Recently, given the (ridiculously) cold weather, I’ve been digging into heavier comfort meals on a more regular basis, and I’ve noticed my digestive system taking a toll. On a recent morning, although it was -8* outside and our heat wasn’t on since the battery died in the thermostat so our house was freezing, I still found myself craving my go-to vegan smoothie for breakfast. I think the craving might’ve stemmed from having a minor sugar hangover from all the sweets and treats from Love Day. Either way, I needed something satisfying, yet nutritious and delicious, but preferably not another cookie. Since I planned to work from home for the day, I bundled up and went outside to chop some wood, came back inside, and got a fire going in the wood stove (my dog thinks the only way she can make it through the day is if she’s bundled up next to the fire), and put the kettle on so I could make some hot tea and warm back up. Then I set about to gather all the ingredients I’d need and got out my trusty Magic Bullet. I use a Magic Bullet for all my smoothies (even though owning a Vitamix would be an absolute dream!) and they always turn out great. If you don’t own a blender but don’t want to blow your savings on something, I’d definitely recommend getting a Bullet! I use mine for everything and haven’t ever had any real issues. Feel free to omit or change any of the ingredients listed – if you change something and it turns out amazing, I’d love to hear what you did! I’m always interested in checking out a new recipe. Smoothie queens (and kings) unite! Cheers!
YIELDS 1 large smoothie (or two small ones)
- 1 cup packed local organic winter spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen organic fruit (e.g. strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries
- 1 organic banana
- 1 teaspoon spirunlina powder
- 1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons plan coconut yogurt
- 1 heaping tablespoon organic peanut butter
- 1 cup organic rice milk
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
Blend all of the ingredients until creamy. If you find yourself with a really thick smoothie, either adjust the amount of rice milk or top the whole thing with some hemp granola nad eat it with a spoon!
Do you have a favorite cold-weather smoothie recipe?
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