Monday, January 21, 2008

All things blended...Meal in a glass

Ok, maybe I'm obsessed, but for me there is just something about a blended smoothie, pudding, or dip. Really its the creaminess that I love, and generally, I want it to be sweet, as opposed to a savoury blend, like a soup (they are good, but definately not my comfort food!).

My first meal of the day is a smoothie (if not a fresh juice), after my hot lemon water. These days they consist of: spinach/red chard, banana, water, orange. It is super yumm. Sometimes I add goji berries, blueberries, msm, maca, and/or cacao beans...and the other day I had some leftover almond milk that I added to my green smoothie. Even that small amount made such a difference! It was so creamy and smooth! I've only added almond milk to sweet smoothies before, never green ones, so this was a nice little change.


My other new favourite thing is to swirl the leftover bits that are stuck to the blender, with water and then pour that into a glass of its own and drink it. It often looks icky if it was a green shake, but I love it, and it makes me feel good to be using all my precious food to the last drop!


But some of the best green smoothies I've ever had were at Carmella's. Her "daily green fuel", as she calls it, is made up of greens, fruit, water, and avocado. I must try to make it that way again...its the lime/lime that give it such a delicious tang. I've not yet been abke to achieve the same taste, but will keep trying! Check our her recipe, along with other smoothie recipes and info on the benefits of glorious greens. She's a superstar with blended soups too, and has lots of great recipes for those.

Today I made strawberry lime cake for a dinner party next weekend. I left about 3 tbs in the bottom of the blender, added about 1 1/2 cups water, and blended on high. Ooooh, Ahhh...I got the creamiest/limey/strawberry milk out of it! Here's what it came out looking like.


Lately I've been on a blueberry kick too, since we still have heaps in the freezer from the summer. I've been adding them to smoothies, and making yummy puddings. Recently, I made this delicious soupy pudding with: blueberries, walnuts, banana, maple syrup, and lucuma powder. Divine! I could eat that every day! A friend gave me these cute dessert plates with the polka dots, and this was the first time I got to use one of them (even if I didn't eat directly off the plate, lol). The simplest thing can turn a regular dish into something really exciting, since afterall, we eat with our eyes first. I just love the bright colours here :)




The same blueberry pudding, sprinkled with lucuma powder


I got to play the other day, when I made these drinks for a few friends. First (the tall glass), I started with blueberries, almond milk, banana, raspberries, strawberries, handful walnuts, and a date. To that, I added on (front left)...with some pineapple, more banana, lucuma, and some lecithin to thicken it slightly. (sounds like a strange combo, I know). And now, onto the chocolate smoothie, I started with bluberries, banana, almond milk, cacao powder, maca, and some dates. Sprinkled with more cacao.


Just like eating off cool plates, I love to drink out of funky glasses. They totally snaz up a regular smoothie!

So remember, smoothies are cool!!!! Drink many of them and add heaps of greens for some sound nutrition. Cheers!


Mmmm, green goodness!!!

7 comments:

shannonmarie said...

I'm all about the creamy stuff, too. I can't tell you how many puddings, pureed soups and shakes I have made (much less consumed). I also like to jazz them up in something pretty. It makes them more special, and photogenic.

Kathy said...

Your smoothies look wonderful! I love a green smoothie in the morning to start my day. I usually make a fruit one - pour glasses for the kids, then add spinach to make mine green. I will try a few of yours, the kids will love it!

Raw Goddess said...

Yeah, totally eh Shannon. And esp for entertaining, guests seem to love a smoothie in a cute little glass :)

Kathy - thats a good idea for your kids smoothies. Will they ever try with some greens added? If you have boys you can tell them its swamp water or slime, hehe :D

Kristen's Raw said...

Love the vibrant colors in your pics. Raw food is awesome and easy like that :)

Cheers!

Raw Goddess said...

Yeah no kidding eh Kristen?! Easy to make raw food look good - your's looks amaaaazing! esp that raspberry cream pie - the light pink one - Mmm!

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VeggieGirl said...

I LOVE smoothies - especially green smoothies and nut-butter smoothies :0) and puddings!! that blueberry pudding that you made looks spectacular!!