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Wild Blueberry Avocado Protein Smoothie

30 Jan

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I dunno about where you live, but Milwaukee has been nothing but dreary and grey for at least a week now. Such a downer! Aside from working up a sweat, I know few better ways to combat the lousy weather than with a berry-packed smoothie.

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Sure, I could simply turn up the heat at home and lounge around with a cup of tea, but a nice, sweaty workout, followed by a healthy protein smoothie is soooo much better, and more rewarding!

This creamy dreamy smoothie is made with frozen wild blueberries, which are way more flavorful than and twice as rich in antioxidants as regular blueberries. Better yet, they’re frozen at harvest, ensuring the best quality berry every single time.

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Wild blueberries are called “Wild” because they are. Wild blueberries are not planted but occur naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada that have been here for 10,000 years. They’re just waiting to be plucked and enjoyed!

And don’t freak out, they’re super easy to find – no trips to Maine or Canada necessary 🙂 Check the frozen foods section of your grocery store, and they should be near the other frozen fruits.

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I paired these sweet and tart wild blueberries with creamy avocado and my favorite vegan vanilla protein powder for a smoothie that packs a punch in all the best ways.

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Wild Blueberry Avocado Protein Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

  • 1/4 C nondairy milk
  • 1 C cold water
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 C frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
  • Additional wild blueberries and hemp seeds, to garnish

Pour the liquids into your blender and add the avocado, wild blueberries and protein powder. Blend until absolutely smooth. Pour into your favorite glass and garnish with additional wild blueberries and hemp seeds.

 

Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl

8 Aug

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

My smoothies have become thicker and thicker – I have started adding coconut, nuts seeds, veggies and more fruit. That doesn’t exactly leave much room for liquids, which is why the smoothies I’m making lately get poured in a bowl!

It took me a while to jump on the smoothie bowl train, but I’ve come to learn just how wonderful they are. You can top them to your heart’s content, spoon it up like a gazpacho, and feel like you’re actually eating something hearty, which I don’t always get from a smoothie in a glass.

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This smoothie bowl has two star ingredients: yellow kiwifruit and leafy kale. The kale is an obvious one: leafy greens are so important and full of nutrition. They’re fine in salads, which I eat nearly every day, but they’re so easy to eat in smoothie form! Green smoothies are the bomb.com and don’t you forget it.

The kiwifruit, though, that’s where the refreshing kick comes from in this bowl of goodness. Zespri kiwifruit are yellow and you can totally eat the skins. Make it easy on your blender by roughly chopping one of this big kiwifruit and throw it in, skin and everything! This particular variety, SunGolds, are a natural cross between gold varieties of kiwifruit (all Zespri kiwifruit is non-GMO). They’re  high in vitamin C and vitamin E – perfect to ward off that summer cold that’s going around.

To enhance the tropical sweetness of the SunGold, I grated some fresh ginger into the smoothie and topped it with coconut butter and hemp seeds.

Hot tip for fresh ginger: peel a knob of it completely and store in a ziplock bag in your freezer. Then just grate or slice off pieces as you need them – this keeps the ginger from going bad in your fridge!

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Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

  • 1/2 C non-dairy milk
  • 2 stalks kale, stems removed
  • 1 kiwifruit, quartered
  • 1/2 small zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp raw pepitas or 4 walnut halves
  • 2 tbsp coconut unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Toppings: hemp hearts and coconut butter

Blend all ingredients (except toppings) together until completely smooth. Transfer to a bowl and top as desired.

Note: If you prefer to drink your smoothies, add a half cup cold water or more milk.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Black Bean Smoothie 

11 Jul

Over the past few years, I’ve learned to love a variety of  vegetables, fruits, grains and preparations. As a result, my smoothies are often rather interesting. Spinach, kale, peas, chia seeds, rhubarb, cucumbers, celery, and now: black beans.

Yep, black beans in a smoothie! When combined with cocoa powder, strawberries, frozen banana, milk, and a few other ingredients, black beans make for the perfect creamy base to a chocolate-flavored smoothie. They’re full of protein and fiber, so you don’t even need to add protein powder.

