May 12, 2015

Kickass Blogger Recommendations - Edition Smoothie

At this point in my blogging career ("career" used loosely here), I've talked to quite a few people and received some truly fantastic recommendations.  Obviously not everything I've been compelled to try has been amazing, but I thought I'd share the really good ones.  One at a time.  Because blog series.

  


Awesome Thing that was Recommended: this Smoothie Recipe
Awesome Blogger Who Recommended it: Taylor @ The Daily Tay

So... it's a smoothie.  But you see, this particular smoothie (as well as promises of svelteness and lengthy locks in the original blog post) came at a very crucial time in my life.  I had just begun meal planning.

And so, in my frenzy of beginner enthusiasm, I was searching for quick, easy, healthy breakfast items.  The Daily Tay complied.  For a few weeks, I was mixing things up.  So I'd have smoothies one week, and then coconut quinoa (delicious!) the next.  I made a really tasty peach cobbler oatmeal for one.  But gradually the convenience of the smoothies phased out all the other options.

As a huge, added bonus, smoothies make it possible to cram so many food groups into one item.  You can add anything you want to that blender!  And most of the time it still tastes good!

The exception was a particularly spectacular fail, so I will share.

How to Make a Completely Unpalatable Smoothie


Ingredients


  • Mandarin Orange Segments
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Juice?  Water?  I don't remember

Steps

  1. Decide that 3 weeks of making the same smoothie recipe with minor tweaks has made you an expert!  It's time to experiment wildly.
  2. Tropical fruits taste good together, right?  Instead of simply eating oranges and pineapple on cottage cheese, let's blend them together!
  3. What about that old, leftover kiwi?  It looks lonely on the counter by itself.  Let's throw that in there.
  4. Take a big swig.
  5. Try not to cough at the sudden rush of citrusy acids and cottage cheese lumps that were in no way altered by blending.
  6. Painfully choke down the rest of it because you don't have time to make anything else before work and you don't want to waste all that wholesome fruit you threw in there.
  7. Never experiment again.
Except that I did eventually begin to change things.  But it took a few weeks before I was brave enough.

The original recipe has kale, spinach, blueberries, a banana, lemon juice, honey, chia seeds, and water.  After going through several small changes, my current version looks more like this:

A More Palatable Smoothie


Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • Blueberries or Strawberries - really any berry that doesn't go bad in 2 days (darn you, raspberries!!!)
  • Kale or Spinach (or whatever green, leafy stuff I happen to grab)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • V8 Fusion
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chia Seeds
  • Whey Protein Powder (maybe - this is a new addition and might not stick around)

Tips

I was going to put "instructions" but you guys know how to blend.  Really, I just have to explain a couple idiosyncrasies and I do have a couple of real tips, to my own surprise.
  • I don't measure anything.  So it goes something like this: toss in a banana, 1/5 of the fruit in the container (because I need enough for the other 4 days), 1/5 of the lettuce-y stuff, a couple scoops of greek yogurt (probably close to 1/3 cup), a splash of V8 fusion (just enough to make it liquidy), and the others are small amounts or none.  You don't need my measurements, though, because everything can be adjusted to your taste and it will still come out fine.
  • ADD THE CHIA SEEDS AFTERWARDS!  They are a pain to clean out of the blender!  And they embed themselves into my dish scrubbie and have to be picked out one by one.  So after I blend everything up, I dump my tablespoon of chia seeds directly into the glass I poured my smoothie into, and stir it with a butter knife.
  • Lemon is lemon-y.  Ryan won't drink it with lemon, because he says it's too acidic.  I don't notice anything.
  • It's ugly.  It's sort of pink and mostly grey, and it has lots of greenish bits floating in it.  But it really is delicious, I swear!
Yummm...
On the subject of whey protein, I'm a little torn at the moment.  I bought some chocolate flavored stuff for Ryan, and tried it, and it is DELICIOUS!  But I've read that it's most effective after a workout and my smoothie already has a source of protein and already tastes pretty good.  And, honestly, I keep adding so many things that the calorie count is surprising for something comprised mostly of fruits and vegetables (it's not terrible - about 400 - but no matter what I add, I still get hungry at 10am, so I need a few extra calories for a pre-lunch snack).

I still like the whey protein powder, though.  I think I might implement it as a tasty, after-workout snack.  I discovered, to my sorrow, that it's not optimal to get all your protein from powder (imagine that!  Whole food proteins are recommended!), so I can't go on a smoothie only diet, but I won't lie.  It's tempting.

Which is crazy, considering that a mere 5 months ago, my life had no smoothies in it!  Thanks, Taylor.  It's been a life-changer.

What blogger recommendations have changed your life in some way?  Do you do smoothies?  What do you think of whey protein?


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5 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! I'm always looking for new smoothie recipes!

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  2. oh my gosh, when I saw cottage cheese I was like WHYYYY. haha.
    I have a smoothie almost every morning. I stopped using chia seeds because omg yes they are so hard to clean out of the blender i just give up. i have them in oatmeal, which i prepare at night and put in the fridge for morning. that way the chia seeds soak up all the water or milk.
    anyway. my smoothie 'recipe' is pretty straight forward. frozen spinach, strawberries and blueberries (about a cup each). 1 banana. 1-2 cups of almond milk. protein powder (put this in first). yeah my calories are like 500+ however, I don't get hungry till lunch time. I used to be starving by 9am, but the protein powder holds me over. its amazing what a difference it makes actually :)

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  3. I was having a smoothie every morning for breakfast. I get tired of them though and take breaks here and there. There are two smoothies that are my go to when I do make them. One is 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 2 tablespoons of PB2 (chocolate), 1 cup almond milk, 1 small banana, 1 tablespoon flax seed and a few ice cubes. The other is strawberries, bananas, almond milk, flax seed and whey protein.

    I like whey protein to add substance to the smoothies. I use About Time Whey which has no artificial sweeteners and has a great calorie/protein content. I have to order it on Amazon because the only place that sometimes carries it is Whole Foods. I spend hours in GNC reading ingredients and most of theirs are filled with aspartame and other shit that I am trying to cut out.

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  4. k YUM that is all I have to say haha k I 100% love chia seeds and agree with putting them in after!! Whenever I order a smoothie at jamba juice or something they always grind up the chia seeds and it drives me nuts
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  5. I keep telling myself I need to get on the smoothie band wagon. But I'm afraid it will suck

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