Hi- here’s today’s very green and cold green smoothie recipe
blend a cup of water with 8-12 ice blocks add 6 cups of greens -I used kale and choysum. Blend until the blended mixture comes up to the 4 cup line. Add a pear, 2 frozen kiwis and 3 frozen bananas/ lemon and lime juice and 3 stevia tablets- makes about 2 litres.
Stevia? There are times (like today) I’ve pushed the bitter greens limit (used the kale stalks-they can be bitter- you can keep spinach stalks on though ) and there is no more room in the blender for any more fruit and I don’t want more fruit than the greens…
so how to make your smoothie sweeter- add some stevia, agave nectar, soaked dates or maple syrup. I know maple syrup and dates but the others?
Stevia is an American native herb that is 30 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories and has been used for centuries by North and South Americans. It has been used in Japan as an alternative sweetener since the 70′s.
The reason most people haven’t heard of it and why artificial chemicals like aspartame and NutraSweet are used is because the FDA banned for some years production and importation and did not approve stevia for sale because of industry pressure- from the artificial sweetener companies and the sugar industry.
You make more money processing sugar cane and stripping all essential vitamins and minerals from it and turning it into zero nutrient high calorie white sugar and also mixing up additives and chemicals in a lab and marketing this to consumers and food companies than you do growing a herb I’m guessing….though recently because of bad press re additives Pepsi/Coke look like they are moving to replace all artificial sweeteners with stevia.
Reading the history of stevia (which involves FDA ordered book burning) is like reading political intrigue- someone should make a movie like The Insiders about this! As you may have noticed I love the history of food and food corporations and food marketing, advertising and production and cultural perceptions. You cannot separate food from the history of culture/ science/ health/ commerce/ economics/ law/ exploration/ geography and knowledge.
Anyway if you need a sweeter less green tasting smoothie or just want to increase your greens into a smoothie that is drinkable you can buy Stevia in tablet or powder form usually from health food shops- if I need to I add 3 tablets (3 teaspoon sugar equivalent) to 2 litres of smoothie.
Agave nectar that comes from a South American cactus is yummy- I don’t use in smoothies but while we’re on the sweet theme it is perfect with frozen bananas blended in food processor with dates and raw chocolate to make ice-cream…mmm…enjoy