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March 31, 2008 at 8:41 pm 1 comment

Spring Cleaning—right in the gut


A few weeks ago, I attempted to spread some rumors about a Shake Shack coming to Forest Hills. To date, no call or e-mail from Danny Meyer, but no matter. I make excellent, healthful shakes several times a week in my home, and so can you because it’s so simple.

Here’s my basic recipe:

  1. Throw 1 banana of any size into your blender. You need a banana to give the shake thickness and because it mixes so well with any other fruit you might think of.
  2. Toss in any other fruit you might think of. I’ve usually got a mango lying around, as well as a handful of grapes, a kiwi, a green apple, maybe some pineapple slices that are almost borderline. I also keep a few bags of organic berries in the freezer (Trader Joe’s, the Natural, the organic stores all have these) for this purpose.
  3. Add in a few heaping spoonfuls of nonfat plain yogurt. Figure you want around 1.5 cups. More is okay too.
  4. Add some orange juice or other fruit juice you have in the refrigerator. Orange-mango works nicely here.
  5. Finally, throw in 2-3 ice cubes and pour in some flax seed oil—maybe 1/8 of a cup. By now my blender could be three-quarters of the way full, so I just tilt the plastic bottle of flax seed oil and give a couple of squeezes. As you might suspect, there’s no real cooking science or art to this—just an attempt to load it up with foods that pack a nutritional punch.
  6. Blend till smooth. Drink up and store the remainder for the next morning.

This is also great on top of cereal, instead of milk, or if you add wheat germ, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, or whatever else you might want to put into it.

If all of this is too time-consuming and bothersome to you, Tierra Sana serves some very healthy “smoothies.” I had one, the Queen Bee, last week. The ingredients in it were maca, almond butter, coconut butter, orange juice, orange zest, oatmeal milk, vanilla, bee pollen, and royal jelly. It was delicious, super smooth, and there’s no way I can replicate the particular chemistry of it at home. I am tempted, though, to start sprinkling some maca into my DIY shakes because, among its many benefits, it’s an aphrodisiac. After this long winter, I’m game for a little spring fever.

So there you have it. Feel free to share your shake secrets too.


Entry filed under: food, Forest Hills, health.

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  • 1. Eric And Jim  |  April 1, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.


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