Raw Odyssey: My First Green Smoothie!
This sucker packed a lot of nutrients
Date: 4/14/2006 5:24:25 PM ( 16 y ) ... viewed 2286 times
I made my first green smoothie today. I just "winged" it. My
girlfriend brought me some romaine lettuce and a slew of cucumbers. I
peeled the cucumber and dropped a few chunks into the blender and
processed those first, then started adding torn up romaine leaves. It
was much easier than I thought it would be- I expected the leaves to
just sit there with the blades spinning uselessly underneath, but the
cucumber helped get things started. I alternated romaine with
cucumbers, getting a beautiful green color.
I liked its wonderfully fresh and healthy flavor- but it was still
bland. I added some sea salt and half a tomato, which helped. As I
added the remaining cucumber and lettuce I decided to turn the smoothie
into a soup. I then added 1/4 avocado for smoothness and body, a little
more salt, some parsley and my homemade garam masala (from my fresh spices). Yum!
After pouring this blend in to a bowl, I dressed it up with a
little parsley and sat down to eat. Let's start with the texture: it
was a little like tomato juice- you know how you can see the texture in
some brands of tomato juice? If I use more avocado in the future I can
make this very smooth, which I may try. Now for the taste: it actually
wasn't terrible, but is an acquired taste, so I drank a lot of water
with it to "water down" the flavor. Next time I would add more garam
masala or another spice mixture, and maybe use a whole tomato rather
than half. I definitely could not eat the whole thing, though I gave it
my all. I had to put 1/3 in the fridge for later tonight.
In all honesty, I don't love
it. I need to experiment with the ingredients. But I felt so healthy
drinking it because I know only nutritional, fresh foods are in it. I'm
going to try to have one of these once a day until I run out of romaine
and cucumbers. I will even try some brewer's yeast in it (heaven help me!).
This food is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin,
Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and
Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C,
Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.
A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.
The sugar comment I've seen before- I can't win with
the sugar thing! But a total of 11 grams in and of itself is not bad.
It's the proportion of sugar in one meal they are noting. I'm surprised they didn't quibble about the sodium content, though.
Now, look at all the vitamin A and Vitamin C!
MINERALS AND PROTEIN
Ok, ok, I'm almost done. I just wanted to show the other minerals I got from this smoothie and address the protein question. I got 25% of my calcium and 40% of my iron from that one meal. Zinc, manganese, potassium... I mean, if I could drink two of these a day I could probably stop taking those Centrum pills! I even got 9 grams of protein, and according to NutritionData, this is smoothie is pretty darned close to being a complete protein - a score of 95 out of 100. Remember the whole "raw foodists can't get enough protein" debate? According to NutritionData I could get the remaining 5 points from adding a few nuts or seeds to my smoothie (or eating them on the side).
Hopefully as I get used to green smoothies I'll enjoy them without drinking water on the side. To that end I'll
be working on the taste and texture to create different kinds of green
smoothies. I want to try kale, spinach and other greens. There are
books and websites with recipes to check out, too.
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