The start of the New Year always brings around change, plans and our best intentions!
For my kitchen there was also a new addition.
I was so thrilled to be gifted a Vitamix for Christmas….every Nutritionists dream come true and my new baby!
And my first super silky smooth concoction was a smoothie blend of arugula, beets, carrots, raspberry and lime to counteract all that rich Christmas and New years food, to support my liver and refresh my palate with the taste of bitter.
Bitterness is an often over looked taste in North American diets and is actually nutritionally important!
Bitterness causes your saliva to run and for more amylase, the enzyme that begins the digestion of carbohydrates to enter the mouth. Bitterness causes the gall bladder to give itself a little hug and a squeeze releasing bile to the stomach so that any fats that have been ingested are emulsified into tiny globules and more easily digested.
Think about other cuisines including Japanese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Indian and even the love of lemons in French cuisine, and you will notice the introduction of a bitter flavour to the palate.
After all the ‘rich’ and ‘sweet’ over Christmas and New Years I was missing my bitter and sour and this refreshing smoothie certainly hit the spot.
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