By Karimah bint Dawoud,
Muslim chaplain & well being writer.
The power of green juices is wonderful amazing vital ital!
They are essential and this one is no exception. On Face Book one day I saw a friend of mine Zainab Amor, had posted of version of this smoothie that had originally used yoghurt but Amor had substituted for protein powder. I’m not a big fan of protein powder or steroids for that matter and know that a great way to bulk up, if you must, is nuts…oh hazelnuts! No I’m just being silly, it was a 1970′s advert with catchy chorus of “nuts oh hazelnuts!” But I’m serious about nuts.
So we substituted the yoghurt and protein powder for nuts, cashew nuts in fact and so the recipe got transmuted.
“Because you are worth it”.
Some times we block our own development because of money or our assumed lack of it, I know I’m a victim of this fear of poverty belief which is completely confronted by my son who encourages me to go for it and think about quality and value.
Yes cashews are expensive but so is meat and process food, if you are having cashews nuts for breakfast and veggies the rest of the day, including pulses and brown rice, you are not, all day long spending more than few pounds on one person in money, believe me I did the Live Below The Line challenge on one pound a day for five days.
Here’s the recipe and it makes 3 large glasses, praise the Creator
1 cup of cashew nuts soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, drained and rinsed
1/2 pineapple, washed peeled and chopped
2 bananas, washed, peeled and chopped
2 cups of spinach, washed and chopped
Place all ingredients in jug blender and top up with water to 1 litre mark and blend for at least a minute.
It’s a wonderful yummy green juice, if you haven’t had green juices before it might not be as sweet as you are used to but you will Insha’Allah learn to love the more natural tastes and the good it’s doing your mind body and soul.
This is super food drink for those of us suffering with anorexia, anemia, arthritis, artery diseases, and asthma. Depression, heart problems, menopause, ulcers.
This drink boosts the immune system in so many ways, protects the stomach and enhances the blood and bones, praise the Creator
Cashews contain high levels of copper which is good for producing red blood cells, keeping nerve cells and immune system healthy. They also contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that supports the nervous system combating depression and insomnia; it also increases a person’s pain threshold. For tryptophan to be absorbed properly it needs vitamin B, C, folic acid and magnesium, some is found in the rest of the cashew nut but also in other elements of this drink like the spinach that contain high quantities of vitamin C, well I never.
People don’t usually think of spinach as containing vitamin C. 1 cup of spinach contains 30% of our daily required amount of vitamin C. Cashews contain manganese’s which is great for combating fatigue, tiredness.
Spinach also contains over 1000%!!! Of our daily vitamin K requirements, but what is vitamin K good for? It’s fantastic for the heart and preventing the arteries from clogging up with plaque. It’s also good for keeping the calcium in the bones. That means it’s great for those of us who have a genetic hereditary tendency to bone related diseases like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis. No wonder Pop Eye eats it.
Bananas strangely are good at combating cellulite, eat enough of them and you will get fat but with no cellulite…hmmm. Here is our good nutritional buddy with cashews, bananas have high levels of vitamin B6 and vitamin C that will help the wonderful amino acid, tryptophan, to do it’s work. Vitamin B 6 is great for the nerves and vitamin C is anti-aging, anti-oxidant (keeps cells nice and bouncy) and boosts the immune system. It’s great for people with ulcers. Chemicals in the banana activates cells that produce the stomach lining, providing a thicker more mucous barrier against stomach acids. The next aspect of their magical properties is that they contain compounds called protease inhibitors that target bacteria that aggravate ulcers. They are a superfood but it’s not necessary to eat them with a fried white flour main meal unless you want to end up looking like Mama Cass.
Pineapple is my best friend, sweet and good, it is a blessing for people with arthritis, it contains a chemical called bromelin that combats arthritis, they’re also high in vitamin C which is an anti-histamine, wonderful for combating morning allergies attacks like hay fever and asthma.
There is more evidence to support pineapples positive affects in combating asthma than the rare occasion where someone may be allergic. I often wonder with research when these random studies come up who is financing that study.
If asthma suffers would drastically cut down on their meat and dairy consumption and eat more fruit and veg sales of inhalers would slump…hmmm.
That’s enough nutritional advice for one day, now we just have to put these super smoothies into practice.
A note of caution: Those taking blood thinning drugs (such as anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs), such as Coumadin, should avoid use of supplemental vitamin K as it can reverse the effects of this medication. Also, those on this medication should consult with their physician before increasing consumption of foods high in vitamin K.