Monday, April 15, 2013

Day 1 - April 2013 GSC

Welcome to our Monthly Green Smoothie Challenge!

Next month the Two-Day GSC will be on May 20 and 21 - mark your calendar!

When you're in the mood for a milkshake, try making this one!

Strawberry Mylkshake GS
Yield: 1 quart
2 cups Arugula/Spinach mixture
2 frozen bananas, peeled
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 cups Sesame seed mylk (from unhulled Sesame seeds)
  • In a blender, mix together until thick and creamy
  • Using frozen fruit results in a thicker milkshake effect
  • Adding more strawberries will give a deeper colour and more intense strawberry flavour
  • This recipe will work with any nut or seed mylk

  • I find Sesame mylk has more flavour than Almond mylk, and the unhulled Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium, phosphorous, zinc, and copper.
  • When buying Sesame seeds, pass on the white seeds, and choose the light brown unhulled seeds which are less processed.
  • I only use the unhulled version for their higher mineral content:  1 Tbsp unhulled = 88 mg calcium + 1.31 mg iron; 1 Tbsp hulled = 5 mg calcium + .51 mg iron.
  • Offering more calcium than hulled, the unhulled seeds are also less prone to rancidity - and gluten-free!

Pears are a lovely addition to Green Smoothies! They are a good source of soluble fibre that attracts water and forms a gel, which slows down digestion. This soluble fibre delays the emptying of your stomach and makes you feel full.

Simple Pear GS
Yield: 1 quart
2 cups water
1 cup Red Russian Kale, stem removed
2 pears with stems removed
1 mango, peeled and seeded
1" slice fresh ginger
  • Place ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth

  • Pears have vitamins, fibre, potassium, and are low in calories. They are known as one of the most easily digested fruits, and are often described as hypoallergenic or low-allergy foods.
  • Ginger is used to maintain normal blood circulation and remedy motion sickness. It can improve absorption by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion, is a natural treatment for colds and flu, and ginger is ideal in assisting digestion and food absorption. 


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