary meridians and 8 extra meridians that are categorized according to yin (cool, internal, passive, etc.) and yang (hot, external, active, etc.).

While imbalances in the yin organs potentially result in hot, irritable, dry symptoms, imbalances in yang organs potentially result in cold, weak, pale symptoms. (One common example of a yin deficiency of the kidneys is menopause, during which a woman can experience feelings of heat, dryness, difficulty sleeping, or irritability.)

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced in China for around 5,000 years. It involves not just acupuncture, but also Qi Gong (moving meditation), Tui Na (massage), and herbal and dietary prescriptions for bodily constitution and seasons.

One basic premise is that it is the individual’s responsibility to keep themselves in balance through the use of food and plants as daily medicine, and the practice of Qi Gong or Tai Ji. The practitioner’s job is to educate the patient and assist when needed using acupuncture and other methods.

According to Chinese Medicine, aging happens as we lose Qi (or Energy) and Jing (or Essence) in the body. Western lifestyles can contribute to the loss of Qi and Jing. Methods to conserve essence and energy involve the “Four Pillars of Health”:

  • Proper Eating: Moderate amounts of foods for a person’s constitution and the season.
  • Proper Rest: Resting when tired and not pushing oneself when fatigued.
  • Proper Thoughts and Emotions: Positive thoughts and meditation, and avoiding extremes of emotion.
  • Proper Exercise: Daily moderate exercise including brisk walks and avoiding strenuous daily exercise.

Practicing Qi Gong is an important way to replenish Jing/Essence after it has been spent. This involves both movement and visualization. For example, imagining light coming in to fill the lower part of your abdomen as you ‘Gather the Qi’ with your arms. Acupuncturists can recommend certain movements to keep energy flowing along a meridian.

Foods and herbs are an important part of staying well and maintaining Qi and Essence. In China, eating a balance of the five flavors (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, acrid) is important at every meal. Depending on the season and your body constitution, you may need more of one flavor than another. For example, bitter foods are recommended in summer because they are cooling and cleansing. But if you are feeling deficient and weak, these may not be the proper foods for your constitution. In cooler winter weather, foods that are more warming/nourishing or acrid are generally more appropriate. This is one reason why consuming soups with root vegetables, hot peppers, and small amounts of red meat can be so satisfying during winter months.

How can acupuncture benefit you? If you experience symptoms indicating that your body is out of balance, then acupuncture can help to alleviate those symptoms without the need for pharmaceuticals. The number of sessions it takes to resolve an issue depends on the amount of time you have been out of balance. For example, if you have back pain that began yesterday, you may feel relief after one session. However, if your back pain has persisted for years, then it may take weeks or months to return to balance, and you may also require treatment with herbs.

Acupuncture is not just for musculoskeletal issues. It can be used to treat many health issues, either alone or in conjunction with western medical modalities. One of the advantages of acupuncture (and TCM generally) is that it works well with other elements (including Supporting Protocols) in our Rejuvenation Program. That is, the methods used are intended to help create health by nourishing the body, removing blockages (and/or toxins), promoting flow (i.e., energy, blood, lymph, etc.), and supporting health holistically (mind, body, and spirit).

Even if you are feeling pretty well balanced, acupuncture can help during the change of the seasons to keep you in balance, in much the same way that regular maintenance on your car helps prevent problems.

Remember, acupuncture is most effective when you feel a resonance with your practitioner. Your results will be best when you can be fully relaxed with someone who you trust and feel good about.




Rejuvenation Program Part Eight – Massage. Supporting Protocols Part Three – The Massage Program.

Rejuvenation Program Part Seven. Supporting Protocols Part Two – The Magnesium Chloride Program

Rejuvenation Program Part Six. Supporting Protocols Part One (garlic, hydrotherapy, and sauna therapy programs).

Rejuvenation Program Part Five. Beyond foundational supplements. Seven enhancement supplements that supercharge your health. CoenzymeQ10 and/or Ubiquinol, Myo-Mag, Hepa Plus, Nascent Iodine, Echinacea, Immune-Assist™.

