The perfect Smoothie is a very personal thing. No matter how hard-core you are with the taste of raw green powders, roots, herbs and vegetables, you still want it to taste good. There’s no point in having to gag down the first meal of the day and that’s why I say it’s personal. Superfood companies are forever trying to make the taste of their powders desirable for the vast majority of consumers, but still there will be those who find the products too sweet or not sweet enough, too gritty, bitter, thick, weird, too green or brown. There’s just no pleasing everyone and that’s where artificial flavorings and colorings come into the mix.
What I prefer is to leave the flavorings and colorings, natural or artificial out of the mix and find the right combination of sweet, sour and bitter to please my palate. I do like a sweet taste in the morning, but not one from added sugar. Instead I use a mix of stevia, Lo Han and some birch sugar (xylitol) to get the subtle sweet taste. Half an apple, berries, banana or other raw fruit are added according to the season. Another important factor is the texture and thickness of the smoothie. Too thick and a spoon is necessary, and too thin won’t hold you through the morning. Finding the middle point for you may take some experimenting, but it’s not rocket science to figure out.
As for the greens and superfoods I have really come to love Purium for the quality of ingredients and the way they are grown and manufactured. I did become a Purium Lifestyle representative for the 30% discount and to share the benefits with others. If you are interested in trying the ingredients I have listed in the recipe email me for a free $50 to get you started and no obligation. If on the other hand you have your favorite green powders by all means use them, just make sure they are organic and not sourcing their ingredients from China.
So, about the recipe. This is what I have been making each morning while doing The Body Rejuvenation Cleanse. At other times I might use a heavier non-dairy milk or add some almond butter for a higher protein meal. I drink it at 8:30 AM and it gets me through a morning of teaching three hours of yoga with lunch around 12:30 PM. I do drink it with five Super Amino 23 protein supplements from Purium, an effective vegan protein source that is used by world class athletes to fuel their body-minds during competition. How can I argue with that?
8 ounces Maté with ginger tea, cooled
1/2 apple, chopped
1 teaspoon Spirulina (Purium)
1 teaspoon combo: barley, wheat & alfalfa grass powders (Purium)
1 scoop L.O.V. Super Meal (Purium)
1 teaspoon Yerba Prima psyllium powder
1 teaspoon CALM magnesium powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder (organic)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon UDO’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend
2 teaspoons raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs)
Splash of non-dairy milk (I’m trying unsweetened Macadamia nut milk)
Stevia/Lo Han (Kal brand)
Xylitol (birch bark sugar)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, sweeten to taste and puree until smooth.