This type of green smoothie as demonstrated is relatively easy on the digestion. Perfectly digestible and tasty, although taking longer to digest, is a version I sometimes drink about 2 hours before going for a long swim. The addition of avocado and tofu balances it out with fat and protein. It also introduces a more banana based smoothie type of smoothness.
- 1/2 pack (approx. 125g) silken tofu (plain bean curd) diced
- 1/2 – 1 ripe avocado, scooped out and sliced
- 40 nettle tops or other edible wild greens
- water or milk – dairy or otherwise
- seasoning if desired
other optional extras:
- cashew nuts, plain, a small handful
- almonds, plain, a small handful
- a handful of mung bean sprouts
- a bit of lemon juice and/or cayenne pepper and/or fresh ginger
Simply liquidize all the ingredients together for a minute or so, using sufficient liquid to achieve your preferred consistency, and it’s ready to drink. You can leave all the separate ingredients in the fridge overnight and just add the freshly picked nettles in the morning if you want a really cool smoothie! If you like this, try substituting the nettles for watercress (if you are certain it is liver fluke free) or seaweed – dulse, sea lettuce and laver work particularly well.
Do be aware that if you are new to wild foods or even if you eat wild foods on a regular basis, such a sudden hit of wild greens can lead to various unpleasant symptoms of over indulgence such as stomach aches and headaches. Don’t worry about this, just take it easy at first and allow your body to adapt. Eating wild foods ought to be about genuinely loving yourself: feeding and nourishing your wonderful body with nutritious food. It is most definitely not about imposing a supposedly super healthy regime on yourself that you are not ready for. Such activities derive from self abuse rather than love.