Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sewage Sludge aka Green Smoothie

 drink up! (yes, I reuse glass jars to bring stuff to my mama!:)

You know what I would l absolutely LOVE? No, not flowers or candy. I would LOVE if everyone tried to eat greens at EVERY meal. Yes. Every. Single. One. Lunch is easy-add a salad (no, the lettuce on the Italian sub does not count). For dinner have a side of steamed broccoli or sautéed kale. So that leaves breakfast...sure you can add spinach to your scrambled eggs but what about a green smoothie?  
We all know that smoothies are delicious and chock full of fiber but it also has a good amount of sugar-usually from juice bases or loads of fruit. However, we can replace some of those sugary fruits, amp up the nutritional and fiber-ous value of a normal everyday smoothie by adding in glorious greens, and upgrade your breakfast! I promise that it does not alter the taste of the smoothie, just the color. You can add any green you want (e.g., kale, cilantro, celery, parsley, seaweeds). So far I have used spinach and spirulina powder (it’s a seaweed!) and neither has affected the taste of the smoothie at all. The beauty of smoothies is that you can put ANYTHING you want in there. So dig deep in your freezer for all those bags of frozen fruit. Also, summer is coming up and the warm mornings will be the perfect time to start drinking green smoothies.

I don’t have an exact recipe for the smoothie pictured above (which I've been having the past couple of mornings) but here is approximately what I used to make my sewage sludge green smoothie:
  • 1 banana
  • ¾ C frozen Trader Joe’s berry mix (includes cherries, blackberries, raspberries, & blueberries)
  • 1 T (or more if you want) nut butter (I used Trader Joe’s organic chunky peanut butter)
  • 1 T Bob’s Red Mill ground flaxseeds (you can leave out or use chia seeds, if you want)
  • ½ C Whole Foods organic rice milk (you can use water if you want or another liquid, use your better judgement)
  • 1 T of cocoa powder (the kind used in baking)
  • 1-2 C organic spinach
  • 1 T spirulina powder (I got mine from the bulk section of a local co-op)
  • Add ice and water to your desired consistency.
There are a lot of ingredients listed. Do not feel like you need to use all of them.  Adjust it to your taste and to what you have in your kitchen/pantry.  Also, I used a lot of organic ingredients, and you don’t have to. I specified them to remind you to keep the dirty dozen top of mind when making your purchases. Buy organic ingredients if you can, but remember that a smoothie with non-organic ingredients is better than a bowl of cereal and milk or a triple mocha frappucino for breakfast.

Drink up and get ready to answer questions from inquisitive or grossed our minds :) And please share your favorite or ideal green smoothie “recipes” with me!

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