Friday, January 11, 2013

Green Smoothie And Warm Lentil Soup with Apples and Maple Syrup

What a better way to start your day than with the Green Goddess Goodness Smoothie.  Enough vitamins, minerals, enzymes, carbohydrates, proteins and fatty acids to keep you up and energetic all day long.
Prep for the lentils
The ginger and papaya gives this smoothie a sensation that takes you back to a warm and sunny beach in Thailand.  The oranges and apples are from Mallorca and both so fresh and alive.  I had doubles of this healthy glass full of energetic love and healing.
The lentil soup idea is a mixture of old world meets new world.  Lentils were domesticated about 10,000 years ago and was probably done so because of there large mineral, vitamin and protein contain.  And the fact that they store very well.  When sprouted they even become more nutritious.  I first started cooking with lentils in northern Spain and then a chef in NYC, Wiley Dufresne, showed me a take on the classic.  He cooked the lentils in apple cider.  This recipe is cooking them in apple juice with apples and maple syrup.  A great combo.
Green Goddess Goodness Smoothie
juice of 4 oranges
1 apple
1 banana
1 carrot
1/2 mango
1/2 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 cup cubed papaya plus some seeds
1 tbsp Green Vibrance
Wash peel slice and dice and throw it all into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, pour into glasses and enjoy.
Warm Lentil Soup with Apples and Maple Syrup
1 cup lentils
3 cups apple juice
2 cups water
1 onion chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 apple chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger
1 small red pepper chopped
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch sage
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
Put all ingredients in a large pot except potato, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 45 minutes then add potatoes.
Cook for another 15 minutes or so and add salt and pepper.
Serve with rice to get a complete protein.  This soup is wonderful on a cold winter day.  From this soup you will get plenty of minerals, vitamins and protein.  Add some kale or wakame if you really want to up the anti.
Buen Provecho

Green Goddess Goodness Smoothie
Green Goddess Goodness Smoothie
Tasty and healthy!

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