The Evolution of the Green Soup, Energy Soup, Blended Salad and Green Smoothie
Filed under Raw Food & Health by Frederic Patenaude
Last night, I was enjoying another delicious Savory Veggie Stew, and I was thinking about everything I learned over the past 12 years since I started a mostly raw food diet.
The idea of blending greens and other vegetables to make a liquid concoction, a sort of “magic potion”, is something that has been around for quite some time.
There have been many different stages in the evolution of this type of meal that we could call a green soup.
First of all, why are blended greens so important on the raw food diet?
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It’s not that blended greens are essential on the raw food diet, but they are very useful.
Eating fruit only will probably not provide enough alkaline minerals (such as calcium) for most people’s needs.
A fruit-based diet is best, but I do believe that this diet will be improved by the addition of one or two pounds of vegetables and greens per day.
But there are many problems we face when attempting to eat this quantity of raw vegetables every day:
– Most people don’t chew well enough, or have compromised dentition, and therefore don’t absorb as much as they should from the vegetables they eat.
– Most salads are not very palatable unless we add a fatty dressing to them. However, too much fat, even in the form of avocados or nuts, is detrimental to health.
– Making a huge salad takes a lot of time in preparing the vegetables, rinsing and spinning the lettuce, chopping everything, making a dressing, and most importantly: chewing it all! Who has an hour to spare every day for such a routine?
Some people have attempted to solve this problem by drinking green juice. However, the problem with green juice is that it’s too concentrated.
I’m not opposed myself to consuming a reasonable quantity of vegetable juice every day, such as 8 or 10 ounces. If you go beyond this amount, I believe you’re not doing your body a favor by consuming concentrated doses of strong vegetables (such as parsley, kale, etc.), which can be mildly toxic.
However, the problem with juice is that you leave behind the valuable fiber, and you’re also consuming a refined food.
Also, a juice is not a “satisfying meal”. It’s a nice appetizer, at best, but not something that leaves you satisfied.
So that’s why smart naturopaths and natural hygienists of the past have created various forms of the “Green Soup”, where you blend the vegetables, instead of juicing them.
*The Evolution of the Green Soup*
This type of meal has gone through several stages of evolution.
1) The Blended Salad
First, we had the natural hygienists of the past, who came up with a “blended salad”. The idea was to blend various kinds of leafy greens and vegetables to create a liquid soup with a baby food consistency. To that, they sometimes added fruits (such as bananas or apples), or avocado.
It wasn’t too unpalatable, as long as you saw it as a temporary solution to help your digestion get back on track. It certainly wasn’t “tasty” and exciting.
2) The Energy Soup
At some point after, or around the same time, the naturopath and living food pioneer Ann Wigmore popularized her version of the blended salad, that she called the “Energy Soup”.
Initially, Ann Wigmore advocated juicing, but later she realized that blending foods was more preferable.
The Energy Soup was the cornerstone of her program, and contained a mixture of greens, sprouts, rejuvelac (the fermented juice of soaked wheat), vegetables and dulse. The soup often contained some avocado and apple.
I have tried making different variations of the Energy Soup, and none of them really appealed to my taste. I found the combination of seaweed, sprouts, apples and avocado quite repulsive, and could only manage to eat it if I drastically altered the recipe.
It felt more like “punishment food”, rather than something you would want to eat every day. However, the Energy Soup worked, people got better, and the idea of living foods, thanks to Ann’s amazing work, continued to flourish.
3) The Green Smoothie
The idea is not new, but it was about 5 years ago that Victoria Boutenko (from the Raw Family) popularized the concept of the Green Smoothie.
The Green Smoothie is essentially a blended salad composed of fruits and leafy greens, with some optional water. Generally, hard or savory vegetables such as carrots or tomatoes are avoided. Only fruits and leafy greens such as celery and spinach are included.
The concept was not new, but the idea worked, and Victoria has done an amazing job selling over 100,000 copies of her book Green For Life, and helping countless people regain their health with green smoothies.
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4) The Savory Veggie Stew
Finally, the latest stage of evolution of this green soup idea has been recently popularized by Roger Haeske with his Savory Veggie Stew program.
Blended salads were a little bland, and the Energy Soup generally only appealed to hard-core living food enthusiasts, or people on short-term detox programs.
Green smoothies are great, but they are sweet, and sometimes we want a savory flavor instead.
The Savory Veggie Stew answers that problem, and I think Roger has done an amazing job over the years refining his recipes and creating an entire health program based around them.
Currently, the program has 8 videos, 4 recipe booklets, 5 bonuses and a 15-minute consultation with Roger. It’s really a complete health program.
Initially, Roger started making simple blended salads, but kept trying harder to make them tastier and more interesting.
He’s finally done it.
For me, the Savory Veggie Stew has finally answered the question “What can I eat for dinner on a raw food diet”?
The answer is simple: I start my dinner with fruit, then follow with as many servings of Savory Veggie Stew as I’d like (I make a new one every night), and if desired, I follow that with a salad or anything else I want.
Every time, I’m amazed how satisfying it is.
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