Sunday, 29 June 2014

Creative Smoothie Ideas

When making a smoothie soy milk might not always be available. I have a solution which works for me. Soy milk is not always inexpensive to have in our kitchens. Simplifying our diets and moving away from soy milk has many purposes. Soy is a controversial subject. It increases estrogen production in our bodies which can lead to certain types of cancer. Soy is also something many people are allergic to. It is not healthy to consume too much soy milk. I want to consume less soy milk merely because it is higher in calories than other choices. 

When I started out as a vegan I made smoothies with soy milk or other dairy alternatives all the time. Now I am a lot more creative and vary my morning nutritional boost in various ways. Tea is one way to get into herbalism. We can boost our health by drinking herbal teas. Mixing tea with our smoothies can make it healthier. You can tailor your smoothie to handle whatever health issues you are currently going through. 

I have been making large quantities of smoothies in the mornings. This fills me up so I will not feel hungry throughout the day. These blended beverages are a great way to get more fruit in your diet. The less sweetener and sugar added the better. I have been adding an Asian cereal product to my smoothies over the past couple of weeks. This mix is something I received as a gift. It is a yam and black sesame cereal powder for health. It is meant to be added to boiling water. I have been using it in my smoothies instead. This is has reduced the need for any sweetener. 

In my kitchen I have very little space. With rent being high in Toronto my apartment is very compact. I try to keep the dishes in my kitchen to a minimum few. When I make loose leaf tea I merely throw the leaves into a big plastic pitcher. I will boil the water in my tea kettle. Then I strain it out into the cup. The tea will become very dark which is the way I like it. 

Around the corner from my apartment is King West in Parkdale. I shop at a fruit stand which is managed by an Asian family. They have big baskets in their reduced section for only $1. This is one way I can get lots of vegetables in my diet. I buy baskets of bananas which are ripe and throw them into the freezer. There are also big baskets of berries for sale for only $1. These go into the freezer as well. Eating healthy need not be very expensive. 

This morning I mixed my yam and black sesame cereal mix with bananas and blackberries which came out of my freezer. It is easy to load the freezer up with these items for only $10. These groceries can last a couple of weeks I used leftover tea as a base. Last night I made some strawberry coconut puerh tea. I poured a full pitcher of boiling water which couldn't be finished last night. This morning I used this tea for my smoothie. It turned out wonderfully well. I hope this gives you some ideas which will help you be more creative with blended beverages. 

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