Spicy Plum Smoothie with hidden greens
I was going to wait until winter to share this warming spicy plum smoothie but I’ve had so many requests for it so how could I not let you in on this gorgeous treat. Sometimes when you are detoxing or eating a very clean diet with a lot of raw food, your body temperature actually drops so you can feel the cold a lot more. So during my 7 day Green Thickie Challengelast week it was great to have something to warm myself up as it’s been pretty cold here.
Spicy plum smoothie
Plums are in season here at the moment and we’re all absolutely loving them. I especially love the ones that are bright red in the middle, so vibrant! My husband thinks the way I say ‘plum’ is really funny and he gets me to repeat it over and over. Who knows why! This plum smoothie has a bit of warming ginger and cayenne pepper which gives it a real kick. However if you don’t like spicy food, just leave out the cayenne pepper or adjust it to your own needs. This plum smoothie is also another great smoothie for people that aren’t keen on the look of a green smoothie as it will go pink if you use plums that are bright red inside.
Benefits of plums
Plums that have a rich colour and have white marks on them indicate that the fruit hasn’t been over handled so that’s a good sign. Plums may need to ripen at home and you can tell that they are ripe when they are soft and yield to gentle pressure. They will also have a fruity fragrance. Leave them out of the fridge to ripen and once they are ripe you can store them in the fridge to help them last longer. What’s your favourite way to eat plums? Comments always put a smile on my face, so please take a minute to say hello below. Many thanks.
Spicy Plum Smoothie (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)
2 Cups Non Dairy *Milk* (oat, rice, soya, almond, hemp, coconut drink or raw nut or seed milk)
8 *Plums* (I used very small plums with bright red flesh)
1 Cup *Spinach*, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or any other mild greens)OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
½ Cup *Dates* (or any other dried fruit which can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend)
1 Cup Oats Or one cup of Quinoa
½ teaspoon *Vanilla*
1 teaspoon *Ginger* (fresh or ground)
¼ teaspoon of *Cayenne pepper* (to taste or omit completely)
Blend the ingredients in the order listed. Add more water if required to thin it out. Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have. If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge.
NOTE: The calories shown are for half of the ingredients listed as this smoothie serves 2. If you want less calories add less oats. Nutrition info
NEWS:Don’t forget that next week I’m going to invite you to participate in your own Green Thickie Challenge which will involve replacing at least one of your meals with a green thickie. Thank you so much to those of you who have already started. You are a massive inspiration! It’s all so very exciting.