Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Most Recent Green Smoothie Creation

I think I mentioned here before that green smoothies and I haven't been getting along so well this pregnancy. I've had to give up my traditional green smoothie combination, in which I tried to pile as much fruit and greens as possible, and keep it completely raw (except for stevia).

This is now what my green smoothie has morphed into:

Chocolate Green Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk kefir (strawberry, vanilla or original are all good)
1/2 cup "milk" (I use rice or coconut)
3 tablespoons raw cacao
2 tablespoons rice protein powder
1 scoop stevia
1 frozen banana (or more)
A couple ice cubes
Tons of greens (I use mostly spinach with some collards and kale)
A small amount of additional fruit, optional (a handful of dark cherries is my favorite)
Agave to taste (if it's not sweet enough)

Blend to smoothie consistency.

I end up using just as many greens, if not more, than my traditional smoothie (a 10-oz bag of spinach plus the other greens). Also, I don't feel the need to add a ton of fruit because I'm eating plenty of fruit anyway. This also works out really well because my 2 year-old son loves it. Like today, I asked him if he wanted some, and he spit out the potato chip he was eating so he could have the smoothie faster! Plus we're getting all the benefits of kefir (probiotics and fermentation!), some added protein (a food group my son is a bit lacking in) plus raw cocoa (antioxidants!), plus all the greens. And it tastes like a chocolate milkshake :) Can't beat that!

2 comments:

avegangirl said...

Wow! That sounds fantastic! I can't wait to try it. I've been living on that So Delicious coconut milk kefir. The vanilla is amazing.

Linda said...

I've never heard of rice protein powder. I'll have to look for it. Your smoothie sounds great.