What kind of smoothies do you make
Ingredients for green smoothies: It's so easy to make the green vital substance bombs yourself
How do you mix a decent green smoothie? We asked Andrea Nossem, the author of the book “Green Smoothies”. And experience: There is a purity law, but there are no limits to creativity with the green smoothie!
Ms. Nossem, how did you come across these small, green all-rounders yourself?In principle, that was two attempts. On the first try, a colleague kept giving me a green smoothie. But because he already had 3-4 years of experience with green smoothies, they were really very, very green, which means there was only a little fruit left in them. It was almost inedible for my palate, but it piqued my curiosity. Two months later I was on vacation in Italy and it just so happened that my neighbors had a high-performance mixer with them - and suddenly there was a green smoothie every morning. I enjoyed it so much that I just had to keep going at home.
What made you so passionate about it that you wrote a book straight away?
I was particularly fascinated by the special feeling of being nourished and the many individual options for preparation. Everyone can adapt their green smoothie to their own needs and taste buds. Some people like dandelions, others don't. In return, he might like nettles. You can design the green smoothie differently every day, it has an incredible variety. It also has a very high level of creativity, you almost feel like an artist when you stand at the mixer in the morning. And this feeling of being really nourished, I didn't know that before. I eat a lot, but I am a bad user. Green smoothies are a food that arrives in my body and cells.
Is there a recommendation for the proportions of the ingredients?
Yes, in principle one always says: at least 50% green leaves, 50% fruit and then still water. It is not based on weight, but on the proportion of sight in the cup. This quickly changes to 70% leaf content and 30% fruit - mainly because of the alkaline components of the leaves and the fructose of the fruit, which can lead to acidification. You get used to the bitter substances of the leaves very quickly and recognize their benefits for the organs and the body.
If you respect the purity law, e.g. no animal products, no starchy vegetables, nothing heated or denatured etc., i.e. pure raw food products, you can of course also add completely different ingredients. For example dried fruits, dates, spices such as ginger, pepper & salt. There are hardly any limits to creativity.
What do I do if I am not very familiar with herbs or simply have no time to collect them?
In the end, the wild herbs are another plus for the green smoothie. Even if I can't collect herbs in nature, there are plenty of cultivated green leaves that I can blend. In every health food store I can buy greens, spinach, Swiss chard, parsley or the greens from a carrot or celery. Through the wild herbs I give the green smoothie an even more powerful and stronger energy, away from cultivated and towards lively nature. It is not a prerequisite for the green drink to work, it is an added value that more and more people are opening up to.
So I can go according to my individual taste?
Absolutely. Either I have the time and inclination to collect herbs, or I can have an organic box or wild herbs delivered to me and always have fresh greenery at home. With this I supply my body with significantly more vital substances than most of us. The leaves basically have many more vital substances (these are chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, many secondary plant substances, etc.) than the tuber or root of a plant that grows underground, and above all they have one crucial difference : The chlorophyll. The green smoothie is mainly about this plant pigment, because it is, so to speak, the number one vital substance that can only be found in green leaves!
Then why do we mainly eat what grows underground?
I once read that it was a consequence of the new prosperity after the war. During the time of hunger, wild herbs, nettles or ground grass were often the only meals available. The name "poor people's food" was coined. After the war came the food industry and prosperity and suddenly there was food in abundance, luxury foods, changed in taste and embellished in color. Today, on the other hand, it is almost a luxury again to have the opportunity to grow something yourself and to know where it comes from and what is actually in it. This is the new prosperity of our time.
What kind of local plants are there in summer that can be mixed well into a smoothie?
Almost all herbs are available to us in summer. Very few of the wild herbs have already faded and are no longer edible. At the moment we can collect, for example, dandelion, ribwort, nettle or some tree leaves such as linden leaves. Then, of course, summer is the time for berries, these are our summer fruits. Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants, blueberries, from whose bushes we can also eat or mix the leaves! You can also buy a watermelon or a peach and mix it in - even with the skin on, if you have the right mixer and buy organic ingredients. But more about that another time.
But don't I have to be careful because not everything is edible?
Of course, that's the basic requirement! Just as we learn as children that rhubarb cannot be eaten raw, we also have to gradually get closer to wild herbs. We have many inedible plants and flowers, but the field of edible herbs and plants is also immense. Only collect and eat what you really know 100 percent. I am saying this so drastically because it really matters. With many plants you can eat the fruit, but not the leaves. This includes all nightshade plants, i.e. tomatoes, peppers, etc. With other plants, however, you can even eat the flowers, for example the elder, but not the leaves! It is best to buy an identification book that you can always look up and take part in wild herb hikes or botanical excursions.
Thank you for the interview, Ms. Nossem! Next time it will be about the topic of “high-performance mixer” - but now there is still a delicious smoothie recipe!
The questions were asked by Manuela Hartung
Recipe: refreshing green summer smoothie
- a handful of spinach or lamb's lettuce
- fresh ground elder and / or sorrel (otherwise other wild herbs that are available)
- a slice of organic lemon with peel
- a large piece of ripe organic watermelon with seeds and some peel
- a ripe plate peach (without stone) - alternatively 1-2 soaked dates
- a few mint leaves for decoration
- little cool still water
Puree everything together finely in a high-performance mixer.
Pour into a beautiful, decorative glass and garnish with the mint leaves.
Enjoy the cooling pleasure!
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