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My favorite smoothie recipe

I definitely post more breakfast recipes than anything else.  Nothing quite describes my love for breakfast.  Sometimes, it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning.  And here is one of my favorites – my favorite smoothie recipe.

Kel’s Kitchen brings you chocolate strawberry smoothie…

140 grams of frozen strawberries (yes, I love my scale)

1/2 a large banana

1 scoop of chocolate whey protein

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 big handfuls of spinach

Skip the ice; you won’t need it with all the frozen strawberries.  I enjoyed this with a piece of millet bread with Crofters Superfruit Asia jam and a wedge of Laughing Cow.  Maybe that’s weird but I’ve been substituting it for cream cheese when I eat smoked salmon and it was pretty delicious with jam.

And here it is again up close.  Look how thick and delicious it is.


In other news, Brad and I tried the Chocolate Almond Attune bar.

This one was even better than the first!  It reminded me of a Hershey Bar with Almonds.

Perfect size for sharing, although it wasn’t an equal split.  I of course had the larger piece since I was the official taste tester.  Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.  Fine holiday fun!  Name that 90’s film classic.



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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie in a Bowl

My absolute favorite smoothie is Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie in a bowl.  This is my go-to, never fails me, most delicious smoothie recipe.  And of course, like all good smoothies, it’s super easy to make.

2/3 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1 cup almond milk

3 ice cubes

1 scoop (1 serving) of chocolate whey protein

2 huge handfuls of spinach

a bit of stevia

*Stop here if you want a smoothie you can drink through a straw.  For a spoon friendly version, add the following ingredients.

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1 1/2 Tbsp. granola of choice (I used Bear Naked Fit Granola)

One of the best things about smoothies is that it’s a great way to use spinach that is on its last leg.  This spinach was just starting to get that slimy texture around its leafy edges, but once blended, you couldn’t tell at all in the taste.

This smoothie is greeeeeen, but I assure you, it’s very chocolatey.

And how about my new place mats?  I’ve posted a couple of pictures of them already, but never really mentioned them.  I’ve been looking for these exact place mats for about two months, unsuccessfully until now.  Not because I had seen them and wanted them, but because I had dreamed them up in my head.  I always get a very clear picture of what I want in my mind when I go shopping for something, and then get really disappointed that designers can’t read my mind.  Yeah, that’s realistic.

Well Sur La Table did!  And the price was right!

$2.99 baby.  Can’t beat that.

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A Smoothie Tutorial

I overdid it a bit with the food last night, so I woke up not very hungry.  I knew I needed a light breakfast to get me started and a smoothie was just the thing.  Plus I could get 5 servings of fruit and vegetables at one time, with little effort.

I have a strategy for making smoothies.  It’s not necessary to follow it to the T, but I think it’s the most efficient way to make a smoothie.  There’s no way I could get all of these ingredients in my blender if I combined them all at one time, so it helps to be a little strategic with what you blend and when.

The first ingredient for my smoothie this morning was the rest of a mango I had chopped and froze a few weeks ago.

For me, the success of your smoothie really depends on the amount of frozen fruit you use.  I try to make sure at least half of my fruit is frozen to give the smoothie the right consistency.  Plus, you can buy frozen fruit for pretty cheap when that particular fruit is not in season.

Next, I added half a banana, also a consistent ingredient in almost all my smoothie recipes.

And the last fruit ingredient, half of an orange.

Put all fruit in a blender with 1 cup of almond milk.

Add three ice cubes and put your blender on the ice crush setting, or a low setting if you don’t have the ice crush setting.

Walk away and find something else to do for a few minutes.  I always put my teapot on first thing in the morning, so by the time this stage of smoothie-making rolls around, my tea pot is screaming at me that the water is ready for coffee.

When you return, your mixture will be ready for the next step.

Stop the blender and add one serving of vanilla protein powder.  I used hemp protein.  One serving of hemp protein is four Tbsp., which is the equivalent of 1 scoop in most protein powders.

Next is the part that makes some people squeamish, but I am willing to stake my life on the fact that spinach does not change the flavor of smoothies.  Add as much spinach as your blender can hold.  Or, do what I do and put two huge handfuls, regardless of whether it fits in the blender or not.

Use the jaws of life (your hand) to force the spinach into the blender so that the lid can be put on.  Blend on high and walk away from the blender.

Find something else to do like watch your significant other sleep.  That’s not creepy at all.

Yes, there are three glasses on our nightstand.  I wonder how that could have happened.

Next, check to make sure your dog is still breathing by lifting the covers back at the bottom of the bed.  Still breathing?  Good.  We’re ready to move on.

When you return, your smoothie should look like this.  If it doesn’t because the spinach isn’t mixed with the liquid, use a spatula to push the spinach down, then blend again until it is completely amalgamated with the mixture.

Lastly, I sometimes add a bit of sweetner.  I taste it first to see if it needs it, depending on the ripeness of the fruit I used.  In this case, I did need a bit so I added one serving of Stevia.  I use the Trader Joe’s Organic Stevia that has the little tiny scooper (about 1/16 tsp. ?).  It’s concentrated so you don’t need as much…probably equal to one packet of Stevia.  Blend your sweetner in if you choose to add some.

Pour into a glass with a straw for maximum enjoyment.  Yes, a straw is necessary.  I think so anyway.

Enjoy with your French pressed coffee or coffee of your choice.

Drain and repeat.

Note: You’ll have to repeat unless you have monstrous sized glasses.  This smoothie is really about a glass and a half and I always drink the whole thing.

1/3 frozen mango

1/2 banana

1/2 orange

1 cup almond milk

3 ice cubs

2 huge handfuls of spinach

1 scoop or 4 Tbsp. vanilla protein powder (I used hemp protein)

sweetner if needed

Blend and enjoy!

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