Lately, the weather in our area has been super hot and humid since we have gotten a break from the rain. With the warm weather, I crave cold drinks and food. Give me a fruit popsicle, full-fat ice cream, shaved ice from a local place, GT’s kombucha, or a homemade smoothie. Today, I will highlight smoothies and share two recipes.
I love making my own smoothies because I can pick out the flavor and taste profile I’m craving at that moment. My go to baseline formula is frozen fruit + nut milk (almond milk) + spinach + protein powder or peanut butter or seeds (chia, flax, hemp). I like to add frozen or fresh shredded and acai fruit packs if on hand. I use protein powder in my smoothies as a post workout meal or snack.
Blueberry Acai Smoothie
1/2 frozen banana
1 pack unsweetened acai (optional)
1 cup almond milk or favorite milk type
¼ cup wild blueberries frozen
1 handful of fresh or frozen spinach (1 cup)
3-4 frozen dark cherries
2 scoops plant based protein powder (Orgain is my favorite)
Few pieces of shredded coconut
In a high-speed blender, add milk, protein powder, spinach, and fruit. You can add coconut as a topper or blend in a smoothie.
If you want a sweeter smoothie, add a whole banana. You could use whatever fruit you have on hand – mango, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries. Tip: Defrost the acai pack before use. If you don’t have the acai packs, no worries, add more fruit.
Another smoothie I made was one utilizing a smoothie kit. The brand I tried was Everipe Superfood Smoothie Kit. This is not sponsored but I received their smoothie kits for free when I won it as part of a giveaway.
What is great about these kits is you just have to add liquid + ice. For my smoothie, I used 1 cup almond milk, Cocoa Mojo kit, 2 scoops of protein powder for additional protein, a handful of spinach and blended it. The Cocoa Mojo kit contains freeze-dried mulberries, banana, cocoa powder, ground almonds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, mango, and pineapple. The taste was delicious.
My second favorite kit was the Piña Colossal. This kit had freeze-dried pineapple, banana, ground almonds, mulberries, chia seeds, hemp hearts, coconut and papaya. I’ve never used freeze-dried fruit in my smoothies before and it really enhanced the taste profile. I loved that I could just open two bags and didn’t have to scoop out or make sure I had enough seeds or frozen fruit on hand. I would definitely use it again especially when I’m in a busy season.
What is your favorite way to cool off? If you enjoy smoothies, what are your favorite combinations?
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