Since I adore freshly made juice, and Dr. Wahls didn't recommend it in The Wahls' Protocol because of the glycemic index spike it could cause, that was one of the reasons I stopped pursuing the Protocol last year. I never thought I'd like smoothies as an alternative to juice, because of the texture. Now, looking back, I wonder why I was so hard-headed about this. It seems crazy that I didn't even try veggie smoothies as a way to up my veg doses for the Protocol. It's so much easier to eat more vegetables when some of the servings are pre-digested in smoothie form. I've had the Vitamix all along, and am now really putting it to good use -- every day!
I've really enjoyed the recipes in Dr. Wahls' new book, but this one is my original recipe. It was amazing, and provided at least 3 cups of my required servings, along with wonderful healthy fats and protein.
Almond Butter and Jelly Smoothie
1 c red organic seedless grapes
1/2 cucumber, peeled unless organic
2 organic purple carrots, unpeeled
2 Tbsp. organic almond butter
1 Tbsp. MCT oil
1 c filtered water/ice
a shake of nutmeg
a shake of powdered ginger
freshly ground black pepper - 1 grind
This recipe made about 3 servings, and this is how I portioned them. I initially put the mason pint jar in the fridge and I sipped it later on in the morning. So I had all three servings -- sort of a brunch situation. The smoothie was substantial enough that I needed no additional breakfast, and had no problems with nausea from supplements and medications. If I don't have enough on my stomach I do sometimes get a little ill when I take my pills. Not in this case!
I feel so happy to have found one piece of my wellness puzzle!