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Chai-Spiced Almond Butter Smoothie

We just had our first snowfall in Baltimore this weekend.  With the colder weather comes an innate craving for warmer comfort foods, like this chicken tikka masala dish we had for dinner in our Instant Pot last night.

Because I try to eat seasonally and pay attention to what my body is craving at different times of the year, I find myself eating fewer salads but more soups and fewer smoothies but more oatmeal.

On days I do want a smoothie, I shy away from tropical flavors and other combinations better suited for summer and load up my smoothies with warming, grounding spices!

That’s how the idea for this Chai Almond Butter Smoothie came to be. I’ve made other spiced smoothies like this Snickerdoodle one, this Turmeric Golden Milk one (two of the most popular recipes on my blog!), and this newer Apple Cinnamon version. Today’s smoothie contains some similar spices, but it pays homage to one of my favorite drinks.

Chai tea.

Chai tea is made with a blend of spices, including cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger, and a hint of black pepper. All of these spices are highly anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and digestive-supporting and some even have anti-viral properties.

We tend to forget about spices when we are focusing on upgrading what we are eating or drinking, but, as you can see, they are powerhouses of nutrients!

Today’s smoothie uses a blend of those spices and some almond butter for protein, fat and creaminess, all of which will keep you coming back for more!

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Chai Almond Butter Smoothie

This fall-spiced smoothie is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds and tastes like a cup of chai tea!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Medjool date pit removed
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana (peel it first!)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop unflavored protein powder or collagen peptides (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 45-60 seconds. Add up to 1/4 cup more almond milk, if needed. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

If you like chai-flavored foods, try some of these other recipes on my blog:

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

I love this time of year.

September and October are my favorite weather months, and I love the changing colors of the leaves on the trees here on the East Coast.

As fall comes and winter follows, a lot of us will be changing up our diets a bit to reflect the change in seasons. We’ll be adding in more warming, grounding foods like soups, stews, and chilis. We’ll be incorporating more herbs and spices in our meals. We’ll focus on flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sage, rosemary and thyme.

YUM!

Why not start the season off with one of everyone’s favorites…apple pie!

I have to admit – I’m more of a crisp/crumble girl than a pie person. But I know apple pie is one of those comfort foods that makes a lot of people very happy, so today’s recipe is my best attempt at recreating it…smoothie style!

In this recipe, I used avocado for creaminess (you won’t even taste it!), an apple and a date for sweetness, and cinnamon and nutmeg for a punch of flavor. The hint of lemon juice adds a bit of tartness to this recipe, which you could probably recreate by just using a Granny Smith apple instead of the Gala apple that I used. You can add spinach to create a Green Apple Smoothie, if you’d like. It’s a great way to get in an extra dose of veggies.

Because of the apple and the oats, this recipe isn’t as silky smooth as some other smoothies, but the flavors are on point. My friend Kat taste tested it for me before I finalized it and she said she was a bit skeptical of the combo of ingredients…but it turned out great!

Happy Fall!

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Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

As fall foods make their way into our kitchens and bellies, let's celebrate all of the flavors of fall with this seasonal smoothie!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple cored and quartered
  • 1 Medjool date pit removed
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 avocado flesh
  • 2 scoops unflavored protein powder Vital Proteins and Tonic are my fave brands
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients except ice cubes in a high speed blender until evenly combined. Add ice and blend until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Add 1 cup of baby spinach for a "green apple" smoothie. 

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Do you ever feel super full or bloated after drinking a smoothie?

It’s so easy to drink them waaaay too fast and fill our stomach with too much too quickly. For more on that, check out this post I wrote for mindbodygreen.

I’ve started favoring smoothie bowls over smoothies in a glass because eating a smoothie with a spoon slows down the rate of entering my stomach. I can put away a smoothie in a glass with a straw in a matter of seconds, if I’m being totally honest! But sitting down with a bowl and spoon makes me more mindful and slows me down.

Slower eating = better digestion!

Today’s smoothie bowl is full of some of my favorite things – blueberries, avocado, and a hint of cinnamon! The avocado makes it smooth and creamy, and the blueberries give it this amazing color. I also topped it off with a sprinkle of bee pollen from Beekeeper’s Naturals, which is full of protein, B vitamins, minerals and free form amino acids.

