So, ayurveda and chinese medicine say eat whole foods, chewing is good, don’t mix this with that unless you do thus, smoothies are questionable. Well, I had had a love/hate relationship with them for a while, I have changed my tune! What I do to satisfy the alternative geek in me is to use HOT water, that’s right hot water. Sometimes I’ll steam my greens in a little water and throw all of that goodness into the blender. Why hot? Oxalic acid that’s why. You can find lots of info on oxalic acid online so I won’t outline everything, except to say heating destroys oxalic acid so our bodies can use the nutrition in the greens. I put in herbs and sometimes teas, yes I do! Today’s smoothie had Blueberries, Banana, Rooibos (antioxidants) tea leaves, Cinnamon (warming), Ginger (warming), Ashwaghanda (balancing). It may look like pond scum, but oh my it was DELICIOUS!
So how do I deal with the chewing thing? Well I chew my smoothie for a few sips, sometimes the whole thing. Why chew? Hmm, well, because digestion starts before the stomach. Site, smell, taste all contribute to digestion. I chew in part to get the mouth juices flowing for better digestion.
Alrighty, start with two handfuls of blueberries, throw in a broken up banana, toss in a handful of spinach. Put in about a teaspoon of ashwaghanda and rooibos, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, dash of ginger. Pour hot water over it and turn the blender on high. Wait about 3-5 minutes of whirring and then I pour it into my glass and enjoy.