Smoothies (& Thrive Market Offer)
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We have been addicted to this smoothie for a few years now. The first time I tasted it I couldn't believe there were so many greens jam packed in there. It is a great way to get our toddler to eat more greens. To make our smoothies quickly we have a small drawer in our freezer that is dedicated to frozen smoothie ingredients. In the cupboard next to the blender, we have the dry smoothie ingredients. This helps me quickly grab everything I need and makes the process so easy.
The first step in all of our smoothies is greens! Years ago a friend recommended freezing the greens and we will never go back to trying to store them in the fridge again. We just throw the bag directly in the freezer and forget about it. You can do this with any deep leafy green you are planning to use in your smoothies, and if you freeze them they break up really easily and store much more compactly. We like the Organic Power Greens from Earthbound Farms, but I have use just organic spinach in the past. Freezing the greens doesn't change the flavor at all, and it helps us avoid spoilage and waste. I cannot stand lettuce or any other leafy green that gets even the slightest bit of decay. I don't have a specific measurement for this, who is really taking out a measuring cup for their greens? Grab a big handful, a HUGE handful or even two, throw it in. It ends up being about 2 cups by the measurements on my blender. Spinach will taste more mild than the Power Greens so if you prefer a milder flavor consider using just spinach.
Our second addition is bananas. Bananas will sweeten your smoothie and add an array of healthy benefits. You probably know that bananas are high in potassium, but did you know they are also high in B6, magnesium and vitamin C? When I purchase bananas I freeze them in large gallon bags when they are just the right color of yellow. This will vary for everyone, one of my friends doesn't like yellow bananas, so she freezes hers before they turn. If your bananas aren't frozen, use slightly less water.
We fell in love with Orgain Protein Powder, the peanut butter is our absolute favorite. You can buy it on Amazon here, and today it is 20% off if you apply the coupon. I've also seen it at Costco, but lately they haven't been carrying this flavor. The other flavors are good as well. I have had issues with some bloat from whey protein in the past, so we switched to this plant based protein and I haven't had any off those issues since. I use 3/4 of a scoop, because a full scoop can sometimes make my smoothie too sweet.
Berries are always our flavor of choice in our smoothies. We use blueberries in almost every smoothie for their anti-inflammatory benefits. You can purchase the large bags of mixed berries in the freezer section of any grocery store or find your local berry farmer and stock up during the summer months. Huckleberries and blackberries grow wild in our area and those are both great money saving options if you can pick them yourself. I add 1 cup of berries, which is about a big handful. I rarely measure this, its not a big deal if you have slightly more or less.
Amazing Grass Green Superfood is another powder we like to throw in. The list of superfoods that is included in this powder is amazing and it adds a flavor we think is similar to strawberries. It is also packed full of greens, and you can never give your body enough greens. Just one scoop is a full serving of fruits and vegetables with zero sugar. Camu camu, mangosteen, blackcurrant, acai, acerola cherry, maca root, Chlorella, spirulina, and more... It packs a punch for your immune system with delicious flavor. Did I mention its tasty?? Such a good addition. I add 1 scoop. It does add some sweetness to your smoothie so if you like yours less sweet then add slightly less.
We add dulse powder for iodine. Dulse is a sea vegetable similar to seaweed but with more protein and fiber. It is also a great sources of iodine, and because we use sea salt in our house, we have very few sources of iodine. Unless you are regularly including seaweed and sea vegetables in your diet, you most likely aren't getting enough iodine. Iodine benefits the thyroid. I don't take the time to measure this out, I just sprinkle some in.
Flax and hemp seeds go in next for omega 3's and fiber. We make sure to use ground flax seeds so that the nutrients and amino acids are more readily available. Hemp seeds are also a great source of protein. Adding these doesn't change the flavor of our smoothies at all, the texture seems similar and we get the additional benefits of health fats and protein. I mix ground flax and hemp in a bowl and store them together in a pint sized jar, we use an extra scoop from a jar of protein to make it easy to add. The measurement is about a tablespoon of each.
Where can I even find all this stuff?!
Thrive Market is an online store that has amazing prices on all types of healthier food options. The prices are lower than in any physical store I've seen and I have saved our family so much money with my membership. They recently created their own brand line as well and I love the quality. When you sign up with my link you'll get 25% (YES! PERCENT!) off your first order so make sure to stock up your pantry. Living in a rural area makes it more difficult for me to find some of the ingredients I like to include in our diet and meals, so this is where I order most of it. I highly recommend getting a membership, I think we saved the membership cost in our first order, the prices are that much lower. Non food items I order from Thrive include: Laundry detergent, dishwasher soap and rinse, dish soap, body soap, makeup, salt lamps, toothpaste, and so much more. I purchased the Amazing Grass, flaxseed, hempseed, and dulse for this recipe from Thrive Market.
This smoothie will last 2 - 3 days in the fridge, just store in a sealed jar or cup and mix or stir before enjoying.
3/4 scoop Orgain Protein
1 scoop Amazing Grass Superfoods
1 T Ground Flaxseed
1 T Hempseed
HUGE handful (or two) of Super Greens or Spinach
1/2 - 1 frozen Banana
1 cup Berries of your choice
Sprinkle of Dulse
1 1/2 cups water
Dump all ingredients in a high powered blender.
Blend on high until all ingredients are incorporated. If your blender is struggling to blend everything together, then add a little more water.
Pour into glass of your choice and enjoy!
These ingredients are just suggestions, if you want to swap them out: GO FOR IT! If you don't have something on hand or like it: SKIP IT! As always, if you make this recipe or use it as an idea for your own creation, use #traditionallyterra to tag us so we can see your amazing creations!