Monday, July 14, 2014

Silk Summer of Smoothies [Sponsored]

Smoothies are simple and delicious. I make them everyday and add my Shakeology supplement to my smoothie, this is how I begin my morning. The key to making a good smoothie is 2 parts veggies, 3 parts fruit and ice. I don't own a blender so I'm often making them with my food processor and you can't grind ice in a food processor, nor can I add liquids.

How do I get around these problems?

I add my almond milk (or coconut milk) and any additional juices or water afterwards and simply stir it in. That works wonderfully, but you generally need ice to make a smoothie thick. I freeze my bananas and Greek yogurt instead. Sometimes, I add homemade frozen pumpkin puree and I defrost it halfway and then throw that in with the mix. As long as it isn't frozen solid you should be able to break it up with the food processor.

I love gardening and I frequently harvest spinach, kale and carrots for smoothies throughout the week. Spinach grows easily in small spaces so consider growing a few small plants on your windowsill, somewhere out of direct sunlight. Spinach doesn't like the hot summer heat, so providing your spinach plant with a cool, shaded location will be your key to fresh spinach all summer long.

I've made this smoothie a couple of this week! I call it my Summer Garden Banana Berry Shake. Would you like to make it? Here's how:

3/4 cup of Kale
1/2 cup of Strawberries
1 Banana
1 small Carrot
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
3/4 Almond Milk & 1/2 cup Coffee OR 1 1/4 Almond Milk

Of course, if you are not a Shakeology drinker, you can add your favorite supplemental powder or protein powder and adjust the recipe as necessary. You can even omit it completely! I know for a fact this tastes great with the chocolate Shakeology though. Not sweet enough for you? Add a couple drops of liquid Stevia or honey to sweeten your shake.

Have you entered the Silk Summer of Smoothies Sweepstakes on Facebook? The giveaway ends July 27th and you can win a Vitamix Blender, a $350 Visa gift card, a Silk Tumbler, 8 Silk Coupons and a 5 recipe card. The giveaway is open to Canadians only!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Silk Canada and I received this opportunity via Tap Influence. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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