The other day, one of my co-workers asked me, “Do you really make a smoothie everyday?! I mean, you get all that stuff out, the blender and everything?”
My answer: Yes and no (since sometimes I simply use a shaker cup a.k.a. blender bottle).
It’s necessary to use the blender such as a Vitamix when I’m blending fruit and greens but when I’m in a hurry, I use a shaker/blender cup. You’ll want to get one that has a metal ball or grate inside to get the protein powder to blend well. (I also LOVE to support local businesses while making it easier to ‘grab and go’.
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Basic Smoothie Recipe
The following recipe with optional ingredients is meant for two smoothies. If I’m doing the work, I might as well share with my husband.
I follow a basic recipe but tweak it daily according to what ingredients I have or what mood I’m in.
Cynthia’s Daily Smoothie Recipe (for two people):
1 – 2 cups milk (I prefer plant based milk like almond, cashew, coconut….etc.) or coconut water
2 cups filtered water
1 cup frozen or fresh berries
1 cup fresh spinach or other leafy greens
1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt
1 heaping Tablespoon Hippie Butter hemp seeds
1 – 2 scoops protein powder*
1 Tablespoon acai juice or powder
1 Tablespoon cacao powder mixed with 1 tsp. maple syrup
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
1/4 tsp. ground ginger OR 1/2 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp. ground ceylon cinnamon
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
There are also liquid or powdered supplements that I might add like medicinal mushrooms or other ‘superfood’ blends. Don’t go crazy with this though because you’ll want to enjoy the smoothie rather than have it taste like vitamins.
*I prefer plant based protein because I believe that it’s easier to digest and usually contains a fair amount of fiber and healthy fat. Hemp protein is one of my favorites because it has omega 3 and omega 6, is high in fiber and protein. It has a unique taste, maybe a bit similar to flax seeds and definitely worth a try.
A lot of plant based proteins currently on the market tend to also have added superfoods so that you don’t have to purchase them separately. This is super convenient especially if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning and it may also be more cost effective.
Share Your Recipe
Please share your smoothie recipes with me as well. I would love to try them out!
Until then…Be well!
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