Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Natural Green for St. Patrick's Day

We started off our morning with our usual smoothie- but made a special green version in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  It's a lime-coconut smoothie!  Yummy yum!

By the way...the green is a natural coloring- can you guess from which food?  More later on that.

Anyway, today's smoothie was inspired by the book, Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love, by Sarah Matheny.  My smoothie is very loosely based on Sarah's.  We both have fresh lime juice in our smoothies, and we both share the secret ingredient that makes that natural green, but then our recipes rapidly depart from each other.  I adjusted my ingredients to pack in more anti-inflammatory healthy foods, per Andrew Weil's anti-inflammatory diet.

Have you guessed what makes the natural green yet???  Hint: it's very healthy for you...and Popeye would be pleased......

Here is our St Patrick's Day smoothie recipe:

St. Patrick's Day Smoothie

1/2 pound silken tofu (1/2 of a standard carton)
1/3 cup lime juice (about 3 fresh-squeezed limes)
1 banana
1 ripe pear
ready for the secret ingredient???
1 big handful of fresh spinach leaves
1/4 tsp coconut extract (real coconut milk would be good)
1/2 to 1 cup+ almond milk (I eyeballed it)
a small handful of ice
a really good blender, or food processor, to mix it all together.

Whirl all ingredients together except for the ice- add the ice at the end when all ingredients are incorporated.  Add sweetener if you need to cut the tartness of the lime. (my fruit was ripe enough today that I didn't need any sweetener)

You'll be strong to the finish, 'cause you ate your spinach!
Serve up and enjoy!  Salud!!!

I wold recommend Peas and Thank You for some great healthy ideas for meals and snacks ...

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