Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Berry Agave Smoothie {Dairy Free, Low Fat}

My hubby makes the best smoothies! I think they taste better than anything you can buy and how great to know exactly what you are drinking. Here's his latest creation, it's completely dairy free, gluten free and packed with protein and fiber. This is calorie dense so if you are watching your intake of liquid calories you may want to cut the recipe portion in half. Here's what my super creative hubby has to say...

A while back I set out trying to find a healthy late evening snack. I needed something low in fat and low acid forming with a good amount of protein, making smoothies is now a nightly ritual for me. They are much easier to make than I originally thought. It is also a great way to get some healthy calories with lots of vitamin C and much much more! Smoothies taste awesome too!

This smoothie has been perfected by a long process of trial and error. The agave nectar gives it a unique flavor that makes a good smoothie - amazing - It is a flavor that you can't get from a smoothie shop. What's with the hemp? I have a thing against dairy products (more personal than physiological) so the traditional smoothie proteins such as whey or yogurt don't make the cut. I used to try flax meal but it was too fatty and soy is mostly GMO (genetically modified). So now I use Hemp protein which is a super food, packing in lots of healthy stuff. And no, this is not the same hemp as you may be thinking of - you can't get high from this stuff. All the ingredients are easy to find organic and inexpensively at many markets..

Recipe: (22-oz smoothie)
1 1/2 cups of frozen organic berry mix (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries)
1 1/2 cups of frozen organic strawberries
1/3 cup of frozen mango (small handful)
2 Tbsp agave nectar
2 Tbsp organic hemp protein powder
2-1/2 to 3 cups of cold water or fill with water to about 1-2 inches below the fruit [I like my smoothies thick]
Blend in a blender until fully combined. I usually have to assist the blender a couple of times with a spoon because of how thick it is. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts:
22 ounce serving contains: ~465 calories, 14 g protein, 23 g fiber, 100 g total carbs, 3 g fat

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