Monday, January 18, 2010

A post people may be grossed out by...

Yesterday for breakfast I made a Green Power Smoothie, also known as "lawn clippings in a glass." Okay, that's a joke. It just LOOKS like lawn clippings. It actually tasted... fruity. That's because most of it was fruit. It only had one "scary" ingredient, which was a kale leaf (which gave it the green coloring). I had to adjust the recipe a little because I don't have any green food powder yet (instead I used rice protein) or raw hemp seeds. Also, I didn't add any broccoli, but probably will next time.

Green Power Smoothie

1 green kale leaf, stems removed, and torn into small pieces
1/2 or 1 large banana, peeled and cut into 2-in. pieces
1/2 cup water or fruit juice (I used cranberry juice fortified with calcium)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen broccoli florets
1/4 cup ice cubes
2 dried dates, pitted
2 whole raw almonds
1/2 TB. fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
1/2 TB. raw hemp seeds
1/2 TB. ground flaxseeds
1 tsp. green food powder

1. Put everything in the blender and blend for 2 minutes or until completely smooth.

Smoothies like this are a good way to pack in a lot of nutrients and to "sneak in" veggies for picky eaters (of course, the color might not help).

You can substitute other varieties of greens (such as spinach) and other types of fruit, nuts, or seeds.

Green food powders, by the way, are made from a mixture of green plant-based foods and can be found in most natural food stores and online.