If you’re a fan of smoothie bowls, check out another recent post I shared with three of my favorite smoothie bowls, including the Berry Good Bowl, Berry Chocolate Bowl and the Shrek Bowl.

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Blueberry Avocado Smoothie Bowl

This is one of my favorite smoothie bowls packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder I love Amazing Grass pure vanilla protein superfood
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 zucchini peeled and chopped
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Instructions

  1. Blend the first 5 ingredients in your blender until evenly combined

  2. Add the frozen fruit and blend again until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl to serve and top with some bee pollen!

 

Turmeric Golden Milk Smoothie {Vegan, Paleo}

Are you into golden milk as much as I am?

Maybe you’re wondering what it is and what all the fuss is about and have yet to try it.

After drinking golden milk from about five different places on a recent trip to Colorado, I was inspired to create this recipe. It takes a popular hot drink and turns it into a cool and creamy smoothie!

The base of this smoothie combines an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, anti-cancer spice blend of turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. Adding a pinch of black pepper helps the body better absorb the turmeric, so whenever you consume turmeric, make sure to pair it with some black pepper.

Turmeric is a plant that grows underground and is a member of the ginger family. It has a long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years, and it has been studied in numerous clinical trials for its therapeutic use. The primary compound in turmeric is called curcumin and its consumption has been correlated with a range of potential health benefits:

  • Protection against certain cancers
  • Treatment of arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Support for those with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

To learn more about this powerful plant, click here.

By itself, turmeric doesn’t taste that awesome and can have a bit of a bitter taste, but when it is combined with other spices (like in the case of curry powder or golden milk), its flavor is muted but its vibrant color shines through.

To make this a more substantial smoothie, I added a few scoops of my favorite collagen protein powder, which supports healthy tissue growth, and some cashews for a source of fat. If you’d rather use cashew butter or coconut butter, you can do that instead.

I usually have to mess with a recipe multiple times for sharing it with you, but this was a one and done kind of day! I hope you enjoy this delicious golden milk smoothie. Let me know what you think if you try it!

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Turmeric Golden Milk Smoothie

This cool and creamy spin on a popular hot drink is the perfect way to start your day!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon raw cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweetener honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 scoops collagen protein powder I use Vital Proteins
  • 1/2 zucchini peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 banana frozen

Instructions

  1. Put spices through almond milk in a blender and blend until evenly combined. 

  2. Add frozen banana and blend until smooth.

Recipe Notes

To purchase collagen peptides from Vital Proteins, click here.

Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie

Since I’ve been feeling better, I’ve been back in the kitchen experimenting with recipes. My most recent hit was this vegan, gluten-free carrot cake muffin topped with creamy cashew icing. If you haven’t already tried it, you totally should!

It’s been a while since I posted a new smoothie recipe, but since I was already tinkering with the ingredient profile for carrot cake, I thought I’d try coming up with a carrot cake smoothie.

Some recipes come together easily, and after one or two attempts, it ends up tasting good. This smoothie took about six attempts before I came up with something that I really liked! I have to give a shout out to my friend, Kat Downs, who writes the awesome blog, Crunchy Kat, for being willing to be a recipe tester for me! She will be featured in my next blog post, so I’m really excited for you guys to meet her.

In the meantime, give this tasty carrot cake smoothie recipe a try. You might be surprised to find that it contains a secret ingredient you won’t even taste that will give you an extra serving of vegetables. When I think of upgrading what I eat, this is one of the easiest ways to do it!

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Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie

If you like all the flavors of carrot cake as much as I do, you're going to love this creamy, dreamy smoothie!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 zucchini peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raw cashews
  • 1 Medjool date pit removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 piece frozen or fresh pineapple Trust me, this makes a difference!
  • 1 frozen banana

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients through almond milk to the blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Add frozen fruit and blend until creamy. 

Recipe Notes

For some reason, I find that the smoothie turns out a bit creamier when you combine all ingredients besides the frozen fruit FIRST and then add it, but you can totally just blend everything at once. That's just my preference 🙂

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie {Dairy-Free, Paleo, Vegan}

You guys…THIS IS AMAZING!

