The Smoothie That Changed Everything

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If you’re anything like me, you’re hard-pressed to get out the door in the morning with matching shoes on your feet, let alone having eaten a healthy breakfast.

Spending any amount of time in the kitchen before 7 AM just isn’t my forte. Sometime after the alarm goes off at 5:30, I can usually be found staggering to the shower while grumbling unintelligibly about needing more sleep and/or being hungry. (In no particular order.)

Once I’m finally at work I put on some lipstick, pour a cup of coffee, and pull myself together.

Then I realize just how famished I actually am.

Look, prepping for the day takes time, effort, and being somewhat organized. If I were a better planner, I would make chia seed pudding the night before and have a healthy, delicious snack to take to work.

But I’m not that good at thinking ahead. At least when it comes to getting breakfast together for the next morning. I do plan other things – my weekends, vacations, dinners… Retirement.

Today, however, I am sharing with you the super-simple smoothie that changed it all.  The smoothie that transformed my lackluster morning mood into a go-get ’em killer attitude.

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Bananas, spinach, almond milk, hemp seeds, and peanut butter unite to create one kick-butt, surprisingly delicious, bright green (and not overly sweet) smoothie!

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My obsession as of late. I’ve been drinking these delicious creations every morning this week and it has changed my world!! (Not to mention you can whip it up in 3 minutes flat!)

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Here are a few reasons to chug this down, from a nutritional standpoint:

Hemp seeds – Hemp seeds come from the same hemp plant renowned for its durable fiber, and are considered one of the world’s most nutritious food sources. They contain all of the essential amino acids, making them an ideal source of protein for vegans and raw foodists. One tablespoon  of hemp seeds contains 5.3 grams of protein, 40 calories, 152 milligrams of potassium, 2.3 grams of carbohydrates, 1.6 grams of fiber, 13 percent of your daily need for iron, and about 8 percent of your daily vitamin A. The essential fatty acids abundant in hemp seeds come in a ratio that is highly beneficial as well.

Bananas – Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. They are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 400-plus mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis. Sports enthusiasts appreciate the potassium-power delivered by this high energy fruit as well.

Spinach – Among the world’s healthiest vegetables, and with an ANDI score of 707, spinach comes out at the top of the list for nutrient richness. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection.

Almond Milk – A cup of unsweetened almond milk has significant amounts of magnesium, selenium, manganese and vitamin E (and only 30-40 calories to boot.) Magnesium helps breakdown the food we consume into energy, and also aids the parathyroid glands, which produce hormones that promote good bone health. Manganese is another important mineral found in almond milk, activating enzymes that help the body aid in digestion. Additionally, manganese is important in keeping strong teeth and bones. Selenium helps to fight illness by supporting the functions of the immune system. Almond milk also fights free radicals, organic molecules that are responsible for aging, with the power of vitamin E.

Peanut Butter – Just 1 tablespoon of this creamy deliciousness packs in 4 grams of protein. (This is why peanut butter on toast makes for a great breakfast or mid morning meal choice.) As a protein-rich food, when you eat peanut butter you feel fuller longer.

Sources: Fitday, Whfoods, Healthy Eating, & Cleancuisineandmore.com

Are you convinced yet? If not, the flavor will change that :)

I have it on good authority that this smoothie is the bombdiggity :-P

Barbara, this one’s for you!

The Green Go-Getter Smoothie
 
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Bananas, spinach, almond milk, hemp seeds, and peanut butter unite to create one kick-butt, surprisingly delicious, bright green (and not overly sweet) smoothie!
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Yields: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored, almond milk (I use Blue Diamond)
  • 4 Tbsp. hulled hemp seeds
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut or almond butter (Peanut butter has a much stronger flavor than almond)
  • 1 ripe banana - peeled & frozen
  • 6-10 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender in the order listed. This will aid in proper function.
  2. Blend together until smooth and creamy.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
** The more ripe your banana is, the sweeter your smoothie will be. If it's not sweet enough for you, I suggest adding a tablespoon of pure maple syrup to the mix.

 

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In other news, I now have a “thing” for finding brightly-colored ceramic spoons and buying them. To fuel my addiction, I’m pretty sure I bought Amazon out of their stock this week. I just ordered 5 more yesterday.

Oh boy.

You have no idea how badly I wanted to wait for my new spoons to arrive before I shot this set for today’s post. The only colors I have in my collection so far are “cherry” and “Caribbean.”

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Must. have. more. colorful. spoons.

Ok, enough drooling over spoons.

Here’s to living one day at a time, with a bright green smoothie.

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Okay.  And a cup of coffee.

And maybe some vegan chocolate…

But I promise to drink my vitamins :)

  • http://www.alysonroux.com/ Alyson Roux

    This looks delicious! I will have to try. I’m not a morning person at all, maybe this will help… Also, your photography is beautiful and I can’t get enough of those spoons, either!

  • http://farrarfour.blogspot.com Annie

    I am loving these posts! I’m gonna have to try this recipe!! It sounds yummy!! How much fat is in the hemp seeds?my Emerson has a metabolic disease and is allowed little to no fat. Trying to think of things as she goes towards food from breastmilk. So many of these healthy things have lots of fat. Good or not she can’t have it. I love your blog. You do a really great job!! The pictures are great!! And so is the content!! Also— to fuel your spoon addiction— world market has a colorful array of kitchen accessories!!!

    • http://www.thepamperedvegan.com Baylie Martin

      Thanks for the sweet comments Annie! I am sorry to hear about little Emerson’s condition, especially if she can’t even have good fats :-\ According to the bag of hemp seeds I have, per tablespoon there are 4 grams of fat… That sounds like a lot!

      What I’ve also done is made this smoothie sans the peanut butter and hemp seeds, but added unsweetened plant based protein powder. <-- This is how I actually made it the first time, but since not everyone loves the taste of protein powder, for the blog post I decided to substitute hemp seeds instead as they are high in protein as well but will not give your smoothie that signature "protein powder" texture/flavor. Also, going the protein powder route would really cut down on any fat in the smoothie because you are taking out the only 2 real sources. PS - There is a World Market 2 miles from my house. Thanks for the tip, you can bet I'll be in there tonight! Heh.

  • http://nldadance.wordpress.com Kathie Jamison Cote

    Baylie, I love your posts! I have a shake every day as well. And switch it up between swiss chard and spinach for the greens. I think I’ll be using spinach more though after reading this :) Thanks!

    • http://www.thepamperedvegan.com Baylie Martin

      Thank you Kathie! I like to use spinach for smoothies as it has a sweet taste. I always use kale and/or collards when I juice though! Kale, lemon, and cucumber is my signature juice blend!