I call this one The Survivor because it is a fighting machine! I found this recipe to be fitting for my first post because I made it for myself every morning that I was home from the hospital and it always left me feeling healthy, nourished and ready to fight! This smoothie includes banana, berries, spinach, flax, spirulina, and many more amazing whole food ingredients to start your day.
I always have tons of frozen fruits and vegetables in my freezer. I started this when I was going through treatment and had to follow a strict neutropenic diet for nearly five months. (A neutropenic diet is followed by certain types of cancer patients when chemotherapy treatment causes lower levels of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell. This diet helps to protect the patient from bacteria, so they may only eat foods that are cooked, processed, and pasteurized.) Thankfully, the two fresh food items I was allowed to eat were bananas and oranges because of their thick peals. So combined with some frozen spinach and fruit, I was able to whip up this smoothie and still feel like I was getting a dose of something fresh and healthy.
This smoothie is great for breakfast, post workout, or as a mid-day meal or snack, and contains a whopping 30 grams of protein!
The Survivor Smoothie
(Makes 1-2 Servings)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen spinach or kale
1/2 cup organic frozen berry blend (or 3 strawberries and 1/4 cup blueberries)
2 Tbs ground flaxseed
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs hemp seeds
1 tsp spirulina
1/2 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1 Tbs almond butter
dash of cinnamon
*I like to add a few ice cubes and a splash of water to the blender to make the drink colder and thin the consistency
1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend. Makes 2 servings so you can freeze whats left and enjoy it later, or just drink it all at once which is what I usually do!
I hope you all enjoy one of my favorite recipes.