On the heels of my Seven Days of Green Smoothies post, I'm posting the recipe for the smoothie I made this morning. I decided to spike my kale-zucchini-pear combination with a scoop of matcha (green tea powder). The results were amazing! It was sweet, with that tasty, nutty hint of matcha flavor, and very creamy. Raw zucchini purees very well and takes on a smooth, rich texture that is almost dairy-like. In fact, if you puree raw zucchini, then bring the puree to a boil in a pot and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, you can use that liquid as a milk substitute in recipes. Seriously, it works like a charm. and it freezes really well, so you can make a ton and keep it in the freezer to have on hand. Just peel the zucchini first if you want your substitute white and not green.
One more thing. I like adding a little high quality, lemon-flavored cod liver oil and flax seed oil to my smoothies. Why? Because we need healthy fats. While too much of any fat can inhibit digestion, moderate amount of healthy fats - like those found in cod liver oil, flax and other seeds, nuts, olives, coconut, and avocados - are necessary for the body, and can actually help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and proper metabolism. Fats are most easily assimilated when eaten with easy to digest foods, so adding them to smoothies is a great solution. Conveniently, all the vitamin C and vitamin A in those veggies and fruits are most easily absorbed when eaten with fats, so it works both ways! If you aren't vegan, I totally recommend cod liver oil - it is high in healthy omegas and full of vitamin D.
I like drinking half a batch of smoothie right away, and saving the rest for a mid-morning snack. Yum! So, get out that blender, whip yourself up a smoothie, and know that you are nourishing your body with every dreamy, creamy, greeny sip.
MATCHA-SPIKED PEAR ZUCCHINI KALE SMOOTHIE
yield: about 30 oz, give or take, depending on how much water you add...
1 ripe pear
Wash and coarsely chop up vegetables.