Sprouted Fig (The Smoothie Lover)
November 27, 2015
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Natural Protein Banana Chocolate Cacao Shake | Sprouted FigHappy thanksgiving to all of you lucky souls who get to celebrate that lovely holiday! It’s black Friday, we are in between Thanksgiving and Christmas and here I am with a totally non-winter-y shake. But I loved it so much I had to share it.

I’ve always been quite sceptical about protein powders, but I love the idea of a protein shake. This little problem was solved quite recently when amazing brand Creative Nature send me some hemp seeds. Seriously those little gems are amazing (and for those who were wondering; yep, they do come from the same plant as marijuana, but have nothing to do with said).

Glædelig Thanksgiving til jer, der er så heldige at fejre den skønne tradition! Det er Black Friday og december lige om lidt og her kommer jeg så med en meget ikke-vinter-agtig drik. Men jeg er så vild med den, at den måtte deles.

Jeg har altid været ret skeptisk over for proteinpulver men kan godt lide ideen om protein drikke. Hm, hvad gør man så lige? Svaret kom, da Creative Nature sendte mig nogen skønne hampefrø for ikke så længe siden (og til jer, der skulle undre sig; jep, de kommer fra cannabis planten, men har intet til fælles med deres uheldige halvbror hash).

Natural Protein Banana Chocolate Cacao Shake | Sprouted Fig

Creative Nature Hemp Seeds are almost one-third protein and very high in omega 3 fatty acids, which helps lowering blood pressure and decrease risk of blood clots (source). The seeds don’t have much of a taste which means you can add them to anything without tasting it (like this smoothie). I do love the slight taste they have though and therefore love sprinkling them on my morning porridge or salad.

To this shake I also added some Creative Nature Cacao Nibs, because banana and chocolate will always be one of the best combos ever. Good thing cacao nibs are full of good stuff, for instance antioxidants en masse such as flavonoids. Raw cacao also contains tryhthophan – a fatty acid which helps on the levels of serotonin in the brain (source). How abundant serotonins in the bran has been linked to how happy you feel – it os for instance this compound you lack, if you have a depression. So yes, chocolate makes you happy.

Creative Nature Hampefrø indeholder næsten en tredjedel protein og er derfor noget af det mest proteintætte, man kan finde. Derudover indeholder de gode fedtstoffer som omega 3. Omega 3 hjælper med at sænke blodtrykket og modvirker blodpropper (kilde). Det skønne ved dem er, at de ikke smager af så meget, og man kan derfor komme dem i alt. Den svage smag de har, kan jeg til gengæld godt lide, og drysser dem derfor over min morgengrød eller i salater, når de ikke lige kommer i en shake.

I denne drik puttede jeg også Creative Nature Caco Nibs i fordi intet passer bedre sammen end banan og kakao. Cacao er den rå form for kakao (faktisk er det bare knuste hele kakaobønner) og er sprængfyldt med gode ting og sager som antioxydanter nærmere bestemt flavanoider. Derudover indeholder rå kakao tryptopan – naturens eget lykkemiddel, idet tryptopan påvirker serotonin positivt (kilde). Indholdet af serotonin (en neurotransimmer) i hjernen styrer kort fortalt, hvor glad, du føler dig – det er bl.a. dette stof man mangler under depression. Åh chokolade, du er fantastisk.

Natural Protein Banana Chocolate Cacao Shake | Sprouted Fig

The rest of the ingredients are wonderful stuff such as banana for some healthy carbs and avocado for some fatty acids. And almond milk to bring it all together. Including both protein, carbs and fats this shake is great as a meal in itself – or as a super delicious, healthy and filling snack.

Drikken er lavet med banan for at få nogen sunde carbohydrater og avocado for lidt fedt. Dermed indeholder den bade kulhydrat, fedt og protein og fungerer derfor fint som et let måltid. Ellers nyd som en skøn, sund og mættende snack.

Natural Protein Banana Choc Shake

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 big glass

A super delicious, creamy and filling chocolate shake that is bursting with nutrients from shelled hemp seeds, cacao nibs and avocado. Including both healthy carbs, fats and protein this smoothie works great as a meal or breakfast.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Simply add everything to a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy and the cacao nibs are completely grinded. Serve right away topped with banana, cacao nibs and a sprinkle of chia seeds – the colder the better.
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March 25, 2014

Natural Protein Smoothie. No protein powder. || The Smoothie Lover

I’m back home from the most amazing trip to Barcelona with my classmates. It is actually kind of sad being back. I miss it. Such trips just gets you closer to your classmates. I’ve been to Barcelona two times before, but a third time surely wasn’t too much. It is such a wonderful city. It has everything – a habour, beaches, shopping areas, good restaurants… And I love that fact that it isn’t very big – you can pretty much walk around (almost).

It is wonderful traveling with friends, but it has one small downside: you don’t really get to eat exactly what you want. I had good food though – my friends have a great taste for food (can you even say that?). But I didn’t dare asking if we could go finding something vegetarian or raw or something like that. Haha. I did find one deli with vegan food though, but unfortunately we had just eaten dinner. What a shame!

One food-related thing which I bring back from the trip is the desire to make paella. Oh god that stuff is good. Definitely making it soon!

Natural Protein Smoothie. No protein powder. || The Smoothie Lover

It is so tuff being home again. I have the busiest week on a very very long time. The only two hours I have at home (literally) are these two Wednesday night. Which I had to spend blogging.

I’m having driving lessons every day this week, two times I’m going to The Academy for Talented Youth, in school we are participating in a biotech competition which takes up a lot of my spare time too and Friday afternoon there are a big social event for the entire school, for which I am one of the organisers.

