Smoothie Talk

Hey guys! As you might have noticed I am not blogging as much as I used to.  I’m sort of transitioning more towards Instagram, as I feel it’s much a much easier format for me to share my random thoughts.  Ha!  I’m still going to blog – but only when I have a lot to say about something (like today!).  If you don’t follow me on Instagram, please do. My handle is @libmorrow.

So let’s talk about smoothies. The truth is, I used to be a smoothie hater.  Most smoothies are fruit-based and even though I like fruit okay I’m not really a big fan of fruity drinks.  I don’t drink fruit juice at all.   I see smoothie recipes and smoothie freezer packs all over Pinterest and I’m always rolling my eyes and mumbling no thank you under my breath. Such a hater!  I don’t like to “drink” my calories.  I’d rather eat my breakfast thankyouverymuch. BUT…recently I’ve had a change of heart. Here’s why:

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  1.  Smoothies are filling.  I’ve always leaned towards a volumetrics approach to eating. In other words, I like to eat low energy density foods that make me feel full. I eat with my eyes.  The bigger the better.  I want the most calorie bang for my buck. Smoothies are naturally a low density because they are made of liquids plus fruits and vegetables, both of which are predominately made of water.
  2. It takes me a long time to drink a smoothie.  For that reason alone my brain thinks I’m eating my breakfast all morning.  I typically drink my smoothie on my drive to work.  I like this!
  3. The smoothie bowl.  Yes, I’m a little late to the party but smoothie bowls are just so good. Ya’ll know I like a big bowl of oats with ALL the toppings and smoothie bowls are similar in that way.  I like adding granola and chia seeds, nut butter, you name it. It takes me a long time to eat a smoothie in a bowl and again, my volumetrics brain likes this.
  4. Vegetables.  We tend to eat the same three breakfasts over and over. 1)Oatmeal 2) Eggs + Toast 3) Pancakes.  Now that we are making smoothies we are getting veggies in at breakfast.  I always add one cup of greens (usually spinach or kale) to our smoothies and sometimes I add frozen peas for extra protein.  Adding peas might seem weird but think about it.  Peas are naturally sweet and creamy and a great source of plant protein. Honestly, you can’t taste them!
  5. Kid-friendly.  Hazel usually asks for oatmeal for breakfast so I was pleasantly surprised when she started asking for smoothies.  She even knows I add spinach and doesn’t complain. I’m thrilled the kids are eating veggies at breakfast for a change.

With the winter almost behind us, I find I’m making more smoothies and less oatmeal.  I’ve had this breakfast on repeat lately.

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Super green smoothie and Rudy’s spelt English muffin with nut butter and jam. This breakfast fills me up until lunch and keeps me satisfied.  I look forward to eating it every morning.   And for all you calorie counters out there – I plugged it in to Myfitnespal just for fun.

Breakfast Calories

kcal
Carbs

g
Fat

g
Protein

g
Sodium

mg
Sugar

g
Banana – Frozen, 4.2 oz 110 30 0 1 0 19  
Almond – Unsweetened Vanilla – Milk, 1 Cup 30 2 3 1 180 0  
Spinach – Raw, 1 cup 7 1 0 1 24 0  
Rudis – English Muffin Organic Spelt, 1 Muffin (57g/2oz) 70 15 2 2 180 1  
Jiffy – Creamy Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp 95 4 8 4 68 2  
St Dalfour – Strawberry Jam, 15 mL 40 10 0 0 2 9  
Vital Proteins – Collagen Protein, 20 g (2 scoops) 72 0 0 18 110 0  
Zhou – Spiralina Powder, 1 scoop (3.5g) 15 1 0 2 25 0  
Total 439 63 13 29 589 31

Macronutrients: 53% Carbs/23% Fat/24%

Protein I’m clearly not reinventing the wheel here but I thought I’d share our favorite smoothie recipes.  I almost always make a green smoothie for myself and an extra fruity smoothie for the kids. The kids recipe makes enough for two medium-sized smoothies plus a little extra. I like to pour the leftovers into our popsicle molds for later.  These are the molds I have and love. Before I share my green smoothie recipes I wanted to tell you about two new-to-me products that I’m obsessed with as of late.

Vital Proteins

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.  Collagen is a protein our bodies produce naturally. Collagen is great for your skin, hair and nails. However as we age our skin becomes thinner and the collagen becomes disconnected.  Vital Collagen is virtually tasteless and I have been adding it to my smoothies for a few weeks now.  I have to say that I have noticed a significant difference in my skin (brighter) and hair (thicker and shinier) since I started. It’s also high in protein – 18 grams for one serving. I was drawn to Vital Collagen initially because I wanted a protein for my smoothie, but have always been skeptical of protein powders in general.  There are so many on the market and I don’t know what the heck is in most of them. I have an aversion to stevia and I’m pretty sure it’s the sweetener of choice in most of the powders on the market.  I was thrilled to have found Vital Proteins because I get the added protein without adding a protein powder with a ton of weird ingredients.  The collagen from Vital Proteins comes from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine.  That’s it.  Only one ingredient. Check this out for more info about collagen powder.

Zhou Spirulina

Zhou Spirulina Powder.  Spirulina is a blue-green algae is known as a superfood for many reasons – it helps to lower blood pressure, helps to remove arsenic from our bodies (!), and reduces cholesterol – to name a few.  I particularly like Zhou because it’s a non-GMO product.  Last time I checked it was on sale (50% off on Amazon.  Here’s a link for more info on spirulina.

Disclaimer:  I’m not sponsored by these products in any way.

Disclaimer II:  I am not a Registered Dietician or medical professional and these are my personal opinions.  

Green salad smoothie  

Libby’s Super Green Smoothie (makes 1)

  • 1 cup frozen greens
  • 1 cup milk (any kind – I use Califia Toasted Coconut)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 scoops (1 serving) Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 scoop Zhou Spirulina Powder
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions:  Process in blender for 1-2 minutes, or until combined.

Hazel and Everett’s Very Berry Smoothie (makes 1)

  • 1 cup frozen greens
  • 1 cup milk (my kids drink whole organic cow’s milk)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 tsp honey
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions:  Process in blender for 1-2 minutes, or until combined.  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  

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One thought on “Smoothie Talk

  1. I’m a big fan and follower of your blog. Always a lot of good tips and I love this smoothie recipes you provided.

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