This Carrot-Ginger-Banana Smoothie is just one of over 400 recipes included in The Complete Book of Raw Food Volume 2, by Lisa Montgomery. I had the opportunity to read this new book
published by Hatherleigh Press and I must say that I learned a great deal about raw foods. What exactly is a raw diet? It’s a diet that consists of raw foods such fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds that are uncooked. The philosophy behind a raw diet is that because the food is not heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, it retains all of its nutrients that would otherwise be lost during the cooking process. This allows your body to get the most from your food. Montgomery does a great job of discussing how eating raw is not simply a diet but rather a whole lifestyle change. She stresses the importance of taking positive steps to improve your health and well being in all aspects of your life, not just your diet.
In the first part of the book, she goes over the basics of a raw food kitchen and discusses essential ingredients and kitchen tools. The three pieces of kitchen equipment that she recommends are: a high-speed blender, a juicer and a dehydrator, which she describes as a raw foodist’s version of an oven. She also discusses common techniques used in a raw diet with chapters dedicated to sprouting, dehydrating and fermenting.
Although I personally do not follow a raw diet, there are many health benefits to consuming foods in their natural state. Overall, I found that this book would appeal to a wide variety of people whether you’re trying a raw diet for the first time or are an avid raw food enthusiast. This comprehensive book contains a diverse collection of recipes from some of the world’s leading raw chefs so readers should be able to find many recipes that appeal to them.
When choosing a recipe to test from the book, I decided to go with something that was approachable- a smoothie. I chose this one in particular b/c I love the combination of carrots, apple and ginger. I’ve had this combination in soups before but never in a smoothie. Whole apples are added to this smoothie as well as orange and lemon juice for bright citrus flavor and banana for natural sweetness. Fresh ginger adds a nice punch. The finished product had a lovely orange hue and clean, refreshing taste. The only thing I changed was the addition of ice cubes because I like my smoothies very cold. I love the fact that this smoothie is so nutritious and is packed with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. It’s a great energy-boosting breakfast option to get your day going or a refreshing mid-day thirst quencher. Enjoy!
This Carrot-Ginger-Banana Smoothie a great energy-boosting breakfast option to get your day going or a refreshing mid-day thirst quencher.
- 1 ½ cups filtered water
- 2 whole apples, washed and chopped coarsely
- 1 banana
- 1 cup fresh carrots (chopped or grated)
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Recipe adapted from Dave Biddison from The Complete Book of Raw Food Volume 2