Yoga Tip: Peter’s morning Smoothie Recipe

1

Smoothies are a great way to start the day. I don’t drink coffee. I’m not that big on tea. I don’t enjoy breakfast foods that weigh me down. So I have come to cherish my morning smoothies. Because I’m fortunate enough to have access to a Vitamix, I can blend ingredients such as pineapple slices with skin, whole lemons with skin peeled, egg with washed shell. The Vitamix is a fantastic kitchen appliance. But you can stick make great smoothies with an ordinary blender. Experiment with recipes. I never know measure stuff with precision. So I’ll list ingredients & let you figure out proportions.  I suggest drinking your smoothie at least 30 minutes before class.

Basic smoothie:

1. soymilk (I like Westsoy Plus Vanilla – Trader Joe’s in Swampscott best price) Substitutes if you don’t like soymilk: yogurt, kefir.

2. Oregon Chai – Kashmir Green Tea – Trader Joe’s in Swampscott best price. Instant Yummie flavor. 32 Fl.oz box of pre-mixed chai.

3. Apple cider or other juices – I try to use seasonal fruits.

4. Green Food powder – Many different products. These day I’m using Gary Null’s Green Stuff. Trader’s Joe’s has a green powder that’s probably excellent (good prices). Vitamin Shoppe in Danvers or internet is also a good place for price and quality. That’s where I got the Gary Null powder. Practical source for instant green nutrition.

5. Raw egg (with washed shell) – Quality protein source – I only purchase eggs hatched from free-range hens with organic, no-hormone feed. They’re not that much more expensive & I don’t want to put eggs in my body which have been hatched from tortured birds. Okay, in restaurants, I make some compromises. I eat the shell for the calcium. The Vitamix pulverizes the shell into a fine powder. I do not recommend putting the shell in normal blenders.

6. Protein Powder – Many different products – Vitamin Shoppe and Trader Joe’s have different variations. Whey protein powders, soy protein powders. Pick one. It is important to get protein in these smoothies especially before yoga.

7. Lecithin granules – It’s good. Don’t ask me why.

8. Flaxseeds  –  Very nutritious. If using ordinary blender, put flaxseed in with small amount of liquid to blend them up. Then add more liquid. otherwise the blender may not do the job.

9. Whole fruit such as a lemon. I peel the skin while leaving as much of the white part on the lemon. Then just toss in the Vitamix. You may need to slice the lemon with conventional blender. Substitutes: lime, pear, bananas, apple, pineapple, plum, whatever fruits look good. During summer months I use the tastiest berries I can find. Soaked organic raisins add an especially sweet taste. Frozen pineapple or orange concentrates are very practical.

10. Nuts – almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, experiment. Again keep liquid to minimum until nuts are fully blended.

11. Vegetables – Use with discretion. I will put parsley, spinach, other veggies to balance sweet flavors in smoothies. Since most Americans tend to enjoy sweets, you may wish to err on the side of sweet. As you get more acquainted with these ingredients, you can start experimenting with vegetables. Lauren Hirshson is especially proficient at finding creative vegetable combinations.

12. Other ingredients – Raw ginger,  coconut flakes, brewer’s yeast, bee pollen, frozen bananas/fruits.

We will follow up with other recipes in future eYoga tips. Consider attending Ken’s Live Food Workshop for more hands-on help & fun.