Vegan smoothie created by Tess Masters
Vegan Brazil Nut Berry Blast Smoothie
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup or fresh or frozen blueberries
2/3 cup Brazil nuts
3 cups filtered water
½ cup ice
2 large fresh or frozen bananas
1/8 cup chopped pitted prunes (about 3)
1 Tbsp flaxseeds
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of Celtic sea salt
Throw all the ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
By Tess Masters:
This berry nutty smoothie is one of my all-time favourite raw vegan smoothies. I make it every week because it is loaded with anti-cancer goodies and tastes absolutely delicious.
I don’t know about you, but I welcome any opportunity to throw berries of all colours and shapes into my smoothies. Berries are small, but mighty! Berries are full of anthocyanins that can help repair and protect DNA. They are also rich in cancer-preventing antioxidants. Each colour contains different phytochemicals, so mix it up and try to include as many different varieties as possible.
Berries look and taste divine! Berries are available all-year round fresh or frozen. I have chosen raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for this smoothie, as these berries are the most widely available in most countries. But feel free to use cranberries, blackberries, cherries or any other berries that take your fancy. Different blends will yield smoothies of slightly different personalities, but I haven’t tasted a blend I haven’t enjoyed yet! They are all berry good!
I understand that berries can get expensive. To save money, buy when berries are in season, look out for price specials at the store and stock up and freeze them. You can also find fantastic deals on frozen berries at bulk stores.
Now for the raw nuts and seeds. I love to include raw nuts and seeds in my diet way to boost my immunity. Raw nuts are not only delicious and an extremely versatile way to add flavour and texture to smoothies, but they also contain essential oils and nutrients that boost the immune system and help prevent cancers from forming.
Most of us are familiar with raw almonds, cashews and macadamia nuts. But have you ever tried the more exotic Brazil nut? If you haven’t, let me introduce you to one of the best kept secrets in the raw nutty world!
Brazil nuts are the jewels of the Amazon. They are rich and creamy and contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may suppress the growth of cancers; as well as methionine, which promotes antioxidant production and combats free radical damage which can help with premature aging. Brazil nuts are also one of the richest sources of selenium - about 2500 times more than any other nut. In fact, just two raw Brazil nuts account for the daily requirement of selenium. Brazil nuts are also a fantastic complete vegetarian protein with a full amino acid profile. They are also a good source of calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B.
Things to be aware of when purchasing Brazil nuts: the shells contain aflatoxins, which have been linked in some studies to liver cancer. The EU have strict importing regulations for whole Brazil nuts for this reason. Always purchase raw shelled Brazil nuts from a health food store with a high turnover to ensure maximum freshness and quality; and always store Brazil nuts in a sealed glass container in the fridge, as these nuts are even more susceptible to rancidity due to their very high fat content.
I absolutely love to use raw Brazil nuts to make delicious creamy vegan dairy free milk when blended with filtered water. This “milk” adds a delightful depth of flavour to this berry smoothie. I love the selenium boost that these Brazil nuts bring to this smoothie, but feel free to use raw cashews, raw almonds or raw macadamia nuts, which also make this smoothie taste fabulous.
*If you are allergic to nuts or just want to make this smoothie more affordable, use soy milk or rice milk. These vegan milks also taste berry good in this smoothie.
The final blast of goodness in this smoothie is the addition of the flaxseeds. I add flaxseeds (also known as linseeds) to most of my smoothies. Flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that help to produce cancer-fighting phytonutrients such as lignans. Flaxseeds blend beautifully into smoothies. I try to include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds into my diet every day. You can also add flaxseed oil to your smoothie, but I prefer ground flaxseeds as they contain both the fibre and the oil. You can grind your own flaxseeds in a coffee grinder that is not being used for coffee or use a spice grinder.
The cinnamon is optional in this smoothie. This shake tastes wonderful without it, but I think the cinnamon adds a little kick that elevates this smoothie from wonderful to superb!
Either way, this nutty fruit smoothie is berry, berry good!post a comment >