Not really feeling like anything in particular for dinner tonight I though I’d see what ideas the Raw Family green smoothie app had in store for me. Our fridge is getting down to slim pickings but I knew we had arugula.
Using their search by ingredients query, I called up all the smoothies with arugula in them. There was one. One. Okay, I’ll take it.
It called for a 1 pepper, 1 avocado, 3 oranges, 4 oz arugula, and 1/2 cup water. I didn’t have 3 oranges – I only had one, so I added 3 clementines and an apple. No pepper but I did have 2 stalks of celery. You get the idea – use what you have!
The soup turned out really good! I love arugula but I know its peppery and wondered if it would be too spicy but the creaminess of the avocado and sweet and citrus tones of the other fruits mellowed the pepperiness just right.
Arugula Soup Smoothie
- 4 oz arugula
- 1 orange
- 3 clementines
- 1 apple, seeds removed
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 avocado, pit and skins removed
- 3/4 cup water
- I added everything to my 44 oz blendtec container and used the 'whole juice' setting. If you have a regular blender container you may just need to break it up over 2 batches or blend the fruit and water into a liquid state and then add the leafy greens in. Let us know! There is also a 'soup' setting which runs for a little over a minute and warms up the soup just enough.
Check out the Raw Family app (I have an old itouch) OR they have a blog version. This app is a great inspirational tool and also provides a plethora of nutritional information.
This was given about arugula:
Arugula (cruciferous vegetable) is a good source of calcium, iron, manganese, copper, potassium, vitamins A, C, K, and folic acid. The primary benefits of arugula leaves are due to their phytochemical content. Regular consumption of A helps prevent most types of cancer. Some of the phytochemicals, such as glucosinolates and sulforaphanes, are responsible for stimulating enzymes which help the body cleanse itself of toxins and potential carcinogens. Vitamin A contains powerful antioxidants. Carotenes for example can protect against sun damage, heart disease, and cancer. Antioxidants in A support a well-being of cellular function.
Another app I like is the Raw Food Chef Pro Mexican by Rebecca Maldonado. She has recipes for a lot of foods and veggies I wasn’t previously familiar with like tomatillos! This app makes it a goal to recreate your favorite Mexican dish, raw style. i.e churros. Check it out!