Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Smoothie with Berries, Banana, Pear, Apple and Various Superfood Powders

I know that I have posted smoothie recipes before but I am discovering more and more superfoods that I add to the daily smoothies I blend.  Also, I discovered something interesting the other day when I mixed up my morning routine a little bit.  Usually, I start my day with a cup of coffee and some toast.  Later, I might drink some of the smoothie that I blended for my son, if there is some leftover.  But then this one day I made more smoothie than usual so that I could have a whole, tall glass.  I found that it gave me so much energy that I did not even WANT a cup of coffee.  I did not feel my usual craving for caffeine.  Isn't that interesting?  It must be all these superfoods.  I don't know if it is one of them or the combination of all of them, but it has to be a good thing.  I don't think there is any other breakfast that gives me such an energetic start to the day.   Certainly not what I formerly would have thought was a hearty breakfast:  bacon and eggs or pancakes or french toast.  None of those things replaces coffee!  And I was not even seeking to eliminate coffee from my routine.  In fact, I have not eliminated coffee from my routine, because I like it.  But I have started making enough smoothie every day so that I can have a whole glass for myself.  And I skip the toast sometimes, because the smoothie is usually enough to fill me up for awhile.

1 Banana
1 Apple, peeled and cored
1 pear, peeled and cored
Handful of blueberries
Handful of strawberries
Handful of raspberries
half a spoonful each of maca powder, camu powder, gojiberry powder, hemp powder, chia seeds, acai powder
2 TBS flaxseed oil
enough orange juice to fill blender jar to 16 oz.

Put various fruits in a blender jar, then spoon in the various superfood powders listed above.  Add flaxseed oil.  Pour orange juice in blender jar to the 2 cup/16 oz. mark.  Blend.  Serves 2.

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