Hello smoothie lovers! 🙋🏻
Today I want to share with you a green smoothie…with a twist. I simply love smoothies that are green and healthy, and I have a little weakness for plants that aren’t that commonly used. So, the twist of this smoothie is that it contains sorrel. That is, the common sorrel, also known as garden sorrel.
Now that sorrel finally can be harvested, I want to enjoy this sour and healthy plant as much as possible. Sorrel is commonly used in soups, sauces and light salads, but I guess not many of you tried this healthful plant in smoothies. This is a pity, because sorrel is loaded with minerals and vitamins that are beneficial for us. Sorrel contains a large amount of vitamin C, carotene, essential oils, vitamin B, tannins, magnesium, potassium, calcium and a whole bunch of other useful minerals. That’s a lot, right? 🙂
Green smoothies are perfect because they detoxify the body and improve metabolism. In addition to the sorrel, my smoothie also contains mineral water, an orange, green apples and sesame seeds. The fruits make the smoothie taste sweeter and less acidic. Mineral water and seeds make the drink more hydrating and filling.
If your smoothie gets a bit too thick, just add more mineral or filtered water. You can also add some ice cubes to get a cooler smoothie.
The oxalic acid found in sorrel can replace lemon, which is often added to smoothies to balance out the taste. I personally think that the sorrel smoothie gets even tastier if you throw in a few leaves of peppermint. The mint will freshen the smoothie up a little bit.
Note that the oxalic acid contained in sorrel is what kidney stones are made of, so if you have problems with kidney stones you probably want to avoid sorrel. The oxalic acid can also give you heartburn and it has a diuretic effects, that is, it makes you pee more often. In short, talk to your physician for medical advice. Sorrel is, however, not dangerous as long as it is used reasonably.
- 1 cup sorrel leaves
- 1 orange
- 2 apples
- 0,5 cup (mineral) water (still)
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 3 leaves mint
- 1 tbsp honey (or other sweetener of your choice)
- 1 ounce dark chocolate (one square, to be sprinkled on top)
Take the sorrel leaves. Rinse the sorrel leaves several times under running water, so that any dust and dirt is removed. Dry the leaves (you can use kitchen towels).
Note: you are recommended not to use the hard stems of the sorrel since most blenders won't cut them
Peel the orange. Try to remove as much of the bitter-tasting white pith as possible. Cut out the core of the apple and slice it into smaller chunks together with the orange.
Note: Use ripe and juicy fruits; this way your smoothie will taste the best.
Put the sorrel and water in the blender and process until the sorrel is finely chopped. Add the chunks of orange and apple, as well as the mint leaves, sesame seeds and honey into the blender. Process until smooth.
The smoothie is now ready to be poured into smoothie jars or glasses. Grate the dark chocolate and sprinkle it on top of the smoothie.
I hope you will enjoy this nutrient-rich, healthy smoothie! 😘 Did you like this smoothie? If you did, please share it with your friends. You can find Smoothie Fairytales on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.