First of all I would like to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!I hope 2015 is good for you!!!And I hope you’re good to yourself too 🙂 It’s great to look back at 2014 and reflect how much I’ve learn,how many lovely moments there were and all these lovely people I met.I love getting older!How can the world go crazy about being young if ageing means getting more knowledge,making new memories,discover new places,reading more books,getting to know more amazing people.Even if new wrinkles come with the package I rather get older than be forever young 🙂
New Year is also a great opportunity to take better cake of yourself….and here comes this smoothie!My favourite green drink,packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals,healing properties from apple,kiwi,spinach,ginger and lemon.Super tasty too!
I’d recently been asked to participate a SMOOTHIE WEEK by Williams-Sonoma.com (I’ve fallen in love with every single blender on their page!)and with a simple reason that SMOOTHIE is one of my favourite food I couldn’t say no.
I was challenged to come up with a ”crazy” flavour or adding a ”weird” ingredient into my smoothie and share it with the world.
It took a lot of thinking!
There must be about billion of smoothie recipe under the sun and to make something ”different” wasn’t easy at all. When I was looking through my bedroom window, trying to come up with some genius idea,I didn’t expect I’ll find inspiration on my window sill 🙂 Aloe Vera Plant.I’ve been using it for years as my beauty secret, to moisture,heal and nourish my skin and hair.”Why not whiz it with my favourite green smoothie?” I thought.It’s pretty weird,isn’t it?I did some research how to eat the plant and it turned out people all over the world add it to their food for health benefits.
So,cheers to New Amazing Adventures!
preparation time:10 minutes
1 apple,cored and chopped
2 kiwi fruits,peeled and chopped
2 handfuls of spinach
0.5 cm piece of ginger,grated
200-300 ml mineral water,depending of how thick you prefer it
dash of lemon juice
+aloe vera gel from1 small leaf,(approximately 1/4 cup) – have a look at preparation
+few raisins or dates for extra sweetness
1.Place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.
2.To add aloe vera gel to this recipe,trim ends of the leaf,run the knife down the sides to remove prickly edges,slice the leaf vertically down the middle,scoop the gel with a spoon to a small colander,being careful not to scoop the green skin and the yellow residue(called latex),situated just under the flesh,as it has tends to have a laxative effect(and shouldn’t be eaten in high doses).Rinse it generously with cold water and add to the blender.