So many of you have emailed after hearing the news of the devastating wildfires that have hit Colorado. Thank you so much for your concern for all those affected by this. Fort Collins has just come through a two week blaze that left 257 people without a home, 90,000 acres burned, and 1000′s of firefighters on the line. We are now 75% contained, and sending our prayers to those in Colorado Springs who may well see the most tragic and unprecedented fire in our state’s history. What those folks are dealing with is a shock and a heart break, and if I may ask, any prayers or thoughts would be so appreciated. With between 8 and 10 fires burning in Colorado, we have a lot of support, recovery, and clean up to lend to our beautiful state in the coming months ahead. Again, thank you for your caring thoughts.
A few weeks back, during one of Jacob’s soccer tournaments, my oldest son had a revelation. He realized that all of his mother’s incessant talk about green smoothies was not, in fact, just talk. You see, Jacob was in the middle of his third game of the day (and home for lunch), when we got into a discussion of how the food he was about to put into his system was going to fuel him for the hours of play ahead. We made a small piece of salmon, a few cut up pieces of fruit, and of course, a green smoothie. He was sure that the fuel talk was just my way of getting him to drink every last drop.
He got out onto the field and scored a very respectable 2 goals. His father (who is also his coach) quickly gave credit to the green smoothie. Thinking that he would laugh it off as we were, he surprised us by asking me to get everything that I needed from the store to make him one the following morning before he took the field.
Of course I didn’t think anything of this new found love of drinking spinach until he scored not 1, not 2, but 5 goals in the game. You know what is coming next, right? A green smoothie EVERY day, and one right before any games, track meets or swimming events. What started out as a way to just get him to drink a smoothie without much complaint has become a daily affair and a true belief that his performance is based on drinking that magic elixir.
Now I am not sure if the green smoothie is actually causing his rise in athletic performance, but really, what do I care? The boy is drinking a handful of spinach, fruit, vitamins and minerals every day without complaint. I’ll take it and call it whatever he would like.
A few years back I came across a breakfast blend that I fell in love with at Vitamin Cottage. It was a blend of nuts, seeds and Spirulina, and it gave our smoothies, as well as out yogurt, a nutty flavor and a great boost of protein. Very shortly after I began using it, all of the stores in town stopped carrying it. I asked the grocer why, and all that they could tell me was that at $22 a bag it was not a high seller (I think that is a valid point, don’t you?). The idea of having on hand a quick blend that would give my smoothies an extra punch was pretty inviting, and I decided to try and create my own. I used the blend as a base, and added what we had and what we needed to it over time.
1/2 c raw almonds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup golden flax meal
3 tbsp chia seeds
4 tbsp Spirulina
3 tbsp dried fruit powder
Start with 1/2 cup of raw almonds and a 1/4 of a cup of raw sunflower seeds. Put these into the food processor and blend until a fine meal occurs. In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of hemp seed, 1/4 cup of golden flax meal (this can be ground in a clean coffee grinder, free of coffee residue), 3 tbsp of chia seeds, 4 tbsp spirulina, and 3 tbsp. of dried fruit powder (we love Berry Green from New Chapter). Add your ground nuts and seeds to the bowl, and place into a mason jar with the lid screwed on tight. Shake until fully blended, and refrigerate. Use a heaping tbsp. per person.
This blend can be added to with spices, shredded coconut, probiotics, and other nuts and seeds. I try and make only enough for one week at a time to keep it at it’s freshest.
There are tons of green smoothie recipes on the Internet that are available to try and enjoy. Pinterest has a variety of recipes to choose from, and a simple Google search will yield more than one would want to go through in a lifetime.