Friday, February 25, 2011

SOMBAK Organic Smoothie- breakfast of champions!

A smoothie is a delicious, portable, and easy way to get in the fruit and vegetable servings our bodies crave as well as fill our bellies. Unfortunately, if you are buying one that is pre-made, from a gym, or a health food store, you need to look closely at what they put in it. With smoothie chains popping up all over the place… and with them the promise of healthy, portable nutrition… the allure of a quick and easy, mess free smoothie might be too much to resist. But if you're not careful you might end up getting a smoothie that has just as many calories - and just as little nutrition - as a strawberry milkshake!  

Now, I am obviously going to tell you how easy it is to make a smoothie at home, and how rewarding it can be. But I know there are some occasions when you just don’t have the time, or energy to deal with the kitchen (trust me, most night’s its hard for me to get the motivation to cook). AND I HAVE A FABULOUS RECIPE FOR A PALEO SMOOTHIE TO OFFER YOU!

So when heading out to your local Jamba Juice or Smoothie King (In Hoboken the place to go is Re-Juice-A-Nation) the key to making sure your smoothie is truly healthy and paleo-friendly is to watch the ingredient list! Beware of ingredients: if your smoothie is made with apple juice, or worse, fruit in heavy syrup, you may be getting more calories than you expect. You also need to keep an eye on the serving size; getting the extra-big cup for an extra 50 cents might not be worth it, especially if it’s loaded with sugar and other artificial ingredients!

My typical morning smoothie recipe is about as basic as can be but still offers the creamy, cool, nutrient dense refreshment of a higher-calorie, non-paleo drink. If you'd like to increase the protein, throw in some macadamia nuts (for those of us off dairy!), or even a little whey powder (if you're more primal than paleo). --- I'll post on primal vs. paleo differences in the near future!--- In fact, you should feel free to experiment in all sorts of different ways with your own smoothie recipes - if you have a blender and a well-stocked refrigerator, your kitchen can become your own smoothie bar!

SOMBAK Organic Smoothie

1 handful raw, organic spinach (rinsed and dried)
3 stalks raw, organic of kale (strip kale from stalk, throw away stalk)
1 organic banana (peeled)
1 organic orange (peeled)
½ packet acai berry pulp (frozen, 50mg)
          - I use Rainforesta Smoothies Packs, Premium Acai with Guarana
11oz. mango juice (no sugar added!!)
          - I use: Brazil Gourmet 

Put all ingredients into a blender
Mix at high speed (or use the handy SMOOTHIE button, if you have the Emeril blender like me! try this new one if you're in the market)

Makes about 25-30oz

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