Friday, February 1, 2008

Vegetable Smoothie

One of the problems people who have trouble with their mouths face is getting enough fresh vegetables. Most veggies are kind of hard to chew when you have a sore mouth, or few teeth. Overcooked vegetables are awful. What's to be done? Why not a vegetable smoothie?

Inspired by Heidi and Justin over at the Raw Food Right Now! blog, I came up with a wonderful vegetable smoothie. It's kind of like thick V8, only better, and a lot better for you.

This vegetable smoothie recipe isn't quite fresh, or completely raw. Almost, but not quite. I used canned tomato juice, and the tomatoes get cooked during the canning process. Fresh juice would be better, I think. I just didn't have any whole tomatoes on hand.

In any case, it's delicious. The flavors are bright, naturally sweet, and wonderful. I'm definitely making this again, even after I get done with all the dental work.


1 26 oz. can of tomato juice (that's 1 pint + 10 oz.)
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 large romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped
1 small green pepper (or 1 /2 large green pepper), chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
3 tablespoons diced dried onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice


Pour the tomato juice into a large blender or food processor. Add the other ingredients, one at a time, blending the mixture at high speed until smooth before adding the next ingredient. You can add additional liquid if you want to, but I thought it was great the way it was. Pour into glasses, garnish with a fresh parsley sprig, and serve immediately.

Next time, I think I'll try a whole cucumber and a chopped green onion instead of the dried onion.

For more information and recipes about raw foods and vegetarian foods, make sure you go visit Heidi and Justin at Raw Foods, Right Now! and the incredible Fran over at Fran's House of Ayurveda. Both of these blogs, and their bloggers, are inspiring!

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