I drink a lot of smoothies. Not long ago I started having a problem: my smoothies weren’t so smooth, especially since I quit adding tofu. (I’ve become suspious of soy since I learned about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybean seeds, which are engineered to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, enabling farmers to spray their fields with the herbicide without damaging their soybean crops. Also, there are several nutritional experts who insist that soy is bad for us.)
The secret to a creamy smoothie is xanthan gum. You don’t need much — a quarter teaspoon per 10 ounces of liquid.
Also, I highly recommend blueberries, for health reasons. Life Extension Magazine says:
A rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants, blueberries have demonstrated a remarkable ability to reverse the effects of aging on the brain, helping to restore memory and cognition to a more youthful state.
Blueberries also appear to help ward off deadly cancers, while protecting cells against damage incurred by diabetes. Blueberries may even help prevent bothersome urinary tract infections.
In short, incorporating these delicious, nutritious berries in your diet may provide a wealth of important health benefits.
I buy frozen blueberries and put about 25 – 50 in my smoothie before I blend. I like to include some flax seed powder and lecithin. Then I turn the blender on for about 30 seconds. Finally, I add a handful of almonds — I only blend for about 10 seconds so the almonds are not liquified (I like the crunch).
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