North Dakota is notorious for blistery winters that causes each and every one of us to question just why exactly it is we continue to live where we do. This smoothie will bring you to a tropical place – whether you live in the tropics or the tundra.
Tart and rich. Sweet and smooth. Everything you love about chocolate covered strawberries – in a glass. Fresh ingredients. Whole ingredients. No added sugar. Healthy fat, protein, and carbs. Need I say more?
1 c. frozen strawberries
1/2 c. oats
1 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 splash PURE vanilla
1 tbsp flax seeds (optional)
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 scoop protein powder of choice (optional)
Blend until smooth!
You can serve this one as a smoothie as showed, however, it is equally good (if not better) as served as an ice cream replacement. Yep, in a bowl, with strawberries on top. What could be better after an ass-kicking workout?
Dessert-themed smoothies make the experience even better. You’re getting a lot of the flavor you get in your favorite treat, without all the empty calories, and WITH a bunch more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. If you’re really feeling like you want to “treat yoself”, top this one with a little coconut whipped cream! 😉
*recipe is vegetarian*
I N G R E D I E N T S:
1 frozen banana
1 c. vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 c. oats
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4-1/2 c. plain (or vanilla) yogurt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (for sweetness)
*for extra protein, add 1 scoop of preferred protein powder
Maca is an old, more recently discovered superfood full of antioxidants and amino acids. And guess what? It’s a plant (surprise, surprise). It’s difficult to pinpoint the flavor of the fine, tan powder, but one of my best friends describes it as “slightly nutty, a little bit sweet.” – needless to say, we love it. Everyone should add this superfood to their pantries for an all natural nutrient boost to yogurt, cereal, and smoothies.
This smoothie in particular can help if you’ve been thinking about chocolate all day but know you should resist the temptation of chocolate ice cream. I can assure you, this will satisfy your craving and make you feel a lot better than the excessive fat, sugar, and calories that ice cram provides.
Ps: it’s vegan, gluten free, and dairy free.
Y O U W I L L N E E D:
1 large frozen banana
1 c. unsweetened plant milk
2 tbsp powdered peanut butter
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp ground maca powder
1 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1 scoop neutral/vanilla protein powder *optional*
…and all you have to do is blend until everything is creamy and combined into a homogenous mixture.
You’re going to want to try this one for yourself. Share your thoughts!
As we are well into the month of January, we are also in the midst of cold, flu, and stomach bug season. Beside these temporary, productivity-inhibiting ailments alone, we have to also deal with colder temperatures, less sunlight, and not much sun exposure to absorb vitamin D. Our immune systems are already working hard, and barely stand a chance against these pathogens in this season, so do your immune system a favor and give it a vitamin C boost!
This is one of my favorite smoothies because it is a hybrid between an Orange Julius and and an orange creamsicle, two REALLY refreshing things that are full of empty calories (including large amounts of fat and sugar) where mine is just as good, minus all that bad stuff. 🙂
1 orange, peeled
about 1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt
about 1/c c. ice
1/2-1 c. milk of choice (I used almond)
1-2 tsp honey at room temp (preference)
splash of vanilla extract
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
Blend thoroughly, and enjoy!
Ps, did you know that one orange contains 97 mg of vitamin C which is 15 mg more than the recommended daily allowance for women (75), and 7 mg more than the RDA for men? (90)
Vitamin C is important for many processes throughout the body such as:
aiding in the absorption of iron (important in carrying oxygen in the blood)
helping to repair cells and form scar tissue
a component in collagen, the body’s building block
AND, it’s an antioxidant, which helps protect cells from DNA damage due to free radicals
So, there you have it. Vitamins, protein, hydration, immunity, and a healthy taste of summer in a glass!