After steaming or cooking the hosta leaves, puree them in a blender with the rest of the ingredients, using enough water to make a thick but tasty smoothie. Serve immediately. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 1 day in a covered mason jar.
Did you know? Hostas are in the same family as asparagus!
While the "best" time to eat Hosta leaves is when they are young, as they are tender, they are edible all throughout the season. As they age, the leaves tend to get tough and fibrous, so it's best to cook them to soften them up.
This recipe also calls for using Mallow or Hollyhock leaves, which help to add to the"slipperiness" of the smoothie as they are mucilaginous. Cooking them makes them slimy, however you can throw them into the blender raw. There are many different types of Mallows, common ones being malva sylvestris and malva neglecta. Hollyhock are cultivated flowers and can be purchased from nurseries or grown from seed.
While you can make the smoothie without the protein powder (it tastes great all on its own!), to change the taste of the smoothie (plus add in protein), add in a scoop. Often protein powders come in vanilla, chocolate or berry flavors, so you can vary the taste of the smoothie.
Last variation: you can use any other liquid instead of water. While non-dairy milk is the usual standard, adding a mild or tonifying herbal tea like Stinging Nettle, Chamomile, Rose petal, Dandelion root, Burdock root, Chicory root, etc. will add further nutritional and medicinal benefits.
As always, Enjoy! :)
CF= Corn Free DF= Dairy Free EF= Egg Free FF= Fat Free GF= Gluten Free GRF= Grain Free MF= Meat Free NUTF= Nut Free SALF= Salt Free SOYF= Soy Free SUF= Sugar Free YF= Yeast Free
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