Green Smoothie FTW

I usually have to google acronyms like “FTW“, but I’ve finally started remember what this one stands for–mostly because I’m trying to live my life with more #ftw . Life is too short not to. And, life is too short to drink gross green smoothies.

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with using up the greens in my fridge, putting them in a blender and whirring it around for a while. I’ve definitely had some fails (ex: I accidentally used a bag of ‘mixed greens’, which included mustard greens. If you’ve ever had raw mustard greens you know that they’re a bit spicy–that mixed with almond milk is kiiiiiiiinda gross, and not a pleasant surprise at 5:30am. OR, that time I used kale with all the stems on and couldn’t stop pooping–TMI, my bad, but really. Be careful.)

SO. I am no Registered Dietitian, but I love food, I obsess about nutrition and here are a few of the great things about green smoothies.

  • They are a great BLAST of nutrition first thing in the morning
  • You can add protein in it, so if you don’t like eating first thing in the morning these are a great option to sip on while you sip your coffee.
  • Fiber. See above, just be careful with HOW much fiber you’re consuming…
  • They can TASTE amazing. (I say ‘can’ because they can also taste like dirt.)

Here’s my favorite recipe so far:

1 big fist full of spinach (I’ve found spinach has less of an ‘earthy’ flavor than kale, and it’s what I had in my fridge this morning)
1/2 of a frozen banana (adds sweetness to cut through the grassy taste. I’ve also used frozen berries)
1 scoop of collagen protein amino acids (made from beef, tastes like nothing, I PROMISE)
2 table spoons of Jif Powdered Peanut butter (more protein, a nutty flavor)
1 cup of cashew milk
Dash of cinnimon and some vanilla extract
3 ice cubes
Throw all this in the blender and let it go for 3-4 minutes. I’ve found the longer you spin it around the better–especially if you’re using a heartier green, like kale. 

Enjoy the toxic green beverage out of whatever glass jar you have. I put mine in old peanut butter jars with a tight lid so I can bring it with me where ever I’m headed and enjoy it while I write or get settled at work. Let me know your favorite way to enjoy a green smoothie–I’m always up for learning more about these guys!

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So Far From Basic

I have to be 100% honest with you guys, I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I mean, I’m actually pretty proud of this fact. I don’t really like pumpkin pie, or pie at all for that matter. I love the color of pumpkin. I love the smell of the spices that go into the making of all these Pumpkin flavored things… but, I think I’m failing as a white girl that lives in a super hip part of Chicago. But I’m totally fine with that.

I have however, been reading some really fun recipes that bring this pumpkin trend to the next level. So I bought a can of pumpkin puree. Determined that I was going to incorporate it into EVERYTHING. I was going to make muffins, overnight oats, sauces, smoothies, marinades, cocktails, coffee, stuff it into chicken breast… the list could go on and on of all the things I was planning on making. That can sat in my cupboard for about two weeks–until TODAY!

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Libby and I chilled for a while, then made amazingness together. Check the label. 100% pumpkin puree. You don’t need any of that other stuff.

Sloan’s Pumpkin Smoothie 
(It’s healthy, and tasty, and about as basic and I’ll EVER get.)
Throw in a blender, you won’t regret it, I promise. 

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned, check the label and make sure the ONLY ingredient is ‘pumpkin puree’)
1 tablespoon of brown rice protein powder (here is what I use)
2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter (what I’m currently using)
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter (again, check the ingredients–peanuts and sea salt should be the ONLY ingredients)
1 tablespoon of agave or sweetener of your choice (sometimes I use honey, agave or even a steevia sweetener in moderation.)
1 cup of UN-sweetened almond milk
3-4 ice cubes (aka, frozen water. Only ingredient!)
As much cinnamon as you damn well please, (because that shit is delicious!)

**Approximately: 250 calories, 19g carbs, 13g fat, 16g protein 6g sugar

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Throw in a blender until silky smooth. You won’t regret it. I swear.

**These calculations are with the exact brands and ingredients I used. Nutritional value will vary on products. Smoothie is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan.

Got other good pumpkin recipes? Tried this one? Tell me what you think!