Saturday, January 09, 2010

Goji-Bali Dreaming On Such A Winter's Day...

With my sincerest apologies to the Mamas & Papas, and mad props to the Live Green Smoothie Diet and it's creator and online friend of mine, Angela, I have to blog.

I've been a subscriber to the LGSD daily recipe since September. I haven't made every one of the recipes that has crossed my email box, nor have I even attemtped. But the recipe from the 7th of January really spoke to me. What's not to love about young coconut? I'm willing to bet that most people in my neck of the woods haven't seen a young coconut nor even tasted one. And they are HEAVENLY. Even if you don't believe in an afterlife, the young cocount would make you a believer in the divine. SRSLY. It's just that good. And when you crack the top off of one, squeeze some fresh lime juice inside and then stick a straw in it? ZOMG. Yeah. Then you take the metal spoon and scoop the flesh out and eat it.

I've been to Bali *twice* and both times I've nearly made myself sick on this particular delicacy. And since we're experiencing icky weather - snow flurries predicted in Central Florida?!11!? - I really was delighted to see something that reminded me of my Favorite Place on Earth. I may live in a suburb north of the Happiest Place on Earth (East), but Bali is *my* happy place. I fully intend to expat and retire there in 30 years or so.

But all of that won't tell you about my Smoothie this morning. Inspired by the LGSD recipe but lacking some of the essential ingredients (clementines/oranges/banana)... Well, I *do* have Tangerines, but I'm not venturing outside in the dreary, cold rain to get one. I crafted my own Smoothie. Here's the recipe:
  • 1 young coconut - water and guts
  • 1 lime, peel removed and juiced
  • 1" fresh ginger root, peeled and juiced
  • 1/4" fresh turmeric, juiced
  • 1.5 cups fresh papaya, seeded and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. organic Goji berries
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup ice
Blitz this in your favorite blender/smoothie machine/Blendtec (jealous me if you have one) and enjoy.

Some notes for this recipe:
  1. Lime MUST have the peel removed so it's not bitter.
  2. Juice the lime, ginger, and turmeric together into a cup and then add to the blender.
The mommy & daughter smoothies:

This is so very good and not overly cold even though it's got frozen fruit and ice in it. It's nice and thick like a milkshake, but no dairy at all. It also gets "things" moving along nicely. Speaking of which...

My middle child is so... anal... that on xrays, she's backed up all the way to her stomach just about. Miralax can only go so far with her... So I'm trying this smoothie on her to see if that's a more gentle way of getting things to "move on". Of my three children, the younger two give this smoothie 2 thumbs up out of 3.


meridith said...

sounds fantastic, where do you buy goji berries and young coconut?

llama,llama not yo mama said...

Goji berries can be found at the health food store and are a bit spendy. Although, my MIL says they are the same thing as dried lychees. I have no idea.

Young coconuts can be found at your local asian/hispanic market.

Angela Leeds said...

Wow, this smoothie looks *awesome*! Thanks so much for the props, my dear!

:) <3