Saturday, March 10, 2012

Is this a smoothie? or dessert?

I sure couldn't tell. I set out to make a smoothie, but it tasted so much like a creamy sorbet that I felt like I was eating dessert. And it was super simple!
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • frozen cherries
  • frozen strawberries
  • fresh blackberries
  • plain Greek yogurt (made from raw milk)
  • a little bit of water
I just put all of these in a blender, mixed for a minute, and voila! I ate a enough to fill me up, and then split the rest into cups and put in the freezer for later. You could do this with just fruit, or regular yogurt that you find in the grocery store (buy plain organic and add your own honey or agave to sweeten it- so much healthier!).

So technically this is a "RAW" food because the milk used to make the yogurt was unpasteurized. What's the deal with unpasteurized milk? The process of pasteurization rapidly heats the milk which deforms the protein and destroys the enzymes. Enzymes are the worker bees of the body that break food down and tell the body what it is  and what to do with it. The point here is once these deformed proteins are ingested by us, our body has a hell of a time figuring out what they are and what to do with them. Normally the enzymes that are found in raw milk are the ones that do all of the digesting. When raw milk enters the stomach, the enzymes are activated once the stomach reaches a certain pH and they start digesting the milk protein. That means that your body doesn't have to do any work to digest raw milk. 

You know how after you eat a giant meal you get sleepy? It's because all of your energy is being sent to the digestive track to take care of digesting the meal. When you eat enzyme rich food (raw foods) your body doesn't have to do much work because the enzymes present in the food do it for you. That means that your body can continue to work on repairing itself more (think immune system). It doesn't have to stop for hours to go take care of the giant cooked meal you just ate. 

There's your mini lesson for the day... Enjoy!

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