By Nancy Smorch
I was feeling great this morning. I got up, took Missy (our Dutch Shepherd mix) for a walk. Let the horses out of the barn and fed them. Played with one of our horses - had him do a little work before putting him in the pasture (he was a little mouthy this morning!). Played around in the garden for a bit and picked some cucumbers to snack on. Took Frankie up to the school for her driver’s training at 9:30.
I was full of energy, and came home buzzing around the house. I hadn’t taken he time to eat breakfast yet and because I was feeling so good, I was tempted to keep going until I got hungry.
Thankfully, my instincts kicked in (and I listened to them), and reminded me that the reason I was probably feeling so good was because I had a good night’s sleep and I had a good dinner yesterday evening. So fortunately, rather than pushing myself to the limit (which is what I have done in the past), I stopped what I was doing, and decided to make a snack.
I was thinking a power-packed smoothie would do me good and keep this higher energy level going, so I set out to create just that. I used some of the recipes that Martha Stewart posted of their most-pinned smoothies, and then enhanced them with what I had available, and some superfood additions.
I had to do some adapting (which I have gotten used to), because a lot of smoothie recipes I see call for yogurt. Since I am off dairy for a while, I had to figure out a way to get that creamy, dairy feel and taste... without the dairy.
I gave whole fat coconut milk a try and it worked really well - and without much of a coconut taste.
I looked in our pantry on the “Superfood Shelf” to see what I could add to the basic smoothie. I decided to add some hemp seeds, collagen protein powder (from Bulletproof Executive), and Vanilla Powder (also from Bulletproof Executive). I also decided to put in some Sacha Inchi Powder which is high in protein, iron, fiber, and calcium. I decided to throw in some almonds for fun (and some vitamins, minerals, fat, and protein).
I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out - and it kept me feeling full for quite a while. Give it a go and let me know what you think!
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup rice milk (or milk of choice)
3/4 cup quick gluten free organic oats
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. almonds
1 Tbsp. collagen protein powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla powder (or vanilla)
1 Tbsp. Sacha Inchi Powder
1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust the consistency if needed - if you like a thinner smoothie, add more rice milk. If you like a thicker one, add more frozen strawberries.
Honestly, how great are smoothies? If I put all of these ingredients in a bowl and tried to eat them and get all of the nutrients from them, it probably wouldn’t go so well - not only would it not look appetizing, it wouldn’t taste good. But put them all in a blender, and it turns into something quite magical - I say magical, because it tastes good and gives me the energy I need to do the things I want. Love that!
Even if you don’t have all of the superfood ingredients in this recipe, play around with what you do have - experiment with ingredients and let me know if you come up with some winners too!