I’ve gotten quite a few emails lately asking me about the smoothies I make so I thought I’d make a post sharing the various ingredients I use to make it so thick and tasty!
The start of my smoothies always includes a cup or two of fresh spinach and 3/4 a cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze that I blend with a serving of protein powder (I use chocolate or vanilla spirutein protein powder), 3T-1/4C of pb flour by TJ’s, or a big spoonful of regular pb. Sometimes when I use the pb flour or glob of pb I do add in a bit of guar gum but not too much or it makes the smoothie kind of…plastic like? Yuck!
This initial blend without frozen stuff helps to create more of a liquid base to blend the smoothie since I don’t have a vitamix or anything and have to use spatulas to wipe the sides while the blender is going!
With that part done, I add in one of the following:
1.5 C mixed frozen berries
1C frozen mangoes
1 frozen banana and 1 C frozen berries
I find that mangoes make for some serious creaminess in many of my smoothies. I think they’re just like bananas in how they make smoothies so thick, but provide a much stronger taste to the overall smoothie.
So, I blend all that together, making sure to mix the frozen stuff with the liquid base in the beginning, and eat it quickly (it’s hot there and melts quick). I typically add in a some sort of cereal or mix of them because I like the crunch of it in the smoothie!
I probably eat at least one a day, if not two sometimes depending on my mood and the weather! Here are a few pictures of the various types:
-Spinach, USVAB, chocolate protein powder, mixed berries and cereal
-Spinach, USVAB, vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, frozen berries, cereal.