In between studying, cooking and studying here in New York City, I have been working on a series of fun n’ yum videos to share with you. It’s part of a delicious collaboration between my school, the Natural Gourmet Institute and my favourite magazine of all time, Yoga Journal – exciting stuff for this enthusiastic Natural Foods Chef-slash-Yogini! All too often we get so busy with life that food takes a backseat. It’s so much easier to grab something from the shelves of the supermarket that looks remotely healthy (or maybe not) to sustain us until the next time our tummy grumbles. I totally get it. I’ve been there, done that for way too long than I’d like to admit. There was a time in my life when everything I ate came in packages (or takeout boxes) because I was time poor and incredibly unenthused to get into the kitchen – it all seemed way too overwhelming. But it really isn’t.
In these new videos I’ve created, you will see just how easy it is to make your own delicious, affordable food in a minimal amount of time – yes please right!? Take a look and let me know what you think – what do you want to learn how to do in the most fuss-free, affordable way possible? This is an ongoing thing, I want to create videos for you because back when I first began dabbling in cooking, I found videos were easier than following words on a screen, in a book, or on paper.
I hope you enjoy this first video – it’s super simple and provides a great burst of green nutrition and energy. I avoided using spinach and kale because, well, *yawn*, plus lettuce leaves are SO much more affordable and contain just as much nutrition as spinach and kale. Just avoid using bitter lettuce leaves – stick with dark romaine, baby romaine, iceberg, butter leaf and other kinds grown locally (and organically if possible) in your area.
I have also included the recipe below in case you need to go shopping for supplied first! Bon appetit!
Easy Peasy Green Smoothie
- 1 generous handful mixed lettuce leaves (avoid bitter leaves like arugula)
- 3 small dried figs or 2 large dried figs (opt for sugar-free, sulfate-free figs)
- ¼ cup firm or silken tofu (firm provides a thicker mix, silken provides a thin consistency)
- 2 tablespoons nut butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 teaspoons Moringa tea leaves (powder or leaf form – I like to buy the teabags and open them up! Much cheaper this way)
- 1 cup filtered water
- In a blender, combine all smoothie ingredients in the order above and blend until smooth.
- Drink right away or store in an air-tight glass jar overnight – be sure to re-blend or shake well before consuming.