Friday, August 9, 2013

Peach-berry Silk Greenie (Smoothie)

There is a reason I am not a hand judging!

The weekend is almost here!  The weekend is almost here!   And that means a couple things: 1. My brain is a bit fried and this post won't take long (hold your applause and questions until the end of the post please hehe) 2. I need to start my day off right today so I don't start the weekend early by visiting Chipotle for a veggie salad instead of eating my pre-packed healthy lunch and 3. We're going camping in just a few short hours!  Woo!!

In the theme of all things green, peaceful and outdoorsy, I whipped up a faboosh start to my day that is sweet, packed with serious veggies, and oh so silky smooth!  I give you the Peach-berry Silk Greenie.  Ain't she cute??? =)

This smoothie is packed with amazing ingredients to replenish, rehydrate, and restore (this might be a good follow up concoction to a weekend long running/drinking event in NOLA that a good friend of mine may, or may not, be participating in...*cough cough*)

Let's talk ingredients follks.  I tell ya, the more and more I look into food production and ingredients, I get more and more terrified and angry everyday.  It's amazing what goes into things we are told are "safe" or "healthy".  Many of our fav fruits and veggies are covered in food-grade wax, most almond, coconut, and soy milks have a thickening agent called Carageenan in them that has been linked to a host of health problems and cancer (eek! For more info, OhSheGlows wrote a great post about carageenan here), and don't even get me started on factory farming.  Now, that's some seriously sad stuff.  *Ok, soap-box rant over.  Thank you! hehe*

Over time, I have found my favorite products that are better for me and my family, many of which avoid pesky sneaky ingredients that can be harmful.  For my smoothies, I really love the Whole Foods 365 Brand Almond Milks.  No Carageenan!  I also make almond milk myself in my juicer.  I am terrible at using nut milk bags (hehe) so the blender method isn't my fav.  I'll post a tutorial on nut milks with a masticating juicer soon...when I get the  motivation to make some more!

As for produce, the Environmental Working Group has compiled a fantastic list of fruits and veggies that are the most and least pesticide sprayed to help you choose when to buy organic, if you so desire.   It's called the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen...sounds fantastic and racy huh?? =)  I put this list in a note file on my cell phone so I can easily access it at the grocery store.  Basically, my method is I buy organic when I can afford it for the Dirty Dozen, and buy regular ole produce for the Clean Fifteen almost all the time.  Either way, I always wash my produce and peel most waxy veggies.

Clean Fifteen                                                              Dirty Dozen
Onions                                                                         Peaches
Avocados                                                                    Apples
Sweet Corn                                                                 Bell Peppers
Pineapple                                                                    Celery
Mangos                                                                       Nectarines
Asparagus                                                                   Strawberries
Sweet Peas                                                                  Cherries
Kiwi                                                                            Kale
Cabbage                                                                      Lettuce
Eggplant                                                                      Grapes
Papayas                                                                       Carrots
Watermelon                                                                 Pears
Sweet Potatoes

Buying organic can get pricey.  Buying organic, non-GMO frozen fruits and veggies are a great way to save money.  You can use what you need (they are pre-frozen for smoothies) and keep the rest safe and fresh in the freezer until you need them next.  Less waste, more nutrition!  Yea baby!

Ok, ok, I promise the health lesson is almost over!

Today's smoothie is a miracle.  It's smooth and creamy but loaded with tons of tasty and nutritious stuff!  I added hemp protein powder to mine, but feel free to leave it out if you aren't a huge fan of protein powders.  Hemp protein does have a different texture to it than most protein powders.  Maybe stir or whisk some into a small amount of your smoothie to see if you enjoy it before adding it to the entire blender full!

Peach-berry Silk Greenie (smoothie)
*Makes two 16 oz smoothies, and enough left over for my toddler's cup =)

1/4 cup frozen raspberries
3/4 cup frozen peaches (about 1 peach)
1 ripe banana, frozen
1/2 avocado
1 1/2 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup kale, torn into pieces
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup coconut water
2 tbsp hemp protein powder, or protein powder of choice
1 tbsp agave syrup or pure maple syrup

To make: Pour almond milk and coconut water into your blender first (always!  This keeps the fruit from freezing into a big hard block that can't be blended!).  Add all other ingredients raspberries, peaches, banana, avocado, spinach, kale, hemp protein and agave, into the blender.  Mix on medium speed until everything starts to combine, then blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.  Pour and enjoy!

If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, feel free to up the agave to 2 tbsp.

We make smoothies a family affair!  Smoothies for everayboday!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Pics of how I stayed vegan in the great outdoors next week! =)

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