I”ve jumped on the smoothie wagon. Not only does it taste good but it makes me feel good. And it’s kind of pretty too. Mix and match fruits and veggies make a colorful start to your day!
The start of the new year wasn’t as healthy as we hoped. Still celebrating with friends and family as the first two week of January flew by, we knew it was time to cut it out! As everyone knows, it’s tough to get together with everyone the actual week of Christmas so it tends to spill over…and into your wine glass and dessert plate. Too much sugar!
My husband purchased two “detox” plans from a friend and client, Jill Hoffman. She’s a health and nutrition coach and offers many helpful options like this ten-day detox. We figured this was the perfect time to take advantage. I’m a pretty healthy, crunchy person and have been a vegetarian longer than I’ve not been… This should be a breeze! Well, not so fast. I’m very glad we did it and it was quite beneficial but it got to be a long ten days. No sugar, no dairy, no wheat, no alcohol, no corn or beans. What the heck does a vegetarian eat!? And it didn’t help that it was during the arctic blast in the northeast. Let’s just say it didn’t feel much like salad weather! So, lots of soups and stir frys. And smoothies! My husband and I really like this berry one. It’s filling and a touch sweet to kick off the day.
2 cups fresh or frozen berries
2 cups coconut milk
2 tsp hemp seeds
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
splash of vanilla
Using a blender or fancy smoothie-making machine (Note: We bought the Ninja Professional at Target for $60 with a gift card and we LOVE it!) break up and add the bananas. In summertime, fresh berries would be fantastic but for now I used frozen raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Add your berry combination along with the cinnamon and vanilla. They add a bit of sweetness and warmth. Add the coconut milk. (Note: I chose coconut milk to add a bit more flavor but if you have and/or love hemp, rice, almond milk etc., use it.) Now for the extras! I have been using hemp seed in cereals and oatmeal for a while. It’s a excellent way to add protein to a vegetarian diet and it lends a mild, nutty flavor that actually enhances your food. And the beloved chia seed. Such a great way to add antioxidants to your life. Smoothies, salads, cereal, rice, pasta, etc. And it gives a tiny crunch to your food.
Once you’ve added all your goodies to the blender, mix away. Our Ninja takes less than a minute to blend all the frozen bits into a creamy, delicious smoothie. Pour into a glass, take a sip and say, ah! It’s berry, berry good for you. Enjoy!