Winter green smoothie with persimmon
In my parents’ garden grows a beautiful persimmon tree. Every autumn it is so full of persimmons, the branches almost start to break. My parents pick the persimmons while they are still hard and very bitter, they stack them in crates and gradually bring a few at a time in the kitchen so the persimmons don't all ripen at once. My father makes a green smoothie almost every day, and when there are persimmons in it, no bananas are needed - the green smoothie is creamy and smooth as ever!
Spinach is easy to find even in winter, and it will give you the green boost you need, while also providing tons of vitamin K and A, some iron, magnesium and calcium, lots of fiber, all that in like 7 calories! Crazy, right?
Kiwi, clementine, and persimmon bring in vitamin C and A to boost our immunity. That’s also why superpower barley grass is added in this winter green smoothie. But barley grass does so much more than that: it helps us detox and even fight cravings! “The presence of glutamic acid in barley grass inhibits the craving for harmful materials such as alcohol, coffee, nicotine, drugs and even sugary sweets”, according to Organic Facts.
To enhance the immunity function even further I added some spirulina powder which helps lower cholesterol, increases red blood cell count and is supposed to help control bronchial asthma. And there’s also some ginger, the number one winter ingredient, thrown in for a good measure of anti-inflammatory powers. Authority nutrition also states that “ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria”, which is really great news, especially in the winter time.
Winter green smoothie recipea handful spinach, washed
1 persimmon, washed, leaves removed
1 kiwi fruit, peeled
1 clementine, peeled
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 small piece ginger (a thumb), peeled
1 teaspoon barley grass powder
half teaspoon spirulina powder
1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
juice of half a lemon
2 cups water
ice cubes (optional)
Wash persimmon and spinach. Peel kiwi fruit, banana, clementine and ginger. Juice half a lemon. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend for about 30 seconds (or choose the Smoothie cycle if you have a Blendtec).
Do you drink smoothies in winter, too? What's your favorite winter ingredient in them? Let me know in the comments! (Also, let me know what writing mistakes I'm making:))