Rise & Shine Smoothie
25/05/2018 | Tamara Brown
This recipe is featured in our Books.
A word from The Raw Food Girl
This smoothie is one of my faves, I just love the beetroot / frozen banana / cacao combo. Fresh beetroot is a powerful food for cleansing and supporting liver function, so it’s great to start the day off with it.
Add it with frozen banana and cacao and you’ve got a powerful cherry ripe tasting smoothie. Ooh yeah, so delish.
Dammit. Now I’m distracted thinking about Raw Cherry Ripe Slice. But I don’t have any on hand at the moment so I’d better snap out of it because I want to talk about Hemp Seeds, since there’s quite alot of controversy surrounding them at the moment.
Hemp seeds contain one of the highest sources of plant based protein, but are not recommended for human consumption in Australia.
Actually, the government requires all hemp products for sale to be labelled with this warning, and the consequences for retailers failing to comply are massive (up to $250,000 fine!). However, Australia and New Zealand are the only countries in the world that require retailers to carry this warning.
Hemp has been used as a food source for thousands of years, and that’s not likely to change any time soon.
Because at 37% protein, the amino acid profile of hemp seeds is comparable to other sources of protein
such as meat, milk, eggs and soy. Which, when living on a mostly vegan diet, finding quality sources of plant protein is pretty important.
If we’re eating a predominantly plant-based diet then the iron we take in will be mostly non-heme, which is less absorbable then heme iron. Iron is vital for maintaining energy levels because it helps supply your body’s cells with oxygen.
Vitamin C helps the absorption of both heme and non-heme iron, so I try to always take it in conjunction with plant foods that are particularly high in iron (like spinach, kale and broccoli.)
I recently met a lady at one of my Raw Food Workshops who was on a strict vegan diet and had really suffered from iron deficiency. Her doctors recommended the usual: red meat, iron infusion, iron-infused foods – but instead she tried a different approach.
Understanding the role of vitamin C in iron absorption, she dramatically increased her consumption of vitamin C, both via the food she ate and vitamin C supplements. After a few months of this I was very interested to learn that she no longer has an iron deficiency! Which is the most common nutritional deficiency in Australia.
Eating pineapple before your greens can help your body absorb more iron. Just make sure it’s fresh, because canned pineapple contains only 32% vitamin C… In other words, the canning process kills over 4 times the amount of available vitamin C. So always eat fresh when possible!