Mardi Gras Mashup

March 2, 2014 — 2 Comments

Whether you are nursing a parade hangover, looking for something to leisurely sip during your Sunday fun day, or perhaps even something that can serve as the perfect recovery drink after logging some weekend miles on foot or bike, these purple and green Mardi Gras inspired smoothies will keep you going strong. If you are in the mood for a subtle burst of berries, Purple-ish ‘Drank’ is light enough to be sipped as a sidekick to your meal, yet nutritionally dense enough to stand alone, or act as a post-workout replenisher. On the other hand, if you are seeking a heavier, energizing boost, Green Powerhouse is packed with greens and peanut butter that will leave you feeling ready to get out there and catch more beads, and maybe even take on the world, or at least the work week ahead. Don’t worry, if you can’t decide between the two, you can always do a little bit of double-fisting. No judgement here.

Purple-ish ‘Drank’

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 8 large ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. Hemp Hearts (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. Chocolate PB2 (optional)

DESCRIPTION

The richness of the blueberries, combined with the creaminess of the banana and almond milk, results in a well-balanced, antioxidant-rich burst. If you don’t have blueberries on hand, strawberries, raspberries, or another berry selection will blend in just as well. Although this particular smoothie is naturally semi-sweet on its own, if you are looking to sweeten things up a touch more, you can always add a splash of orange, or other available juice.

ADDITIONS

Made by Bell Plantation, PB2 allows you to reap the protein benefits of peanut butter and enjoy a nutty flavor, without the added fat content that comes along with the traditionally oily wonder butter. And in the case of the Chocolate PB2 variety, you get a hint of chocolate too. As for the Hemp Hearts, these virtually tasteless raw shelled hemp seeds are a complete protein source, and pack an extra dose of fiber and omega fatty acids, making them a prime addition to any (and if you so choose, every) smoothie.

DIRECTIONS

Combine the almond milk, banana, blueberries and ice in your blender. Blend on high, until blended completely. Depending on your blender’s power, you may need to gradually add the ice, 1-2 cubes at a time. Add the optional PB2 and Hemp Hearts and pulse on low until blended thoroughly. Enjoy sipping from your glass of choice.

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Green Powerhouse

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 2 small kiwi (or 1 large)
  • 1 cup greens (baby spinach, spring mix, or select greens of choice)
  • 8 large ice cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter

DESCRIPTION

A power-filled green smoothie that tastes like a treat in a glass? Yes, please! Thanks to the kiwi and orange juice combination, this smoothie is sweet enough, but not too sweet to be overwhelming to your tastebuds. If you are wary to throw the peanut butter into this otherwise tame equation, fear not. The peanut butter is not out to steal the attention from the other ingredients. It merely adds a surprise punch, and offers an extra creamy element of balance.

DIRECTIONS

Combine the almond milk, orange juice, banana, kiwi, greens, and ice in your blender. Blend on high, until blended completely. Depending on your blender’s power, you may need to gradually add the ice, 1-2 cubes at a time. Add the peanut butter and pulse on low until blended thoroughly. Select your vessel, grab a party straw, and sip away.

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2 responses to Mardi Gras Mashup

  1. 

    My blueberry smoothies always look black!! Maybe it’s because i use too many greens with it 🙂 i stopped making them because it was so unappealing, ha!

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