Let’s Cook: Lowanna Doye’s Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie recipe, Lowanna Doye, Kombu Wholefoods, I Love Bello Shire, Bellingen

Green Smoothie as a breakfast entree.

Popular Bellingen local and co-owner of Kombu Wholefoods in Bellingen Lowanna Doye, shares her family’s recipe for a healthy start to the day.  Their green smoothie is delicious and full of goodness. It even passed the ‘Rod Keers’ yum test’.

These quantities are for one person (simply increase quantities depending on how many people you are feeding.)
“Our family formula for green smoothies is you create the same foundation and then vary the signature flavour depending on what fruit is in season and in the fruit bowl that day!”
Base:
75mls water
1 ripe banana (they really must be ripe – wait until the skin has brown spots)
1/2 frozen banana (discard the skins before placing in freezer)
1 kale leaf
1/2 merdool date
Optional (if you feel you need it:)
1 tsp coconut oil (or 1/8 avocado/or 1tsp coco cream)

Now add to the above, your signature flavour:

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Juniper adds some sweetness

1/2 tub blueberries
1/2 mango
1/4 pineapple
1/4 paw paw
1 guava
1/2 lime
1/2 finger lime
 
And as we head into the colder months we start adding warming elements such as:
ginger powder
fresh ginger
cinnamon powder
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A yummy start to the day

  • You can of course experiment with tweaking the quantities/ratio of the ingredients in the base. For example in our family, because we are used to the taste of kale, we have more like 2-3 leaves per person. This ratio above is too sweet for my taste now, I prefer increasing the bitter with more kale, but if you or your children have never had greens before, it is possibly better to start with 1 kale leaf per person.
  • The frozen banana creates a more ice-creamy texture, and also cools the temperature down a little – which some palates find more appealing.
  • Adding the fat makes it a slightly more substantial drink, and also adds a creamier texture. When avocado’s are in season, they work sensationally as the added fat.
  • Coconut is an excellent fat to eat in the morning, as the body assimilates it rapidly, providing instant energy. Coconut oil is also antiviral and antifungal – so a beneficial daily food to keep your immunity supported.
  • Remember to take the pips out of the dates before you put them in the blender or else it could be the end of the blender!
  • You will need a high powered blender such as the Vitamix brand so the green leaves are able to be chopped finely (Kombu stocks the BioChef blender, a good quality, more affordable version).
  • It is beneficial and enjoyable to mix up the greens too; coriander leaves are delicious with kale, baby spinach and cos lettuce work well, mint too. If you have any dandelion leaves growing wild in your garden, these are exceptionally nutritious to throw in as well.
  • If you ever run out of ripe room temperature bananas, yet you have a big supply of frozen bananas, you can just boil the kettle and use 100% frozen bananas with hot water (this is particularly important if it is a winters morning).

Why introduce green smoothies into my diet?

Victoria Boutenko, author of Green Smoothie Revolution, recommends changing nothing in your diet and lifestyle except adding a green smoothie in the morning as the first food you eat for the day. Her extensive research into the benefit of eating raw greens, gives her such confidence in their healing properties that she even suggests that if you drink one every day, after a week or so, you may notice some positive changes occurring. Here are a few testimonials from her Roseburg Study participants (in addition to their regular mainstream American diet, in 2005, each volunteer drank one quart of green smoothie every day for one month): “I was more motivated to eat healthier”, “I craved less junk food”, “I wanted less coffee”, “I had more energy”, “I ate less food at each meal”, “I had more regular bowel movements”,”I saw fewer dark wrinkles under my eyes”, “I had less blood sugar fluctuation”, and “I sleep a little better” .
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