One of the sweet surprises of my detox eating experiment was my exploration of smoothies.
During the detox, the diet restriction against refined sugars plus my goal to eat more fruits and vegetables plus the fact I finally had flaxseed meal and hemp protein powder on hand all added up to smoothie time!
The addition of the flax and hemp boosts the nutritional content, contributing fiber and protein and making these more like a mini-meal.
Even better, my daughter loves them. With the whole fruits, I think this is a better snack than many others she could be eating. We ended up making smoothies for after-school snacks a number of times this month.
The only drawback was the mess I created one afternoon, when I failed to lock the blender glass into place and pink sludge poured out of the bottom all over the counter. Oops!
Fruit smoothies are a no-brainer; it’s the vegetable-based smoothies that are a walk on the wild side for me. The February 2011 issue of Whole Living magazine featured a detox plan similar to the one I was following, with a spread that highlighted a couple of veggie-based smoothies.
The idea of kale or beets in a smoothie doesn’t exactly start my taste buds salivating. Which is too bad, because these vegetables are loaded with beneficial nutrients. I decided to force myself to try the recipes.
Still, it took a couple of days before I could face tackling the Green Smoothie recipe. Nothing like a bunch of lacinato kale yelping to you from the fridge to put it out of its misery to spur you along on the task.
Surprisingly, the flavor was quite good. When my husband returned home from work, he quickly downed a glass and asked for seconds. Success!
I saved the biggest mental challenge for last – a fruit and vegetable smoothie with beet, carrot, apple, pear, ginger and lemon juice. Could this be any good?
Just the idea of beets in the recipe, a vegetable which I’ve struggled with eating in the past, was enough to put me off eating this for a while. I finally undertook the project today.
Even for a ginger lover like me, the flavor was overpowering and the texture, well, it was not my favorite. Try as I could, I didn’t end up finishing my glass. Next time, I’ll add less ginger and try to liquefy it more.
But don’t take my word for it – try these smoothies for yourself if you dare; you may be pleasantly surprised. Both recipes can be found at Whole Living‘s website – Green Smoothie and Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie, along with 23 other smoothie ideas.
Here’s a basic fruit smoothie template to get you started. You can use dairy, but I tend to use unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk instead, which contain fewer calories and grams of sugar.
3 cups fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
1 whole banana
1 cup of milk (almond, rice or coconut) or plain yogurt
1/2 cup of apple or orange juice
2 T. hemp protein [optional]
2 T. flaxseed meal [optional]
Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.