What's naturally gluten-free? It's called easy. But easy doesn't mean bland. Smoothies make perfect bases for whole foods, naturally free of gluten -- and despite the rigamarole that is the tried-and-true banana+milk+ice, they're a great way to explore new foods, and eat seasonally. The variety of seasonal produce -- even in Winter -- present an opportunity both to eat in tune the the body and world, and to eat adventurously. For while Winter may be a bit brisk for a cold drink, its seasonal produce make some of the creamiest and warming of smoothie and shake bases.
These Seasonal Smoothies -- dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free -- are eye-popping, but not gut-popping.
[Since 'tis Winter for now... ]
BLEAK MIDWINTER SMOOTHIES
Kabocha Almond Shake [ baked kabocha squash, 1 tsp almond butter, 1 tsp Nuttzo Power Fuel, 1 scoop Almond Plant Protein, 1/2 baked Japanese sweet potato, ice + water to adjust consistency ]
Beet'Em Good Chocolate Shake [ 1 medium steamed beet, beet greens, 1 ripe banana, 1 scoop Chocolate Plant Protein, Orgain Vanilla Almond Milk ]
Pumpkin Pie in a Glass [ roasted or canned pumpkin, 1/4" fresh ginger, dash cinnamon, vanilla extract, Barleans Omega Swirl, Lemon, 1 ripe banana, 1 scoop Vanilla Plant Protein, 1 tsp Nuttzo Power Fuel ]
[For that Fall time of deep changing leaves...]
AUTUMN SHAKES AND SMOOTHIES
Butternut Butterbeer Slurp [ roasted butternut squash, sarsparilla, NOW Food's Coconut Liquid Stevia, 1 scoop Almond Plant Protein, carbonated water + ice ]
Beet Green Apple Ginger Smoothie [ handful wilted beet greens, 2 small baked apples, 1/4" fresh ginger, NOW Food's Liquid Organic Stevia, (optionally) 1 scoop Vanilla Plant Protein, 1/3 cup Orgain Vanilla Almond Milk ]
Nutty Squash Smoothie [ Buttercup, Carnival, or Kuri sqaush, ... Continue to Tumbling Gluten Free for the rest of the article and recipes!
My favourite add-ins:
Drop in NUTTZO: This seven nut and seed butter supports nutritionally underserved children, and promotes adoptions worldwide with Project Left Behind. The butter itself is additive-free, organic, gluten-free, and provides a rainbow of flavour to whatever it's swirled into or spread on.
Pound it with PROTEIN:Garden of Life Plant Protein -- creamy even without a smoothie . . .
This seasonal eating supports the digestive system as much as the add-ins. It also supports the local community and agriculture. But guess what else? It supports some serious food-exploring, and a sense of abundance as well.
Smoothies, seasonal eating, naturally gluten-free: Try it all. It's not restrictive, it's nourishing. And fun.
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