My thoughts around raw eggs and a Tropical Delight Mango, Passionfruit & Lime (raw egg) Smoothie.

Not that this one is a “need a spoon consistency” (in fact for me it was disappointingly not so..but that is easily fixed with a few extra chia seeds!). The beauty of a smoothie for me is that it’s a terribly quick meal in a glass. You can throw all sorts of (mainly raw) goodness into a blender and create a beautiful meal in a couple of minutes. Easy as. Significantly for my body however is that the majority of my meals contain a good quality protein – be that meat, chicken, eggs and the very occasional piece of fish. I seem to function well if 2 of my meals each day contain said protein but I teeter on flakiness if only one gets a look in. Believe me there has been a lot of trial and error here. I wish that I could rely more heavily on a predominantly vegetarian diet (mainly out of my love for raw, fresh food) but alas it can not be. I should mention too that although my food philosophy rests around a whole foods, ‘as nature intended it’ diet I do incorporate a little 100% whey protein to give me a little variation. I don’t however eat protein powders with multiple ingredients – I guess I always err on the side of less ingredients is more.

So that takes me to my thoughts around raw eggs. As many of you would know by now, I love my eggs and they get a very regular weekly look in. Eggs have been a saviour for me – I love their versatility in both savoury or sweet dishes. Raw eggs mean I can have a whole meal in a smoothie and be satiated until lunch time. That being said I would probably only eat a raw egg once or possible twice a week. The majority of my eggs are poached or turned into a omelette.

I must point out that I ONLY eat organic, free range eggs – they are more nutrient dense and less contaminated than battery caged hens. Note that by simply refrigerating your eggs you can minimise the risk of salmonella or other bacteria causing infections. I have been reading a great article from Mark’s Daily Apple on this subject and do acknowledge that there is always a minor risk of salmonella poisoning – but as Mark says of eating raw eggs: “As for drawbacks, there’s the well-circulated salmonella risk, which isn’t the dire prospect it’s often made out to be. The risk has been estimated as 1 in 10,000 (CDC) or 1 in 30,000 (Risk Analysis journal). And though washing eggshells can reduce much of the risk, it doesn’t eliminate it entirely.”  The risk as far as I am concerned is most certainly a small one. Having said that I would not recommend pregnant women eat raw eggs. I have been eating raw eggs my entire life (from early childhood) and thus far am infection-free. I do feel there has been a lot of hype around salmonella (and rightly so given the outcome in some respects) however irrespective I would not touch an egg that is not from an organic farm and a free range hen. My raw egg consumption is absolutely a personal choice – it’s not for everyone I am sure.

So moving along. The addition of an egg in a smoothie certainly has it’s benefits in that you can barely taste it. So you can go nuts with all sorts of flavours without the egg taking over. The attached recipe is a case in point.

Tropical Delight Mango, Passionfruit & Lime Smoothie

1 1/4 cup milk (I used Coco Quench, any milk will do)
1 mango cheek
1 passionfruit (1/2 for smoothie itself, 1/2 for the topping)
1 egg
1 heaped dessert spoon chia seeds
1 heaped tblspn full fat yoghurt (or CoYo)
1 heaped tspn maca powder
1 heaped tspn ground flaxseed
1 good pinch vanilla powder (or essence)
Juice of half a lime
Sweetener to taste (I did not use a sweetener, Coco Quench is quite sweet itself)

click here for directions on how to make