There is nothing better to me than the first meal of the day, and normally I always go for a smoothie. While I love overnight oats, a smoothie has to top the list.
We go way back, in fact.
I prefer to make my smoothies thick enough to eat with a spoon and never drink them. They turn out more like ice cream this way, or better yet, like thick milkshakes I used to eat and make growing up!
Fact for the day: Did you know I used to be a soda fountain clerk in the old little town where I grew up? I made milkshakes and smoothies for years for others with an old milkshake soda fountain machine we had at the store I worked in. It was my all-time favorite job until I started writing and modeling.
Smoothies and shakes have also been my favorite thing to make in the kitchen since I was a child. So it was only natural when I started eating healthy I had to create a way to bring them back into my life. The first healthy smoothie I ever made for myself was packed with 10 fruits and veggies, and I used it as an easy way to get in a variety of nutrients into one meal. I added cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and other goodies we had available to us back in 2004 … all in the old Oster blender I first started out with.
Needless to say, the Vitamix blender was like a gift straight out of heaven.
I honestly would marry this machine if I would. Only half kidding.
Smoothies are also an easy way to pack in a lot of nutrients into one meal. Your body can easily utilize these nutrients immediately which is great for a variety of reasons. It’s easy to overload them with too much fruit, sugary syrups, fat or other ingredients that bog you down (like the former milkshakes I used to make!), so now I delight in making them satisfying, yet energizing and satiating versus heavy.
Take my Raspberry Cacao Chia Smoothie for instance. It contains no added sugar, is completely raw and organic, filled with fiber, protein, complex carbs and just the right amount of whole food fats. It also happens to be free from dairy.
I love raspberries paired with cacao because the two together just sing of sophisticated simplicity. Chia seeds help add omega-3 fatty acids, and did you know … they are also a great source of iron! Plus, they’re are an incredible source of protein, B vitamins and magnesium for bone, nervous system, and muscle health.
Raw Meal by Garden of Life is a vegan, organic, gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO nutritional shake that’s completely made of whole plant-based foods. It contains no sugar, artificial ingredients, preservatives, fillers, or other odd ingredients. It even has 45 superfoods, dairy-free probiotics and enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and only contains 1 gram of naturally occurring sugar, 1 gram of fat, and 20 grams of protein per serving!
Power up with plants, particularly in a frosty, delicious dessert-like meal. With this smoothie, you’ll get everything you need for the day and more.
- 1 cup your choice non-dairy milk (such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds/milled chia powder
- 1 scoop Raw Meal or your choice plant-based nutrition shake/protein powder
- 1 tablespoon organic raw cacao
- 6-7 ice cubes
- 1-2 drops liquid alcohol-free stevia
- optional: 1-2 handfuls of organic greens of choice (spinach, baby kale, chard, etc.)
- Topping Ideas: frozen raspberries, walnuts, raw cacao nibs, chia, buckwheat groats, flax, etc .
- Add all the ingredients to the blender in the order listed.
- Blend on low then progress to high, and pour into a frosted glass.
- Add the toppings of choice and let it sit in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up to ice cream-like consistency.
- Come back and eat with a spoon! Alternately, you could make this and eat it right away, but it turns thicker as it sits and sweetens up as it gets colder.
- I wouldn't suggest leaving this for over 15-30 minutes in the freezer, but you can freeze it covered ahead and defrost for 10 minutes if you'd like to make larger batches. Feel free to add other ingredients if you like too!
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What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?