02 September, 2012

Savory Smoothie

We are finally back home in Dubai after a month of holidays and travelling.
It feels good to be home, although I am still in the process of settling in: unpacking suitcases, filling up fridge and pantry, dusting off the house, adjusting to a different time zone and getting used to the heat. And even worse, the humidity.

By end of August, the temperatures in Dubai are slowly coming down which only means they don't go over 40C all that often during the day. But end of August and September are known for high humidity. If I had the choice, I'd always prefer 45C and low humidity to 35C and high humidity.

High humidity in Dubai makes you sweat in places, you didn't know could sweat. Like your knee caps or shins. Just standing outside makes you dripping wet from sweat within minutes. So imagine working or exercising outside..... Today I was chatting to the neighbor with the front door wide open. A few minutes of the humid air coming in were enough to make the mirror in the hallway fog up, the staircase wet. That's how bad it is.

Weather like this just screams for cold drinks. When you get tired of water, and you might even be a little hungry but don't feel like eating a heavy meal, this savory smoothie is just what you may wish for. My friend Rajani from Eat Write Think posted this recipe some time ago, and I was immediately intrigued. I must add, that I have never been into smoothies. I don't know why. Somehow, I missed the train, I guess. But a SAVORY smoothie? That got my attention. Look at the ingredients list, and you'll find Who is Who of healthy and anti-inflammatory foods.

Packed with vitamins and minerals from the bell pepper and cucumber and, fresh and raw, and spiced with ginger and cumin, it the most satisfying drink I had in a long time. Because it is savory, it is very light on the stomach, yet satisfying and filling enough to count as a snack. It reminded me of a spiced up version of Gazpacho. Once again, I find that this recipe is confirmation for the fact, that foods without sugar, natural or not, are better for your well-being. Give it a go.
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SAVORY SMOOTHIE
adapted from Eat Write Think

1/3 cup yellow or red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup cucumber, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon flax meal
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt to taste
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup water
Serves 1
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Combine all ingredients except water in a high speed food processor. Pulse until smooth. Thin with water until you reach desired consistency. If you have time, keep the smoothie in the fridge for 30 minutes so the flavors to blend.

7 comments:

  1. This is interesting. I think this will make a great breakfast for people like me.

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  2. Oh, I never seen a savory smoothie! I love the idea of that!!

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  3. It is always good to get back home but I hate the unpacking. I was in a heat wave in Egypt once and the temperature reached 60°C in the sun in the Valley of Kings. We couldn't drink fast enough to stop the dehydration - it was a real battle. Getting back to the hotel or the boat was a pleasure each time.

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  4. Those smoothies look delicious, how colourful ! And, of course, healthy foods can give you some energy to unpack and gently get back to reality... :)

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  5. Ah, love the bright orange and yellow! They look healthy and delicious.

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  6. anja! lovely... thanks for the mention I am glad you like and enjoy this drink as much as I do :))

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  7. I love Indian "salty lassi" but I never made the leap to a savory smoothie - thanks for the inspiration. This sounds delicious and rejuvenating!

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