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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Vegan MoFo Day 25 - Smoothies



Vegan MoFo Day 25 - Smoothies

Smoothies are one of my favorite things. Most days I have one for breakfast. Usually it is chock full of greens and then a couple handfuls of fruit. It's an easy way to start the day with some nutrition. By doing that I start my day with more fruit and veg than the average American eats all day! There are some plant based physicians who eschew smoothies given that they are sort of pre-digested and the body can easily convert them into sugar. I do caution those with blood sugar issues to focus on veg and only a small amount of fruit in theirs to make it palatable. 

If you haven't added greens to your smoothie before then I suggest starting with just a handful or two of baby spinach. This is a mild, forgiving green. As you get used to it you can add more or add stronger greens such as Swiss chard, kale, Romaine lettuce, etc. Banana, mango, or other sweet fruit add sweetness. Berries are a nice low sugar addition. 

Today I was feeling more decadent though and had a smoothie without greens. One of my faves - banana, peanut butter, and cocoa. 

Smoothie maker - and sauces, soups, etc.
You don't need a high speed blender, but it is a nice perk. I waited years before buying one and after I did I regretted not getting one sooner. Worth the money if you like to make sauces, soups, dressings and such.
Ingredients
Regular banana, some chopped frozen bananas, nondairy milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter. Or as I've used here, some defatted peanut butter powder. I used 2 heaping tablespoons, 1 scant tablespoon cocoa powder, and enough milk to get the blender moving.
Ta da! With reusable straw to boot.
 Another favorite combo of mine is banana, apple, half a lime, and water. It tastes like a limeade!

What are your favorite combos?
Hazel says - where's mine???

4 comments:

  1. Your smoothie sounds perfectly delicious! Sweet Hazel!

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  2. I almost never have smoothies. I prefer milkshakes, I guess--if I try a new vegan ice cream and it's not that great, I turn it into a fruity drink. I sometimes make the smoothie recipe I gave in my breakfast ideas post for VeganMoFo, but that's about it. Maybe I should turn in my vegan credentials. Here's the breakfast post: http://foodfordissertating.blogspot.com/2018/09/10-vegan-breakfast-ideas.html

    I did, however, just buy a proper blender so maybe there are real smoothies in my future. My "smoothies" were more like "gritties" with my immersion blender.

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    1. Oh no! Gritties do not sound appealing! :) I don't think you have to turn in your vegan card though. I have a vegan friend who doesn't like milkshakes and we let her keep hers! I do the same thing with so-so vegan ice cream. I really only love the ice cream at Trader Joe's - the cherry chocolate chip, but I keep trying.

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