Rejuvenation Program Part Four. The role of foundational supplements (multivitamin, Vitamin C / antioxidant formula, Rejuvenate!™ superfoods) for health.

Rejuvenation Program Part Three. Health building nutrition and the role of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleosides, and nucleotides).

Rejuvenation Program Part Two. Foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

Rejuvenation Program Part One. Introducing the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program and its foundational elements. The importance of Attitude/Commitment.


Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods in Pregnancy, Nursing, and Early Childhood

By the time I became pregnant in 2007, I had already been taking original Rejuvenate!™ daily for nine months. I could feel the difference in my energy and overall health, as did others to whom I recommended the product. I took two or more scoops (24 g) of original Rejuvenate along with Rejuvenate PRO, which had just become available.

I experienced amazing health during my pregnancy eating an 80% raw, vegetarian diet, which is what I craved. I had a home birth that was under four hours and went incredibly well, especially for a first birth. I attribute this to my optimal state of health, meditation, and listening to my body. When Rejuvenate!™ Plus became available, I began adding that to my diet, giving some variety to my protein intake, along with all the other wonderful nutrients it provides.

When my son was six months old, I began giving him a small amount of chlorella mixed with applesauce. He would eat about a half a teaspoon or more a day. When he was about nine months old, I felt that the chia seeds in the original Rejuvenate! would not be a problem, so I switched from giving him chlorella to original Rejuvenate!. I added about a teaspoon of original Rejuvenate to a serving either of applesauce, or pureed banana or yam.

Rejuvenate! Plus became available when he was about twelve months old. He is now 2 1/2 years old. For more than a year, he has been drinking six to eight ounces of rice milk and water with a scoop of Rejuvenate! Plus, at least twice daily, as his main ‘milk.’ He also requests limeade made with one scoop original Rejuvenate, one freshly squeezed lime, and about a teaspoon grade B organic maple syrup in eight ounces of water.

As he’s primarily a vegetarian baby, I’ve never been concerned about his protein intake since he has two or three scoops of Rejuvenate Plus (or a combination of Rejuvenate products) every day. Even when he is a picky eater, which sometimes happens at his age, I know he is getting good nutrition when he drinks his ‘milk,’ which he loves and never goes without.

He is amazingly bright, has a glowing complexion, and lots of energy compared to his peers. His height is within the norms for his age, yet he is very solid, and people are always surprised he is heavier than he appears. Being a social child, he’s had his share of sniffles, but they are never intense or long lasting. The difference between his version of a ‘cold’ and those of his peers who have lesser nutrition and consume dairy is quite dramatic.

I recommend Rejuvenate Plus to other mothers for their children (and themselves!) and have heard that it makes an immediate difference in the child’s energy level, and over time, in learning and general health. Introducing these types of foods at a later age can require some creativity. One mother finally was able to get her eight-year-old daughter to drink Rejuvenate Plus mixed in orange juice. Another mother of a three-year-old child puts just a very small amount in rice milk. Regardless of how it’s taken, the effects are noticeable. Starting with them as first foods will ensure a taste for greens! I’m certain that drinking Rejuvenate superfoods while pregnant and nursing contributed to my son’s love for them, and I am quite thankful.

Sept 1, 2012 update:

Now that my son is nearly 5 years old, he is still drinking Rejuvenate!™ and lots of it! He has sometimes up to five scoops of primarily Rejuvenate Plus but sometimes a combination of the other flavors. He is still very strong and active, and seems to require less sleep than some of his friends. He has not had any significant illnesses that have gone through the community, and I am thankful that I can use Berries & Herbs to boost his immune system during those times. Most importantly though, I know that he is getting top nutrition!

Additional Resources

Read the Pregnancy Suggested Supplement & Activity Schedule in the HPDI Health Recommendations Index.

Read our Rejuvenate!™ Side-by-Side Product Comparison table.

Olson, Cathe. Simply Natural Baby Food: Easy Recipes for Delicious Meals Your Infant and Toddler Will Love. Goco Publications, 2003. These recipes not only provide truly health meals, but also lend themselves for use with Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. It is easy to incorporate these recipes into a rejuvenation lifestyle for the entire family!

Click here for more information about REJUVENATE!™ superfoods.