green smoothie night

Tonight I whipped up a green smoothie, as my kale was starting to go bad and I was craving one.

I put in it:

1/2 cup oats

1 cup almond milk

4 tablespoons hemp protein powder (about 20g protein)

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen cantalope

juice of 1/4 lemon

1 bunch kale

1 cucumber

1 carrot

1/2 cup sprouted lentils

5 ice cubes

 

I split it between two 20 ounce water bottles, one for tonight and one for tomorrow.

its a little bit on the bitter side, but not bad.  i thought it would come out more fruity than it did.  it may have to do with the fact that the kale was starting to go bad (I picked out the nasty bits, but still it wasnt super fresh) and the frozen banana and strawberries both had freezerburn.

Whenever I make green smoothies, I try to always include some protein (nuts, seeds, milk, yogurt, protein powder, etc), a little bit of a whole gluten free grain like oats, and both fruits and veggies, with about 50% more veggies in the mix than fruit.  I have mixed feelings about sprouts.  Here the sprouted lentils give protein as well as the nutritional punch of all sprouts, but they have a really strong flavor that can easily overpower the other ingredients.  If you use them, I would say use a 1/2 cup or less.  Also, I didnt have any avocado on hand, but when I do, throwing 1/4 of one into a smoothie adds healthy fats and a nice creaminess without much of a flavor.  Some people might leave out the oats, but I find that if I include them, along with protein, my smoothie can hold me over for a long while.  If I add some fats like avocado or nuts, it keeps me full even longer.  I often dont get a lunch break at work – usually I might have a quick snack like a beef jerky and an apple.  So having a filling breakfast is important, so these do great for that.

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