I’m not sure today is the best day to post a smoothie recipe, given the low temps the US is enjoying (it’s 9° here!), but I’m on a smoothie kick so it’s happening.
Back in December, I teamed up with Bolthouse Farms for a Twitter chat on healthy eating and they sent me some of their products to try out. Isaac and I throughly enjoyed the eggnog — we made holiday drinks by spiking it with rum from our honeymoon and I also tried out these Eggnog Overnight Oats from Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers. I love overnight oats and the eggnog made them so creamy and delicious. In addition to the Bolthouse holiday flavors, I received their 100% carrot juice. I immediately thought it would be perfect to make smoothies with and started dreaming of different concoctions and this Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie is one of them.
I’m sure many of you, like me, are back on track with healthy eating goals this January. If so, this smoothie is a great fit — perfect to sip on after a workout or for breakfast. And although it has the carrot cake flavor, it’s way healthier than cake. Enjoy!
Oh man, I think I may have found my new favorite cold weather smoothie.
It combines the flavors of two holiday desserts–pumpkin pie and bread– and honestly, I think it might be one of my best smoothie recipes! Did I mention, it’s vegan, gluten free and packed with a ton of healthy ingredients?
Let’s talk about ginger for a minute because it’s pretty awesome!. Not only is it an immune booster (much needed in the winter months when colds and viruses are rampant), but it’s also known for providing relief for an upset stomach, helping with digestion and providing anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols to the body.
I’m also a big fan of the heat/spice it adds to things. A little goes a long way and it definitely gives this smoothie a kick.
Quick tip: I peel fresh ginger, put it in a freezer ziplock and freeze it. It lasts so much longer than in the fridge and it’s easy to grate with the microplane when frozen as well.
In addition to the ginger, I added blackstrap molasses to this smoothie. I don’t usually add additional sweeteners to my smoothies unless it’s stevia (fruit tends to make it sweet enough) but molasses is usually found in gingerbread and ginger cookies so it made sense to add it to this smoothie. Plus, blackstrap molasses, is one of the most nutritious types of molasses and it’s rich in iron, calcium and magnesium. You can find more about the benefits of blackstrap molasses here.
Of course, this smoothie has other health boosting ingredients too–from the pumpkin to the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and chia seeds. There’s just so much goodness in this smoothie!
But enough about the nutritional benefits, the fact of the matter is that it’s absolutely delicious. If you like ginger and pumpkin, it’s a must-make this winter. Trust me on this one.
I’m not sure if mentioned it or not (probably not), but while we were on our honeymoon in St. Croix this summer I became the resident mixologist. We had a blender at the villa so just about every morning I woke up and made some sort of concoction. If it was really early I would […]
The weather is starting to heat up here in Virginia. It’s officially time to start packing away my winter wardrobe, busting out the shorts and incorporating more warm weather foods, like overnight oats and smoothies, into my diet. I’m pretty sure you guys already know this, but I’m pretty much hooked on adding greens to […]
I make protein smoothies all the time. They’re super easy to whip up and a great way to get in a good amount of protein and healthy carbs after a workout. Plus, I like that they’re super portable. I work from home most days but it’s still nice to have a breakfast I can carry […]
Summer isn’t over yet… which means it’s still smoothie season in my mind! And this morning I have the perfect Friday smoothie to share. It’s got a little bit of coffee to help you get you through the last day of the work week, along with some chocolate to celebrate the sweetness of the weekend. Last […]