Black bean smoothie
This tastes great! It is a paleo diet smoothie. Low in bad things, high in good things.
1/2 c water
1 scoop of whey protein
1/2 cup of bean/rice mixture (cook them without salt or spices from dried beans)
1/2 cup of fresh spinach leaves
1/4 cup of grape tomatoes
1/4 cup of pineapple (fresh)
scant 1/4 cup of frozen berries (from Sams: mixed berries)
2 tbs of olive oil
1/2 a banana, sliced
Put in the blender and puree for about 30 seconds or so. An older osterizer blender would work well (ones which crush ice seem to puree poorly)
Comes out a great purple color, and tastes so good and nutritionally, can't be beat. Low in salt, high in potassium. Make changes in your diet gradually so your body has time to accommodate it.
The beans are nearly tasteless. I added them for the carbs and the fiber and to thicken the smoothie. The idea was to remove the grain base (from oatmeal and / or cereal) from my previous smoothie recipe. This week I have been using red beans as that was what I had on hand. The flavor comes from the berries mostly, and the banana and pineapple. After I used up the pineapple that I had, I use other fruits and one day I used a raw zucchini (part of one) in place of the banana. My daughter liked it, my son liked it, but my wife does not like it (she dislikes beans).
For the issue of digestion, the only time I have had abnormal gas or abdominal pain in the past year was 2 days ago. I traced it back to overindulgence in dried apricots (they are preserved with sulfur dioxide. I need not elaborate further). I just cook the beans thoroughly.
Since my original post I have learned more nutritional facts and feel that the beans are not the most important thing, by far in this smoothie. The nutritional value comes from the overall high potassium, low sodium, high vitamin and nutrient content. I'm going to try to include at least 5 of the 10 top nutritional foods (excluding fish, in case you're worried) in the list below from now on in my daily smoothie:
The 10 top nutritional foods (the list varies somewhat from reference to reference):
Flax seed (oil, ground meal)
Whole grains (some would avoid)
Blueberries (and other berries)
Soybean products (I'm male, I'll avoid this one)
If anyone is reading this thread, do you know how to get hold of any wolfberries, fresh or dried?