Seriously, it’s so good! It tastes like a decadent dessert, but you can have it for breakfast.

I couldn’t decide whether to call it a smoothie or a milkshake, so I opted for “smoothie shake.” 🙂

I was inspired to make this recipe after making a cherry chocolate pudding and thought I would try to make a drinkable version. It’s one of the tastiest things I’ve made and is now Bill’s “go to” smoothie in the morning.

What I like the most about smoothies (or, in this case, milkshakes!) is how easily you can pack lots of energy, immune and beauty-boosting nutrients into ONE glass.

This one is loaded with anti-inflammatory and beautifying foods like hemp seeds, cacao powder, avocado and spinach.

But cherries are the star. They’re a fruit that we’re all familiar with but don’t hear too much about healthwise. Check out all of the health-boosting benefits of cherries below.

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Why I love cherries:

Check out this link from Dr. Mercola or this one from Dr. Joel Fuhrman to learn about even more of the health benefits of these power-packed fruits 🙂

Not only is this smoothie shake fueling and nourishing, it’s also rich, creamy, chocolatey and silky smooth. You have to try it!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach, loosely packed (this has the LEAST flavor of any greens)
  • 1 Medjool date, pit removed
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (my go to protein source for smoothies!)
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional but amazing)
  • 3/4 cup frozen cherries (BJs Wholesale club now sells bags of organic frozen cherries)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (check out my video for how to make your own)
  • Pinch fine grain sea salt
  • Optional: sprinkle some cacao nibs on top for a chocolatey crunch!

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender in the order listed above and blend for about a minute or until smooth and creamy.

**If you don’t have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, Blendtec or Ninja, blend the liquid and spinach FIRST and then add the other ingredients 🙂

Energizing Blueberry Beauty Blast Smoothie {Paleo, Dairy-Free}

Smoothies are a simple way to “upgrade” your diet, adding in lots of nutrients that keep our bodies clean, energized, and healthy. Since cutting dairy out of my diet, I miss creamy foods, so smoothies are an easy way for me to get that creamy texture I love.

My hubby and I have them for breakfast most mornings. We change them up, so we are getting a variety of nutrients from different fruits, vegetables and super foods.

This smoothie has a lot going for it, including being anti-inflammatory and detoxifying AND being loaded with what Dr. Fuhrman refers to as the healthiest foods on the planet GBOMBS.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman and other functional medicine doctors and nutritionists, inflammation and toxicity are the two reasons most of us are sick and holding on to extra weight, so we want to load up on foods that help us reduce them, and this smoothie does the trick!

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Check out the amazing health benefits of the ingredients in this smoothie:

Blueberries are one of the best foods you can eat. They are low in sugar and their high antioxidant power helps protect your heart and contains potent anti-cancer compounds. In fact, berries are considered one of Dr. Fuhrman’s GBOMBS foods – the most powerful anti-cancer, anti-fat storage foods you can eat.

Avocado, hemp seeds, and flax seeds are excellent sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 and monounsaturated fats that are not only good for our skin, hair and body but also for our brain (our brain is 60% fat!).

  • Hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein (and won’t cause you to fail a drug test!)
  • Flaxseed is also loaded with fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar (key to staying energized!), keep us feeling fuller, and promote healthy digestion.

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Leafy greens like spinach are one of the most nutrient-dense, disease-fighting, health-promoting foods in the world. They are detoxifying, anti-inflammatory (“cool” the body), cancer-fighting, oxygenating, alkaline (reduce acidity in our body), and loaded with anti-aging antioxidants and nutrients.

  • It’s important to rotate your greens, too. Check out this link for tips on how to do that. I like to rotate between kale (baby and regular), spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard and Romaine lettuce.

Pineapple. The magic of pineapple is an enzyme called “bromelain” (say it, “BRO-ma-lane”). This enzyme breaks down proteins and foods and is a natural detoxifier (AKA body gunk cleaner outer). It also helps improve circulation and reduce mucus, which builds up in our digestive system, sinuses, and respiratory system. Clearing out mucus is important for overall health and beauty. Click here to learn more about pineapple.

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Blueberry Beauty Blast Smoothie

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach loosely packed
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds shelled
  • 1/2 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender in the order listed and blend until evenly combined, about 45-60 seconds. Add more almond milk, as needed.

