Healthy Smoothies are a staple in most vegan and raw food diets. They are easy to make and you can get loads of nutrition with one glass of this powerhouse drink. Kids love to drink them and they usually don’t realize they are drinking something so healthy. Smoothies can taste more like a dessert than a vitamin and mineral packed beverage.
combinations and variety for smoothies are endless, but there are some
that miss the mark. Some vegetables just do not taste good when mixed
There are people who love vegetables blended in a drink, but it is not my favorite. If you feel the same way you may want to opt for healthy salad recipes to get a variety of fresh veggies into your diet. Some greens can be too strong and bitter and end up overpowering the fruit. Some vegetables taste better if juiced before adding to fruit.
A Smoothie containing just fruit can be a delectable dessert or a refreshing start to your day. You can add bananas, a variety of mixed berries, or the endless list of domestic and tropical fruits available. Melons tend to be better consumed as a mono meal. Cantaloupes blended with just water makes perfect healthy smoothies.
Personally, I don’t find a Raw Vegetable Smoothie very appealing. Most vegetable blended drinks are considered energy soups or just soup. The best and tastiest way I have found to make a smoothie of veggies is by adding plenty of cucumbers, and herbs.
You'll definitely want a high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blentec for more fibrous vegetables such as carrots or broccoli.
I'm still exploring healthy smoothie options for my vegan diet, so check back here for updates.
Drinking Green Smoothies is one of the tastiest ways I have found to get in the daily nutrients needed for good health. They are a combination of your basic fruit smoothie blended with green leafy vegetables.
The greens I find to blend well with fruits are Spinach, Kale, Collards, Chard, Bok Choy, Dandelion Greens, and Watercress. There are many greens I have yet to discover, as well as wild edible weeds. Wild greens can easily replace common grocery and health food store varieties.
Edible weeds are typically higher in nutrients and can be found in most backyards that are not well manicured and sprayed with chemicals.
Don't Spray Them, Eat Them!
Dandelions are on my list above because I easily find them in my local health food stores, but they are also abundant in my yard, and the most know backyard "weed".
Learning a few basics will keep you safe if you decide to forage for the ingredients to your next smoothie meal. You might even look for an expert in your area who can teach you what you need to know about food foraging.
A combination smoothie is what I consider to consists of many or all of the following:
Too many ingredients for me, however, it seems to be the current trend.
Superfoods such as Maca, Green Powders, Cacao, and Gogi Berries are also popular smoothie ingredients in vegan and raw diets.
An example of a combination smoothie would be avocado, spinach, apple, and coconut water blended with orange juice. Another example with less ingredients is cantaloupe blended with whole or juiced cucumbers for a refreshing summer smoothie.
In the early 90's I worked at a gym and next door was a healthy cafe that served a popular smoothie of carrot juice and frozen banana. It was quite tasty. I haven't tried this lately, but now that I recalled the memory, I will put it on my grocery list. *UPDATE: I tried this and did NOT like it. YUCK! Maybe my taste buds have changed.
Some people are sensitive to certain fruit and veggie food combinations in their healthy smoothies. This can cause discomfort and belly bloating. Food combining guidelines may help if your recipes are not sitting well in your digestive system.
Check out TannyRaw's food combining video for more info.