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Hi! I’m back, still committed and excited as ever to continue my quest to cook/eat through David Grotto’s “101 Foods That Could Save Your Life” and “101 Optimal Life Foods.” Yeah, I know – the original 1-year deadline has come and gone. I should be flogging myself, but instead I choose to continue, out of the sheer joy of discovering great new foods, increasing energy, decreasing bloat and sharing cool recipes and stuff with the 10-15 TRUE FRIENDS who will read this.

Almost everyone I know complains that life is moving too fast. Work, family, travel, activities – where in this whirlwind do we find time to plan and consume fresh, optimal-life meals or even snacks? One particularly expeditious route is to jam a bunch of healthy ingredients into a blender, hit puree and drink the goodness. Perhaps my favorite recipe in “101 Foods That Could Save Your Life,” is the Whey Protein Smoothie from Dave’s three beautiful (and now nearly grown) daughters (p. 351). It’s a great bet for kids who are either finicky or pressed for time, before school or between sports practices.

INGREDIENTS:

1 t vanilla extract

8 oz. nonfat milk (soy, rice, almond, oat)

1 packet frozen Acai pulp

1/2 c. frozen mango or mixed tropical fruit

1 scoop non-denatured whey protein*

2T agave nectar

Blend, garnish with fruit chunks and SLAM. So. yummy.

*Full disclosure: I have no idea if my whey protein is denatured. It’s the Whole Foods 365 brand (vanilla), and I DO know that it does not taste like Play-Doh, unlike some others I’ve tried.

Another wonderful find in this category came courtesy of my aunt, Molly Hawley (incredible portrait artist, in case you feel like being immortalized in vibrant color), on a recent visit to her home in Vermont – a place with health and soul-boosting properties of its own. While Uncle Rick was the head chef (and what a chef!), Aunt Molly treated us every morning to one of her savory smoothies, also labelled “green drinks.” Salad in a glass is not your typical breakfast fare, but these raw concoctions are refreshing, cleansing and delish.

You might want to start with a basic recipe like this one, and then experiment, based on your taste and vitamin needs (I add a handful of baby carrots and, sometimes, red bell pepper). I use a food processor instead of a blender  because mine’s easier to clean, but the results are chunkier. Convenience. Texture. Do what you gotta.

1/2 avocado

1 small tomato (or a handful of grape tomatoes)

Organic baby spinach (2-3 good handfuls or enough to pack the food processor bowl)

Sprinkling of fresh cilantro and/or basil leaves

1 c water (add more for a lighter texture, flavor)

I’m sure it’s imaginary, but I actually feel my skin glowing after I drink one of these  (in a healthy, non-alien way).

Mrs. Darlene Parker, an incredible baby sitter that I’m happy to recommend (available through College Nannies and Tutors in Glenview, IL), turned me on to this one:

Pineapple (two rings, cut into small wedges)

Cucumber (1/3 of a large or 1/2 of a medium-sized cucumber)

Organic baby spinach (again, enough to fill the FP bowl)

Somewhere, I think there’s a cocktail version of this with vodka and champagne, but I may have dreamed that.

You’d be hard pressed, I think, to come up with another way to prepare 3-5 servings of fresh raw fruits and vegetables in 10-15 minutes (including clean up), with such a tasty result. It almost makes you wish that all meal prep could be this easy. Why not?  Just cram and blend some pork chops, noodles, green beans, applesauce et. al. into a tasty, hearty smush.

Yeah…but don’t.

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  • hi2mommy: Thanks, Laura - I'll never give up! YOU post some of the most exquisite recipes I've ever seen. You are going to be featured here very soon.
  • susie: well im not really sure what the 2nd reply post was all about, but i reckon this is still a classic game, whatever way you look at it.
  • Laura: Yum! I love a fruit smoothie - especially on a hot summer day. I'm with you on the fruit - mango or raspberries. Picking up where you left off is a

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