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The Travelling Smoothie

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The Travelling Smoothie
By Evelyn Symons

The next time you’re drinking that delicious smoothie, you might want to think about where it came from. Just where was home to the tasty components now mingling in your glass? What languages did those who cultivated the ingredients that make up your tasty concoction speak? How many hours of sunshine, or millimeters of rain nurtured your smoothie?

The ingredients of one popular smoothie include: coconut water, avocado, mango, strawberries, blueberries, turmeric, and black pepper. Their geographic origins can be found on their packaging and may change from season to season. The coconut water was from Thailand, the blueberries from Canada, the strawberries from Chile, avocado from Mexico, the black pepper from India, and the turmeric from South and Southeast Asia.

Each arrived by boat and transport truck, and depending on where you live, some of those ingredients may have travelled over 15,000 kilometers. If you live in New Brunswick Canada, the turmeric and black pepper travelled 17,070 kilometers but the blueberries could have grown on the farm down the road.

The stories that your ingredients tell might be in Thai, Indonesian, Hindi, Burmese or English. The avocado could boast in Spanish that it has more potassium than a banana. The avocado comes in at 487 milligrams while a medium banana is 422 milligrams. That’s just a start to the nutritional value that this tasty drink affords you. Turmeric, part of the ginseng family is said to be an anti-inflammatory and may be extra powerful when used alongside black pepper.

Your smoothie can be as individual as you are with no set rules on which ingredients to add. Would you like something green that won’t make your smoothie taste green? Go for raw spinach. Start slow with two small leaves. Spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, C, magnesium, iron and folate. Many countries produce spinach so depending on the season, it may have had a substantial travel itinerary or be waiting for you at your local farmers market.

Would you like the pro-biotic benefit of yogurt? It’s as easy as opening a capsule of acidophilus to add to your drink. Do you have a difficult time getting a large calcium tablet down? Simply add it to your liquid to dissolve before blending your smoothie.

Before any fresh fruits or vegetables go bad, put them in the freezer. They may be the taste you’re looking for. They could be apples or rhubarb to sweeten your drink. Where did they come from?

If there are new ingredients you’re unsure of, make sure they are right for you. It all helps to keep you healthy and to perhaps get you travelling to some of your smoothie's countries of origin.

As you put down your empty smoothie glass, you can smile at the thought of the travel stickers your smoothie’s suitcase would reveal. As you move forward in your day, not only will you have the nutritional benefits but the knowledge that you are being supported from around the globe.

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    The Travelling Smoothie Where did your ingredients come from?
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    The Travelling Smoothie Where did your ingredients come from?
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    The Travelling Smoothie Where did your ingredients come from?
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    The Travelling Smoothie Where did your ingredients come from?

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