Sunday, September 2, 2012

Smoothie of the day

Summertime is an opportune season for cool, refreshing smoothies. I've really taken to them. This morning, I pulled out my blender to make my usual mix of banana and whatever else I had on hand that I might be in the mood for. However, I had forgotten to pick up some bananas at the store yesterday and was fresh out. Contemplation ensued: Do I skip my smoothie today, or find some way to make it happen? 

I took a peek around and decided to go for it. The outcome was an absurdly refreshing, frozen, green, healthy concoction that I would definitely recommend. Below is the recipe.

1.  Cold almond milk
2.  Vanilla protein powder
3.  Spirulina powder
4.  Frozen green and black grapes (Using frozen grapes is the key to making this smoothie taste like a virgin daiquiri of some sort.)
5.  Blend. If not mixing properly, add a little more almond milk.
6.  Enjoy!

Health benefits: Almond milk is high in calcium, non-dairy, and vitamin-rich. The protein powder offers the obvious dose of beneficial protein, while also providing other vitamins and nutrients. Spirulina, which is probably the most wonderful part of this smoothie health-wise, is full of protein, iron, vitamin A, and other nutrients. It improves digestion and fights free radicals. It just does so many things that I don't even know where to begin! Trust me, it's good stuff. (I use Earthrise Spirulina Natural powder.) Finally, grapes are full of antioxidants and vitamin C. I would recommend buying organic grapes, but I'd be lying if I said that I did that! However, if you are able to, organic is obviously always better (no pesticides = healthier people.)

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