It’s a beautiful day here in the North East. Warm weather always gives me tons of energy.
I just took my handsome dog Chaska for a nice walk, we came back home straight to the kitchen to make our daily smoothie; Chaska loves them, people always get very surprised about it, dogs need greens and a lot of veggies too, I’ve been giving Chaska tons of them and all kind of fruits since I got him, if you want to start giving your dog smoothies or fruits and veggies be careful, there are some things that are toxic for them. They can’t eat grapes, raisins, avocados, apple core and pits from peaches, nectarines and other fruits.
Leafy greens are the most missing foods in modern diets, when you drink green smoothies you’re adding them in big amounts and in a very pleasant way. Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They have a lot of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.
If you haven’t tried a green smoothie before, don’t be afraid, the fruits hide the greens taste, if they’re still too much of a green flavor just add more fruit, with time you can increase the greens.
Use very sweet fruits, like pineapple, apple, banana or mango.
This recipe has raspberries, I love them, I can’t wait to go to the farms to pick as much as I can. Raspberries possess almost 50% higher antioxidant activity than strawberries, three times that of kiwis, and ten times the antioxidant activity of tomatoes.
For this recipe I’m also using spirulina; it has a particular taste but easy to hide. Spirulina is an algae, we can say it’s a complete food that has a wide range of health benefits. It’s a complete protein containing all essential amino acids, it has a wide range of vitamins, and minerals; it’s rich in chlorophyll and other phytonutrients making it a great detoxifier.
- 1 Romain heart
- 1/2 cucumber with skin (organic, if your using a non organic one, wash it well and peel it)
- 1/2 C. Spinach
- 1 Apple
- 1 C. Raspberries
- 1 C. Mango
- 1 1/2 tsp spirulina
- Blend all ingredients with about 1 cup of water, if you don't have a vitamix you probably will need more water.
This smoothie is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese.