Posted on October 26th, 2010
Okay, so there isn’t actually any peanut butter in this smoothie, but it does use raw almond butter. You are more than welcome to substitute actual peanut butter though if you so desire, but since becoming a raw food fan I have converted to almond butter. This delicious smoothie has already become on of my favorites, and was my fiancées idea! Last, night while we were grocery shopping I asked her for an idea for a Smoothie Tuesday post. I was hoping for something not containing bananas this time, since a majority of the smoothies I make contain them. The resulting smoothie consists of mostly delicious berries, and goes down smooth!
- 4oz frozen strawberries
- 4 0z frozen black berries
- 4 oz frozen raspberries
- 2+ TBSP of raw almond butter
- 2-3 TBSP of raw honey (or agave to make it completely vegan)
- 1.5 cups of almond milk
Process all contents in a blender. Yields, two servings, or one for a very hungry individual! I could have easily drank both this morning.
Also, I have set up an email distribution list to send out updates about Adventure Naturals. Updates will include information about the start of our new business, special offers, healthy tips, and more. We plan on launching or raw food energy bars and seasoned nuts early next year.
In other news, I had an MRI yesterday on my knees, hip and low back. I have still had a lot of pain from my bicycle accident. My chiropractor thought it would be a good idea to have everything checked out since the swelling still hadn’t gone down all the way, in addition to the pain. I should get the results back today, and will be posting an update here as well as on Twitter.
I also plan on heading out to Enchanted Rock this weekend. I’m itching to get outdoors. I don’t think I will be able to get any climbing in because of my condition, but I still hope to hike around a bit. Regardless of how much activity I actually get to do, it will be worth getting outside and enjoying some clean air, away from the city.
Posted on February 16th, 2010
I previously posted my mixed berry and almond butter smoothie recipe – one of my all-time favorites. As I continue to blog, I have realized it’s going to be hard to come up with something for Smoothie Tuesday every week, as you might have noticed, so I decided to take this old recipe and just spice it up a bit.
I had recently seen people tweeting about using raw cacao powder in their smoothies with berries. For some reason I had always though that those combination of flavors wouldn’t taste very good, but I was wrong. After seeing fellow raw foodies tweet about it I decided to try it for myself. I simply took the smoothie recipe mentioned above and added two tablespoons of raw cacao powder.
Raw cacao is basically raw coco, or raw powdered chocolate. Cacao contains a wide array of unique properties and minerals, including high levels of sulfur and magnesium. It may increase your focus and alertness and contains nutrients to keep you happy (as stated on rawcaco.com.) Best of all though, it tastes great.
For the recipe, follow the instructions for the mixed berry and almond butter smoothie and just add two tablespoons of raw cacao powder (or more if you prefer).
Even though this recipe calls for almond butter you don’t need it for this smoothie to be tasty. You can always add more agave nectar or raw honey to give it a smoother flavor.
Posted on January 13th, 2010
This is a variation of my go-to mixed berry smoothie. This morning I was out of mixed berries but had a couple packages of frozen strawberries, some blueberries and some frozen bananas. Combined with some honey, rice milk and almond cashew butter it created a really delicious smoothie.
- About 2-3 oz of frozen blueberries
- About 4 oz of frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 TBSp of raw honey
- 1 heaping TBSP of raw almond cashew butter (or just plain almond OR cashew butter)
- Your choice of greens or greens powder and hemp seed protein powder (optional but best)
- 1 cup of rice milk
Directions: Just blend!
For those of you who are not regulars on my page, I use a Vita-Mix blender. You can get free shipping on this wonderful machine through the Vita-Mix page on my site.
Posted on January 6th, 2010
The other day I found myself making another batch of almond butter in the Vita-Mix. My tradition is to always make a smoothie immediately afterwards, because of all the nut butter that sticks to the bottom of the blades. There are usually at least two tablespoons worth, if not more. By making a smoothie I don’t have to waste the almond butter by washing it out. This is also where I tend to go crazy and get creative rather than making my standard mixed berry smoothie.
For this particular smoothie I decided to use some Flax Seed oil since I was experiencing some inflammation. The flax seed oil also ads a nice flavor in my opinion. Some people may not like it, but I think it’s awesome. It’s also great as a base in salad dressings as well. I was also lacking in greens today so I tossed in a hand full of spinach to start with. After browsing the frozen fruit in my freezer I decided to keep it simple and just toss in some mangoes and bananas. I also added some honey to sweeten things up a bit and give the smoothie some more thickens.
