extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 5 of 8]

Here are more ideas of additions to your smoothies–exotic stuff, more expensive, but adding variety and superfood qualities: Raw chocolate                         Organic chocolate bars and acai berries are often marketed together.   (And no wonder–it’s a delicious, if expensive, combination.) Dark chocolate has been…

extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 4 of 7]

Goji berries Goji berries are an interesting food because they are consumed regularly by the Earth’s longest-living people for at least 1,700 years, as well as used medicinally.   As scientists began to study their properties, they found that the fruit is 13 percent protein, which is unheard of for a fruit, and will increase…

extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 3 of 7]

    On to more green smoothie ingredients! Lemon peel Lemon peel is another ingredient I add almost daily.   I often buy a large bag of lemons at Costco, or I bring them home from California or Arizona when I visit there.   I freeze the lemon juice in ice cube trays for use…

I don’t want green smoothies when it’s cold!

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:   I LOVE green smoothies, but lately, since it’s getting cooler outside, I’m wanting something warm . . . got any ideas?   Answer:   Yes, what I do is have my green smoothie (never warm, yuck!) PLUS something warm or hot that I really enjoy, like warm sourdough bread or a bowl…

is agave safe?

Recently GSG readers raised questions about agave nectar after some well publicized concerns surfaced on the internet.   Agave is my favorite sweetener because it’s largely unprocessed and is a very low glycemic index product with a neutral flavor.   Many of my recipes call for it, and I have found the human body reacts…

benefits of drying food . . . part 2 of 3

So what are the benefits of drying food?   Pressure cooking preserves food, too, but kills all the enzymes at 240 degrees.   Canning also destroys water soluble vitamins.   Freezing is the other best way to keep your fruit and vegetables, but nutrients are lost over time, and most people just can’t keep much…