If I was asked to choose the food group I loved most, I would, without hesitation, say fruit and then proceed to go into a ten minute monologue explaining all the reasons why I love fruit. It seems that today, with all of the GMOs and huge factories processing the bread, crackers, guacamole, vegetables, oatmeal, sauces, etc. that we eat, it is hard to find foods that are completely natural. While grocery store fruit is often grown using pesticides, chemicals, genetic modification and other gross capitalistic methods, organically grown fruit is one of the only foods that I feel comfortable eating directly off the shelf.
Last summer I was biking through the mountains of Oslo, when we came across a hillside covered in raspberry bushes. My family and I stopped our bikes and ate a bunch of raspberries right off the vine. The fruit had not been watered by a farmer, grown using fertilizers, protected with complex technologies or chemicals, or bathed in UV lights. The raspberries needs no salt, no pepper, no dressing nor sauce to make them mouthwatering and satisfying.
I was scrolling through my past entries in this blog the other day, and I realized that my use of fruit (outside of desserts) was almost nonexistent. There always seemed to be a lack of recipes involving fruit that also didn’t mandate loads of sugar! So this morning, I decided to make a simple, yet unique smoothie for my mom. I found a few recipes online and consolidated them into a single, simple recipe for my mom. Enjoy!
Ingredients (one serving)
3/4 cup of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of frozen mango in chunks
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (soy milk if allergic to almonds)
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon almond butter (exclude if allergic)
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
Add all of the ingredients into a large blender and blend on high until completely smooth. ENJOY!!!