7+ servings of fresh produce … no fork required


7servingsveggiefruit Have you ever wished there was a way that you could get all the goodness of a big salad everyday without the fuss?

You wish is about to come true!

I’ve been doing some serious lurking in the online raw food movement for almost a year, experimenting on myself to see if eating raw food would make any type of significant difference in my health. The answer to that question is “absolutely”! And I will be blogging more about raw food in the future.

For today I want to tell you how you can ingest a full days worth of raw veggies and fruit in one sitting … without a fork. The way to do that is by making a blended salad, where all the salad ingredients, including the dressing, are blended up and served in a glass.

Sound gross? … only until you try it.

The trick is to put in one sweet fruit such as apple, pineapple, peach, etc and a little bit of something acidic such as lemon, lime or apple cider vinegar, and then go wild with the rest of the ingredients. I also like to include a clove of garlic for its health giving and protective properties.

Making a blended salad is much faster than making a regular salad because you don’t have to chop anything – the blender does all the work. Which also makes clean up a breeze. A quick rinse of the knife, cutting board and blender when your done, throw the produce trimmings in the compost and your good to go! Another great thing about blended salads is you can easily take them with you in a ‘go cup’.

Below are some guidelines for making a blended salad, but don’t be afraid to experiment with what you have on hand.

Ingredients 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens (spinach, beet greens, cilantro, lettuce, kale, chard, etc) 1 tomato ½ - 1 sweet pepper (red, green, or orange) Cucumber (long English, field, etc) 1 clove garlic ½ - 1 cup sweet fruit (pineapple, apple, peach, mango, etc) ½ lemon or lime OR ½-1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar ½ - 1 cup Filtered water (depending on how thick you like your blended salad) Optional: 1 or 2 pitted dates; ½ tbsp honey or maple syrup; ½ carrot; ½ beet; fresh peas or beans; fennel or celery stalks; other salad ingredients

Directions 1.Place all ingredients in blender 2.Blend until smooth. You may need to use the blender’s plunger. 3.Serve in a wine glass, over ice if you like your salad cold.

RecipesJeananne Laing