Tuesday, January 4, 2011


*Sam approved!
From Robyn Openshaw, Green Smoothie Girl

I have been drinking this every morning for five years, just because I love it. Raw beets are
an excellent blood purifier, coconut liquid is packed with minerals and electrolytes, and
how many breakfasts do you know that taste great and contain raw carrots and beets?
Makes one quart, a 450-calorie breakfast that has 4 servings of fruits and vegetables, 15
percent plant protein, and good fats in the cashews.

1 1/2 cups coconut liquid (best raw, or from a can, both can be found at Asian markets)
1 large carrot, cleaned and cut in 3 pieces (or 5-6 baby carrots)
1/2 a medium beet, peeled
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup chopped dates (inexpensive in bulk foods at a health food store)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. hemp protein powder (optional)
12 frozen strawberries

See my YouTube GreenSmoothieGirl video demos on getting coconuts open easily and
making this recipe. Puree all ingredients except strawberries and hemp protein in
BlendTec at a high speed for 90 seconds. Add strawberries and puree on high until
smooth. Add hemp protein for the last 5 seconds.

My method for opening a coconut:
Cut 1” off the flat with a sharp knife. Using a hammer hitting a screwdriver, poke two
holes in that flat end, the drainage hole being in the softest part if you can see it. Drain
liquid into your BlendTec Total Blender container.

When I’ve collected some drained coconuts in the fridge, my teenage son scrapes the meat
out of the coconut for use later (see chocolate mint pudding recipe in this collection). My
son takes the coconut outside on the cement and breaks it open by putting it in double
plastic grocery bags and smashing it on the cement. For added fun, he sometimes uses a
hammer. He scrapes the meat out and puts it in Ziploc Baggies in the freezer.

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