Raw Food Part 1: In Search of the Perfect Green Smoothie
|Smoothie before blending: Top to bottom: fresh papaya, raspberries, spinach, ice, orange juice and raw honey...||.|
|The GREEN smoothie after! It tasted great!|
To that end, I needed something EASY for breakfast...smoothies fit the bill. Groupon had a BIG BOSS promotion so I purchased one and my daily smoothie adventure began! One thing about drinking smoothies each day that I have noticed is that I feel much, MUCH better when I am drinking them, and not-so-good when I don't. Let me give you a few guidelines when making smoothies (your ingredients, of course, should be organic when possible):
Use something thick: Smoothies need body. 1/2 Banana or a few slices of papaya works well. 1 T Peanut butter is nice too.
Use a handful of something green: Spinach is my favorite, you cannot taste it, and it provides iron, fiber, and all kinds of other benefits. In summer I also use swiss chard, which has a lot of vitamin A. Kale works, and just about any other green.
Use something wet: You will not be able to blend it otherwise. Orange juice is fantastic, because the vitamin C helps the iron in your greens to work. You can also use green tea, raw cow or goat milk, soy or almond or rice milk, or any other unsweetened juice--cherry is nice.
Use something frozen: The best option here is frozen berries--blackberries or blueberries are excellent. You can use strawberries too, it helps to have them chopped. Super-important that berries are organic, because they are particularly prone to contamination.
Options are good: Some options--wheatgrass, spirulina, raw local honey, raw apple cider vinegar, vitamin E or D oil, ground flaxseed, cocoa powder, etc. Only use a small amount of certain additives so as to not alter the taste. I know from experience that too much spirulina is NOT a good thing taste-wise! (shudder!)
So...here is my go-to morning smoothie recipe:
1/2 c orange juice
1 c baby spinach
1 c frozen berries
1 T raw apple cider vinegar
1 T raw local honey
1 t wheatgrass
Blend 1 minute. Drink!
I take it with a ginseng, vitamin D and C in winter, probiotic, and elderberry if I feel as if I am coming down with something. Keeps me going until lunch!
Do you ever drink smoothies? If so, what do you drink? I would love to find out!