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Jun 212013
 

I like to drink a lot of smoothies in the summer. Remember, in my chili post, when I shared with you my lack of creativity in the kitchen come summer? Remember how I like to dump things into appliances, let it do its thing, and then call it a meal? Smoothies totally fall into this category. Essentially, they are the perfect summer snack.

Not only are they super easy to whip up, they can be made a thousand different ways AND pack a serious nutritional punch. I’ve made a ton of different smoothie combinations in my day and I have to say, my Banana Mocha “recipe” is definitely my favorite.

 

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I know it is not the most beautiful looking thing on the planet – but you know what? It tastes really good, and it is really good for you! So just `don’t worry about how it looks.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 or 4 frozen strawberries
  • a handful of spinach
  • flax milk – use enough to get things moving (of course you can use any kind of milk you like)
  • 1 tablespoon nut/seed butter of your choice (peanut, almond, sunflowers, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder

The frozen bananas are what make this smoothie. Frozen is key, not room temperature. I promise the spinach is undetectable. Make sure you stick it in there, as it provides vitamins K, A, C, E, B, and folic acid, as well as tons of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and manganese. I use non-dairy flax milk instead of cows milk (that’s another post for another day), but any kind of milk is just fine. Use what you like and enjoy! Nut/seed butter is also key, not only for taste, but also for the sake of satiety. Those good fats and protein will keep you feeling full for hours. Finally, carob powder can be compared to cocoa powder, but has a better nutritional profile. It’s got some natural sweetness and is high in fiber. Don’t think it is going to taste just like chocolate, but it definitely gives your smoothie a rich, chocolate-like taste that really is delicious.


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