Savory Smoothie a.k.a. Savory Soup
I’ve started to dabble in savory smoothies recently. YES…I know this is the same thing as drinking a soup; a few readers called me out on that! Today I feel like drinking my soup from a glass, so I’m calling it a savory smoothie. Call it what you’d like!
When I first made this savory Tomato, Cilantro, and Avocado Smoothie I thought “Hmmmm, it’s okay”. Then I added a little salt and it completely changed the taste of the smoothie! It made it so much better, as salt does with most foods. When used properly, salt can make a “blah” dish taste great! I was worried what my readers would think about putting a pinch of salt in their breakfast smoothie. Is that taboo in the smoothie world?! Will they think the smoothie is unhealthy now?
Well I don’t think it’s unhealthy! Especially since a lot of people eat salty bacon, eggs, etc… for breakfast every morning. This made me want to learn more about sodium and how it benefits our bodies.
Adding Salt To A Smoothie?
Sodium is actually needed for our bodies to function properly. Don’t get me wrong, I think most of us eat way too much salt and we should all try to practice eating our foods with less salt (i was always known to have a heavy hand with salt), but I do see many people without any serious health issues completely cutting out salt from their diets because they see other people doing it and I always find that a little interesting.
According to studies, sodium “helps control the balance between fluid in the cells and fluid outside the cells in your body. It also controls blood pressure. Sodium influences the body’s function to either hold onto extra fluid when you need it or excrete fluid when you don’t. Sodium also plays an essential role in nerve and muscle functioning.”
I would also like to add that tons of plant foods naturally contain sodium and we could probably get enough daily sodium by eating certain vegetables everyday. For example, one cup of raw Swiss chard contains about 313 milligrams of sodium and one cup of raw celery contains about 96 milligrams of sodium. From what I’ve learned there is no official minimum daily sodium intake requirement, but some say our bodies could do well with just 200 – 500 milligrams a day. One cup of Swiss Chard easily covers that!
So in the end, like I say with most things, we should do what feels right for our bodies.
If you do choose to use salt in your food, try to use high quality salt, like Pink Himalayan Salt or natural Sea Salt. I would stay away from Iodized salt. Check your ingredient labels my friends! You’ll be surprised that your salt might contain more ingredients than just salt. A lot of them have a chemical added to keep the salt from clumping together. ‘ll take the clumpy chemical-free salt please!
***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.
“NUMEROUS SCIENTIFIC STUDIES NOW CONFIRM THAT A WHOLE FOODS DIET COMPRISED PRIMARILY OF VEGETABLES, FRUITS, GRAINS, LEGUMES, AND NUTS WITHOUT ADDED OIL, SUGAR, AND SALT IS OPTIMAL FOR HUMAN HEALTH, NOT ONLY PREVENTING A BROAD RANGE OF DISEASE AND ILLNESSES, BUT ALSO REVERSING SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CHRONIC CONDITIONS. THIS FINDING IS OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMONWEALTH BECAUSE IT COMMUNICATES A TRUTH THAT HAS THE POWER TO SAVE LIVES.”
- 2 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1/2 hass avocado, pitted
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, Braggs brand if possible
- 1 cup water, filtered if possible
- 1 cup ice
- pinch salt
Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the consistency, if desired.