This is one of my favorite breakfast smoothies!! I found it from the Green Smoothie Girl. It really satisfies me and gives me great energy for the day. The best part about it is that you can make it and store it in jars for up to four days in your refrigerator. I know as a busy mom, I can really appreciate a healthy breakfast that is ready to go for me in the refrigerator 🙂 It makes me so happy! The reason it makes me so happy is because it tates good, it’s easy to make, it’s fast, and it is the perfect blend of carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
Hot Pink Smoothie
(This recipe is for a large Vita-Mix or Blend Tec container)
- 3 c. coconut water or water (or you can use 1 1/2 c. coconut milk & 1 1/2 c. water)
- 7 prunes (dried plums) or dried dates
- 1/2 c. raw cashew pieces
- 2 medium carrots, peeled(cut up if using a smaller blender)
- 1/8-1/4 fresh peeled beet(peel and cut your beet up into eighths if it’s a large beet about the size of your fist, or fourths if it’s a small beet and freeze in a Ziploc bag)
- 2 Tbls. vanilla extract(only 1 T. if using extra strong pure vanilla)
- 2 Tbls. protein powder(I like vanilla flavored hemp or rice protein)
- BLEND FIRST 7 INGREDIENTS BEFORE YOU ADD FROZEN STRAWBERRIES & AGAVE OR STEVIA
- 15-20 or more strawberries, frozen(or 16 oz. bag)
- Agave or stevia (to taste, I usually use about 2-4 T.)
- Make sure you are using a 9 c. blender. This batch makes a full 8 cups, so if you don’t have a large container, then half the recipe.
- Put the first 7 ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Tip: Make sure to peel your carrots and beets so you don’t have an odd taste from the skin.
- After a couple minutes of blending, and once the nuts are smooth and there are no more chunks, you can add the rest of the ingredients. Add frozen strawberries into the blender. If it doesn’t reach the 8 c. mark, add water until it does for smoother blending. It should make a full 8 cups.
- Blend until smooth and add a little agave or stevia if needed for sweetness. Depending on how sweet your frozen strawberries are, it depends on how much sweetener you need.
- If you need to add more water if it’s too thick, just add until everything blends well. I can feed 3 people with this batch or I use it for the next two days for myself. I store them in glass mason jars in my fridge and they store great for a couple days.
I like to buy a couple of bunches of beets and peel, cut into quarters, and freeze them. If your beets come with stems and leaves on them, you can use them in your green smoothies.
Make sure your nuts are RAW. You don’t want them roasted or salted. You can find them at the health food store in bulk, or in bags like this one. If you buy them as pieces and not whole, then they are cheaper. Just make sure they are RAW.
After I am done, I pour them into my four jars and I’m ready for breakfast for the week! The GSG (Green Smoothie Girl) reccommends drinking 4 c. of smoothie a day for breakfast but I only drink 2 c. (1 jar). You can do what is best for you.