A funny thing happened on the way to the market to make this smoothie for today’s Healthtalks TV epsidsode….
Ok, so it’s not that funny. In fact, it was quite frightening. I’d just had a cuppa with my buddy Carram, Byron Bay’s best Personal Trainer, then popped into the Green Garage – a cavernous gourmet joint just up the street from Bitter Sweet Sour’s HQ – to pick up a coconut for this green smoothie recipe.
Just me and my hot red Avanti treadly (that’s Australian for bicycle for you foreign kids) minding our own business, patiently waiting at the roundabout for our turn, when some ‘clown’ resembling one of the cast of Woodstock the movie decides to chuck a leftie (to make a left hand turn) and clean me up.
Yes, that’s right, rear ends my poor bike then continues to drive right over the top of it almost crushing me, the poor, innocent coconut-fetching chef. Now, if you have read my new book The Healing Feeling (if not, quick, download it here) you will know that I’ve already suffered a whopping dose of road trauma and that my right leg and hip do not really need to befriend the asphalt ever again in this lifetime.
Fortunately I was less than 100 metres from home so I blew the dust off, was helped out of the gutter (looking like a backpacker to Byron on a New Years Eve) by a sympathetic lycra clad Silver Fox and managed to stumbled home, bewildered and rather dishevelled.
Then I realised that the coconut was not with me. Sigh. Back I stumble, finding said coconut in gutter – resembling myself at the time – battered, bruised and sporting its own black eye. Luckily the girls at the Green Garage were happy to exchange it for a creamy new one and helped me on my way.
Now I would have abandoned the whole expedition if it weren’t for my conviction to the cause and the knowledge that a few handfuls of kale, an apple, a coconut, some herbs and protein powder would be far better anti-inflammatory remedies than anything in a pill.
P.S. I’m out the door and into the ocean and then to the osteopath. Just in case. That’s after I slowly wheel my poor bike to the bike shop in the hope she can be fixed.this week’s episode of Healthtalks TV
The Bling of Smoothies
I’m smitten with the Vitamix and nothing compares to this whiz-bang nutrition centre when it comes to high speed blending. It’s the bomb! The extreme blade speed ruptures the plant cell walls of fruit and vegetables –releasing phytonutrients- the disease fighting enzymes found in whole foods.
½ bunch organic cavolo nero (black kale), washed and stalks removed
1 green apple, quartered
1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
2 teaspoon E3Live AFA
1 coconut, water and flesh
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
- Blanch kale in boiling water to soften and breakdown some of thethiocyanate content
- Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix which will give your a velvety smooth consistency in about 45 seconds
About AFA Blue Green Algae Oregon, USA
E3Live® is my number one supplemental superfood. It’s a raw fresh water algae, known as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). It is very special because it is wild-harvested from only one place on earth, Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA. I love it because it provides over 64 easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and enzymes and helps alkalize the body, as it is a complete, raw, living food. It also has naturally occurring green, blue and magenta pigments that reflect the presence of fresh chlorophyll and an anti-inflammatory compound called phycocyanin. I buy it here
One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fibre and 15 percent of the daily recommended calcium and vitamin B6 and delivers more than the RDI A, C and K vitamins. All hale the mighty kale eh?! Remember to cook or blanch your kale!