The New Face of Smoothies
Smoothies have taken on a healthier and tastier flare.
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The trend nowadays is to transform smoothies into liquid vitamin pills.
Whey is a byproduct of cheesemaking. When the liquid left over after the
cheese particles are removed is filtered and purified, it becomes a powder
quite high in protein, but free of lactose and fat. Many athletes use it to
Another popular smoothie-booster is wheatgrass. This is a powder made from
the young wheat plant and is loaded with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and
enzymes. It is more of a veggie than a grain at this stage of development.
Not all smoothie lovers embrace the supernutrients approach. "This is
garbage!" Sally Fallon, author of Eat Fat, Lose Fat and Nourishing
Traditions, tells WebMD. "Smoothies need to be made of real
Fallon's rule of thumb is: Would you eat each ingredient by itself, on its
She also isn't a fan of raw veggies in smoothies, especially those in the
broccoli and cauliflower (cruciferous) area.
Some people also add bee pollen to smoothies. "Use unprocessed honey
instead," Fallon advises. (Honey should not be consumed for kids under age
1 because of the risk of botulism.)
Crocker thinks smoothies are a way to get healing herbs. Herbs can be
powerful medicine, however, and you should study up on them first.
Smoothies as Therapy
Because smoothies are comforting and slide down easily, it is possible, if
your doctor or nutritionist advises, to incorporate needed nutrients. If you
are anemic, you might include iron-rich sea herbs, Crocker says. These include
dulce and kelp. Beets and spinach are also possibilities.
says don't turn to chemicals. Instead, eliminate bland, refined foods and add
nuts, legumes, and psyllium powder to your one-glass meals. Prunes can also be
good "smoothie-ized," as can rhubarb.
For weight control, spin up a smoothie at midday, rather than reaching for a
bagel. Invent Your Own
Crocker recommends a smoothie a day. They can be a reasonable meal
Veggie smoothies can also be a nice aperitif. For a before dinner
"cocktail" Crocker suggests zipping up some soy milk, celery, whole
tomato, a pinch of fennel, curry powder, turmeric, and cumin, and making a nice
"smoothie" dip or sauce. You can even chug it straight. Sip and
Another nice lunch smoothie, she says, contains oranges, cooked carrots,
orange juice, seedless red grapes, and some fresh ginger.