This morning, while navigating through the aisles of a supermarket,
I thought I would take a look at the ingredients on a loaf of bread.
This was strictly curiosity on my part, since I had no intention of
buying any baked goods. Several years ago we started baking all our
own bread from whole grains that we grind into flour in our Vita-Mix
As I’ve mentioned before, I like to look at ingredients lists! Well,
I could hardly believe what was buried in the middle of the small type
of this bread’s ingredients: “high fructose corn syrup, sugar, corn
syrup”! Wow! This may sound naïve, but I thought “high fructose corn
syrup” wasn’t used anymore. And it seemed – well – almost deceptive to
list what is essentially “sugar” separately like that.
In our food preparation, we use dates, raisins, or molasses when
sweetening is needed. But for vegetable smoothies that need a little
sweetening I often add a small amount of stevia extract powder with the
seasonings, which may consist of ginger; or a combination of cardamom,
cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg; or cinnamon and curry powder; or
allspice. It’s fun to try different combinations.
We often enjoy vegetable smoothies for breakfast. Along with one or
two apples, I use any raw or frozen vegetable pieces that we have
available such as: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens,
onions, parsley, et cetera. We add four tablespoons of frozen flaxseeds,
water, and ice to the vegetable pieces in the container of a Vita-Mix
and blend at high speed until smooth.
For two of our vegetable smoothie recipes, see: