Allergen Information: Contains dairy (you can replace with soy or coconut yogurt if necessary).
Special Equipment: High Speed Blender
So…..I have a confession. I don’t like grapefruit. Or celery.
These are two foods I just can’t get past. I’m not too worried about it because I know I can’t like it all.
I can’t imagine anyone really enjoying the sour taste of a fruit, but my husband assures me people actually do. We share our distaste for celery, but he LOVES grapefruit. I guess we can’t be a PERFECT match 😉
This smoothie is HIS personal recipe and his little baby. It only serves one 🙂 So if you’re sharing, you might need to double it.
My goal in 2014 was to like bell peppers. Mission accomplished!! It looks like I’ve got to tackle grapefruit or celery next. Which should I pick?!
If you love grapefruit, you’ll love this creamy smoothie. If you don’t, well, then I’m not sure I would try it. Unless your just full of spontaneity and awesomeness.
But like anything, smoothies can get boring if you don’t change it up. That’s why you’ll probably see more smoothie recipes from me than any other recipes.
You have lots of options, so there’s no excuses, k??
I love this one because it’s light and sweet and has the awesome benefits of green tea. Remember, though, that all tea is not created equal, and there can be some bad stuff lurking in it. I stick to Traditional Medicinal and Numi brands tea because they are easy to find.
In this particular smoothie, I used Numi’s brand Jasmine Green tea, but any variety would work. The easiest thing to do is make the tea the night before and put the cup in the fridge so it’s easy as pie (oh no, now I’m thinking about pie….).
This has been my go-to recipe for a few years now….I’ve had lots of trial runs, tweaking it how I like it….Really, I have such a hard job 😉 But now, it’s time to share the love. Pancake party anyone?
The Banana pancake base recipe (without the blueberries) is great on its own, with the blueberries, or with another fruit of your choice (what about chopped fresh strawberries?!).
The batter is slightly sweet from the fruit, and the maple syrup makes all the flavors pop. This recipe does not contain any refined sugar, so you won’t have a crazy sugar high after. It’s light and just the right amount of sweet from the syrup and sour from the blueberries!
Feel free to use what you have on hand, even some Enjoy Life Chocolate chips if you like! Anything will work here, even just the bananas. Sometimes I love to make them plain and add some walnuts on top, drizzled with warm maple syrup.
Speaking of maple syrup….it’s my only option to top these pancakes, except for maybe some coconut whipped cream!
Under no circumstances should you use Log Cabin syrup, or anything of that nature. You are my friends, and I help my friends out. Seriously, if you have it, walk to your pantry and chunk it. Buy pure maple syrup and call it a day.
What’s wrong with regular syrup? EVERYTHING. I bet most people just think it’s syrup. NOPE! It’s High Fructose Corn Syrup and Caramel Coloring, probably two of the worst ingredients you could put in your body!
Aunt Jemima Ingredients:
I don’t think Aunt Jemima would really support all this laboratory mess. Every single ingredient, except the water is B.A.D. for you!
Then we have companies like Log Cabin who know High Fructose Corn Syrup is a buzz word, so they use marketing techniques to trick our minds. But, what’s the number 1 ingredient? Corn syrup. It may not be HIGH, but it sure is bad, too. GMOs all the way. (photo credit www.findingclean.com)
I hope this is appalling. All you need is 100% PURE Maple Syrup warmed just a tad, these pancakes, and a hungry belly.
Don’t be fooled, friends! Use the real stuff, make informed decisions, and eat well!
This is one of those times I wish I had a different talent. I know, I know, we aren’t supposed to do that. But really. Can I have just a few dance moves?? Or an eye for photography??
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to bust moves (Lord help me!), but maybe photography one day. I look at this picture and long for a green apple faintly in the background and maybe a few cinnamon sticks up front…..
BUT until that day comes (maybe a goal for 2015?), you get a picture like this….and you get to use your imagination!
I love the creamy, cinnamon, tart flavor of this smoothie. You could also add 1/2 avocado for an extra creamy boost.
I love this smoothie when I’m thinking about the holidays, or want a change from the traditional. I change up my smoothie routines all the time so I stay interested and don’t get bored with the same ole thang!
*To make this smoothie without tree nuts, use your favorite milk substitute like rice or hemp milk.
Avocado toast is perfect for busy people and will keep you satisfied for a while! I love to eat a piece or two after a smoothie if I’m still feeling hungry or if I don’t have smoothie ingredients on hand.
Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about avocados. Growing up, I NEVER ate them (or guacamole–I was missing out big time!) because of the stigma they have for being high in fat. I was perfectly fine with eating a Super Sized French Fry from McDonald’s but too scared to eat an avocado? My logic was certainly misplaced.
These awesome little fruits (yes, it’s a FRUIT) are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, aid in absorption of important nutrients, and support in cardiovascular and heart health. Plus they will give you a nice dose of plant-based protein!
A note about the bread: I use Food for Life’s Rice Bread because it’s what my son Beckham can eat, and I actually LOVE IT! It is gluten-free, so I highly recommend this to anyone sensitive to gluten. If you aren’t sensitive to gluten, I would recommend Ezekiel Bread (any variety, really!). Sprouted grains have many benefits to the body. This bread is found in most organic freezer sections and can be kept in the freezer or refrigerator. I don’t let mine sit out on the counter because it keeps longer in the fridge!
A note about the Vegenaise: If you are avoiding the top 8 allergens, be sure to get the soy-free version of Vegenaise. If not, you can get the regular kind! Feel free to use organic mayo if you like.
For our meat lovers, wouldn’t some fresh, local bacon be divine on this?!