Recipes

Since my revolution into a health-conscious person about three years ago, I have worked to perfect my smoothie recipes. I am very much a smoothie person! I see smoothies as a great way to get my fruit and veggies in without feeling like I have to make a salad (I prefer when restaurant people make salads for me, and while I can’t afford to go out and buy a fancy Chop’t salad every day, I can make my homemade smoothies!) I tried a whole bunch of different smoothie recipes before finding what works for me, and what works for me is a unique blend of every other smoothie recipe on the internet. So here’s what I got:

Emily’s Classic Green Smoothie (v/gf)

This smoothie was my first smoothie love. It is creamy and delicious–I actually eat it out of a bowl so I can trick myself into thinking its ice cream! This is my go-to when I want to add some easy vegetables to my day.

What you will need:

  • 1 banana (can be normal or super ripe–doesn’t really matter)
  • 2 cups spinach (baby spinach is preferred)
  • 12-14 ice cubes
  • ~1 cup almond milk
  • 2-3 pitted dates
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Chocolate Warrior Blend (raw plant-based protein powder

What to do:

  1. Break the banana into smaller pieces (halves or quarters)
  2. Add the spinach one cup at a time and compress it toward the bottom of your blender
  3. Add the ice cubes and almond milk
  4. Add the protein powder and dates
  5. Blend!
    • you may need to stop blending after a few seconds and use something to stir and/or get extra ingredients off the walls; I use a Vitamix and it comes with a big stirring rod, but when I had the Ninja I just used a fork
    • if you stopped to stir, let the whole thing blend another entire cycle
  6. By the time the smoothie is done, it should be thick but completely homogeneous (i.e., no clumps!) and a very pretty light green color!\
  7. Enjoy!

Emily’s PB Banana Date Smoothie (v/gf)

This smoothie I came up with more recently and is a little more comfort-foody. It’s sweet and light, and while I don’t put spinach or kale in it (although you’re certainly welcome to; it doesn’t alter the taste at all), it’s still packed full of nutrients!

What you will need:

  • 1 banana (ripeness is not a concern)
  • 12-14 ice cubes
  • ~1 cup almond milk
  • 2-3 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp Chocolate PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Vega Protein Powder

What to do:

  1. Break the banana into smaller pieces (halves or quarters)
  2. Add ice cubes and almond milk
  3. Add dates, PB2, and protein powder
  4. Blend!
    • you may need to stop blending after a few seconds and use something to stir and/or get extra ingredients off the walls; I use a Vitamix and it comes with a big stirring rod, but when I had the Ninja I just used a fork
    • if you stopped to stir, let the whole thing blend another entire cycle
  5. You will know its done when it’s completely smooth and homogeneous, and easily moves in the blender. It will be a vanilla-y color and thick but light!
  6. Enjoy!