Former smokers on the mend love them.
So refreshing for a rasping throat.
To get more for less, get yourself a blender/vitamizer and whiz up your own.
Add a teaspoon or so of Xylitol, few drops of Stevia, or raw honey, if you prefer a sweeter taste to any of these smoothies. Health shops have these natural sugar substitutes.
Orange juice, pureed apple, in fact any fruit juice, eg: prune, cranberry etc will add more flavor and often more sweetness.
Milk in most countries is pasteurized, which is not so healthy, but if you can obtain unpasteurized cows or goats milk, then by all means use it in your smoothies.
We've left out naughty things like, ice-cream, sugar, artificial colorings and flavorings etc; because we think you are worth looking after right now!
Handy tip: Pour your smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze for a treat later.
Here are the best, and some of the healthiest smoothies we tested... we're hooked, and you will be too...
Vanilla Sesame Bliss
- 1-2 bananas in chunks (if you freeze first, this smoothie is as
nice as snow-freeze ice-cream)
- Dash of vanilla
- 2 tablespoons raw tahini
- Water – up to 1 cup
Blend until thick and smooth - then down the hatch.Suggestions:
Carob or chocolate powder. Couple of soaked dates. Just about any fruit.
- Icy Banana Yoghurt
- 1-2 ripe bananas (Frozen first if you like icy shivers down your spine)
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Grated nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1 cup liquid yoghurt
- Water if necessary
Blend until smooth.Suggestions:
Handful of fresh or frozen berries.
- Beaut Banana 'n Berries
- 1 fresh or frozen chunked banana
- Handful of fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries
- I cup water and 1 dozen raw almonds, or 1 cup almond milk,
(see below for recipe).
Blend until smooth.
- Thirst quencher
- ½ fruit juice and ½ mineral water
- Crushed ice cubes if it's a hot day
No need to put in blender, unless you want to add some berries or other fruit. Suggestions: Yoghurt, ground almonds or other nuts such as linseed and
- Tropical sunrise
- 1 cup coconut milk or coconut cream
- Slices of pineapple
- ¼ tspn ginger and/or cinnamon powder
Blend until smooth.
Suggestions: Squeeze in some orange juice to make a change.
- Blackcurrant fizz
- Frozen blackcurrants – approximately ¼ cup or more (or any berries)
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- ½ cup or more sparkling mineral water.
Blend until smooth.
Milk substitutes. As an alternative to dairy or soy, Rice milk is nice sometimes, although most packets have malt sweetener added. Almond milk is a creamy drink you can make yourself and can be drunk as is, or used for smoothies. Will last in fridge up to 4 days.
- Almond milk
- 1 cup almonds, soaked for 8 hours or overnight
- 2½ cups water
Blend until smooth. Tip through strainer to remove any grainy bits.
Suggestions: Soak and blend 2-3 dates with the almonds for a mild sweet flavor.
Mixed fruit & vegetable smoothies
Adding veggies is a brilliant way to get a large supply of daily greens and other necessary nutrients.
Just remember to use half'n'half... that is, balance the blandness of vegetables with the sweetness of fruit — otherwise you will find with too many greens, it tastes rather like moldy cardboard!
There are endless combinations of fruit and veggies. Basically start with a chopped up apple/orange/kiwifruit/grapes/banana/papaya, etc, then add a large handful of spinach leaves/lettuce/cabbage/wild greens/celery, etc.
Add a cup of water or more, some garlic and ginger if liked, and blend for 20 seconds.
A raw egg, dash of olive oil, avocado, soaked chia seeds, goji berries, dates or any nuts, seeds and dried fruit, can be added. Experiment with different mixtures and you'll find it's hard to go a day without this 'meal replacement health drink.'
Sip and salivate these fruit and veggie smoothies slowly as they are quite thick and concentrated, but extremely good for you.
Juicing vegetables and fruits
A juicer is different than a blender, as it separates the fiber from the juice.
Juicing makes highly concentrated liquid gold — a cup of vegetable juice is equivalent to a plate overflowing with veggies in terms of nutrients, blood purifiers, anti-oxidants and all those things that keep us young and sprightly.
It takes a commitment to juice, but like quitting smoking, the smug and healthy feeling afterwards is worth it. Smug, because you made the effort, and healthy because it is... and the get-up-and-go feeling will prove it to you.
If you set up your juicer ready on the bench and make a point of regularly having a supply of fresh vegetables available, organic if possible, then it becomes a routine 20 mins or so each day.
There are many great juice books and websites for recipes. Best tip? Pour a cup of hot water through your juicer to help clean it at the end.
C'mon now, soothe your throat, enjoy a cool smoothie... and check out these other stop smoking food ideas:
Sniffle-busting Chicken Soup: Healing food for ex-smokers.
Snazzy Snacks: Grab these!
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