Why these ingredients?
And now for a, a non-commercial break. This is for those of you that want more information on the Pond Scum Smoothie. I wrestled with whether I should blab about what brands I use. But since I love them and it took me forever to find them, I am giving you my non-medical, non-scientific, not paid opinion. (And you can bet your bottom dollar that if advertisers wanted to pay me millions to tell you about products I use and love anyway, I’d go for it. But I’d tell you what I was up to first. And we’re talking things I love. And millions, baby. Advertisers take note.) So you can take my recommendations or leave ‘em.
The real reason I use most of these ingredients/products is because my fantastic acupuncturist, Jonathan Glass, said so. If that’s not enough for you, here’s some more benefits:
Almonds are an oxymoron. A high fat food that’s good for your health – supposedly they lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease. And if you soak them in water overnight, they turn into an excellent source of protein. (Just throw them into a covered container with water. But I hardly ever remember to do this.) Bananas, strawberries and blueberries – well, duh, they are packed with good nutrients and boost energy.
Nanogreens aka pond scum. It took me quite awhile to find a green superfood that had a taste I like. Nanogreens are mild in flavor or color. You can certainly buy cheaper superfoods (Whole Foods Health section or any Health Food Store will have a variety.) Go experiment if you like. We order Nanogreens online from Amazon and a container lasts us over a month with a family of daily smoothie drinkers. Essentially you get a serving of 10+ fruits and veggies plus lots of other good for you stuff concentrated into one scoop. Nanogreens support healthy immunity and digestion, help detox, boost your energy and stabilize blood sugar. Sounds good to me.
Jarrows Whey Protein is rich in essential amino acids, ranking it with egg as one of the highest quality protein sources available. I can’t taste this whey protein in my smoothies, which is why I like it. But if you are a vanilla girl or chocolate girl, it comes in flavors too.
Lecithin is good for many things, but mostly I hear it improves brain health & memory. Between all my spiritual work and mommy brain, I will forget to bring downstairs whatever you just asked me for. I can’t say that my memory has improved, but perhaps without lecithin it would be worse… What were we talking about? Right… lecithin: we buy ours as Whole Foods brand, in granules.
- If you want more protein, soak your raw almonds in water overnight. (In case you skipped that part above.)
- On bananas. 1/3 of a banana makes plenty of smoothie for me so I put the rest of the unpeeled banana in the frig. If you have bananas that are getting overly ripe, peel them, cut them up, place them in a plastic bag and freeze them. Do your best to spread them out, not touching, so they don’t freeze together. I place the bananas in the plastic bag on toaster oven tray until they freeze through.
- If you have fruit that is starting to get soft, you can also freeze it to add to smoothies. When I get bored of strawberries/blueberries, I mix it up with mangos, peaches, etc.
- I like my smoothies thick, but you can vary the amount of water to suit yourself. If I’m feeling really radical, I’ve been known to add a splash of Shaman Boy’s apple, grape or orange juice in there which really sweetens it up.
- Time saver or travel tip. You can make up a supplement batch but scooping a week’s worth (or however many days you want) of the superfood, whey protein, and lecithin into a plastic baggie and storing in the frig. Then I estimate how much I would use daily from the bag and can do one-stop scooping and putting away.
- If you want to get fancy, Shaman Guy also adds Flax Seed Oil, Ground Flax Seed, Chia Seeds, and Bee Pollen to his smoothies. Too much work for me – but all beneficial.