If you can’t bake it, blend it.
I’ve been experimenting with all kinds of smoothies, since they’re easy for me to digest right now. When Jen sent me this new recipe to try, I had a hunch that I’d love it.
And I did. Jen knows what she’s doing. This smoothie is one hundred different kinds of awesome.
It’s thick, smooth, creamy, sweet, satiating, infused with warm spices – this smoothie has it all. And it’s not a frivolous treat. It’s packed with plenty of health-promoting nutrients, so there’s no need to feel guilty. Here’s why:
Walnuts. These guys are packed with good fats like omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to reduce inflammation, prevent blood clotting, regulate insulin and promote heart health. The ample presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in walnuts make them an anti-cancer food, too. Be sure to soak them for a few hours beforehand, to release the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.
Bananas. The electrolyte potassium, found in bananas, is an important nutrient for nerve transmission and muscle contraction, as well as for regulating water balance in the body. Bananas are also a good source of Vitamin C, fiber and Vitamin B6 (which is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions in the body and decreases the risk of inflammation). Pick bananas that have lots brown spots on them, as this means the starches have turned to sugars. They’ll be easier to digest and won’t give you a stomach ache.
Dates. Like bananas, dates contain potassium and are an excellent source of fiber. They’ve also got minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium (nature’s relaxant), as well as plenty of B vitamins to help with energy.
Cinnamon. As I mentioned in my post about fruit rollups, cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a potent anti-inflammatory phytonutrient, plus it’s anti-microbial, helps control blood sugar and boosts brain function. And it’s got manganese, calcium, iron and fiber.
What’s your favourite smoothie recipe? Please share in the comments!
This post is part of a month-long series about exploring the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.
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Banana Bread Smoothie
From My Edible Advice
¼ cup walnuts
¾ cup water
1 fresh banana
2 frozen bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
2 Medjool dates, pitted
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Blend walnuts and water. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
For banana bread pudding, use less water.