I’ve never been one to really follow recipes. Especially for smoothies. But a lot of family and friends have been asking me to share my smoothie recipes with them. So, I decided to start trying to keep track of my staples and record them here for you.
But first, here’s a few tips for keeping smoothie-ready ingredients on hand.
1. I keep a large rubbermaid container in my freezer filled with baggies of frozen fruit and veggies
2. I always check the discount rack at grocery stores for rotting bananas and 50% off spinach. Bananas I slice and place in baggies. I empty a big container of spinach into a large ziplock bag, release the air and seal it to save space.
3. I prefer Almond Milk to regular milk, but skim, 1% or 2% milk would work just as well
4. I buy my protein powder from http://www.CanadianProtein.com (my preference is All Natural New Zealand)
Ok, and now for the recipe. This is one of my all-time favourites. I named it Vanilla Bean because of the strong flavour of vanilla that comes from the combination of the protein powder and the edamame beans. Beans? In a smoothie? I know, I get the same reaction all the time. I started adding them to my smoothies to increase my iron, but I’ve come to learn they can taste amazing as the feature ingredient in a recipe. Here it is!
Serves: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1-2 scoops of protein powder (optional)
- 1/4 cup of frozen edamame beans (available in the organic freezer section of SuperStore)
- 1 handful of frozen spinach (roughly 1/2 cup to 1 cup). If you don’t have spinach on hand, use 1/2 cup edamame beans
- 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter
- approximately half of a banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
Blend all ingredients in a blender or using an immersion blender. This recipe makes approximately 1.5 cups, which is one serving size for me. If I eat this around 7:30/8am for breakfast and I’m still feeling pretty full by lunch time. Hope you ENJOY!