Yes, greens can be sexy ... like, "50 Shades of Green"-style sexy, as this tangy smoothie is provacatively dubbed.
(PS, if you get carried away, the safe word is "green"!)
Trust us, your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised by this green smoothie recipe from nutritionist Julie Daniluk
, host of the Z Living's popular show Healthy Gourmet.
Instead of using bananas as a base (as many smoothies do) Daniluk substitutes in creamy hemp hearts
. Hemp hearts, a.k.a. shelled hemp seeds, are a versatile ingredient that shows up again and again in Daniluk's new book, The Hot Detox Plan: Cleanse Your Body and Heal Your Gut with Warming, Anti-Inflammatory Foods
(Jan. 2017), where this recipe is from.
Daniluk writes, "if you have a sensitive tummy, it’s best to avoid smoothies with frozen bananas. Hemp hearts can add creaminess instead. They’re a rich source of iron, perfect for keeping your iron levels at an optimal level, and hypoallergenic."
So why hemp hearts?
As Daniluk explains in the book, "I suggest a lot of hemp hearts in the Hot Detox
recipes [because] sources of vegan protein (such as hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds) have the ability to release satiety hormones faster than fat or carbohydrates and cause you to feel fuller while eating less." An excellent trick, indeed. Check your local health food store for hemp hearts, or purchase them here
A few more tips on crafting this smoothie from Daniluk:
"The ginger and pineapple in this drink will help you digest the raw greens. If you buy organic ginger, there is no need to peel it, which will save you time and deliver greater flavor. If you can’t find collagen powder and don’t mind a thicker beverage, replace the collagen powder with gelatin powder (from grass-fed or pasture-raised cows)." Enjoy!
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