Yes, it’s cold….even in Houston. But I still start most days with a smoothie in the morning; in fact, I start the day with a HUGE smoothie. This one was put together yesterday and I really enjoyed it. It may look green (see the picture below), but peaches are definitely a huge part of the finished product.
(Vegan, Nutritarian, Fat-Free, Salt-Free, Sugar-Free)
Makes one LARGE Smoothie
1-1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla
2 Tablespoons hemp hearts
3 medjool dates; remove the seeds!
3 large kale leaves, stems removed (save the stems for juicing if you have a juicer that handles greens)
1 lemon, peeled and quartered
10 oz. frozen peaches
Cinnamon or Nutmeg, as desired
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender until well-blended. (You can definitely use any blender; blending time will be longer and the end product may not be as smooth.) Add ice if desired to get a thicker texture.
This would also work well using nut milk or coconut water. Other greens, like spinach or collards, would be an excellent substitute for the kale. Add some raspberries and make it a Peach Melba smoothie.
Please try it and let me know what you think….
I start my day with a smoothie. On the days I do have something different, I wind up “starving” all day….meaning I want to eat constantly. My smoothies manage to fill me up and keep me satisfied for hours. Each day’s smoothie is a little different, but today’s made me extremely happy…so I thought I’d share it. (Keep in mind that some of the measurements are approximations….I just throw things in to the Vitamix!)
Purple Lime Smoothie
(makes about 40 ounces)
1 cup coconut water (or almond milk)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
1/2 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla
2 Medjool dates, pitted
2 celery stalks, cut into chunks
3 medium size kale leaves, stems removed and torn in pieces
1 cup red seedless grapes
1/2 cup fresh (or frozen) cranberries
1-1/4 cup frozen blueberries (Costco has organic wild blueberries which I use)
1 lime; slice off the ends and peel with a knife
Put everything in to a high speed blender and whirl until smooth. Add ice to the consistency (and coldness) you desire. Pour into a glass, add a straw, and sip away.
I can drink a whole smoothie by myself, but feel free to share with a friend or two!
About my straw…..this is a glass straw made by Glass Dharma and available on Amazon here (lots of choices): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=glass+straws