Do I toss some bacon into the frying pan, throw bread into the toaster or open the cereal box, like 99% of North Americans? Nope. None of the above.
Instead, two bananas, some fresh and/or frozen fruit and a scoop or two of whey protein powder find their way into the blender. Add water, hit the magic button and presto! A highly nutritious breakfast in seconds. Welcome to the world of...
So just what is a "smoothie"? Simple. It's a nutritious drink made from raw foods that are enzymatically alive and retain, as far as possible, their nutritional and energetic content. You can use fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy, nutritional supplements, and more, depending on the effect you want to achieve.
For example, I often make a second smoothie for my day, one that's designed to give me chlorophyll, the nutritional benefits of a fresh salad, and a healthy dose of high quality protein. So I'll use parsley, lettuce or other green leafy vegetables and add some raw nuts or nut butter, and perhaps some extra whey powder or yogurt.
"Is This Like 'Juicing'?"
Not at all. Juicing processes fresh fruit or veggies through a device that extracts the juice and leaves out all the fiber, depriving you of a percentage of the nutritional value as well as of the digestive benefits of the fiber. Smoothies, by contrast, give you the whole enchilada.
Why should you add smoothies to your diet?
- It's a delicious way to get the benefits of raw, living foods
- It will increase your intake of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, fiber and more
- It's VERY easy on your digestive system and helps to regulate bowel health
- The contents are totally customizable
As some of you know, Michael Morningstar has some amazing smoothie recipies. Problem is I can't find them anymore. Michael, since you read my posts, please send the web link so I can destribute it ;-)
Meanwhile, here are more than enough recipes to keep you busy:
And if you have some thoughts on smoothies, feel free to leave your comments.
~ Dr. Symeon Rodger