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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Banana Mango Spicy Smoothie

Craving a healthy snack to get you through the afternoon?  Or maybe just a light, healthy breakfast to get you started in the morning? This smoothie will fit the bill.  I owe the idea of adding nutmeg and allspice to a smoothie to my son, who has spent many hours experimenting with various flavor combinations in his concoctions.  Freshly grating a whole nutmeg is way better than shaking dried nutmeg from a spice jar.  It's really not a big deal to do, so I encourage you to go buy a whole nutmeg if you haven't tried it.  If you don't have a nutmeg grater, use the grater with the finest, smallest holes that you have in your kitchen.  The fruit in this smoothie provides all the sweetness you need--you do not need to add sugar, honey or any other sweetener!

1 apple, core removed
1 banana, peeled
4 ice cubes
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 tsp vanilla
30 seconds of grating fresh nutmeg (go back and forth with a whole nutmeg on a grater while counting to 30)
1/8 tsp allspice
1 TBS flaxseed oil

Blend all together until smooth.

Makes 1 tall glass smoothie, possibly with a little leftover.

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