Each morning, when I have a tall glass of this smoothie I like to think it makes my triceps expand. It’s the magic potion that transforms the drinker from Sagz (Saggy Ass) to Sexy in one week, guaranteed. Well, a gal can dream, can’t she?
I’m trying to cut down on carbs and get in lots of fruits and veggies each day. Let me tell you, the business of exercising almost every day and trying to consume only things that are good for you is a gruelling one. The worst part is chewing. I love salads and can eat a big plate of it for every meal, but chewing all those greens is so much hard work. And it’s time consuming.
The Spaniards invented the Gazpacho precisely to circumvent this problem, I think. Gazpacho is a way to drink or slurp your salad instead of chewing it. Freaking brilliant. Plus, I spent nearly 500 dollars for my Vitamix blender and I’ll be darned if I don’t get that monster to slave for me.
I could’ve called this post “Liquid Salad“, which is what it is, but that sounds really disgusting. And it looks disgusting too.
As Lincoln said:
“What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”
So let’s call it “smoothie”. It tastes fantastic, fills us up good each morning, and gives us a big antioxidant boost.
Unlike a fruit or vegetable juice, a blended smoothie has all the fiber intact and puts a much smaller glycemic load on your system. It also keeps you full for much longer. No chewing. Add a drop of dish soap to the blender and whizz it afterwards, and cleanup’s done. Win-win all around.
And way better than those commercially-available sugar-laden protein shakes.
The previous evening, collect all the fruits and veggies you want to add to your smoothie, wash and wipe them and put them in a bowl. Twice a week, I take out a packet or two of organic spinach and berries from the freezer to thaw in the fridge.
I like a combo of half fruits, half veggies.
Greens, preferably organic. Frozen is fine. In fact, I prefer frozen organic spinach to fresh. Arugula, watercress, kale, chard, romaine, amaranth, anything you like. Greens includes herbs – cilantro, mint, parsley, basil, etc.
plus one or more of these
frozen or cooked peas
frozen or steamed broccoli
steamed sweet potato
Any raw, frozen or steamed veggies. If using frozen peas or broccoli, just thaw. Most frozen veggies have been blanched before freezing.
Frozen cooked squash or pumpkin puree in a can, canned tomatoes, etc. work very well.
Some sort of berries. Strawberries, etc. are notorious for being laced with pesticides, so try to grow your own if you can, buy organic, or wash them very very well. I try to include some of my homegrown raspberries or organic frozen blueberries into every smoothie.
Any other fruit, fresh or frozen.
You can also throw in some dried fruits like dates, raisins, unsulphured apricots and figs.
THE THINNING AGENT
Organic rice milk, soymilk, milk, water, anything you prefer. I use just a tiny bit, ‘cos I like the smoothie very thick.
We buy organic unsweetened soymilk (just water and organic soymilk with 7 grams protein per 8 oz). We use organic rice milk for this smoothie because though it has just 1 g protein per 8 oz, it is supplemented with 30% of the daily calcium requirement. Make sure whatever brand you buy has no carrageenan.
This is optional.
Soy, whey, brown rice, pea protein isolate, whatever we use, we try to get in 25 grams of protein per person – so 50 grams for the two of us.
This too is optional. You can use vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, rose water, orange blossom water, almond extract, basil, lemon, lime, coffee, cocoa, ginger, lemon grass, etc.
Flax, hemp, peanut butter, almonds, sunflower seeds, whatever you feel like on that particular day.
For two people, we use
1.5 cups of veggies
1.5 cups of fruit
a splash of organic rice milk
3 scoops protein powder (50 gms protein)
This morning’s smoothie had
Frozen and thawed spinach
canned organic pumpkin puree (just one ingredient: pumpkin)
fresh organic strawberries
an Asian pear
organic rice milk
Flavouring: not shown in the pic, but I added a dash of rose water while blending.
This is much quicker than any traditional breakfast and both of us love love love the taste – not too sweet, but fruity enough to neutralise the greens and the disgusting protein powder.
If I feel like grazing mid-morning, I’ll have one slice of toast with raw almond/peanut butter or some whole grain oat cheerios with organic soymilk.
That’s me in my jammies in the exercise room with my smoothie. No, we don’t cook in there. The rolling pins are for Pilates. We use them in lieu of the poles used in the exercise DVD.
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