Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Recipe Day!

So I made a great smoothie featuring a great new-to-me supplement that I want to share with you all ... and that got me thinking.  Are any of you interested in me posting a recipe every week or two?  I am thinking pasta sauce, salads, appetizers etc.  Just easy stuff I make fairly regularly that fit into a healthy diet.  Oh, and I'll try to include pictures when I remember.  What do you think?

Ready for the smoothie recipe?!?!  Lets call this ... .... excited?


1/2-1 cup coffee unsweetened (mine was luke warm and hazelnut flavor)
1 handful spinach
some soy milk/almond milk
handful frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 scoops Amazing Grass Chocolate Drink Powder, Green Superfood, 8.5-Ounce Container
1 tablespoon dark chocolate almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds (I was out of gel)

This thing was intense!  Very, very chocolaty.  In fact, I think next time I am only going to use 1 scoop Amazing Grass.  But if you are a chocolate lover, go for it man.  I also want to note that you can, of course, use chocolate or unflavored protein powder or use chocolate milk or soy milk or whatever floats your boat.  This is what I used though and it was delicious!

Here is the nutritional profile.  This is based on the generic ingredients in My Pyramid Tracker and not on the actual ingredients I used.  If you are not a breakfast eater or you are afraid of calories and fat, these may come as a shocker ... but I like a dense, healthy breakfast and these stats are my norm.

~400 Calories
~20 Grams Fat (2.5 Saturated)
~41 Grams Carbs
~22 Grams Protein
~13 Grams Fiber

A word about Amazing Grass.  I started buying it because I'd read a lot about it and it was on sale at Amazon.  This stuff can be pricey but it is really good.  Here is the product description from their website:

"Our Chocolate Green SuperFood is a delicious chocolate drink powder to help you achieve your 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

A full spectrum of alkalizing green superfoods, antioxidant rich fruits, and support herbs unite with organic Acai, Maca and Cacao to provide a powerful dose of whole food nutrition with a delicious dark chocolate taste. Complete with pre & probiotics and digestive enzymes to ensure rapid nutrient absorption and healthy digestion.

Chocolate Green SuperFood: All natural and organic ingredients include organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella (cracked cell-wall), organic broccoli, organic dutch cocoa, organic redwood cocoa, organic cacao, natural chocolate flavoring, organic acai from Sambazon, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, organic rose hips, pineapple, green tea, acerola cherry, organic flax seed powder, organic oat fiber, apple pectin fiber, F.O.S. (from chicory root), L. acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, siberian eleuthero root, peppermint and organic sea salt.

100% Vegan."

I've found that this stuff is tasty and packs a serious energy punch if you are interested in giving it a try.

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