Recipes and mini article.
Supershake one; 2 bananas, 1 pint nut milk, half tsp. carob powder, 2 tbsp. raw cocoa powder, Tbsp. local untreated honey, 2 scraped vanilla pods. (Plus any extras).
Supershake two; 1 pint nut milk, 1 banana, 2 soaked dates, 2 tbsp. raw cocoa powder, 2 tbsp. Agave, 2 scraped vanilla pods, 1 portion raspberries. (Plus any extras).
Extras e.g. Siberian ginseng. Cocoa butter. Coconut oil. Cordycep. Reishi. ORMUS. Spirulina. Hemp protein powder. Aloe Vera. Bee pollen. This is only a short list of what could be added in.
Method; first we make the nut milk so you want to take a handful of your chosen nuts (I am terrible for not really measuring things, but that’s part of the fun!) and soak them in your water over night (some nuts need less time but my favourite, almonds, they will be fine to soak over night). After they have soaked for six or more hours drain them off and throw the soaked nuts into the blender, add one pint of the water of your choice and blend until it looks like cows milk, then a little bit more, then pour through a nut milk bag (easily available on net) and once solids removed pour back into blender (or alternatively put it in the fridge to chill and enjoy on its own) add the other ingredients, (plus a few ice cubes if you want it chilled) blend again until it has a lovely creamy smooth consistency, pour and enjoy!
Now these really are super shakes! Not only is the taste heavenly but what they do for you can be life changing depending on the extras you decide to add, but do not worry about those little extras right now as the base ingredients are pretty amazing too, lets take a look ………….. The nut milk is a good place to start. Depending on what nut you choose to use will alter the qualities of the shake, my personal favourite is almond, they are a rich source of vitamin E, B vitamins, monounsaturated fat, essential minerals and dietary fibre, the almond is also said to improve skin complexion, the movement of food through the bowls and the prevention of cancer, oh yes, and they taste great as milk! The more nuts you use the creamier the milk will be. Now for the bananas, as you know these are packed with energy, they are rich in potassium and contain large amounts of tryptophan, (potassium is linked with water retention, kidney function and insulin secretion and much more. Tryptophan is a building block for protein and along with much more it helps manufacture antibodies) Banana’s are used to treat hypertension and detoxify the body but in this Supershake they also work extremely well as a thickener and sweetener, an alternative to this would be soaked dates or if you have a really sweet tooth and are quite daring why not try them both together. The raw cocoa powder is the daddy of all superfoods for me though with its highest levels of vitamin C in the world and highest antioxidant levels too! THE DADDY! Let’s move on to carob powder, it is made from the dried gum of the evergreen tree native to Mediterranean countries, its flavour is similar to cocoa and is often used as a substitute for people who are allergic to chocolate, its gum is rich in natural sugars, calcium and minerals. Honey is up next, now this is pretty amazing stuff! The best honey to use would be raw, untreated, local honey. Honey is a great substitute for sugar and it is not only sweeter than sugar but is also absorbed more quickly. The combination of simple sugars; glucose, fructose, sucrose and maltose is what creates the sweetness, but its not all sugars though there are B vitamins, minerals and plenty of enzymes in there too. Unlike refined sugar honey will not upset the body’s mineral balance. For hundreds of years honey has been used to treat many things including sore throats, high blood pressure and constipation as well as having calming effects too, amazed yet? David Wolfe says the longest living people were bee keepers, first it was thought to be related to being stung but was later realised to be down to the honey. Always try to make your choice local honey as it will be made from your local pollens which may also help with allergies such as hey fever. Truly amazing! If you want to add a great sweet flavour in next it has to be vanilla, derived from orchids native to Mexico. It is the second most expensive spice after saffron (In your local supermarket you may get two pods for just less than two pounds so I would suggest the net where I managed to find a hundred vanilla pods for nine pounds). Along with their bundles of antioxidants the raspberries (or blueberries etc.) add a lovey fruity twist. This only leaves water but I will not go on about it as water would be another article on its own but I will say this, the better the water the better the shake! (For a little more on water see, you are what you’ve eaten?)
I will leave the extras for you to search in your own time or when you are ready to add them in to your own Supershakes, and when you do please put up your good recipes and discoveries for me to read, try and enjoy J Thanks.