This blended salad is one of the most intriguing of all the recipes in Joel Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live Cookbook,” a great resource for those wanting to learn how to make more nutrient-dense and weight-loss-assisting meals.
But, a blended salad? Is that even going to taste good, I thought to myself. I wasn’t so sure. But rather than be a naysayer before even giving it a try, I decided to get the ingredients together and let the blending begin.
First of all, 8 ounces of baby greens (I happened to use spinach, too) is a lot of greens. But don’t let that misguide you into thinking that it won’t fit in your blender because this salad drink winds up being around 2 cups of liquid. It’s also fewer than 110 calories (if you don’t add any banana). Some of its nutrient-rich benefits are fiber, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, and folate.
But what’s more interesting about this “salad” is that when you blend salad ingredients into a drink rather than eat them with a fork, you increase your ability to absorb the nutrients.
According to Fuhrman, “A blender crushes the cell walls of plants more efficiently than we can by chewing … [making] it easier for our bodies to absorb the beneficial phytochemicals contained in the plant’s cells.”
And that’s what sold me into giving it a try.
How about you?
Super Easy Blended Salad
(From Joel Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live Cookbook—I added a frozen banana to mine)
• 8 ounces baby greens
• 1 orange, peeled and seeded
• Juice of ¼ lemon
• 1 frozen banana (or a ½ cup of frozen blueberries), optional
“Blend ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy” (Joel Fuhrman).
I do not have a high-powered blender and so used my hand blender to blend the ingredients together one handful of baby greens at a time. I recommend using what you have on hand to blend, since some of these high-powered blenders are cost prohibitive for some. I would like one eventually, but in the meantime, my little hand blender did just fine.