Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Smoothies in January?

I know it's a little cold for frozen smoothies, but I got a blender for Christmas and I've been making good use of it! Smoothies are a great way to get in essential protein, vitamins, and minerals and you can even sneak a few more veggies into your daily routine.

With this blender I also plan on introducing more raw foods into my diet, so look for a few recipes in that department.

NOTE: I only use fresh fruit or frozen fruit that has no added sugars/sweeteners, and the juices I buy are 100% natural (no corn syrup, not from concentrate, etc.). Right now I'm using soy protein powder, but I hope to get some hemp protein powder soon. It has a delicious, nutty flavor along with heart-healthy protein and omegas (I believe it to be superior to the soy powder).

Also, some of these call for a 1/4 c. carrot juice. It may seem like a small amount, but the nutritional benefits are great (over 200% of your Vitamin A in just 2 oz)!

Tropical Smoothie
1/4 c. carrot juice
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. frozen tropical fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple)
a couple frozen strawberries

Toss it all in a blender and process until smooth. You can add some more juice or water if it's too sorbet-like. I like my smoothies to have a thick consistency.

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake
1 frozen banana
1 c. chocolate soymilk
1 Tb. soy protein powder (for best results, use the amount recommended on the can)

Some ice

Toss it all in a blender and process until smooth.

Stawberry-Banana Protein Shake
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 c. vanilla soymilk
1/2 c. strawberries (I use whole frozen)
1-2 Tb. soy protein powder

Toss it all in a blender and process until smooth.

Strawberry-Orange Smoothie
1/4 c. carrot juice
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. frozen strawberries

Toss in a blender and process until smooth.

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