I had been a long time subscriber to The Herb Companion since the late 1980’s (herbs have always been a passion for me) and in 2012 this magazine combined with Natural Home and Garden to create Mother Earth Living. I decided to give this new magazine a try and I have not been disappointed. “The latest on natural health and sustainable lifestyles”.
Anyways, this recipe was in a recent issue of Mother Earth Living magazine and has ingredients I usually have on hand, even most of the “boosts”.
- 8 oz. milk (could use almond or soy milk – I used my Smart Balance skim milk)
- 1/2 cup banana slices, frozen
- 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
You can use any combination of fruit; the frozen ingredients gives the smoothie a thick texture. Add water if you want a thinner consistency, or add ice chips if you want it thicker.
I liked their suggestions for immune-enhancing boosts such as 1 cup baby spinach, 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1-2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds, 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, honey or cinnamon to taste. I will have to experiment…
Comment: On Feb. 4, 2013 I did experiment by adding 1 cup of spinach and a nephew suggested that when he adds spinach to a smoothie he also adds some sugar or honey as well. When you add the spinach the smoothie does need some type of sweetener, at least for me anyways. I probably added 1-1/2 tbsp. honey. The color does change, the spinach is not totally blended (along with specks of blueberries) and it does have a slight undertone of spinach. But I liked it – you just have to experiment with the amounts to suit your taste.