Jul 30, 2014

Food Storage Smoothie

I know, I know. The name just sounds BAD. I’ve thought about calling it

The Shrek, or maybe…

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Veggie Vodka would be better. I go back and forth.

Fresh Ingredients

4 oz. spinach leaves (or 3 cups firmly packed)

1/2 banana

Storage Ingredients

2 dates, pitted of course

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained

1/2 cup water

2 cups ice

If using a standard blender, begin by first chopping the dates into small pieces. (Blendtec=Love) Then add to blender the water, almond milk, dates, garbanzo beans, banana, ground flax seed, cocoa, and spinach. Blend on high for one complete “whole juice ” cycle.  That’s 50 seconds in a Blendtec or a little longer in a regular blender. Add ice and blend for another 30 seconds.

Sounds gross but I promise it tastes GOOD! It’s the perfect lunch-on-the-run and keeps me feeling full and focused until dinner time.

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Remember to chop those little powerhouse dates if your blender isn’t super strong. (No shame!)

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Drain and rinse the canned garbanzo beans, and then measure out 1/2 cup.

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Starting with the liquid, everything goes into the blender and then just let ‘er rip! Now I’m warning you, at this stage it’s going to look freaky but go ahead and add the ice and let the blender do its thing one more time.

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What you’ll end up with is a velvety smooth, chocolate…slide…of refreshing goodness and fabulous nutrition!

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Don’t let the two glasses fool ya. It’s really only one serving and I always pound every last drop. Ahhh!

Oh, and Happy 24th of July!!! Obviously, I’m a pioneer. Well, sort of:)

4 Responses to “Food Storage Smoothie”

  1. Laura at TenThingsFarm Says:

    I think you lost me at garbanzo beans…and I’ve been known to go out in my yard and pick dandelion greens for my ‘lawn smoothie’. :)

    So good to see you posting again! I recently read a story – historical fiction – about the pioneers who traveled to SLC with hand carts. Having grown up a white trash heathen in the Midwest, I had never heard that piece of American history (not the sort of thing they teach in schools, yes?) Happy Pioneers Day! <3

  2. Liesa Says:

    Hello Laura! I’m back! Barely! Always love love hearing from you:)
    You’re right about it being pretty weird to add beans to my smoothie but I try to think of it as my ‘whole foods’ alternative to protein powder. Remember the famous bean brownies? You really can’t taste the beans. Dandelion greens…the next frontier!
    And speaking of that, your historical fiction could have been about my peeps! Ancestors’ accounts of crossing the plains are a huge part of my heritage/life. When I applied to interior design school in NYC, part of the application process was a requirement to sketch something that described myself. I sketched a HANDCART. They were thinking ink blot and I was thinking heritage. It all worked out:)
    See if your local library can get the book, “I Walked to Zion”. It’s the actual journal accounts of children that crossed the plains. I bet you and your daughter would enjoy hearing their stories. Yummy cookie recipe on it’s way…

  3. Liesa Says:

    Hey! Turns out there are other bean smoothie recipes out there!
    This Berry Bean Blast is listed on at least 6 sites, one being the Susan G. Komen. Just sayin’

    Berry Bean Blast – Makes 4 servings (about 6 ounces each)
    1 can (15 ounces) Navy beans or Great Northern beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-
    packaged Navy beans or Great Northern beans, rinsed, drained
    1 1/2 cups orange juice
    2 cups quartered strawberries
    2 to 3 tablespoons honey
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    6 to 8 ice cubes
    Preparation
    1.Process all ingredients, except ice cubes, in blender until smooth. Add ice
    cubes and blend until smooth. Serve in glasses.

  4. mentalutopia Says:

    I’m also a little scared of the garbanzo beans, and I LOVE garbanzo beans.

    I’ve got that book! Now that I think about it, I may have bought it based on the bread-baking story reference in I Dare You To Eat It (the book).

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