Oh yeah – I almost forgot: Ordinary school and homework on top of all the other things.

So I’m so sorry I haven’t been commenting on your lovely blogs the last couple of weeks. It is so sad and I really miss it. There is nothing more wonderful than reading them!

Natural Protein Smoothie. No protein powder. || The Smoothie Lover

Just before I went to Barcelona dear Dearna over at To Her Core (amazing blog btw – go read it!) gave me the great idea of adding chickpeas to smoothies. So I did. It turned out great. A quick, filling & creamy smoothie, which is high in protein. Perfect for busy weeks where you just need something fast.

Enjoy!

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Natural Protein Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (240ml) berries (I used frozen)
  • Half a banana
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) chickpeas (cooked or canned)
  • ½ cup (120ml) milk of choice
Instructions
  1. Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve right away.

 

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March 4, 2014

Vegan green smoothie breakfast bowl || The Smoothie Lover

A good indication of how busy I am is the amount of music with lyrics I get to listen to. I am a music addict. Seriously. I just don’t work well without my daily “sound-dose” of Passenger, Angus & Julia Stone, Stu Larsen or Jack Johnson. The music is on non-stop when I’m home. Without lyrics when I’m doing homework (Nils Frahm is amazing guys) and with lyrics when I have actual free time. So if I haven’t been listening to music with lyrics for while it is either because A) I haven’t been at home or B) whenever I’m home I’m doing homework.

I have not listened to music for a week by now. Not at all. Not even just 10 minutes. Aka. I’ve been pretty busy. Hence the lack of posts and cooking.

I’m sorry. This post wasn’t meant to be all about busyness. I just wanted to tell that I’ve missed writing and cooking (well,  I actually got to cook dinner last Sunday) so much. So I was very happy when the first block this morning was cancelled. Time for making a special breakfast (not that I don’t like my usual greek yoghurt with granola).

Vegan green smoothie breakfast bowl || The Smoothie Lover

Did you know it is pancake day today? I didn’t. That is such a shame. How could I miss this important day. I actually even considered making healthy pancakes this morning, but decided a smoothie bowl would be better.

Which was a great idea. It turned out so good. I’m just sad I didn’t make pancakes too ;)

Vegan green smoothie breakfast bowl || The Smoothie Lover

Green Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

Instructions

Place everything (except the granola) in a blender or powerful food processor and pulse until there are no lumps left. Serve immediately topped with granola.

Enjoy!

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November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Healthy and easy Kale & Blackcurrant Smoothie | The Smoothie Lover

This summer-y smoothie is a little out of space in a world of apples, cinnamon, turkeys, spices and hot cocoa. Nevertheless it is super delicious and refreshing in this cold and grey winter world.

I’ve been wanting to share a smoothie recipe for a very long time. This is The Smoothie Lover after all. I really love smoothies. I like the fact that they are healthy and full of vitamins and still tastes so good! Yum. Especially the vitamins are good in the winter when we don’t get as many of them as we do in the summer time.

Healthy and easy Kale & Blackcurrant Smoothie | The Smoothie Lover

Thise lovely smoothie consists of nothing but banana, kale and blackcurrant. And no, you cannot taste the kale at all. It just makes the smoothie even healthier. Drink your greens!

The blackcurrant berries I used in this smoothie are from our very own garden. Remember this lovely shot from this summer? From the post about berries. I wish there still were tons of berries in our garden. But I still love the wintertime!

Healthy and easy Kale & Blackcurrant Smoothie | The Smoothie Lover

Enjoy!

4.0 from 1 reviews
Kale & Blackcurrant Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 big kale leaves
  • Half a banana
  • ½ cup (125 mL) blackcurrant - preferably frozen
  • ½ cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy right away.

 

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May 31, 2013

I often wonder why I decided to call my blog “The Smoothie Lover”. I mean, I really do love smoothies. They are the best! But take a look at my blog. I haven’t really got that many recipes on smoothies. I often make a smoothie when I come home from school or before ballet and I really don’t know why I never put the recipe on the blog. Silly me :) But well, my blog can be called The Smoothie Lover even though there aren’t many recipes on smoothies can’t it? I still loooooove smoothies. So that’s my conclusion; I love smoothies and therefore my blog can have the name it has :D Haha

But anyways… Yesterday I decided to make a smoothie AND take photos of it. What I really like about smoothies is that you can make it in so many different ways. I like to experiment and mix all kinds of food, vegetables and even sometimes herbs (but for God’s sake use fresh). Of course those experiments often end up very badly (which is why I made two smoothies yesterday before finally ending up with a smoothie which you could actually eat) but often they turn out just great! As this one.

I’m currently making a big history assignment so I’m not in school. I have a great love/ hate relationship with such assignments. At one point I love them because you have to work independent without someone telling you what to do. On the other hand I hate them. Writing about the same subject a week in a row really can be exhausting and boring. But yet I’m not that bored. I just want to be done as soon as possible. Which is why I’ll end this post here (well technically I’ll end the post after the recipe ;) ) and go back to writing.

Have a nice day everyone!

Peach Mint Smoothie

Serves 1
  • 1 big or 2 small peaches
  • 1/2 frozen banana (you can use fresh – just add in some ice cubes)
  • 1 dl (a bit less than 1/2 cup) nonfat plain yoghurt
  • 1 big stalk of fresh mint (yep – the stalk is where the flavor is)
Toss everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away with a mint leaf in the top.
Enjoy!
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