Most mornings I find myself in a familiar situation … I am running around for the last 5 minutes trying to get out the door with phone, wallet and keys. I seem to always think I can fit more into my mornings than I can, or that I can and should sleep in for those 10 extra minutes. I am pretty convincing when I am half asleep :) One of my favorite go to meals to whip up on one of these rushed mornings is a smoothie. I love ones that are hearty but have recently been focusing on keeping them simple and refreshing. I generally go to work and do yoga for an hour before working so a smoothie is great because I can drink a few sips pre-yoga to get me through and then finish it post-yoga.
While I am know for packing the greens in my smoothies, this recipe does not have any leafy greens in it.
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 4-5 medjool dates
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- zest of half a lemon
- 1 cup water
- handful of ice
Combine all ingredients and blend until all ingredients are incorporated and smoothie is creamy.
This smoothie is refreshing and yet reminds me of a strawberry milkshake. The cashews make it so creamy and the dates provide a wonderful hint of sweet.
Look at all of those beautiful ingredients waiting to be blended into a delicious beverage!
One of my other favorite smoothies is a recipe I got from Vega representatives at Whole Foods when I bought some vegan protein powder there. They were blending sample smoothies in a Vitamix powered by a bicycle. Needless to say I gave it a whirl and mixed my own smoothie sample.It was a Pumpkin pie smoothie with their vanilla protein powder. It was creamy and pumpkin-y and spicy and I loved it! With the discount and an offer a free reusable grocery bag and smoothie cup I bought some. I had been considering adding protein powder to my smoothies and this one has lots of nutrients.
It has a little bit of everything (see the great graphic from myvega.com) and it is vegan. I went home and made their pumpkin smoothie recipe the next morning. It even got rave reviews from Neil. It is basically any sort of milk (I used almond), scoop of powder, frozen banana, pumpkin puree and cinnamon. I added pumpkin pie spice and some vanilla to round it out.
Vega did not ask me to write this post. I like their product and am interested in other protein powder suggestions as well as I am new to them!
What do you put in your smoothies? I frequently throw in maca powder, flax or chia seeds, and nuts. What are your secret ingredients?