Brooke’s Blend (Smoothie)

ALMOND MILK, BABY SPINACH, BABY KALE, BANANA, STRAWBERRY, APPLE, MEDJOOL DATE, VEGA ONE (CHOCOLATE), CACAO, MAPLE ALMOND BUTTER, CHIA SEED AND FLAX MEAL

Following in my footsteps this year, my 15 year old daughter also became Vegan a couple months back. I’ve been training her in the ways of the force (plant-based eating) and she has been picking it up very well. Brooke makes her own smoothies, school lunches, healthy snacks and is definitely on the path to eating well. One day, I asked her to make a smoothie (so I could see if she was really listening to me when I first showed her how). Brooke, admittedly, has a super sweet tooth so it was no surprise when I saw her get out the Vega One Chocolate, Cacao and Maple Almond Butter. Then I saw her throw in huge handfuls of spinach and kale! I was thrown off a bit because I wasn’t sure about the combo of greens, chocolate and almond butter. After she made it, she handed it to me to take a sip…it was really great! So rich, chocolatey and with a nice thick nutty-ness from the almond butter.

This smoothie was inspired by my daughter’s favorite flavors w/ even some extra added sweet delights. Enjoy!

8 – 12 oz Almond Milk
1 large handful Baby Kale
1 large handful Baby Spinach
1 Banana
Small handful of Strawberries
1 Apple (cored)
2-3 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 scoop Vega One (Chocolate)
1 Tbsp Cacao
1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp of Maple Almond Butter
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Flax Meal
4-5 Ice cubes (if fruits are not frozen)

Pour Almond Milk into the blender along with the Baby Kale and Baby Spinach. Blend on liquify for about 40 secs. Add in Banana, Strawberries, Apple, Dates and Ice Cubes. Blend crush ice setting until cracking stops…then blend again on liquify setting for about 30-40 secs. If too thick, you can always adjust by adding more Hemp Milk. Add Vega, Cacao, Almond Butter, Chia and Flax and blend one more time on liquify until very smooth. Pour into a large, tall glass. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out all of the great plant-based, whole food products from Vega. Their smoothie powders are delicious, nutritious, animal-free and are the foundation for all of my smoothie recipes. http://myvega.com/

Enjoy your smoothie w/ your favorite straw; although, for Earth’s sake, I recommend a glass one from Glass Dharma http://glassdharma.com.

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