With the advent of the GAPS diet in our household, a smoothie soon became a staple afternoon snack.There are numerous combinations to taste and explore! It’s filling and satisfying to my sweet tooth cravings.
Ingredients for Healthy Fruit Smoothie: Strawberry Orange Creamsicle
This recipe was adapted from Nourishing Traditions cookbook.
Serves 4 (1 cup servings)
- 1/2 cup whole, plain yogurt (preferably homemade)
- 3/4 cup raw milk (we use goat)
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen (I recommend using organic since these are on the dirty dozen list!)
- 1 orange, peeled
- 2 egg yolks (I recommend only using raw egg yolks from free-range organic hens-see below for more info)
- 3 T. maple syrup, grade B (can substitute with raw honey)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Add the remaining ingredient, vanilla extract, to the blender.
Pop in a straw for extra fun et voila!
- TIP: Add the Day’s Supplements to Your Smoothie
I add a couple drops of liquid vitamin D and pop open a capsule of probiotics to sprinkle into each child’s cup.
The Health Benefits of Raw Egg Yolks
“Raw egg yolk has been compared with human breast milk because it can be absorbed almost 100% without needing digestion” (Gut and Psychology Syndrome, p.132).
Egg yolks are an ideal source of vitamin A which contributes to excellent bone structure and protection against stress of all types. Hey, I could use more of that!
Egg yolks from properly raised chickens are also rich in essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA. Did you know they contain heaps of vitamin B12 which is critical for immunity and the normal development of the nervous system?
The Controversy of Raw Eggs
Most of us have been taught to fear raw eggs because they pose a threat of samonella. According to the National Egg Marketing Board, around 1 in 7000 eggs may have samonella. These statistics come from battery eggs laid by caged hens. Salmonella infected eggs come from an infected hen.
Using eggs from a farmer you trust who uses free-range organic practices will reduce this risk. Hens raised in that type of environment possess much healthier immune systems. But if you aren’t comfortable with using raw eggs, simply omit them!