Vanessa has mentioned how amazing smoothies are and I feel it needs repeating!
When made properly, smoothies can be very healthy meal replacements. OR they can be calorie bombs.
It all comes down to ingredients. And some machinery (a very good blender or food processor)
Today’s smoothie was strawberries and bananas. This is a very basic, beginner smoothie. Military Man had an interest in trying a strawberry banana smoothie, but I knew he’d be expecting it to taste more like a milkshake. My goal is to make healthy food that TASTES like it should be bad for you. And this recipe totally succeeded.
Strawberry Banana Superfood Smoothie
-1/2 to 1 cup mix of sliced strawberries and bananas
-1/3 cup of milk
-1 scoop protein powder of your choice, I used vanilla flavored
-1 TBS of vanilla extract (you shouldn’t be surprised at this point)
-1 TBS Cacao Nibs (this is what makes it a “superfood” smoothie)
-3-4 ice cubes IF YOU DIDN’T USE FROZEN FRUIT
-You can use any type of liquid in smoothies (fruit juice, soymilk, almond milk, regular milk, water) it just depends on your taste preferences
-I usually add spinach to my smoothies for an extra veggie boost, blended up, you can’t taste it at all!
1. Throw all ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until well pulverized.
2. Pour into a glass and ENJOY!
What’s up with Cacao Nibs? What makes them so “super?” No, Marvel Comics doesn’t endorse them (but they totally should!) nor will consuming them give you the power to walk through walls.
But they will help you achieve a healthier body. And, in the end, if you have a healthy, well nourished body then you might as well be a superhero!
According to the bag: “The bean of the cacao plant is the nutritional and flavorful source for all chocolate and cocoa products. Cacao contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants and it is an excellent source of dietary fiber. It is also known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium and possesses many other essential minerals in significant quantities.”
They smell like chocolate, but they are bitter tasting. Which is why I recommend blending them into smoothies or grinding them down to a powder and incorporating them into brownies or other chocolate baked goods.