Raw Smoothie Delights

Directions for all of these raw food smoothies:

  1. bring all ingredients down to a reasonable size,
  2. remove all pits and inedible hulls,
  3. then toss them in the blender and take it for a spin!

Each recipe should serve one adjust proportions as necessary for more people, or hungrier people.

Raw juices may be acquired from your local natural foods store, but I prefer to make them at home in a juicer — there’s something very delectable about fresh juice.

The Pure Fruit Basics

  • Orange juice and banana1 cup raw orange juice,
  • one fresh banana,
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (or the berries of your choice) and half a peeled mango,
  • plus some crushed ice if you’re so inclined.

This one is simple, user-friendly, and loaded with fresh fruit carbohydrates for immediate energy. You can also substitute peach for mango.

The Immune Rocket

  • 1/2 cup raw carrot juice,
  • 1/2 cup raw apple juice,
  • one fresh banana,
  • 1 cup spinach,
  • kicker ingredients: garlic and ginger.

Now, there are two ways to get the garlic and ginger into your smoothie. The way I recommend, should you happen to have a juicer handy, is to push one clove of garlic and a segment of fresh ginger about the size of a marble into your juicer with the apple and carrots.

The other way is to simply blend them up with the rest. If blending, I recommend cutting the green shoot out of the center of the garlic clove first, and peeling the ginger.

Garlic offers immune protection and improves heart health, while ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and adds a delicious spice.

The Avo-Lution

  • 1/2 cup raw apple juice, one fresh banana,
  • one fresh small avocado,
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice,
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice.

The avocado smoothie may sound odd, but it’s a traditional treat in Southeast Asia, and your first exposure will win you over. It can be a delicious, creamy light meal in a glass. If you have access to raw coconut milk, or want to cheat, you can replace the apple juice with coconut milk.

The Almond Builder

  • 1 cup raw almond milk, or 1 cup raw apple juice if almond milk is unavailable.
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw almond butter,
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates,
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries.

Almond butter is very high protein for raw vegan food — this is a great smoothie for after the gym!

The Salad Days

  • 1/2 cup raw tomato juice,
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes,
  • 1 cup greens of your choice,
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber,
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice,
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice.

You can add garlic and ginger, as per the directions in the Immune Rocket, for a little extra kick! Chopped red pepper also makes a good alternate addition to this smoothie.

The Wicked Cool

  • 1 cup raw milk (vegans can replace this with nut milks),
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw cashew butter,
  • one banana,
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey,
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice,
  • a pinch of grated vanilla bean.

The idea is to create a tasty treat much like ice cream!

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