Recipe Notes

**If you don't have a high powered blender, blend the liquid and greens FIRST and then add the other ingredients.**

Caribbean Island Breeze Smoothie {Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free}

This smoothie takes me back to August 2011 when my hubby and I were relaxing poolside on our honeymoon in Jamaica.

We tried all different kinds of mixed drinks while we were there and loved the island flavors. We also enjoyed fresh fruit every day, including papaya, pineapple and mango. The island was beautiful and definitely felt like paradise!

On the beach in Jamaica, mon!

On the beach in Jamaica, mon!

Fast forward almost three years, and Bill and I have found a way to bring some of those island flavors to our kitchen through our cooking AND smoothie making!

We enjoy a smoothie just about every day for breakfast because it fills us up for hours and is a quick and easy way to get a concentrated source of anti-aging, disease fighting, energy-boosting nutrients into our diet. For all of those reasons, it’s also one of the ways I effortlessly regulate my weight. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of green smoothies.

In today’s smoothie, I used a variety of super healthy ingredients that come together to bring you a taste of paradise 🙂

Coconut Water

Think of coconut water as the new Gatorade…but healthier! Gatorade is loaded with chemicals, refined sugar and artificial colors and flavors that don’t nourish our bodies. Coconut water is a great natural source of electrolytes – minerals in our blood and body fluids that carry an electric charge, which affects the amount of water in our body, muscle function, and a variety of other processes.

Harmless Harvest makes my favorite coconut water (which I just found out Safeway sells! Whole Foods, MOMs and Wegmans sell it, too). This site has a great post about the top 10 ways your body benefits from coconut water. To learn more about the best coconut water brands click here.

Leafy Greens

A curly bunch of kale!

A curly bunch of kale!

Leafy greens are one of the most nutrient-dense, disease-fighting, health-promoting foods in the world, foods we should eat a lot of on a daily basis. They are detoxifying (clean us out!), antiinflammatory (cool the body), cancerfighting, oxygenating, alkaline (reduce acidity in our body), and loaded with anti-aging antioxidants and nutrients.

It’s important to rotate your greens, too. Variety is the spice of life 🙂 Check out this link for tips on how to do that. I like to rotate between kale (baby and regular), spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard and Romaine lettuce.

Pineapple

The magic of pineapple is an enzyme called “bromelain” (say it, “BRO-ma-lane”). This enzyme breaks down proteins and foods and is a natural detoxifier (AKA body gunk cleaner outer). It also helps improve circulation and reduce mucus, which builds up in our digestive system, sinuses, and respiratory system. Clearing out mucus is important for overall health and beauty. Pineapple also contains manganese, which promotes skin healing and overall skin health.

Chia Seeds

Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds! You can find these at any health food store, Wegmans, Trader Joes or online at Amazon, Vitacost or other stores.

Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds! You can find these at any health food store, Wegmans, Trader Joes or online at Amazon, Vitacost or other stores.

These teeny tiny seeds are a beauty detox and anti-inflammatory super food. They swell to 10-15 times their original size when combined with liquid and form a gel, which helps to keep us feeling full and hydrated for hours.

Since they contain lots of fiber, they help balance our blood sugar and keep energy levels up. Their gel-like consistency promotes optimal digestion and keeps things moving in our digestive system (trust me, we want to keep things moving!).

Lastly, they contain high levels of antioxidants, which help counteract the damage of things like stress, poor diet, smoking and other health stressors, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for balancing hormones and nerve functions.

Bananas, shredded coconut, and mango are a few other ingredients in this smoothie that are loaded with health benefits, too, but let’s just get on with the recipeTo learn more about the health benefits of any one of those foods, check out this link for the World’s Healthiest Foods.

Caribbean Island Breeze Smoothie

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Caribbean Island Breeze Smoothie

Inspired by the tropical flavors from our honeymoon, this smoothie is packed with nourishment and will keep you full for hours!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 2 cups filtered water or coconut water
  • 2 cups baby spinach loosely packed
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 banana peeled and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds or hemp seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 avocado flesh
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender, in the order listed above, and blend for 30-60 seconds until the smoothie is fully blended.

