Raw Vegan Strawberry Lemonade Sprouted Green Smoothie10
Are you including sprouts in your diet? Sprouts are one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet! They are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes. They are LIVING foods that CONTINUE to grow in nutrients after you harvest them. Once you pick your sprouts and refrigerate them, their vitamin content actually increases as they slowly keep growing! This is very different from many fruits and vegetables which start losing their vitamin content as soon as they’re picked and are often shipped all over the world and stored in warehouses for months before they reach stores!
You can easily make sprouts yourself at home too! Check out my How To Sprout page for quick easy steps on sprouting. I include sprouts in my diet every week and include them in salads, in wraps, and in green smoothies. But when I am travelling, I always carry the Sprout Living freeze-dried sprout mixes and blender with me. This is a quick easy way for me to get my daily dose of live enzymatically active foods in my body.
These dried sprout powders are enzymatically active, raw, organic, vegan powders made from the highest quality sprouts and freeze dried. I have used the broccoli and kale sprout mix in this recipe. But the bean sprout mix is fantastic too! Sprouts are bursting with nutrients, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, fats, phytochemicals, enzymes, water and chlorophyll. They are a PERFECT food. Sprouts deliver the nutrients and enzymes in a form that is easily assimilated and digested. In fact, sprouts improve the efficiency of digestion.
The best thing about these sprouts for "greenphobes?" They are practically tasteless in small quantities. I have included one tablespoon in this recipe, along with the romaine lettuce, and you would NEVER know the greens were in there. This smoothie tastes just like a delicious sweet strawberry lemonade. This is a fantastic way to get sprouts and greens into your children. It is a fantastic drink to enjoy outside by the pool, or for that family BBQ. Trust me, NOBODY will ever know there are sprouts in this drink. It is DEEEELISH!
*In the spirit of full disclosure, I received Sprout Living product as part of this month's giveaway. I was not financially compensated for this post.
Raw Vegan Strawberry Lemonade Sprouted Green Smoothie
- 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce or baby spinach
- 2 cups ice if using fresh fruit
- 1 ½ cups filtered water or raw coconut water
- ¼ cup lemon flesh (1 whole lemon peeled with pips removed)
- ¼ cup or 1/3 cup chopped pitted dates depending on your taste preference
- 6 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp Sprout Living Broccoli & Kale Sprout Mix, other dried sprout powder (OR you can leave the sprouts out)
- pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Place the water into your blender (I use a Vitamix) first , and then the other ingredients.
- You will need your tamper to help start the mixing.
- Puree until smooth and creamy.
- Tweak flavours to taste and devour. You might want some more lemon juice or sweetener.
- Makes two 16--ounce glasses. You could thin this out with more water for more of a drink consistency. YUMMO!
Piggy Cooking Tips
the best way to store lemons
Lemons continue to respire and ripen after they have been harvested. The faster they respire the more carbon dioxide they produce, and the quicker they spoil. Store your lemons in the fridge to slow this down and they should keep for up to about ten days. Make sure you do not store them in plastic bags where they are on top of each other. When there is limited oxygen, the ethylene gas gets trapped, causing them to rot. Always bring them to room temperature to get the most juice out of them.