We Veggie Runners are decent people. At least, we think we’re relatively OK; nobody ever tells us otherwise, but maybe that’s because we’re so not OK that they daren’t… Anyway, for the purposes of this post let’s just assume that we are relatively nice.
So, relatively nice people like us care about the environment and try to recycle, waste nothing, shop locally etc. But what are we supposed to do when it comes to strawberries, which are clearly not in season in the UK anymore but are very cheap in the market right now? We get visions of little children picking them in LEDCs instead of going to school. Then we think about their future children doing the same, oppressed by a system they can’t escape from, perpetuating the vicious circle. Then we read that Spain is actually the world’s largest exporter of strawberries and that the Spanish economy needs all the help it can get at the moment. Our consciences salved, we buy some to make this Vegan Strawberry, Mint and Tahini Smoothie…
Strawberries contain a healthy dose of potassium and are a great source of Vitamin C – there’s 160% of your RDA in this baby; you can’t say we shortchange you! The tahini is easy to digest – your body starts to absorb nutrients from it about 30 minutes after eating – and it’s a good source of B vitamins and calcium, making this an all-round feels-good, does-you-good, hell-it-is-good smoothie if ever there was one.
Strawberry, Tahini and Mint Smoothie
10-12 strawberries, cut in quarters
300ml apple juice
1 tablespoon tahini
4 tablespoons soya yoghurt (or 1 banana)
Handful of fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 Put all of the ingredients in a blender – I used my fabulous Froothie – & blend!
We hereby acknowledge that making smoothies is not rocket science.