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Not sold yet? Give it a shot – I promise you’ll love this breakfast drink! It’s naturally sweet, and will taste so much like dessert, that you’ll forget you added the legumes 🙂

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Black Bean Smoothie, adapted from the Never Homemaker

Makes 1 smoothie

  • 1 C non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 C black beans, rinsed extremely well
  • 5 large, whole strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 frozen, sliced banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Blend all ingredients together until creamy and smooth. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish with a strawberry, shredded coconut, additional chia seeds, or your favorite nut!

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Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie

7 Jul

Ah yes, running in the heat and humidity is so wonderful. Ok, not really. However, so far this summer, the warm weather hasn’t negatively affected my training too much. I run only slightly slower in the steamy conditions than I normally would, and my breathing seems to be just fine. If anything, it’s the post-run that I dislike most.

Coming home all sweaty and tired, to then take a hot shower in my non-air conditioned house isn’t all that enticing. The minute I step out of the shower feels no different from the minute I stop running! Alas, I make due and just end up planning more cool down time, which is perfect for foam rolling and practicing yoga.

Oh, and cooking! I make good use of my post-run time by prepping dinner (during the week) or guzzling down a refreshing smoothie (on the weekends). So overall, it’s probably for the best that I’m forced to slow down after finishing a run. Silver lining, right? 🙂

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That’s where this smoothie came about. I had previously cubed and frozen half of a cantaloupe because we couldn’t eat the whole thing before it went bad. Now, frozen melon does NOT thaw well – I do not recommend freezing melon slices to then eat a few days later as-is. The water within crystallizes and thawing it just doesn’t work, trust me.

What DOES work, is that the frozen melon basically acts as flavorful ice cubes – the perfect addition to a smoothie on a hot summer day! Pair that with a frozen banana for carbs and potassium, some soy milk and chia seeds for protein, and coconut and nuts for healthy fats, and you’ve got a solid way to refuel after a grueling workout.

So next time you can’t finish a cantaloupe, cube it up, freeze, and blend away!

Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

  • 1 C non-dairy milk
  • 1 C frozen cubed cantaloupe
  • 1 sliced frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp walnuts or pepitas
  • 1/4″ fresh ginger root

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Serve in your favorite glass or mug and enjoy!

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What’s your favorite way to refresh & refuel after a sweaty workout? Let me know in the comments!

Honey Roasted Rhubarb Smoothie

21 Jun

Happy birthday to the Recipe Redux! This recipe group has allowed me to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations delicious new ingredients and try new flavor combinations. Each month, we’re challenged to produce a healthy recipe within a specific theme, and that has been great fun! For this birthday month, we’ve been asked to celebrate other redux bloggers by recreating one of their recipes. I took this opportunity to celebrate Trish over at Rhubarbarians.

When rhubarb season first began — and it is a fleeting season — I knew I wanted to develop a rhubarb smoothie. The tart vegetable is one I’ve loved since childhood, but also one which was always prepared with huge amounts of sugar and cream – not exactly the healthiest choice. But when I saw a honey roasted rhubarb smoothie on Trish’s blog, I knew that her creation would be delicious.

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Trish’s original recipe is for a smoothie bowl. I’ve learned over time that I actually prefer straight up smoothies – there’s something about drinking a glass full of goodness that my mind and body really enjoy. So with that end goal in mind, I have slightly altered the original creation to suit my smoothie needs. This recipe makes one large smoothie, which is the perfect way to follow up an intense workout, or a session of exercising in the hot sun. Pull out that frozen ‘barb, or your farmer’s market haul, and get roasting & blending!

Honey Roasted Rhubarb Smoothie, adapted from Rhubarbarians
Serves 1

  • 2 C chopped rhubarb
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 C canned coconut milk or soy milk
  • 1/2 cold banana, sliced
  • Chia seeds to garnish

Note: Roast the rhubarb ahead of time, either four hours before you plan to enjoy this smoothie or the night before. This ensures a cold smoothie at the finish line.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with PAM. Spread out chopped rhubarb and drizzle with honey. Bake for 15 minutes. Let the roasted rhubarb drain in a sieve, and then cool in the fridge (or freezer!) until ready to make your smoothie.

Blend together the chilled roasted rhubarb, yogurt, milk and banana until smooth and creamy. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish with chia seeds and extra roasted rhubarb, if desired.

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