Recipe Notes

**If you don't have a high powered blender, try blending just the liquid and greens FIRST and then add in the other ingredients once the greens have blended.**

tropical-breeze smoothie

The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie Smoothie {Dairy-Free, Paleo, Vegan}

How do you know when you’ve come up with a good recipe?

When you find yourself scraping every last bit out of the blender and your glass with a spatula, so nothing goes to waste!

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That’s what happened the other day when I made this pumpkin pie smoothie.

I originally made this recipe back in June but have since tweaked it. I’m up for enjoying pumpkin any time of the year because I LOVE pumpkin!

This smoothie/shake tastes more like a decadent pumpkin pie dessert than a breakfast or snack. I could literally drink this every day!

If you like pumpkin, you have to try this recipe 🙂

If you don’t want to use the spices outlined below, just use 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice from a jar that already has everything blended.

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The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you're in the mood for a seasonal smoothie full of fall spices, try this one!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rachel Druckenmiller

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana peel before you freeze it!
  • 3/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Medjool date pit removed
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds hulled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cloves (just a pinch!)
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg (just a pinch!)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender in the order listed above and blend for 30-60 seconds, adding optional ingredients if you want. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Optional add-ins

  • 1-2 handfuls of baby spinach*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • One scoop of protein powder (i.e., ideally, a sprouted version of hemp, pea or brown rice protein powder. I also like Vital Proteins collagen peptides, Sunwarrior, Vega, and Orgain Organics proteins. Find them on Amazon.)
  • Unsweetened, shredded coconut to sprinkle on top

*Notes

  1. Freshly made almond milk is best, and isn’t as hard as you might think to make! If you’re going to buy it at the store, go for the Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. A key ingredient to avoid in processed almond milk is carrageenan, and the Silk brand doesn’t have it.
  2. Baby spinach has a very mild flavor. It will make your smoothie light green instead of orange but will also boost the nutrient content without affecting the flavor.
  3. You can buy organic, no-sugar pumpkin purée from a can at a health foods store or make it yourself following this process. Just make sure you are buying Pumpkin Puree and NOT canned pumpkin pie filling (they are different).
  4. If your dates aren’t soft, soak them in warm warm water for 20 minutes before blending, so they blend more easily.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate-covered strawberries…for breakfast? Why not!

When I was a little girl, there was a strawberry man who would ride a horse drawn cart around our neighborhood and shout, “Strawwwwberries! Strawwwwwwberries!” as he sold pints of fresh strawberries to us and our neighbors.

I couldn’t quite say such a complicated word at the time, so my dad tells me that I called them “strawbetties.” 🙂

Berries have always been my favorite fruit, so I try to take advantage of them for the limited time they’re in season each year, which happens to be right now for strawberries!

Mmmm strawberries :)

Mmmm, locally grown strawberries

Not only do they taste delicious raw or cooked, but they’re also loaded with fiber and antioxidants, low in sugar, and are one of the 6 GBOMBS foods (anti-cancer/anti-fat storage!). Eat berries…lots of them!

For today’s recipe, I used frozen strawberries, but you could very easily just use fresh ones and throw in a few extra ice cubes OR cut the tops off of fresh berries and then put them on a parchment paper lined container and freeze them yourself 🙂

I don’t know about you, but chocolate-covered strawberries are one of my favorite treats, and this recipe gives us a nourishing way to have our strawberries AND chocolate. Try this smoothie/shake for breakfast, a midday snack, or as a dessert. It’s really yummy!

Cacao powder is one of the superfood ingredients in this recipe. Cocoa powder (such a slight difference in spelling!) is treated with heat, which destroys a lot of the health-boosting antioxidants of the cacao plant (where chocolate comes from!), so we use cacao powder instead. It’s a little more bitter, but it does the trick to create a chocolately taste! You can find it online or at a natural food store, Wegmans, Whole Foods, MOMs or Home Goods.

To learn more about the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder, click here. Otherwise, check out the recipe below!

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate-covered strawberry shake! I topped mine with some cacao nibs for a little crunch :)

Chocolate-covered strawberry shake! I topped mine with some cacao nibs for a little crunch 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • ice, if needed for texture

Click here for the full recipe from The Detoxinista!

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