Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Ecopolitan + Green Smoothie Recipe

Hi everyone! Just thought I'd let you know what's occupying my time lately. Since I got back from foraging, I have been staying at the Ecopolitan restaurant in the Twin Cities, where I am receiving treatment from the doctor who owns it, Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren. He is an M.D., a retired chiropractor, a nutritionist, and a professor at the University of Natural Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a number of other degrees and certifications. If you're wondering about his name... it is Israeli. He also has clinics in Israel, Italy, and California-- He gets around!

So, while I have been here, I have been receiving various therapies and eating 3 meals a day at the Ecopolitan organic, vegan, raw food restaurant. You can read more about it here: http://www.ecopolitan.com/healthyfood/the-restaurant/129-healthy-restaurant-gold-standards Since I'm in the recovery process, my choices are limited to green smoothies and salads, but they are incredibly good! Since I also have discovered I have a number of food sensitivities (46, in fact), I can't really order straight off the menu. So, I get to do the "Custom Salad" and "Custom Smoothie." My smoothies are always Green Smoothies.

What is a Green Smoothie, you ask? Well, basicly, it's just a fruit smoothie with a handful or two of leafy greens. Options include kale, arugula, spinach, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, mustard greens... really whatever you have. Freshly foraged greens are even better! Frozen fruit helps make the smoothie cool and refreshing-- a good reason for picking berries in the summer and freezing them for fresh tasting smoothies through the winter months ahead. Here's an especially delicious smoothie I had the other day:

Frosty Kiwi-Pear-Cilantro Green Smoothie:

2 frozen pears
2 fresh kiwis
1 handful (or 2 if you're brave!) fresh cilantro

Blend, add water to thin if necessary, and enjoy!


  1. Wow, Betsy! It sounds like you're having a good time and learning lots. : ) Thanks for the information. I visited the Ecopolitan website and found Dr. Tel Oren's lecture series, "The Truth About Your Food", and have been listening to those lectures. I'm getting excited about the possibilities! : ) Thanks again for posting that link and for sharing about what you've been up to lately! - Erin

  2. Yes-- "The Truth About Your Food" lectures are amazing. I need to listen to them a few more times and take notes. Maybe I should do an official post drawing attention to the lectures?

  3. I live in Minneapolis, too! found you on Nourishing Gourmet's site. i too have numerous food sensitivities which ispartly why I feel i can't eat much raw vegan cuisine. how do you cope? are you high-raweating or just some raw?

  4. Hi Emily! I have actually been to your blog also, as I too am an avid reader of "The Nourishing Gourmet" and "Minneapolis" caught my eye. Everyone else seems to be out in Oregon or something! Raw vegan seems to be working for me. I took the ALCAT food sensitivity test, which helped me to know what foods to avoid. So far, it's been working out just fine, and I'm really enjoying the raw food diet. I am eating very high raw-- just some steamed broccoli on occasion--- otherwise all raw. I eat a lot of green smoothies, fresh fruit, salads, nuts and seeds, and steamed broccoli so far. After November 21st I can expand my diet a bit, but still include plenty of greens. I'm lovin' it! ;)

    P.s., this has been extremely interesting after avidly following the Weston A. Price guidelines for healthy eating: i.e. animal protein and fats...