Y’all. This is the crazy power smoothie you need to fuel your next super workout.
I so very wanted to call this the Ultimate Battle Smoothie (Parks and Rec anyone?) but I figure Ultimate Power Smoothie would be better for SEO purposes.
Whatever you call it, it’s crazy good fuel, both in content and in flavor. The first time I made it for Jason, I packed it in his lunchbox so he could have it for his post-gym/pre-work fuel. When he got to work, he sent me a text saying that he’d loved it. He also said that it was so thick that he’d had to tip his blender bottle all the way up to get drink — while he was driving. 😯 That gave me some pause. “Um…well officer, I was drinking my smoothie when the other car just came out of nowhere….”
I don’t think that auto insurance covers smoothie-cup visual obstruction.
So I highly suggest that you have this as a smoothie bowl. Or at least promise me that you’re not going to drink it while you’re driving or operating heavy machinery. Also, when I made it for him again a few days later, he ended up with smoothie all over his face from tipping up the cup. This is a totally okay look for sitting on the couch in your pj’s, but maybe not the best look for work.
So smoothie bowls are definitely the way to go. Also, they are way more fun to eat. As you can see, I topped this one with beet slices, matcha, peanut butter, Cara Cara oranges, and pepitas. But other things that would go well would be tahini or sliced bananas or blueberries or maybe toasted cinnamon pecans.
So get to the point, Annie…what is in this thing?
I’ll tell ya: carrots, kale , a banana, sweet sweet frozen cherries, peanut butter, flax meal…and two not-so-secret wonder ingredients: beet juice and pea protein. I make my own beet juice a lot — it’s easy and cheaper that buying it, and you do not need a juicer. You can find the recipe on one of the first posts on the blog, sorry for the awful pics. I plan to re-shoot that post soon. Beet juice is super well known for boosting post-workout recovery, and adds some extra sweetness to the smoothie as a whole. Pea protein is rather new to me. I’ve been wanting to try it forever, but, up until recently, Jason has been loyal his preferred sugary whey and soy protein powders. I dislike those for several reasons. He finally ditched them at the start of the year, and I convinced him to get us some pea protein instead. We both love it because it’s super pure and powerful at the same time.
And pure and powerful is pretty much what you want from any smoothie, dontcha think?
- 2 cups packed kale
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of beet juice
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp flax meal
- 2 tbsp pea protein
- Throw everything in a blender and go to town. Enjoy!