After my raw food cooking class that I attended last week, I was reminded and refreshed about how good a green smoothie is for us. I also learned about digestive enzymes in raw food and how important these are for the digestive process and that many of these are destroyed when food is heated (more on this later). Raw greens in particular are one of the most nutritious whole foods we can eat but many of us don’t eat enough. They are an easy way to eat your greens as they provide us with the nutrition our bodies need and can use. They are loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, phytonutrients and amino acids (protein). So, today after a weights session with my trainer, and a walk in the sun with my dog – I made myself a super green smoothie. It was delicious, healthy and most importantly nourishing! I was energised for hours afterwards!
My Green Raw Cacao Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 level scoop of protein powder of your choice (I use ultraceuticals which is gluten and dairy free)
1 teaspoon of Maca powder
1 teaspoon of Raw Cacao
150mls of homemade raw cashew milk (see recipe below)
100mls of filtered water
Blend all ingredients well in smoothie, then once smooth consistency (add more milk/ water if needed) add 2 large handfuls of washed baby spinach. Blend a bit more.
Poor into glass and enjoy!
Cashew Nut milk recipe
1 cup of pre-soaked raw cashews (soak overnight in filtered water)
1 cup of water
1 vanilla pod (scraped out the middle)
Blend all together and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Yum in Chai tea/ on other breakfast choices.
I think the reason why I felt so sated was because of the protein in not only the powder, but the nut milk and cacao. Having Cacao at breakfast, felt like a real treat – it almost felt naughty! But it was so delicious and healthy, I am already looking forward to breakfast tomorrow!
Let me know how you go..
Note: If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of ‘green’ smoothies yet, you could make this recipe and instead of adding the 2 handfuls of spinach, start with just a few leaves of cos lettuce and gradually build up till you don’t taste the greens anymore! If you are really just beginning, you can use any type of fruits you like, blueberries are great as they are very low in sugar. It is best to start with a 80% fruit to 20% greens or less. As you get used to drinking them you can increase the amount of greens.