I have a love hate relationship with going to the hairdressers… I love going because I get my hair done and my hairdresser is awesome at what she does… but I hate having to sit there for so long…
In the past I have read books, taken in work, caught up on the latest goss in the magazines (not that I really care) or simply just sat and meditated or caught up on sleep.
It was hairdresser time and I decided that this time I would make it my mission to find some raw food recipes in the magazines…
So here goes… didn’t find many… but after perusing about 8 mags I got 3 recipes.
Recipe Number 1 – from a selection of ‘healthy’ smoothies I found the ‘Immunity Booster’
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 large apples, cored and peeled
1 stalk celery, deveined and chopped
1/2 cup ice
The ingredients all sound healthy to me, not very interesting, but healthy, but this is where this recipe gets interesting.
The instructions are to ‘blend all ingredients and then sieve’.
OK – so this was a page about smoothies and well you blend smoothies – don’t you?
So I gave this a go. And surprise surprise – this was not going to blend without adding a good 1/2 cup of water.
So I blended up and then strained through a sieve – as per instructions.
The result – a rather bland watery ‘smoothie juice’. I am just wondering whether this would be a whole lot better to juice the veges and fruit – then blend with ice in the blender. You’d get more flavour, nutritional value and a much icier crush drink that would be refreshing. I’d also need to add ginger to this juice for a bit of zing…
So how does the name match up with the ingredients??
Is this really an Immunity Booster? I’m not an expert so I consulted my reference books written by experts. The ultimate immunity booster smoothie recommended by Dr Sandra Cabot is:
1 ripe banana
8 almonds (ground into powder)
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/ cup soy milk
She also has an immune booster juice power packed with celery, tomato, pear, beetroot, carrot, dandelion leaves, ginger, garlic, onion and pineapple.
The suggested Magazine smoothie will give you some Vitamin B and C, D, E and K. The apple will assist with digestion and toxin elimination, the carrot with liver cleansing and the celery for reducing acidity.
But I am left wondering how much of those actual vitamins were extracted in the blending process, rather than juicing.
An interesting exploration of a magazine claimed ‘Immunity Booster’ Smoothie.
Tomorrow, another raw food recipe I found!
I referenced ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’ by Sandra Cabot in this blog.
I also used the recipe out of either New Idea of Woman’s Day… can’t remember which…