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Dipping my Toes into Raw Food Land

In Healthy Organic Recipes, Natural Foods, Nutrition, Organic, Organic Foods, Raw foods on July 9, 2011 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

I’m dipping my toes into raw food land today with a recipe (of my own making) for a green smoothie I’m fondly dubbing the “green gloop”…it looks weird, tastes good and is definitely good for you.

We went to the local farmer’s market this morning and got some nice basil and dinosaur kale and a bunch of stuff for stir-fry tonight. (Obviously the stir-fry for dinner tonight won’t be raw…)

Green Gloop

1 medium organic banana
(break it up with your hands and put it in the blender first)

Then add to blender:
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 cup dinosaur kale (or other dark green kale, spinach or lettuce)
1/8 cup fresh basil
3/4 cup fresh pineapple, cored, cut into chunks

Add about 1/2 cup pineapple juice (or apple juice)

Start the blender with a few pulses and then once it gets going move it to high for about a minute until it gets smooth.

As the blender is going you may need to add additional pineapple or apple juice until you achieve a smoothie consistency.

Here is a great article about the under-appreciated health benefits of parsley:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=100

“Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It is a good source of iron and folate. Parsley’s volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. Its flavonoids include apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin.”

Kale is also very good for you with lots of vitamins. “Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale’s flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.”

Basil is also a great source of vitamins and minerals.

“Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and a very good source of iron, calcium and vitamin A. In addition, basil is a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium.”

All three are good for your heart and share anti-inflammatory properties.

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One Response to “Dipping my Toes into Raw Food Land”

  1. Sounds GREEN, that’s for sure. The nutrition sounds good though.

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