Hi kids! You are never going to believe it, I made a green smoothie without dates. AND, I enjoyed it! I am so proud of myself given my relentless sugar cravings. That being said, the ratio of fruit to veggie in this smoothie was still about 2 to 1 (an ideal ratio would 1 to 1), but it’s a huge start for me giving up concentrated sweeteners.
I started with two cups of my homemade almond milk which was 1/4 cup of raw, soaked almonds (soaked overnight in water and rinsed well) plus two cups of filtered water. I just blend that in the Vitamix and it’s done.
I then added this amount of fruit which included one frozen banana, one peeled orange and two cups of frozen strawberries, mango and peaches:
I then added one large bunch of lightly steamed collard greens (about two large servings). I lightly steamed them in the microwave to take the edge off the bitterness. In the future, I want to use raw greens.
I then added two tablespoons of cacao powder, one tablespoon of flax meal and a teaspoon of vanilla:
I blended it on high for a minute or so,
(Near) perfection in a glass!
I deliberately added a lot of cacao powder to this recipe so the chocolately flavor might compensate a bit for the lack of sweetness. It worked. My lil’ brain responded to the cacao nicely.
One of you lovely readers suggested I add citrus to the smoothie to also take the edge off any bitterness in the greens. I think it must have worked because I did not detect any bitterness at all and the citrus undertone was nice (don’t know if that’s the proper culinary use of that word but whatever). The smoothie was obviously not as sweet as what I’m used to using dates, but it was really good and I was so proud of myself for taking the step to leave out the dates.
Here’s the recipe:
Chocolatey-Orange “Dessert” Green Smoothie – Makes 2 Servings
2 cups homemade almond milk (1/4 raw, soaked almonds blended with 2 cups filtered water). Note: Soak almonds overnight in water and then rinse well using a strainer.
1 frozen banana
2 cups frozen mango, peaches and strawberries (or your choice of assorted frozen fruit)
1 large orange, peeled
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon flax meal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Leaves from a large bunch of collard greens (or kale), lightly steamed or raw
Combine almond milk and frozen fruit in a high-speed blender. Add additional ingredients including greens and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.
So this wraps up another busy week. Is spring here yet? I am in the depths of my school semester, but I’m managing pretty well. I am writing a paper on the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obama Care) for one of my classes and working on a huge project on malnutrition in India for the other one. I’ve also been busy writing web content for the Nutritional Research Project which is my volunteer project. It’s a great organization, it’s a non-profit dedicated to doing research on high-nutrient diets. Dr. Fuhrman is the Director of Research. Check out the website here where you can sign-up for updates (written at least partly by moi).
I’ll be back tomorrow for a weekly-wrap up. Happy Friday!