In a recent post, I wrote about my foray into vegetarianism. I am sure that every person’s story is a little different, but my goal was simply to continue to move my lifestyle toward what I consider a more happy and healthy one… both for my body and the planet… and to lead by example.
To that end, I wanted to share my recipe for my basic vegetable-fruit smoothie. I alter it every now and again, but this is my go-to for lunches and hot San Diego summer days. I call it a Beginner’s Vegetarian Smoothie because it does contain some fruit to give it just a hint of sweetness. This can be a great transition Smoothie to get you from all those over-sugared drinks you get at smoothie shops to, eventually, an all-raw-vegetable-based drink.
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Beginner’s Vegetarian Smoothie
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (or any fruit juice)
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1 Tbsp whey protein powder
- a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp flax seeds
- 2 Campari tomatoes (they have the best flavor!)
- 1/4 lemon pulp and juice, peeled, seeds removed
- one large handful of fresh spinach (about 1 packed cup)
- 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/3 of a whole organic cucumber, peeled
- 1/4 of a whole organic avocado, peeled
- 1/2 a stalk of organic celery
- 1/2 of an heirloom carrot
- Place each ingredient, in the order listed, into a high-speed blender (I recommend a Vitamix blender)
- Turn Vitamix on variable (low) and slowly turn speed up to 7 (medium-high speed)
- Note: If the ingredients at the top are not blending, stir or give the container a knock
- Continue blending at 7 (medium-high speed) for about 45 seconds or until well blended
- Pour and enjoy!
My apologies to all my readers outside of the United States for not providing metric conversion amounts. I know, we Americans always have to be difficult.