The Power Of The Smoothie 1


I RECENTLY HAD the opportunity to sample Rachel Walker’s superb smoothies (recipe here), made to perfection by the Smoothie Queen herself, and she’s right – not only is that a tasty beverage of note, it’s also just about the healthiest thing under the sun, especially with all the good stuff she crams in there.

I started making my own smoothies most mornings using a similar recipe, albeit one that didn’t have all of her specific ingredients – after all, I’m just trying to cram as much nutrition into my body as possible, not to treat a gut ailment. I noticed that starting my day off with a big green smoothie seemed to get me fired up far more than a coffee ever did, so me being me, I figured that if one is good, many must be better.

800ml of pure green goodness for the office

800ml of pure green goodness for the office

So when I got back from a road trip last Friday, I got a little carried away, trying three smoothies on Friday, four on Saturday, four on Sunday, three on Monday, three on Tuesday… and I’m currently sipping my way through an 800ml double shot, double ingredient monster that I whipped up this morning.

Thank goodness for my little blender, which is a knock-off of the Magic Bullet. There’s no way I’d be having this many smoothies if I needed to wash a huge conventional blender every time I used it, but this little number makes just enough for one smoothie, chops the heck out of anything I put in there in double quick time, and it takes mere seconds to rinse clean.

The results of this overload have been little short of amazing. As I’ve mentioned more that once on this site, my energy levels are good (to say the least) thanks to a clean vegan diet and as much Bikram Yoga as I can get to, but by Saturday morning I was feeling even more hyper-powered than usual. By the end of the weekend, I’d been to three yoga classes, churned out two hard cardio sessions and pushed through two great workouts, yet I felt like a spring chicken. I had to actually stop myself from going to gym twice on Sunday – too much of a good thing and all that.

Half way through the week, I feel just as good. Thinking logically, all I’ve done is ramped up my intake of raw food in an easily digestible form, and once again, the more raw food I eat, the better I feel and the more I want to eat raw food. As good as the smoothies are though, it’s worth bearing in mind that they do contain calories, and depending on the ingredients, the calorie count can be substantial.

For example, drop half an avo and 400ml of fruit juice in there and the calories go sky high, which is fine as long as you’re considering that as part of your overall eating plan. Not that I ever advocate counting calories but add four 400 calorie smoothies to your day for a month on top of your normal eating and see what happens – you really, really won’t like it. I tend to eat heaps anyway, but I’ve found the smoothies to be so filling that I’m simply eating less, so there’s been no hassle with excess calories, and in any event, my recipes lean toward masses of green stuff and frozen berries, so they’re nutritionally dense, not calorie dense.

Berries, berries and more berries - superfood of champions

Berries, berries and more berries – superfood of champions

Here are a couple of examples of what I’m pounding down:

Standard Ash Smoothie

1 banana

1 small apple (decored)

Small handful of frozen berries

Big tablespoon of Coyo coconut yogurt

Teaspoon of Waihi Bush Flax Fibre Balancing Greens

Teaspoon of Lifestream Ultimate Greens

Half teaspoon of Lifestream Acai powder (a berry blend)

20 Lifestream Chlorella tablets

Apple juice or Orange juice

I use a 50/50 blend of water and juice for these smoothies just to add a bit of extra flavour and I add avo occasionally. I know I’m doubling up with the three green powders, but it’s hard to beat a mighty infusion of superfoods. Don’t get too worried about all the powders – any green or red powders are good – Nuzest’s Good Green Stuff is another great option. It’s not cheap but it’s loaded to the brim with good stuff and at a teaspoon a day, it’ll last quite well.

At least once a day, I make The UltraGreen Monster Smoothie

Small handful of frozen berries

As much organic kale or spinach as I can cram into the blender without blowing it up

Big tablespoon of Coyo coconut yogurt

Teaspoon of Waihi Bush Flax Fibre Balancing Greens

Teaspoon of Lifestream Ultimate Greens

Half teaspoon of Lifestream Acai powder (a berry blend)

20 Lifestream Chlorella tablets

Apple juice or Orange juice

This is a great addition to smoothies

This is a great addition to smoothies

This one doesn’t taste as good as the standard smoothie, in fact, if you aren’t a big fan of kale, it’ll be a bit rough but add a banana or some avo in if you’re using a bigger blender than mine, and you end up with a much smoother taste, not to mention a nicer texture.

Even one of these a day will probably have a noticeable effect because you’re getting more of those fruit and veggie servings we all need, but you’re also getting heaps of the micro and phytonutrients that are essential for optimum health.

You just can’t beat these things, and everyone’s got a blender, don’t they? ASHLEY KRAMER


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