Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Seattle Smoothie

(Oh yes I did!)

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.

(Straight from the Evergreen much for eating local today)

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

(This is what Stevia looks like. Find it in the grocery store next to the sugar in the baking isle)

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!

(Pretty color huh?)

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