Raw food smoothies have got to be the ultimate meal replacement foods for weight loss on the raw food diet! You could have a smoothie for just about any meal, and they make great energizing afternoon snacks, as well. They're delicious, filling, easy to make and bursting with bioavailable nutrition.
The term biovailable means that your body can easily absorb and assimilate the nutrition, and this is one of the greatest advantages of smoothies. By using a blender, especially a high speed blender such as a Vita-Mix or a Blend-Tek, you are breaking up the tough cellulose cell walls of raw fruits and vegetables, releasing the powerfully nutritious phytochemicals usually locked within them. The blender accomplishes what our lackadaisical chewing misses, so we actually get more nutrition out of the food than we ever would simply by eating it.
Another great advantage to raw food smoothies is their capacity to incorporate nutritionally dense superfoods or supplements and still taste great. In our household, we make every smoothie a “superfood” smoothie by sneaking in a little spirulina, bee pollen, goji berries, MSM powder, raw cacao nibs and/or the inner gel of an aloe vera leaf, among other superfoods. With the right proportion of fruit, you can even add a generous amount of those all important dark green leafy vegetables or even sprouts, and still have a great tasting beverage.
Use the following recipes as a starting point, and experiment with different fruits, vegetables and superfoods to create your own delicious smoothies! Drink soon after making for highest nutritional benefit.
1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen (unsweetened)
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (unsweetened)
1 orange, peeled and de-seeded
Purified water, for desired consistency
Step one: put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until completely mixed. Add purified water a little at a time as needed for desired consistency. Serves one.
Optional: sneak in some of the following superfoods: 1 Tablespoon goji berries, or 1 Tablespoon raw cacao nibs or powder, or 1 teaspoon bee pollen or 1 teaspoon spirulina. A squeeze of lime adds that extra tanginess!
1 cup raw almonds
3 cups purified water
Natural Sweetener to taste (1 Tablespoon raw honey, or raisins or dates)
For Vanilla: 1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free pure vanilla extract
For Chocolate: 2 Tablespoons raw cacao nibs or powder
For Berry: 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
Step one: soak 1 cup almonds in 2 cups purified water for 8-12 hours to increase digestibility. Then drain the soak water, rinse the nuts with more purified water, and drain again.
Step two: blend the soaked almonds with 3 cups fresh purified water on high for a full minute or more until the almond bits are as tiny as possible. Pour this “nutmilk” through a nutmilk bag (or very fine meshed strainer) and into a large bowl or container, squeezing to get all the milk into the container.
Step three: pour the nutmilk only back into the blender, add the sweetener and desired flavor additions and blend on high for one minute. (The almond pulp left in the bag can be used in other recipes.) Serves one.
Optional: Use soaked pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds or sesame seeds instead of almonds for a different taste. Or add 1 Tablespoon unsoaked flax seeds, chia seeds or unsoaked hemp seeds for extra richness and nutrition.
Go Green Smoothie
2 bananas, peeled
2 cups purified water
4 large kale or romaine lettuce leaves, somewhat chopped
1 stalk celery, somewhat chopped
Step one: blend bananas and water first. Then add romaine and celery and blend on high until thoroughly blended. Serves one.
Optional: Try other fruits, such as apples and lime, or pears or oranges and pineapple. Try other greens, such as chard or endive. Sneak in some sprouts, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and/or coconut oil for even more nutrition.