Here's the deal with me and smoothies. I love them, but for me to really enjoy a smoothie, it has be just the right texture. I pass on the super icy watered down smoothies (remember those Slurpees - yeah you do, I drank them like crazy too back in the day). Anyway, my preference? I adore a thick, creamy (yes cold, but not icy) smoothie that's not too sweet with some earthy flavor to it (ha, how's that for high maintenance). You know I love putting ginger in smoothies - see here and here, but I also love the earthy flavor of hemp. That being said, I am also the type of gal who loves her tea bitter and straight up, so there you go. I recently purchased some raw hemp protein powder. Hemp is not SCD legal, but folks with Crohn's disease require extra protein (and hemp does not bother me at all). I've made this smoothie every morning so far this week, and let me tell you, I'm not the type that is easily satisfied on a smoothie alone, but this is super filling. So great for those last minute mornings when we are rushing out of the house and I didn't have time to fix breakfast, and I won't be home for an hour, and my stomach is rumbling for SOMETHING, and I know I will be a crazy irritable tired mom if I don't have something to kick start my body! And really, I want to come out the gate running; kick-ass something like this:
And I try to avoid feeling like this:
You with me on that?
Raw Peach Hemp Protein Power Smoothie
-1 cup dairy free milk (I use a combo of 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup water)
-6 ounces ripe banana (1 medium)
-6 ounces of frozen peaches (roughly 1 1/2 cups)
-2 tablespoons raw lucuma power
-2 tablespoons raw hemp protein powder*
(or 1 tablespoon grass fed gelatin).
1. Add everything to a blender and blend until well incorporated (until the frozen peaches run smooth in the mixture).
*AIP, omit hemp seeds - they are not permitted. Use 1 tablespoon gelatin.
*I purchase both the lucuma and hemp powder at my local Natural Foods Coop, but you can also find them on-line.
*I highly recommend making this smoothie with coconut milk (1/2 cup full fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup filtered water) - it helps create that rich, creamy texture. Love!