Another training run this morning at 5:45am. We are having record heat here in Houston so the earlier the better for exercising outside. I have to admit I was feeling a little homesick this morning, I was in a total rush, and feeling pretty wiped out from the whole early rising thing. The combination of these factors lead me to my smoothie recipe this morning, which I lovingly call the Seattle smoothie.
Wednesday (Seattle) Smoothie
1 cup fresh organic blueberries
½ cup almond milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4-5 drops vanilla Stevia extract
8 ice cubes
2 shots of espresso
The blueberries in this smoothie are Washington grown and I’m sure you get the whole espresso-Seattle thing. I used Stevia because it doesn’t raise your blood glucose like sugar and is calorie free! It is pretty much the only calorie free sweetener that I use because it is minimally refined and is not made in a chemistry lab like Splenda or NutraSweet (Aspartame). This smoothie was yummy, especially if you like coffee. It definitely gave me a little pick-me-up and it was super quick and easy to make. I did have a little sprouted grain toast and peanut butter on the side since there was not a lot of protein in the smoothie. Give this one a try instead of your usual morning coffee and I guarantee you will hit the ground running!