Last week I went to a Nutrient Dense Eating workshop put on by Feedlife. I’m always looking for opportunities to learn more about a plants based diet and for opportunities to convince friends and family to explore plants based eating. One of the dishes prepared by Eden Elizabeth and Colin Medhurst at Feedlife was a Mega Nutrient Smoothie. This one had some things that I’ve put in smoothies before (cucumber, kale, apple) and some things I haven’t tried in smoothies before (ginger, lemon peel, celery). Putting lemon peel in as well as the flesh and juice of the lemon was emphasized because many of the important nutrients in fruits and vegetables lie just under the skin/peel. Also, I found out that combining cucumber and celery makes a complete protein.
Here’s the smoothie recipe I created this week, based on what I learned at Feedlife:
1/3 of an English cucumber, coarsely chopped (leave unpeeled if organic)
1/2 stalk of celery, coarsely chopped
small slice lemon, including peel, pith, flesh and juice, coarsely chopped
1 thumb ginger, coarsely chopped (unpeeled if organic)
leaves from 1 stalk of kale, coarsely chopped
1/2 apple, unpeeled, coarsely chopped
1 banana, chunked
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup water
1/2 – 3/4 cup almond milk
Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve. When consuming this smoothie, sip it slowly. Think about how long it would take you to eat all the ingredients and take that long to drink your smoothie.