Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Coconut Dreams Green Smoothie (gf, dairy-free/vegan)

And just like that, it's almost November. 

I had to take last week off from blogging because my school work had to take priority.  My professor/advisor told me October would be the hardest month of the semester and she was exactly right. Two tests a week on average, large projects due throughout the month; it was non-stop! 

In all honesty, October kicked my booty and completely exhausted my brain. I finished the hardest few weeks today and I've felt slightly deliriously relieved ever since. Even though I only took a week off from the blog, I really missed writing it! And because I am all about keeping it real, just so you know, this entire month involved lots of coffee and sugar and probably not enough sleep or yoga. I feel as though I fell, hard, into the student slump. But that's okay; no one is perfect right? I'm certainly not. Lets just say, I can't wait for yoga tomorrow! 

So I know it's Fall, but it's still super nice in San Francisco. And, throughout this busy month, on days where I wasn't making the greatest food choices, I found myself trying to sneak in greens via my smoothie. Ya'll know I love smoothies. They are super quick. And can be super nutritious. And it's still just warm enough to enjoy them. 

Though I absolutely cannot wait for the crisp Fall air, big pots of soup, and Holidays, I'm still savoring these beautiful days. And drinking this smoothie a lot! 

It's got lots of greens from the frozen spinach and added (optional) Vega One powder. I buy frozen organic spinach for my smoothies now for both cost and texture purposes. As I've mentioned in the past, sunflower seed butter is best used in smoothies, in my humble opinion. But what I love about this smoothie is it is loaded with healthy fats. It will sustain you for a long time, with or without the protein powder. Have I mentioned I love fat? This smoothie is all about the coconut + healthy fats.

I hope you love it as much as I have been loving it! I thought of it as my brain food on days where I just couldn't comprehend any more information on neurotransmitters or organic chemical equations. 

And I served it in a fancy wine glass because sometimes, a girl who's studying in workout clothes at her kitchen table just wants to feel fancy.

Coconut Dreams Green Smoothie
Gluten-free, vegan, hydrating, delicious.

1 1/4 cup coconut water
1 heaping cup frozen spinach
1/3 frozen banana
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 heaping tablespoon sunflower seed butter
3/4 scoop Vega One Vanilla powder, or greens/protein powder of choice, optional (recommended - a Vanilla flavor)

Blend all ingredients together, serve in a fancy glass if you choose, and enjoy!

1 comment

  1. I'm loving the idea of using frozen spinach for the smoothie! I always keep a bag of fresh, but frozen seems like a much easier plan (and probably makes it creamier as well!)

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