Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 60: Power Smoothies

In Amerikan Samoa we've learned that fresh veggies don't last long for three reasons:

1-humidity
2-bugs
3-"compost"

When we first arrived we were really frustrated that we couldn't get lettuce.We almost had to special order it. One day we found some and bought a bunch. Then we found out why they don't carry it. By the time we got it from the store to our house it had wilted and was on the verge of unusable. I was seriously considering another attempt at lettuce soup (don't ask). We learned that when you buy lettuce you must be planning on eating it as soon as you get home. Spinach seems to hold up a bit better but not by much.

We also learned that ants, geckos, rodents, and all sorts of creeping things like veggies as much as we do. There is nothing like walking into a black swarm of fruit flies in the morning to say "welcome to Samoa....here have some bananas"

Finally, if the humidity and the bugs don't get to your fruit before you do, the mold and rot will. It is probably a combination of the two mentioned above, but produce goes rotten very quickly here. Which puts us in quite the dilemma. Since the shipment of produce comes once every two weeks, the natural inclination is to stock up and buy two weeks worth of produce but this is quite impossible when the produce will only last a few days at best. Thus we are considering changing the name of our blog from "daily vegan" to "Vegan in Samoa.....what the h-e-.. were we thinking?" What do ya think?

Now to the point....We had quite a few fruits and veggies that were on their last leg and this smoothie was the answer. We even froze it and had it as a sorbet the next day. Yummers! The power part comes from all the great nutrition from the spinach and chia seeds. With those two ingredients alone this smoothie packs a nutritional punch.....but wait till I get going.....where was I? Oh yes....here ya go

Power Smoothie

2 big handfuls spinach
1 apple
1 papaya
1 kiwi
1 banana
1 orange (just the juice)
1/4 c oats
1/2 c frozen raspberries
2 tb chia seeds

Place everything in a blender. Now take two steps back and admire all the colorful nutrition that is about to be assimilated into your body. Take a deep breath and appreciate the beauty that is before you. Now blend the heck out of everything till smooth.

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