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bits, the easier it will be to digest and the better the mouth feel, unless you like your smoothies chunky!

What about superfoods? An organic green smoothie is already naturally nutritious, but adding a little barley grass powder or a sprinkle of cacao nibs not only gives you the leafy things our bodies crave but a little bit of extra on the side. Packaged superfoods are not crucial additions but if you wish to experiment, they provide some extra minerals and protein which can round out your diet and boost the variety of nutrients your body is getting. The following recipes make enough for

1-2 people. Taste as you go and if the end result is not sweet enough, add a bit more fruit, a few drops of liquid stevia, or a little raw honey.

SUMMER SUNSHINE A great way to use up those trays of mangoes the family can’t get through. I love the zestiness of lemons first thing in the morning. • 1 large handful flat leaf parsley 6 leaves curly kale, de-stemmed

• 2 medium bananas, chopped and frozen • 1 mango, skinned and de-seeded juice and zest of 1 lemon

• Stevia or raw honey to taste • filtered water or coconut water to blend, approx. 2 cups

Blend these ingredients until smooth, adding water as needed. Stevia is a natural, plant-derived sweetener from South America that contains no sugar, negligible energy and actually works to stabilise blood sugar levels. It is non- carcinogenic and is many times sweeter than sugar. You can buy it from natural health stores in liquid or powder form and a small amount goes a long way. I buy it as a liquid and two drops is equal to the sweetness of a teaspoon of sugar.

CHOCOLATE SNEAKY SMOOTHIE With this smoothie you can comfortably convince children they are drinking a perfectly rubbish-filled sugary chocolate shake, rather than a superfood-packed, naturally sweetened and oh-so- good green shake. • 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves • 2 medium bananas, chopped and frozen • 1 cup organic mixed berries, fresh or frozen

• 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder • 1 teaspoon raw cacao nibs, to garnish • Stevia or raw honey to taste • filtered water or coconut water to blend, approx. 2 cups

Blend the greens first in water or coconut water for a smooth, creamy smoothie as opposed to a chunky glass of something reminiscent of lawnmower clippings

that have been left in the rain. Then add the fruit and remaining ingredients, and continue blending until it reaches a creamy, smooth consistency.

ANTIOXIDANT SUPERSTAR • 5 leaves organic Tuscan kale, de-stemmed or 1 cup dandelion leaves

• ½ cup organic sunflower sprouts • ½ cup organic blue berries • 1 teaspoon organic barley grass powder • 1 sachet raw acai berry puree (unsweetened)

• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger powder • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder • Stevia or raw honey to taste • filtered water or coconut water to blend, approx. 2 cups

Blend everything in a high powered blender until creamy. When you’re after an antioxidant hit go for this one! Ground spices have the highest ORAC rating of any food, with acai, blueberries, kale and dandelion leaves also high on the scale.

Casey Conroy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and yoga teacher who loves raw chocolate. She is the founder of Funky Forest Health & Wellbeing, and advocates a sensible, practical, and pleasurable approach to nutrition and detoxification. nicfoodee co 1300 787 088 march 2014 15







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