I was delighted to meet the charming Nicola, the Gluten-free Mom, at the recent Blogher Food Blogger’s conference in San Francisco. We shared a table for breakfast and I enjoyed hearing about her family and experience with gluten-free living. I enjoyed our conversation so much that when she approached me about her upcoming Detox food event, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Of course I wanted to participate! Ironically, as the event approached, I found myself in sore need of detoxification. I have a miserable cold! I was torn between making either some nice but slightly naughty version of a Jamba Juice chocolate moo-d, perhaps with coconut milk, almond butter and cocoa powder, or an all around nice alcohol-free riff on a mojito. I just love the sweet, tangy taste of a mint-infused fizzy lime beverage, what can I say. Lime juice also evokes very pleasant memories of the lime sodas we enjoyed on our trip to India so long ago. *nostalgic sigh* Obviously, the virgin mojito recipe sounded healthier. However, the whole concept of detox has “NO SUGAR SYRUP” written all over it, so my job was to make a beverage that was tangy like a lime soda but less sweet without being too tart. I considered agave nectar, but I know many people wouldn’t think of it as a “detoxifying” ingredient, so that was out. I ended up going with a combination of whole apples (for the fiber, if you please) and one luscious date, combined with club soda for fizz and lime juice for the punch. Mint made everything just a bit more complex, and avocado added a much-needed creaminess to the beverage. I made just enough for one, and sipped it slowly while browsing the other Detox event entries. Maybe it was the cold talking, but I enjoyed every sparkling drop, and I hope you do too. Detoxing should taste good as well as being good for you, darn it, and I think this beverage fits the bill perfectly.
Peruse the other January detox juices, smoothies, and soups and give Nicola a shout-out while you are there!
Vegan Detox Mint-Avocado Virgin Mojito Smoothie
1 small organic granny smith apple, peeled and chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup club soda
Juice from 1 lime (2 scant tablespoons)
15 mint leaves
1 medjool date, soaked in water for 30 minutes
1/8 cup avocado
more crushed mint leaves, for garnish
Blend your apple in any old blender. You do not need a Vitamix, however much you might think you do. Or want one. Desperately. Maybe this is just me. Anyway, back to the recipe. Add your club soda after the blender stops blending the apple nicely. Blend until it gets all nice and frothy and smooth. Add your lime juice and mint leaves. Blend some more. Finally add your soaked medjool date, no water. Throw that water out. Really, it won’t help anyone to keep it around. Blend that baby in until you can’t see little brown specks any more. Add your avocado, blend one final time for ultimate creamy goodness, and pour into one beautiful glass. I didn’t have one, so I used little this tiny metal cup. Garnish with crushed mint leaves. Drink and let the virtuousness of your detoxifying beverage flood your body with seratonin. Then go eat something naughty. You’ve earned it.