As I’ve shared in the last blog post, the past few months have involved a lot of shifts in my diet: keeping vegan + gluten-free eating as the anchor, but eliminating refined sugars and, at least for the time being, eating only cooked and pureed foods.
This shift has me making smoothies every day, and one I’ve particularly enjoyed is this spirulina shake.
It’s sweet, so it satisfies cravings.
It’s simple, so I don’t have to follow instructions.
It’s satisfying, so I feel fulfilled (not like I’m giving something up to make dietary changes).
It’s also green, green, green. Bright neon green, as the photo shows. So, it always makes me smile.
5 basic ingredients:
Spirulina ~ 2 teaspoons
Spinach ~ 1 cup
Banana ~ 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
Dates ~ 2-3 fresh, pitted dates
Unsweetened almond milk ~ up to 4 cups
Hemp hearts ~ up to 1 tablespoon
Peppermint extract ~ a few drops
Fresh mint leaves ~ a few (to taste)
Put all ingredients into a Vitamix or other high-powered blender.
Blend on high until thoroughly pureed.
This post is written by Beth Godbee, Ph.D. for Heart-Head-Hands.com. Check out other simple vegan + gluten-free recipes on this site, including the related “Three Chocolate Smoothies for Fueling the Road Ahead.”
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