Last week I held a Super Foods Smoothie program at the local library. 24 people registered. Since in the past as many as 10 don't bother showing up, I felt quite confident to pick or purchase enough ingredients to serve the 24.
Then 27 showed up.
Did I panic?
Then I remembered ... oh, yeah ... cups don't have to be filled to the brim. So everyone was shorted slightly, with a little left in the pitchers for scant second servings. Which then left juuust enough to save for library staff afterwards. Yay!
So what makes this smoothie a Super Food? And, while we are at it, what the heck is a super food anyway?
A super food is, without all the hype, any simple healthy food item. A tomato, fully ripened on the vine -- as opposed to being picked green and hit with Ethylene gas to ripen as it is trucked from who knows where all the way to your local supermarket -- can be classified as a super food. The tomatoes I used for last week's program were picked at their moment of ripeness by moi from the library's small veggie/herb garden. No pesticides or unnatural fertilizer ever touched these babies.
|See that dark red color? Thank the lycopene.|
Anyway, if you are still reading this, you are about to learn something: a lovely ripe tomato contains lutein (good for the eyes), and vitamins A, B, C and E. It is also packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer.
All very super food-y.
This healthy smoothie would be a good start your day. Unless you replace the ice with vodka. Then it will be a great start to your day.
Spicy Tomato Cucumber Smoothie
Adapted from: www.recipe4living.com
Yield: 2 large servings
Note: Can be made ahead! Chill, covered, for up to a day. Whisk before serving.
1 medium firm, ripe tomato, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups tomato juice, well chilled
1 medium cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
1 small clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp. table salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. red (cayenne) pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1/2 cup ice (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, 30-60 seconds.
Divide mixture between 2 on-the-rocks glasses. Top off with any of the garnish ingredients, if desired, just before serving.