I have had a love-hate relationship with plant-based smoothies for about a year now, but I know deep in my heart that there is nothing in the world that nourishes my body quite like it. I'm the type of person who enjoys food because of the dining experience, so the thought of blending ingredients and calling it a meal occasionally feels sacrilegious to my foodie convictions, yet here I am, on day 11 of making smoothies a part of my daily routine.
My dude noticed my prolonged glances towards the shiny silver Nutribullet on our weekly destressing excursions to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and bless his heart, he surprised me with it! Someone once told me that every time you see the labels "fat-free" and "no sugar", think of the words "chemical shit storm". I couldn't agree more. Most of us are always looking for quick, supposedly healthy alternatives that we forget to dig a little deeper into these marketing claims. Blending my own smoothie in my own Nutribullet allows me to control the ingredients that go inside my body without me having to second guess the caliber of health and nutrition of meal number 1 or snack time of the day.
After being able to sift through all my juicing and detox ideas, I have finally come up with a recipe that I absolutely love and is dairy-free, plant-based, and paleo-friendly. Bonus points for my new fling with the flavors of noor dates. I cannot believe that I've been missing out on their yumminess. Who needs sugar and sweeteners with these bad boys around?
I truly have seen improvements with my skin, energy, and overall physiological well-being. We owe it to ourselves to nourish our bodies with whole foods that enable it to work more efficiently. I will never trade a plate of food for a smoothie, but I am committed to making this a part of my daily morning routine because I do believe in all it's health benefits. I hope you enjoy it, too!
KATIE LADRIDO'S ALKALIZE YOUR BODY MORNING SMOOTHIE
YIELD: 1 smoothie
PREP TIME: 3 minutes
COOK TIME: 2 minutes
1 medium banana
5 pitted diglet noor dates
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup baby kale
1 cup baby romaine
1 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk
1 cup cubed ice
Combine all the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.
** For a protein boost, I highly recommend VEGA protein & greens, Vanilla flavor, which provides 20g of plant-based protein, and 2 extra servings of greens.
*** When I crave it in the afternoons, especially if I know I am taking a challenging cycle class in Equinox and need the energy boost, I add blueberries to switch up the flavor, or I sometimes double up the ingredients to make a smoothie bowl afternoon snack.