Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie
Did you know it’s perfectly safe to eat rhubarb raw? It’s only the leaves you aren’t supposed to eat. You’ll get all the benefits from rhubarb if you eat it raw in this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie smoothie that will leave you wanting more.
Benefits of rhubarb
Although rhubarb is actually a vegetable, most people consider it to be part of the fruit family and use it like a fruit in sweet desserts. A New York court actually declared that rhubarb should be considered a fruit as that’s how most people use it. It’s perfectly safe to eat raw rhubarb, just not the leaves, and it’s got quite a sharp taste eaten raw, a bit similar to celery.
I like to promote seasonal eating on this website and try and time a lot of my recipes to coincide with the seasons. Rhubarb only used to be available in the UK in spring but I’m still seeing it available to buy in the shops at the moment. I’ve since learned that a lot of the time there will be 2 harvests for rhubarb and that it can grow all year round in warmer climates, so perhaps you still have access to rhubarb? I can now buy raw frozen rhubarb from a new local store which is just perfect.
Rhubarb is high in calcium so it’s great for those people who don’t eat dairy to ensure they have strong teeth and bones.
Rhubarb is also full of antioxidants which are great for your eyes, skin, heart and to prevent cancer.
This summer I went and bought myself a baby rhubarb to plant in my garden. I didn’t get round to planting it for a while and it wasn’t looking so good, but now it’s been in the garden for a while it seems to have perked up a bit.
I’m a total gardening novice, so I was told rhubarb would be a good vegetable to start with as it doesn’t need much attention. It’s supposed to be very hardy and is actually better after a frost. We get a lot of frosty weather up here so it sounds just perfect. I will have to wait two years before I’m able to actually eat any, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait as I just adore rhubarb. You can also quite easily grow rhubarb from seed.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie
Not only is this smoothie so good for you but it also tastes amazing. If you’re craving a pie, just have one of these smoothies instead and you’ll feel completely satisfied. I added more dried fruit than I would do normally to balance out the bitter taste of the rhubarb but I think this strawberry rhubarb smoothie strikes a great balance between sweetness and tartness.
You can choose to make this smoothie without the greens or turn it into a green smoothie with some spinach. As always I totally recommend green smoothies as a fantastic way of totally revamping your health and a very easy way to get your greens without even noticing.
I’ve recently started to blend my green smoothies in a different way. I now add my liquids and greens and blend those, and then add my harder ingredients (oats and nuts) followed by the fruit last. This seems to work a lot better and everything blends very quickly.
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