Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Smooth Moves

I don't drink enough smoothies. In fact, I really only have them on raw days (and the occasional Cranberry Supreme from Smoothie King). But with warmer weather on the way, it's time to start enjoying fruits and veggies in a liquid form ... like this Blackberry Chai Smoothie:

I had this before my afternoon pilates class, and it kept me full until the class was over at 6:50 p.m. Then I rushed home for another Vegan Monte Cristo and salad. But a smoothie makes a perfect pre-workout snack.

I made this drink with frozen blackberries (left from last summer), a cup of soymilk, a tablespoon of rolled oats (for thickener), and a scoop of Arbonne's Figure 8 Chai Latte Protein Shake Powder.

I bought this stuff about a year ago at an Arbonne party, but since I rarely drink my meals, it sits in the back of the pantry most of the time. But it tastes amazing, and it's packed with 20 vitamins and minerals. It's really for weight loss because it's supposed to be a meal substitute. But I'm using it as a snack, in addition to my three solid meals. It's also vegan, like all Arbonne products (I used to only use Arbonne makeup and skincare products, but it's a little pricey so I've started buying cheaper vegan brands).

As for smoothies, I'd like your input on smoothie ideas. What's your favorite smoothie recipe?


nora said...

Yum! chai is the best. one of the non-vegan tgings i miss the most is starbucks chai, which has honey in it. i haven't been quite able to reproduce it yet.

Bianca, I make the craziest smoothies, they're so out there that i've been thinking i should try to publish a vegan smoothie cookbook! haha

one of my favs is 1/2 a small avocado, 1 frozen banana, a handful or 2 of spinach, a cup of honeydew, and a sprig or 2 of mint. add as much water and ice as you want for consistency! it's raw with four sources of green!

celine said...

I'd share a recipe if I had one, but like you, I never drink'em. they don't fill me up enough!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I LOVE smoothies, I can't think of a better wake-me-up breakfast food.

Our typical 'recipe':

frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)


handful of baby spinach

ground flaxseeds


So simple and always delicious.

VeggieGirl said...

I drink 2 protein shakes/smoothies everyday - 1 cup unsweetened hempmilk, 1 scoop protein powder (either hemp protein or rice protein), and 1 cup frozen berries).

Anonymous said...

Chai Protein Powder?! I've got to buy this!!!

miss v said...

i've been into smoothies a lot more with the weather turning.

i have a few recipes on my site (and more to come), but my absolute fave is 1 banana, 1 orange, and about a cup of spinach. throw in about 1/4 water and a few ice cubs... tastes like an orange julius to me!

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

i love, love, love smoothies. esp. i the summer when i don't feel like cookin'. my favorite is the pb&j smoothie: frozen banana, strawberries, apple juice, and a couple T of pb. super yummy.

pixiepine said...

Oooh the chai powder sounds great!

Katy said...

Mmmm, I LOVE smoothies! Our usual is spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries, acai, mango, pineapple, chocolate hemp shake, and soymilk. I use frozen fruit, so it has a great consistency.

Veganissexy said...

Oooh I've never heard of that product line. I'll have to search it out. I'm obsessed with all things vegan beauty :) Smoothie looks delish! I can't wait for blackberry season....yum yum!

A_and_N said...

Gorgeous looking smoothie. I loved the pic too :) Was it taken by a window or something. Looks very natural :)

aTxVegn said...

I'm glad you mentioned Arbonne. I've been using it a long time, and I know it's pricey, but it's sure good stuff. I have lots of family/friends who sell it, so I get lots of free samples and discounts.

Vegan On Stage said...

my two favs lately are:

1-mejool date
1 frozen banana
3 tspn cacao powder (or coco powder)
dash of nutmeg
1/2 cup rice milk (soy milk)
agave to sweeten it up...

blend everything together and its amazing... great for a chocolate fix

Young Coconut Shake
1 young coconut (take the meat out and save the water)
1 frozen banana
some frozen mango
some frozen peaches

blend it all together and add the coconut water in there... amazing

green smoothies are always good too...i like using vanilla hemp protein powder, kale and vanilla extract.. i usually use peaches, mango, pineapple banana ( i interchange the fruits)

Cyn said...

I like throwing pears in smoothies - they're so good. And of course bananas. I don't make smoothies all that often, but every time I do I'm all "Dang, this is delicious."

Anonymous said...

That Chai powder sounds so yum! Arbonne stuff sounds wonderful. I don't really have a recipe - I usually toss in an apple and some spinach if I have some, apple juice, fresh parsley is really good, some ground flax...really whatever I have on hand!

jessy said...

your smoothie looks awesome, Bianca! hooray for enjoying frozen blackberries from over the summer! brilliant! i have some in my freezer as well - think i may have to make a smoothie soon! yay!

gonna have to check out that chai latte protein shake powder - it sounds really tasty!

my favorite smoothie = young coconut meat + coconut water + date + raw cashews + spinach + banana + agave. mmmmm!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

YUM! I have a smoothie almost every day for breakfast, or for an afternoon snack. That Chai powder sounds great! I'm definitely checking that out.

I switch it up all the time with what kind of smoothies I make, but my favorite (right now) is:

-Hemp, soy, or almond milk
-A small handful of strawberries & blueberries (usually frozen, unless it's summer), and a few slices of frozen banana for frothiness & extra sweetness
-1 Tbsp. flax seed
-Hemp protein powder

Sometimes a few leaves of kale are a nice addition, too! I also love carrots in there... And dates... And blackberries or cherries... And...

Anonymous said...

Looks great! Of course, I'm boring and just do strawberries, ice, soy milk and vanilla. But, I like the oats idea!

Mistress said...

My favourite smoothie is a "Chocolate Elvis"

1 banana
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1.5 cups of chocolate almond milk
1 heaping tablespoon of Chocolate Vegan Rice Protein
1 tablespoon of ground flax

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