Today’s smoothie turned out incredibly yummy! I was in the mood for something energizing, super-nourishing, rich, creamy, and anti-oxidant, with a bit of sweetness. Fresh strawberries were calling me, and a few minutes later I was enjoying my delicious shake! Strawberries are high in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. Look for organic strawberries, as they’re one of the “Dirty Dozen” foods that absorb larger quantities of pesticides. Beets are loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (for healthy nerves and muscles). I added creamy goat yogurt, for the healthy gut flora benefits of fermented dairy. Many dairy-intolerant folks (including me) can tolerate goat yogurt or kefir, because the protein molecules are shorter, and the fermentation has already broken them down. Goat yogurt and kefir are high in protein and much easier to digest than cow dairy.
This is also an anti-cancer smoothie. I often add fermented dairy and flaxseed oil to smoothies, especially after learning about Dr. Johana Budwig, a German cancer physician. She was nominated 7 times for the Nobel Prize because of her 95% success rate healing cancer! Dr. Budwig discovered a powerful combination for treating and preventing cancer using “sulphurated proteins” in fermented milk such as yogurt, combined with flaxseed oil. No sugar is allowed in her recipes, and Dr. Budwig’s work is a powerful guide for health practitioners worldwide. Check out her book “The Oil Protein Cookbook”. For superfood, I added pomegranate powder, which gives the smoothie a slight fruity taste, extra flavonoids, potent antioxidants, and it is optional. My other superfood today is dry schizandra berries, an adaptogenic healing herb that retards aging, fights fatigue, sexual tonic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, promotes emotional health, endurance, and improves concentration. Called Wu Wei Zi in Chinese, they taste refreshingly tart, and you can find them in any herb store.
Special note: I always use warm liquids in my smoothies, never cold. That’s because your stomach can’t digest anything colder than body temperature or 98.6 °F (37 °C). This is just a hint for all you wild and crazy health enthusiasts like me! Enjoy! Yield: about 2 cups: Serves 1
- 1/2 cup warm water or alternative milk
- 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup goat yogurt or goat kefir
- 3 tablespoons flaxseed oil
- 1/4 cup your favorite protein powder
- 1/2 lemon or lime, peeled, sliced, and seeded
- 2 tablespoons Pomegranate powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin-C crystals
- 3 - 4 thin slices fresh beet
- 1/2 teaspoon dry schizandra berries (optional)
- Place all ingredients in any blender, and process until as smooth as possible.