the wine of smoothies (chocolate + blueberry + banana)

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i procrastinate.  i’d imagine we all do, to some extent, but my procrastination is most evident when it comes to menial tasks like doing the laundry or grocery shopping.  yes, i love freshly cleaned clothes, and yes, i feel like i am visiting my friends when i stop by trader joe’s.  it’s just the getting started that has proven itself to be consistently tough for me.  once i’m in “achieving mode” and am focusing on checking to-dos off my list, i have tunnel-vision; until i mentally get into that mode, though, i improvise.

this smoothie is the result of me getting low on groceries but reeeaaally wanting a smoothie.  when i started adding ingredients to the blender, it seemed almost too simple to taste like anything but a handful of crap tossed together as a last ditch effort.  i was really just hoping to get some nutrients into my body, and i figured i could just chug it down without focusing on its taste.

first of all, its flavors work incredibly well together to give it a rich, fruity, but slightly earthy profile.  its essentially the wine of smoothies.  secondly, i’ve since learned about why i shouldn’t chug my smoothies.  let’s talk about that first.

blended foods are wonderful since they’re already partially processed as they would be through natural digestion.  your body is able to absorb the nutrients more rapidly as long as you’re helping it out along the way.  saliva is designed to mix with your food and begin the digestive process through activating enzymes that aid in maximum nutrient absorption.  though it’s obviously easier to just drink a smoothie as you would any other liquid, your body will thank you if you slow your roll and either swirl or chew your smoothie before swallowing.  not only will this help you incorporate saliva into the mix, but it’ll make you feel like you’re tasting a wine…which brings me back to the wine of smoothies.

this little bowl of goodness is full of protein, calcium, potassium, and more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than i can list.  i like to drink my smoothies from a bowl since it helps me slow down and eat it properly, and i often top them with fresh fruits, seeds, nuts, or granola for added texture and as a reminder to chew it.  i also prefer to use a blend of fresh and frozen produce to keep costs lower and to keep the blend from being too cold; the colder the food is, the more difficult it is to digest.  if you prefer a thicker smoothie, try mixing in hydrated chia seeds after the blending is done.

chocolate + blueberry + banana smoothie

4 oz  unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

1 tbsp  raw cacao

2 tbsp chocolate hemp protein powder (or other protein powder)

1 tbsp  almond butter (optional but encouraged)

1 banana

2 large handfuls of spinach (roughly 1 1/2 cups)

3/4 cup  frozen blueberries

(optional) suggested toppings:  granola, soaked or toasted nuts, fresh fruit, seeds, bee pollen, etc.

layer ingredients in blender in listed order and blend until smooth.  these measurements are merely suggestions, but they are close to what i use pretty consistently.  enjoy!

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