Green Tahini Smoothie

If you're on the hunt for the perfect easy green smoothie, you've hit the jackpot! This sweet and creamy smoothie is ideal for breakfast on the go. The combo of frozen bananas, slight delicate taste of tahini, nutty hemp seeds and lush almond milk plus the goodness of spinach makes for one satisfying and nourishing drink! 

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This mix might not sound like it would initially mesh well together but somehow everything marries just perfectly in the blender. Hemp seeds boost the protein and a full cup of packed spinach leaves give you a wonderful serving of leafy greens. You'll feel like a million bucks after sipping this one. 

Green Tahini Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 TBSP tahini paste
  • 1 pitted Medjool date 
  • 1 TBSP shelled hemp seeds
  • Few ice cubes 

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender putting spinach in first. This will help the smoothie get going in the blender. Puree until very creamy. Enjoy! 
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Glowing Vanilla Shake

This version of a vanilla shake (housed of course in a bowl) isn’t quite the classic vanilla milkshake you might envision when you think of such an iconic American treat. However, my recipe involves no ice cream, no dairy, no added sugar and definitely no preservatives or foreign chemicals so we are SO winning by comparison! 

Not only is it already packed with good-for-you fruits but with the addition of cauliflower - this rich and delicious smoothie/shake/bowl is just over the top wonderful. 

I love to make my smoothies SUPER thick, l actually wish I didn’t have to include liquid at all. The closer to an ice cream consistency that I can get, the better. 

The month of July always puts me into a very-Americana mood. I deck the house out in stars, stripes, navy, red and use the entire month as the perfect reason to break out all my favorite summertime flavors. I wanted to pull those flavors into a quick recipe and as per usual it came out in the form of a smoothie (when doesn’t it? I literally live off smoothies and smoothies bowls, y’all!) 

Let’s walk through the benefits of this Glowing Vanilla Shake. 

Cauliflower may be the white veggie but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in the nutrition department or in the versatility arena. From tacos to salads to smoothies- is there anything cauliflower can't do? Cauliflower is a great provider of Vitamin C and folates. Tahini (ground sesame seeds) is typically used in savory dishes as a component in dressings but I love using it in this unexpected way. Sesame seeds are a rich source of calcium and Vitamin E which is an antioxidant, helping to protect those precious cells of yours from the harm caused by free radicals! Hemp seeds are a wonderful source of protein and Omega-3s not to mention they do magic to help give your skin that glowing, just showered freshness. Vanilla and banana add sweetness, creaminess and the most pleasant aroma! I'm sold!!!

Glowing Vanilla Shake

You need:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup cauliflower- steamed & blanched, frozen or raw (if you have a high-speed blender) will work!
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 TBSP runny tahini 
  • 1 TBSP hemp seed
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 

Get cooking:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, puree until thick and creamy. 
  2. If you need to add more liquid to get your shake moving, do so in small increments. 
  3. If eating as a bowl top with chia, cherries and granola!

       

    Cooling Cucumber Ginger Green Juice

    There are days when only a tall glass of bright greens will do! This recipe blends so many nutrient dense fruit and veggies it would be impossible to not feel like a million bucks after drinking this! Cucumber, fresh orange, ginger, kale and mint blitzed into one bountiful beverage. The days here in Knox have been HOT and HUMID so I'm relying on the hydrating benefits of the water rich cucumber to help me stay feeling fresh and alert all day! No dehyrdation here.

    Cucumber Ginger Green Juice

    Cucumber Ginger Green Juice

    You need:

    • 1 medium orange, peeled + deseeded
    • 1/2 medium cucumber deseeded + chopped (this should be about 1 cup of chopped cucumber)
    • 2 cups destemmed kale
    • 1/4 cup mint or about 15 leaves
    •  2 TBSP lime juice 
    • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
    • 1 cup ice 

    Get cooking:

    1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Blitz until smooth and enjoy!