The pickle pot has been stronger than my right hand … damn! But don’t worry, it’s all right :) However, I am handicapped to cook these days. So, I blend! And I blend everyday! Two weeks ago, I discovered Hélène’s recipe and I must admit I let my usually breakfast cereals aside since (but I haven’t forgotten them <3).
Only one problem with this smoothie: banana. I like banana but a small quantity of it. Hard to believe according to the bunch of recipes containing banana I suggest you, right? But that is because I often cook to please others – often one specific other ^^. Whatever, I like the taste – if it’s not too sweet – but my stomach is not really fond of it. It means that a whole banana for breakfast, moreover a ripe one, I can’t :/
Over the days so, I tried different proportions, different ingredients and those last mornings, my taste buds and my belly were both happy! I even tried this smoothie without banana but even for me who usually don’t add a lot of sugar (actually almost never add sugar), I still missed something.
So, here are the perfect proportions according to me, about taste / texture and which fit a big (IKEA ^^) glass:
- 100g zucchini cleaned, peeled, diced and frozen
- 30g banana cut and frozen (or about ¼ of a banana)
- 1 big tbs bitter cacao powder
- 150ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 big handful of fresh spinaches, rinsed
- 2 ou 3 prunes (optional – it brings some sugar too)
Everything in the blender!
And we blend, and we blend!
And it’s done!
TIPS AND TRICKS
Don’t hesitate to remove zucchini pieces from your freezer a bit before blending them to soften them. Or you can even blend a first time, let it rest for 2-3 minutes and blend again in order to get a more smooth and more liquid texture.
The nutritional info of the day! ...
… spinaches, to become as strong as Popeye! Well, right, that doesn’t really work but there are still good things in spinaches:
- Antioxidants: to get rid of free radicals in your body
- Chlorophyll: which could inhibit the growth of cancerous cells (‘could’!)
- Glycolipid: which could have an anti cancerous effect and some anti inflammatory properties (‘could have’!)
Which is sure, is that raw spinach is a good source of vitamin A (strongly antioxidant) and B9 (extremely important vitamin in pregnancy period for the foetus construction) and also an excellent source of vitamin K (which takes part to the blood coagulation and bone construction).
Concerning iron, there is some in it, that’s right! But you need to eat a lot of spinaches for it benefits you ;)
Well, I warn you, this smoothie doesn’t suit to everybody (to people that really like banana for example, if you see what I mean …). But it suits me so much! I love this cacao taste and it’s a real pleasure to drink this smoothie well cool (especially in summer!), which we know is light and full of vitamins!
To drink without moderation :)