Vacation in a Glass

Hi dee ho, friends! Guess what? We got SNOW here last night! Finally! I mean, technically it had snowed like twice before, but this time it really stuck and is pretty and causing traffic issues all over the metropolitan DC area. Hooray!

Now, as we recently learned (re-learned?) I spent a good deal of my life growing up in Canada. So, I really like snow. I actually like winter a lot. I’d rather be curled up in a warm blanket than sweating my buns off in the August humidity any day. Of course, that isn’t to say that I don’t get my fair share of the winter blues. I’ve actually been having a touch of the SADs lately (Seasonal Affective Disorder), truth be told. Which essentially means I’ve been even moodier and more emotional than normal. (The horror!) And also means I’ve been fantasizing about hopping on a flight to Miami pretty much every other day. (I think writing my second book by the poolside sounds kind of nice, don’t you?)

Unnnnfortunately, the reality is that I have no money and even less vacation time, and probably won’t be able to swing the weekend vacation of my winter dreams. So when I was tasked with creating a recipe for Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk (my favorite!!) I knew exactly the direction I wanted to go in.

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A smoothie that is meant for those mornings when I suck at eating breakfast, and also for when I come down with a bit of the winter blues. Two birds, one stone, that whole thing.

Oh yeah, and because it’s me, I made it all healthy and crap. 😉

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The concept is pretty darn simple. Throw the ingredients in a blender and go to town. If you have a really nice, high-speed blender like a Vitamix or Ninja or something, all the better!

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Also, if you have a high-speed blender, you can use frozen fruit ingredients instead of fresh ones and give this smoothie more of a milkshake-like consistency. But that’s not quite as winter compatible, given that it’s already been below-freezing this week.

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Healthy Tropical Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend (THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING EVER, BTW)
1/2 cup pineapple chunks + juice
1/2 a banana
5 – 8 strawberries
Generous handful of spinach
1 cup ice

Directions:

Dump into a blender. Blend.

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Pretty simple, huh? Of course, the addition of the spinach means that the smoothie turns into a terrible mucky color, but I promise you can’t taste anything spinach-y WHATSOEVER! Nutritional stats look like this:

Calories: 200, Fat: 3 grams, Carbohydrate: 40 grams, Fiber: 6 grams (!), Protein: 3 grams

A little high on the carb front (cause it’s got fruit, which equals sugar) but a surprisingly awesome amount of fiber and a little bit o’ protein to boot. Not too shabby for a delicious breakfast smoothie, IMO! And of course, there’s the part where it tastes really yummy, too.

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Also, I got bangs.

The above post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, but the photos, words, and, most importantly, opinions are all my own.

12 Comments

  1. The smoothie looks much better than my godson’s recent attempt, he decided to up the vitamin content by putting a fizzy vitamin in his smoothie. He didn’t kill the blender but fizzy smoothie is not a great thing! Now we know!

    • Gretchensays:

      Haha! Back when I was trying to think about how to make a Butterbeer recipe for my birthday party, I thought about what it would be like to put soda in a blender with ice. I never actually tried it but I imagine it would have had a similar effect. I don’t think carbonation and blenders were necessarily meant to go together.

  2. Shut up with your smoothie and your bangs. This whole post is Michelle Obama approved.

    I’ve yet to make a smoothie containing spinach that didn’t taste a little bit like grass, so I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe!

    P.S. I’m looking for a not-insanely-pricey-but-still-good blender to put on my registry. Any suggestions?

    • Gretchensays:

      I’m so not the person to ask, because the only blender I ever want is a Vitamix, and they’re like a solid four hundy $$. But! I have an Oster or something and it does the job. It’s just not high-speed so it can’t really do the makes-ice-cream-out-of-frozen-bananas thing (but my food processor can, so it works out for now, I guess).

      • Jennifer Rsays:

        I have a Ninja. not the blender style, but the one with the motor on top. I think I spent about $70 on it, and it is awesome! I use it on frozen fruit, carrots for carrot cake, ice for frozen drinks. Love it – highly recommend the Ninja.

  3. Your bangs are SO CUTE! You adorable bangs-puller-offers make girls like me (who should never, ever wear bangs) consider it a liiiiitle too often!

    I’m dying to try the Almond/Coconut milk!

  4. Ah, what a great idea! Just yesterday (perhaps while also feeling the effects of SAD…) I was looking through honeymoon pictures from the Bahamas and thinking, “I need to make a pina colada or strawberry daiquiri just to take me back… This smoothie looks awesome and just might do the trick!

  5. I’ve also been feeling the SADs lately in this weather.

    I’ve heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder but not the acronym! It makes me laugh thinking about the excitement of the person who discovered it was S – A – D…

    Maybe I’m just way behind the eight ball on this one 🙂 The smoothie looks delicious by the way!

  6. YUM! This looks insanely delicious. Now if it only it weren’t 5 degrees out and I wanted a delicious smoothie! 😉

  7. Sarah W.says:

    Looks delish! And, loooooove the bangs! !

  8. Megsays:

    I love coconut almond milk too! My fave is the sweetened vanilla coconut/almond blend by almond breeze (dang, that’s a mouthful). I add it to my coffee in the morning in place of cream and sugar. It’s heavenly.

  9. You don’t know how with you I am on the almond coco milk! I use kale but basically we are twinsies.

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