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Friday, April 16, 2010

Morning Smoothie

It has been a little more then a year since I started my path to eating raw and growing sprouts and juicing them. After a summer break, I came back to juicing (veggies ad fruits) and increased my raw food intake and decreased processed meals, meats, and added sugars. I gave up on milk, beef, and pork completely. As of today, I have been free of any meat for almost a month now. I'm not trying persuade others to follow my path, rather I hope to share raw/vegan path with those interested in the lifestyle.

I just had a great discovery (it's about time :)) a few days ago! My friend Jaszy McAllister, a publisher of Modern Hippie Mag, told me that she tried her first smoothie at home. To my shame, after all the raw activities, I realized I had never made one smoothie. I always ordered a green smoothie if I saw it at a restaurant, but I never took my time to try and actually make it. I didn't think the green leaves would blend nicely in a green shake and I would have to chew them down. Wrong!

It turns out it's even easier to make than veggie juice! You also get much more in quantity. And how fun it is to experiment with different testes! In addition, you don't have to clean all the parts of your juicer for a change. Now, I have a smoothie for breakfast and a juice with a dinner.

This morning, I came up with a smoothie recipe and it was delicious:

* 3 kale leaves
* 1 banana
* coconut water to teste
* half a lemon

BTW, there is a new product in Whole Foods that I highly recommend! It's called VitaCoco 100% pure coconut water. It tastes great and you don't have to deal with opening coconuts. Here are some facts about coconut water (from the box):

* more electrolytes than leading sports drinks with 15 times the potassium
* has more potassium than two bananas (potassium keeps your body properly hydrated and prevents cramping)

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Share your favorite smoothie recipe
here in the comments section!


  1. That is great Marina! Raw smoothies are nutritious, tasty and so easy to make. One other tidbit about coconut water, the electrolytes are so close to that of our blood that coconut water was used as blood transfusions by medics in WW1. Great article as always.

  2. I love the coconut water and I will try the smoothy it sounds great!!! Thanks

  3. Hi Marina, I'm new to the whole thing, but I just got interested in making smoothies and eating healthier in general (I've even kicked my daily Snickers habit!). I'm wondering what blender is best to use for smoothes. I have never blended raw kale, for example.
    Olga A. (N's mom)

  4. Olga, I would be more then happy to share with you some tips on how to make smoothies. I've been doing them for a year now for breakfast. In fact, my husband does it now for both of us as he gets up earlier. Vitamix is considered the best blender but it's too expensive. I'd suggest just go to Bed, Bath, & Beyond and get the one you like. I chose the one that came with a lot of big cups so I can blend it right in a cup and go. It was on sale at the time for $40 and here is the pic It doesn't blend in the best way, but very convinient for us being always on the run! :)

  5. Thank you, Marina! I just went to Amazon and bought the one you suggested (nice price, too; I couldn't believe how expensive Vitamix blenders were!) Will start blending soon...

  6. Olga, I am so glad you are ready to make some smoothies. Let me know if you have any questions. btw, I am not sure where the last 2 comments dissapeared ...