Cooooooling and energizing summer smoothies
If not now - when? Smoothies are a wonderful summer meal. Yes, I consider them food as opposed to a drink. Unlike juices they are for the most part a whole foods creation - and often so nutrient-dense that they will fill you up and give you clean energy for many hours to come. Since most smoothies are fruit based, I like to add some fat and/or protein to make sure you don’t get a sugar rush and to slow down the digestion process a bit so that you can really get the most our of your power-packed liquid food. When consuming smoothies, take your time, even chew. I like to eat mine with a spoon and savor every single “bite” of them.
Here are three of my favorite new smoothie recipes that will be photographed next week for my new book.
New Recipes: Summer smoothies
Cucumber smoothie with ginger
makes 2 cups
2 cups cucumber, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 slices of fresh gingerroot
2 teaspoons honey
½ cup water
Place all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.
Blueberry smoothie with cardamom
makes 3 ½ cups
2 cups blueberries, preferably wild
2 pears, cores removed, cut into chunks
2 – 3 dried pitted dates
½ cup water or apple cider
a pinch of ground cardamom
Place all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. Garnish with a few blueberries.
Raspberry smoothie with cacao
makes 2 ¾ cups
2 cups raspberries
3 tablespoons cacao
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup coconut milk
1 pinch cayenne
Place all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. If you like it sweeter, add a little maple syrup or honey to taste. Garnish with a few raspberries.
Enjoy and please let me know which one is your favorite!