Category Archives: Drinks

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

 

I used to start my day off with a smoothie.  I would go with whatever we had in the fridge/freezer adding in some sort of protein and green.  Banana, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, kale, yogurt, applesauce, nut butter, ect…  For whatever reason pregnancy turned me off to them and the habit was abruptly dropped.  Much to my delight this week I was re-inspired.  I’m keeping it simple but I find them to be quite filling holding me over for hours.  I attribute this to my addition of chia seeds and pecan butter.  Almond butter never quite does it for me but the pecan butter has hit the spot.  It’s creamy and oily just to my liking.  Chia seeds have numerous health benefits which can easily be looked up online.  But mainly they offer me tons of Omega 3!  Good stuff.

 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 6-7 strawberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, I’ve been using Maple Brown Cow
  • 2 tablespoons pecan butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  1. Blend all ingredients except the ice.  Once fully blended, chia seeds will pretty much disappear, blend in the ice.
Notice the straw I’m using?  An awesome gift from my mom!
They are wider in diameter, perfect for smoothies.  And they reduce my plastic footprint on the planet.  Go mom : ).

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Josh was lucky enough to get a little taste today)

Vegan Raspberry Milkshake!

 

Vegan Raspberry Milkshake behind my growing tomato!

 

I’ve been behaving when it comes to eating sugar so I decided to indulge and make a vegan milkshake with fresh raspberries.  We ate an early dinner this night so it was the perfect 6:30 treat!  I froze the raspberries which meant I had to use more milk to reach the consistency I wanted but I was pleased with the result.  No need to freeze them though.  I made 32 oz total and only used 1/2 a pint of Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island frozen dessert.  This was good eats!

  1. Blend the above ingredients slowly adding the milk until desired consistency is reached.
  2. Drink and feel yummy!!
Tomatoes are growing…

 

Papaya Batida!!!

 

Papaya Batida!

 

A little taste of Panama!!!  Batida’s are common all throughout Central and South America.  Each country seems to have their own version, some alcoholic some not.  In Panama they were an amazing non-alcoholic smoothie.  Of course they weren’t the healthiest but that didn’t stop me!  I always went for the papaya flavor since there truly is no better fruit.  In a blender they would add some fresh papaya, ice, condensed milk, and simply syrup.  It was SO SO SO good!!!  Lately Josh has been craving some papaya so we’ve purchased a few and to both our surprises they have been really good.  So yesterday I decided to go down the road of creating a batida.  I kept mine simple and definitely healthier:

Blend:

  • Papaya
  • 2 Coconut Milk Ice Cubes
  • Almond Milk
  • Agave Nectar
  • Ice (just a little)

Gone within 5 minutes!

 

Whey To Go®

 

Strawberry Whey Smoothie (I forgot the greens so it's pink pretty)

 

Over the last few years I have gone off and on with drinking protein smoothies.  I always let Josh choose and for the longest while we seemed to enjoy rice proteins.  I never noticed a huge improvement when taking it, but it was a good drink to have when I was gardening everyday, giving me that little boost my body required, plus a way to get my greens.

Before I met Josh he had tried whey protein and didn’t much enjoy the experience, so we never thought to try again.  Well recently he bought a container of Whey To Go® and after seeing it for a week or so I jumped on board.  So far it’s been great!  I enjoy a smoothie containing this whey protein either between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner.  The biggest thing I’ve noticed is my energy levels have increased and I’m not eating as many ’empty’ foods for snacks.  By empty I mean foods that aren’t energizing my body.  Plus with my busy work schedule it’s easy to consume.

 

Christine’s Strawberry Whey Smoothie:

  • 8 Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 Serving Whey To GO® Chocolate Flavored
  • 2 Frozen Cubes of Coconut Milk
  • 1-1/2 C Almond Milk
  • Scoop Green Powder (I’ve been enjoying kamut greens right now)
  • 1/4-1/2 t Guar Gum
  1. Place all ingredients except the guar gum in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add guar gum and blend once more.
  4. Keep in fridge until ready to consume.

I find the guar gum thickens it up just a bit making it the perfect consistency.  I don’t like runny smoothies so I always put ice in them for added texture.  Ice tends to water down the yumminess though so I’m super excited with this new trick!

 

Here’s some information about the product:

Solgar Whey To Go® Protein Powder:

  • rBGH free: manufactured from cows not treated with rBGH, recombinant bovine growth hormone
  • Complete essential amino acid profile
  • Superior biological protein value
  • Cross-flow micro-filtered whey isolate and concentrate and hydrolyzed whey concentrate
  • Low-heat, non-chemical whey extraction process
  • With free-form L-Glutamine
  • Free-form branched chain amino acids (BCAAs)
  • Free of gluten and artificial flavors
  • Easy to mix
  • Suitable for lacto-vegetarians

Whey is the protein of choice because of its:

  • efficient utilization in the body due to its high biological value (BV) — the highest of all natural proteins
  • natural source of branched chain amino acids
  • potent source of lactalbumin
  • unique source of immunoglobulins

Solgar’s Whey To Go® Protein Powder is a highly efficient, scientifically advanced protein enhancement product.  It is formulated with a blend of uniquely processed whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrates.  Each process: cross-flow micro-filtration and hydrolyzation adds to Whey To Go® Protein Powder’s amino acid availability, absorption, and protein utilization.  It’s available in the following natural flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry.  Solgar’s Whey To Go® Protein Powder also includes two beneficial ingredients, freeform L-Glutamine and free-form Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs).  L-Glutamine plays a significant role in supporting muscle mass.  BCAAs help promote protein synthesis which assists in decreasing the breakdown of muscle under stressful conditions.  Both L-Glutamine and BCAAs are used by muscle tissue as a source of energy.  In addition, Solgar’s Whey To Go® Protein Powder is free of gluten.  Plus, its delicious flavor blends easily and tastes great in water, milk, or your favorite juice.  It can even be added to sauces, soups, cereals, muffins, pancakes, and other bake mixes.  It is an excellent way to add extra high-quality protein to your daily caloric intake.

 

 

 

Vegan Strawberry Milkshake!

For all those coconut lovers out there this is a winner!

Buy a can of coconut milk, pour into an ice cube tray, freeze, and voila!

You have your base for any sort of vegan milkshake your heart desires.

Vegan Strawberry Milkshake

My favorite flavors of non-vegan milkshakes are consistently vanilla, strawberry, and banana.  Sorry not too much of a chocolate lover here.  Don’t get me wrong I won’t deny a Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, but you can have the chocolate cake, ice cream/sundae, and brownies.  I have had vegan milkshakes before.  It was made with vegan ice cream, coconut based, and my only problem was the coconut flavor overrode the flavor both times, vanilla and strawberry.  I’m sure if I went for chocolate it wouldn’t have been an issue.  Luckily I managed to find the perfect balance here so the strawberry flavor was present not only in color but also taste.  There is no way to mask the flavor of the coconut obviously but there’s always a way to make the flavors compliment each other.

This recipe made 24 oz, perfect for two milkshakes.  Remember it is coconut milk your using which is heavy so you won’t need much to satisfy yourself!

  • 9 coconut milk ice cubes
  • maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 c almond milk
  • vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t guar gum
  • 12 strawberries, washed and chopped

In a blender add all ingredients.  I used a tiny splash of vanilla.  Also I added the maple syrup bit by bit to reach the perfect sweetness without it being too much, so I’m not sure how much went into it.

This was awesome!