By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain & Well Being Writer.
Hmmmmm, its seems strange even to me that I should be thinking of embarking on a juice smoothie fast as the days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in, in England’s green and pleasant land. However certain health problems are hard to ignore when you get to the cross roads of your life. I relate to this positive opinion to where I am right now.
“When you feel life at crossroads,
you need higher perspective view.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
After reading, Healthy at 100, by John Robbins, revisiting Fit for Life and treating myself to some raw food courses with Russell James, the raw chef, Irena Arango and Sistah in the Raw, it’s high time I got on the wagon.
Now I’m not getting on the raw food wagon full time because I know I’ll fall off, it’s too usually high a pedestal to sit on for me, however I have started to buy and eat organic ethically reared meat , which is quite rightly expensive and Islamically doesn’t need to be eaten every day, for good health. Vegetarian food is a healthy option with a raw green smoothie detox thrown in for good measure.
I am psyching myself up for this one though deep down I know I can easily do it Insha’Allah, God willing!
Back in the daze before I started practicing Islam I was studying with Pan African Egyptology group and we often did 3 day raw food fast, I vividly remember avocado, beetroot, chicory and onion salad for three days was all we had to eat, with cidar vinegar and olive oil, it was great.
My raw food buddy Amir M .Abdullah Al Bey, he is a guru really, will be delighted that I’m doing this fast but a bit disappointment that I’ll be eating meat sometimes, still that’s where I’m at right now.
What I’m doing is integrating a green juice/smoothie to start my day and throughout the day, veggie food and when I’m ready start the fast which will be next week Insha’Allah.
Sooooooo…Today at Karimah’s Cuisina we made this one, try to use organic ingredients if possible, farmers market are a fresh reasonable source of locally grown products, if you cannot afford then use whatever is in your price range.
5 large long Italian kale leaves
1/2 litre of water
• Wash the kale and chop across leaves into 10cm size chunks
• Wash and peel banana
• Wash and peel kiwi
• Add everything including water to blender and start on slow setting to get leaves broken down
• If you need to turn off blender give it a stir to get bottom sludge to top and top to bottom etc.
• Blend till reasonable smooth but not dead, it’s good to have some fibre to chew your smoothie so as to release digestive enzymes in the mouth as it goes down.
It’s best to drink straight and if you need to make night before and drink in morning, or if you make than morning, drink throughout the day
This recipe will make about 1 ½ pints of drink that about 3 cups or 700ml.
Dark Blue-Green Leaves of Italian Kale are great for the immune system,
Protects against prostrate & colon cancer, it’s anti-aging & good for the eyesight. It’s extremely high in Vitamin A which in turns supports good health of the mucus membranes, lungs and cavities of the body, preventing cancer. It also contains complex B vitamins which are good for the nerves and metabolism.
Bananas are great for the stomach, they contains loads of potassium which helps regulate bodies water balance system, good for the heart and bodies nervous system. They are high in vitamin b 6 which means good for the nerves and hormone balance as well as depression. They’re great anti-acids in the stomach as well as activating cells that produce stomach lining. They also contain compound called protease inhibitors, so they help eliminate bacteria that cause ulcer, mashallah as God would have it be!
Kiwis are a superfood food; high in vitamin C are great for boosting immune system, great for your eyes and anti-aging.
All in all this smoothie is fantastic………here’s one on the house