The flavor of this one was a bit more “green” than I thought it was going to be. Usually just one banana will overpower a fairly large amount of spinach. So, if you aren’t a huge fan of the “green” flavor you may want to add more banana or sweetener to offset the green taste. I typically don’t like smoothies that taste strongly green, but this one I did enjoy. Just as I did my Granny drink your greens smoothie.
- 2 TBSP of almond butter (cashew would work well too)
- 2 TBSP of honey
- 1-2 TBSP of flax seed oil (optional, but good)
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 1/4 package of frozen mangoes (10oz package)
- 1 hand full of spinach
This smoothie provides a good source of calcium and protein, and is anti-inflammatory. A great post climb or run recovery drink. For additional protein add a couple table spoons of hemp seed protein.
Posted on September 22nd, 2009
Mango Banana Bliss - Green Smoothie
Experimenting with smoothies is always fun for me. I usually end up discovering my best smoothies when I run out of mixed berries, which is what I make my daily smoothies out of. Once I run out of those I am forced to get creative. This particular smoothie was one of those moments. I had just been to Whole Foods but forgot to pick up frozen berries, but I still had a package of frozen mangoes in the freezer. During my trip to Whole Foods I had picked up a batch of rainbow chard.
Rainbow chard can be identified by it’s large fan like leaves. The base of the step is usually multicolored – pink, red, orange and yellow, the leaves are a dark green with red veins and stalks. Rainbow chard wilts quickly though, so be sure you plan on using it within a couple of days if you decide to purchase some. This particular chard is also sweeter than most, thus making it idea for smoothies. Unlike kale, you will barely notice it’s there.
- Two large Rainbow Chard leaves (or your choice of greens)
- 5oz of Frozen Mango (half a 10oz package)
- 1 Cup of Vanilla Hemp Seed Milk
- 4 TBSP of Hemp Seed Protein Powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vita-Mix) and blend until smooth.
Posted on September 8th, 2009
Mixed Berry and Almond Butter Smoothie
Greetings! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. I apologize for not posting more this week, I took off an extra day of work and headed out to Shelf Road in Colorado for a long weekend of climbing. Despite a bit of rain, two long days of driving and not getting in a long run like I hoped the weekend was amazing! Photos and trip report to follow later this week! Anyway, on with Smoothie Tuesday…
The Mixed Berry Smoothie is pretty much my standard post climbing and or run smoothie! It’s extremely delicious, 100% raw and easy to make! I typically add hemp seed protein to my smoothie too to help with muscle recovery, plus as a vegetarian I need a good protein source.
- ½ of a 10oz bag of mixed berries
- ½ a banana (frozen are best, but optional)
- 4 TBSP of raw honey (use agave nectar if you want it to be vegan)
- 4 TBSP of raw almond butter
- 2 TBSP of hemp seed protein (optional)
- 1 TBSP of greens powder or a hand full of fresh greens if you have them on hand (optional)
- 1/2 – 3/4 cups of almond or hemp seed milk. Hemp Seed Milk is my favorite.
Add ingredients to a high-speed blender, I use a Vita-Mix! I often find myself wondering how I have survived eating a high-raw diet without this precious piece of machinery. I highly recommend them; and just in case you were considering a Blendtec, I will say the Vita-Mix has the marked advantage of variable speed that it’s competitor does not offer, additionally the Vita-Mix provides a tamper to help push ingredients down into the blades.
The health benefits of this drink are numerous. It’s anti-inflammatory (great for post workout), rich in anti-oxidants, provides you with a large portion of your daily fruits and veggies, and is an excellent source of protein – essential for muscle recovery after a run or climbing workout.
There are many variations of this smoothie as well. When I am in the mood for something really sweet and don’t want to dull down the flavor of my drink any with the hemp seed powder I use the mixed berries and almond butter only with about ½ cup of maple syrup. This is were the Vita-Mix comes in handy as well, you can use the tamper to push the berries down into the blades, this way you don’t need excess fluids to keep things churning. So, get creative and see what variations you can come up with; feel free to post them in the comments.