photo provided courtesy of affairsofliving.com
I’m not into thin, wimpy smoothies. No ma’am, I like my smoothies to be thick as sludge. I want to be able to feel it in my mouth. I want to chew it. This smoothie definitely fits the bill. Drink it, or eat it with a spoon. I like to eat it with a spoon, like soup, because it makes it last longer. This smoothie tastes so good you’ll want to make it last as long as possible!
Craving something creamy last night, I put some cashews on to soak before I went to bed. This morning I threw them in my Vita-Mix, along with chia for fiber, a bunch of veggies, a splash of water kefir, and then a blob of coconut butter, some dried lemongrass, and a little stevia. If I would have had any fresh ginger, that would have really finished it off! It is kind of like Thai food, in a smoothie. Fresh, rich, and flavorful, it is low in carbs, a decent source of protein, and a great source of fiber and healthy fats, which will definitely fill you up all morning long without pesky blood-sugar crashes. I normally have mid-morning munchies and I was barely hungry for lunch. Best yet, it makes enough for two servings, so you have leftovers for an afternoon snack.
I use a Vita-Mix to blend, so I am able to get things perfectly smooth and can easily blend large chunks of vegetable. If you do not have a Vita-Mix or other high powered blender, you may need to chop your vegetables smaller, and stop and scrape your blender frequently in order to get things fully processed.
1/3 cup raw cashews, soaked 4-6 hours or overnight (could substitute soaked almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds)
1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
3-4 large leaves romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 cup water kefir or filtered water, plus more as needed
1/4 tsp dried lemongrass, crushed
1 Tbsp coconut butter
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/8-1/4 tsp vitamin C crystals or a squeeze of lemon/lime juice
5-8 drops stevia liquid, to taste
optional: small knob fresh ginger root
optional: any other magical powders, potions, or superfoods you like to throw in your smoothies
- Soak cashews for 4-6 hours, or overnight, in 1-2 cups of fresh water.
- Drain, rinse, and place in blender. Add vegetables to blender and water, and blend to break up. If using a Vita-Mix, shove ingredients down using the tamper. If using a regular blender, pulse a few times, stop and scrape, then blend again.
- Blend until vegetables are mostly broken up. Then add remaining ingredients and run on high until totally smooth, adding more liquid and scraping as necessary.
- Transfer to glasses and serve, or place in a jar and refrigerate until ready to drink.
Makes 4 cups (2 servings)
recipe courtesy affairsofliving.com