For the past couple of months I’ve been living it up in smoothie land and sharing my adventures with support from Puritan’s Pride (yay! Thanks so much!) and nutritionist Brooke Alpert. We often times “categorize” smoothies as being for “summer” or for meal replacement or for replenishing us after a workout (because you got back on your workouts today after the holidays, right? Just checking). Have you ever thought about smoothies being a part of your holiday celebrations as well?
This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride. All opinions are my own.
I know. It might not go over as well as Grandma’s traditional rum cake but one thing I shared with my family over Thanksgiving was what it felt like to always be “labeled” because I am so “non-traditional.” I follow a plant based diet and people think that’s fifty shades of weird. When I was looking into my family’s eyes (and they really do try hard to understand and support my lifestyle), I could tell they understood my desire to bring more of my life into our lives. Since we all like smoothies, I think this would be a perfect way to brighten up festivities and share with those who come by for the holidays.
I’d like to share two recipes with you today.
The first is a mocktail superfood smoothie created by Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. of B Nutritious and author of The Sugar Detox (a great title to get you geared up for the new year!), who works as a paid spokesperson for Puritan’s Pride. It’s called Passion Pear. Pears are so delicious and go fast in my house, depending on what condition they are in at the time. I like them firm and my daughter likes them soft. If you’ll remember, I had to keep putting my recipe making off in October because she kept eating the pears. 🙂 Pears are a source of fiber, vitamin C (which may help your immune system) and Vitamin K (which helps support the bones).
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Here’s the recipe:
- 1 pear
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tbsp. of peanut butter
- 8 oz. of almond milk
- 1/2 cup of kale
Brooke also created a Cocoa Smoothie but I decided to dazzle it up a bit and make it a little more “festive” and filling for me to have before Zumba tonight. Brooke’s original recipe called for:
- 1 banana
- 2 pitted medjool dates
- 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1.5 cups of almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tsp. of peppermint extract
- 1 scoop of Puritan’s Pride Chocolate Soy Protein Isolate Protein Powder
Oh my. It was like having a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. Almost. 🙂 I had a hard time putting it away to save it for class.
And, because we have to have red for the holidays and pomegranates and my favorite Halos (those cute little seedless mandarin oranges) are in season, I put this one together and it is soooo delicious and festive!
Red Light Special Smoothie
- 3 peeled seedless mandarin oranges
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 2 tbsp. of pomegranate juice concentrate
- 1 banana (mine was frozen)
- 8 ounces of almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)
Now here’s your opportunity to win some products to get you ready to celebrate the holidays in a healthy way and jump start your 2015! Enter below to win one of each: Puritan’s Pride Chocolate Soy Protein Isolate Powder, Puritan’s Pride Vitamin C Crystals, pomegranate juice concentrate, peppermint flavor extract and natural ginger! The contest will end Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at midnight. Please enter below. Good luck! Toast!