I like to joke that my food pyramid consists of avocados, sweet potatoes, broccoli and smoothies. I eat all these items almost daily and love experimenting with new ways to use them with each meal. Two years ago when I decided to eat entirely plant-based, I started experimenting with smoothies and drinking them every day. I love fruit, but for some reason it is hard for me to eat as is. Smoothies are a great way for me to still enjoy fruit without forcing myself to eat it by itself. I love coming up with different smoothie recipes and now that I have my own Vitamix (thanks wedding registry!) it makes it even more fun to test out different recipes.
There is nothing like making a fresh smoothie and sitting by the pool or enjoying one after a long hard workout. I usually drink a smoothie or eat a smoothie bowl for lunch, so I always make sure to include protein powder. That way it will keep you fuller longer and provide a good source of protein!
I am someone who will drink smoothies year round even when it’s 20 degrees outside, but today I am going to share with you my three favorite smoothies to make in the summer. For the smoothies below you can eat as is or throw in some extra protein powder as well! I love to top my smoothies with Purely Elizabeth granola, nut butter or chia seeds! If you try any of these smoothies make sure to post it and tag me (@hannahshanae) so I can see. I hope you enjoy!
2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
3 Medjool Dates, pitted
3/4 cup apple slices
1/2 cup dairy free milk (I used unsweetened almond)
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, about one minute. Top with leftover strawberries or granola and enjoy!
Not Your Grandmother’s Apple Pie Smoothie
1 cup frozen (or regular) apples
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
1 tbsp nut butter of choice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 date pitted
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, pour into glass and top with chia seeds, granola or extra apple slices!
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
3 dates, pitted
2 tbsp peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
1 cup almond milk
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. I love to use almond butter for all my smoothies, but peanut butter or any nut butter will work! Pour into glass and top with nut butter, chia seeds or leftover raspberries. Uhh Yum!