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Superfood Sunshine Smoothie

Renee Woodruff

As you have probably discovered by now, I have a real obsession with my Vitamix, and I love creating new tasty smoothie concoctions.

The following recipe by, Love and Lemons, has quickly become a home-run smoothie in our house and has Dave's Stamp of Approval on it.  Every time I make this one, he always asks what it is because it seems to always turn out a little different every time. 

I'll link to her recipe below but here's my slightly altered version:

  • 2 bananas (frozen)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup original Almond Breeze Almond Milk
  • Juice of 1 medium orange (squeeze fresh and keep frozen in ice cube trays, 4-5 cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated ginger (I like it spicy!)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds 

Yield: 2 Servings

Note: Sometimes mine looks more pink than orange depending on the OJ to goji berry ratio.

Smoothie Formula

Renee Woodruff

This is an excellent reference for any new or seasoned smoothie makers out there. I print things like this and hang them on the inside of my kitchen cabinets for easy access and inspiration. I stumbled upon this formula on Pinterest, which serves as a great discovery tool if you're looking for ways to mix up the ingredients you put in your smoothies.



How to Store Healthy Ingredients

Renee Woodruff

Remember one of the very first blogs I posted about Smoothie Ingredients to keep on hand? Well, some of you were wondering how I store all of this healthy goodness in some sort of respectable fashion in our teeny tiny Brooklyn kitchen. 

Let's just say, the mason jar is my best friend. I could dedicate an entire post to the many uses for mason jars (hey, maybe I will...) but all you need are mason jars, these cool plastic lids, paper tape and a sharpie.

I'm not big into DIY but this is a project we can all do. Have fun with it, use different color tapes to spice up your fridge! This is what your final product will look like.



Almond & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Renee Woodruff

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Ever since I purchased my Vitamix, smoothies have become a part of my daily routine.  Today,  I wanted to share the go-to smoothie that I make at least twice a week because the ingredients are so easy to keep on hand. For anyone looking to consume more healthy fats and introduce more protein into your diet this one is for you.

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Base:

  • 1 Cup of Almond Milk

  • 1 Frozen Banana

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spoonful of Almond Butter

  • 1 Small Spoonful of Coconut Oil (optional) 

  • 1 Scoop of Protein Powder (optional)

  • 1 Scoop of Cocoa Powder (optional)

  • Pinch of Flax Seeds (optional)

  • Several shakes of Cinnamon (this is what makes it taste so good!)

Enjoy!

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Smoothie Ingredients To Keep on Hand

Renee Woodruff

This blog is dedicated to my brother, Ben for his recent curiosity of my Vitamix obsession. Below is the email I sent to him with ingredients I'd suggest keeping on hand to whip up a smoothie as a meal replacement or snack, especially when you're in a pinch or need a healthy fulfilling quick fix. The ingredients are all kitchen-categorized and alphabetized in true sisterly fashion. For anyone into grocery lists, I hope this makes your life a little easier. You can also shop these items directly from this website. Countless smoothie recipes to come! 

Pantry

  • Almond Butter (lots of it)
  • Bee Pollen
  • Cacao Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper (lots of it)
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cinnamon (lots of it)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Flax Seeds (ground & whole)
  • Ginger (fresh and lots of it)
  • Goji Berries
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Maca Powder
  • Matcha Powder
  • Mesquite Powder
  • Protein Powder
  • Raw Shredded Coconut
  • Vanilla Extract

Fridge

  • Almond Milk (lots of it)
  • Apples (Chopped)
  • Avocado
  • Beets (chopped)
  • Carrots (chopped)
  • Celery (chopped)
  • Coconut Water
  • Cucumber (chopped)
  • Kale (lots of it)
  • Mint (fresh - I grow this seasonally)
  • Parsley (fresh - I grow this too)
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Spinach

Freezer

  • Bananas (lots of them)
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Squares* (squeeze into ice cube trays and freeze)
  • Organic Berries (all kinds)
  • Anything that is about to go bad I throw in the freezer to use in a smoothie, i.e. avocado, herbs, etc

* You can squeeze any fresh juice into ice cube trays and freeze for single serving use!