This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions are my own.
Good morning and good grief! Can I say that?
I feel like the last three days have sent me spiraling all over the place. Unfortunately, when I get busy or stressed or tired, one of the FIRST things to take a hit is my eating. I’ll either compromise my decision making skills when it comes to healthy eating choices (i.e. chips, springs, rolls and if you know me, chips and salsa. I really do need an intervention), lose my appetite or just flat out forget to eat at all (dangerous for someone with a history of eating disorders). So when the opportunity came from my Fit Approach family (you, Sweat Pink? You’ve heard of us, right? :)) to do a seasonal smoothie challenge with Puritan’s Pride, I JUMPED on the opportunity.
Smoothies are a great way to pack nutrients in one delicious drink but it’s easy to keep blending the SAME thing over and over again (strawberries and bananas, anyone?) Over the next three months, I’ve partnered with Puritan’s Pride to kick up my smoothie game with protein powders and superfood-based products that can make my smoothies a little more efficient in the nutrient department. Each month, I’ll be sharing my smoothie packed with superfood! Fall is the season where my emotions and body take a hit and I am going to be as proactive as I can to make this my best fall season yet! And this story begins with kale…..
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I loooooovvvveee kale. Kale is a superfood because it is high in antioxidant Vitamins A and C. Dark leafy greens and great nutrition powerhouses in general but kale just rocks! (Did you know that kale also provides omega-3 fatty acid and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid?) So when I saw one of the recipes from Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. of B Nutritious and the author of The Sugar Detox (have you read it?) that included kale, I thought, “yep, I’m a master kale smoothie maker and I can make this work for me but I’m going to play with it a little. ” I gathered my ingredients (which I had to buy SEVERAL times because my daughter kept eating them but, hey, who complains about that?) and thought “this is a good base..”
Kale, pineapple, ginger and a little seasonal pear. I know. Just go with me.
Then I thought, well, maybe I’ll throw in a little of this Super Greens Powder Puritan’s Pride sent me. I mean, because you can’t have too many greens.
Then I thought, “that’s a lot of greens.” So I grabbed a lemon to cut the bitterness (which gave the smoothie a tang but I didn’t need it because the Super Greens weren’t bitter at all. That stuff tastes AMAZING!) Then I realized I was out of apple juice but I was determined to make to make the smoothie so I used water, which I hardly EVER do.
And then….when it was time to add the awesome all natural vegan protein powder Puritan’s Pride sent me (I was on a roll AND it was made with quinoa and oats! Score!), I realized it was chocolate.
Insert sad face right here.
I made the smoothie anyway, my family and I enjoyed it and I’m sharing. 🙂
1 cup of water
1 handful of kale
1 pear (I used a green anjou)
1 inch piece of ginger (I, personally, would have used more)
1 cup of pineapple
1 teaspoon of Food Science of Vermont Superior Greens
So I finally got to the chocolate……
In the mornings, I need something heavy. I need something filling because I’m headed to the gym to train clients and it may be a while before I eat again. I need calories. So I made a version of my favorite smoothie from work and put my personal spin on it and YUM! It was delicious! I just wish I had a name for it. Because calling it chocolate…or calling it oatmeal…..or calling it a meal….none of it seemed fitting. 🙂
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (chocolate would have been so amazing but I needed some balance!)
1 tsp. of Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter
1 tbsp. of maca powder
1 tsp. of flax oil
(and if I were feeling the need to put in a little extra chocolatey flavor, I would have added a tsp. or two of NOW Foods Carob Powder).
Let me just say that I’ve eaten A LOT of almond butter in my life (trust me on that one) but I found myself wanting to eat Barney’s while I was making the smoothie. Real talk: I had to put the jar away. As for the protein, which I didn’t eat dry 🙂 but, I found it to be just what I needed. Seventeen grams of protein and two hundred calories a scoop (my entire smoothie turned out to be 475 calories which is good for me), no dairy, no soy, no yeast.
I am feeling more creative now and ready to get my smoothie on! And I hope you are too! I want to see what you’re blending up these days and want to give you the opportunity to us some of these products in your smoothies and see what you create! Puritan’s Pride has been so gracious as to allow me to to give away to one lucky reader:
Puritan’s Pride All Natural Vegan Chocolate Protein with Quinoa and Oats, Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter, NOW Foods Carob Powder and Food Science of Vermont Superior Greens! Details on how to enter is below! Giveaway ends Saturday, November 1, 2014!