Because they are in season all year round in the tropics, I grew up eating plantains fried or baked or boiled or steamed almost daily. They were one of my fave foods. I was told not to eat them raw, but I couldn’t resist trying one as it ripened on my kitchen counter one day a few years ago. Now I love them RAW when they are all black, soft and super sweet. Sometimes, I can’t wait and eat them when they are a little soft, but still quite yellow (like in the photo above). For breakfast, I love them with a little raw almond butter and raw honey or with cayenne spices. For lunch, I like to eat them plain with a huge salad to bulk up my meal when I am really hungry. Sometimes, we love them in smoothies because they create really lovely creamy drinks. For days when you are really hungry, these smoothies have a heavier creaminess than regular bananas. Plantains are an excellent source of potassium, magnesium and vitamins B6 and C.
Today, my whole family enjoyed a Strawberry Plantain Green Smoothie. For me, the fewer ingredients, the better. I like keeping things simple. I used to add dates when my family was transitioning to a more raw food diet, but we find dates in green smoothies too sweet now. We prefer them a little plainer these days – so we can really taste the ingredients in the smoothie. I also used to add only 4 cups of greens, but now we prefer 6 cups or more. But feel free to experiment with other veggies and fruits and add your fave raw ingredients too like nuts and/seeds. Here’s my basic recipe.
Blend all in a high speed blender:
2 really ripe, soft and black plantains, peeled
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup water
1 pint of strawberries or fruits in season
6 cups of greens, or more