Our producer…Morgan…read my smoothie blog the other day and it inspired her to make one for herself.
Well…she thought the one she made tasted awful. What??? I knew it had to be because of what she was using…so I asked her for details.
She told me that her almond milk was unsweetened (always preferred because you don’t want the added sugar)…but that it had no vanilla!!! Ahhh…I highly recommend a vanilla flavoring of some sort…helps a lot. She also said that her protein powder was gross…which can definitely be a downer to any smoothie.
All this to say…Morgan’s bad experience made me think I should to a detailed breakdown of a very simple @bewellbykelly Fab 4 Smoothie that I make most days! Today I brought Morgan said smoothie AND SHE LOVED IT…whoop! Down below I typed up the products I use and why I like them + the exact recipe made for Morgan to win her over!
This particular almond milk is my jam. I’m obsessed. If your store doesn’t carry this brand…another unsweetened vanilla almond milk will work…I just LOVE the taste of Califia Farms + it’s awesome that its carrageenan free. If you can only find unsweetened almond milk…you can always add a tsp. of vanilla extract to give it some vanilla flavoring.
This stuff is just flat out good. I’ve tried a lot protein powders in my life and this is totally my favorite right now. It’s not chalky. It’s vegan. It’s minimal ingredients. It’s just CLEAN + LEAN protein. It’s yum. Trust me. Smooth Vanilla is my favorite…but Rich Chocolate is so good too! And I have the Wild Strawberry too if I need to mix things up. I have tried the Creamy Cappuccino…but I didn’t like it at all.
I try for raw + organic when I can…but that can get expensive…so don’t stress about that stuff when you’re just starting out. The goal here is to add some flavor and some fat! I go with almond butter because I’ve read over and over that peanuts tend to be toxic…but a good organic peanut butter, every once in a while, in a smoothie can’t hurt…plus it’s tasty…so go for it!!! Really…ANY nut butter will do! Pick your favorite and go for it.
These little dudes are for fiber! And I love that they help make my smoothie thicker…without altering the taste!
I promise you cannot taste spinach in a smoothie! I put two big ‘ol handful’s in Morgan’s smoothie and she was like: “Wow. I can’t even taste it.” Spinach is the best way to get your greens in without even knowing it. :)
This stuff is NOT necessary to make this smoothie taste good…but I add it from time to time for a special touch. I threw it in Morgan’s since she’s a newbie and I’m trying to win her over!
How to make the EXACT Fab Four Smoothie that I made for Morgan:
- Pour 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk in blender.
- Add full serving of smooth vanilla protein powder (20 grams).
- Add 1-2 Tbsp. of almond butter (amount depends how full you need to stay…remember the goal with is to not eat for 4-6 hours if you can).
- Add 1-2 Tbsp. of chia seeds (I typically always do 2 Tbsp. because I like the extra fiber).
- 2 big handfuls of spinach.
- 3 drops of English Toffee Stevia (again…not necessary…but bonus yumminess).
- Blend it all up!!!!
- Pour in a mason jar…or whatever. ENJOY!