The thing I love about smoothies is that they are so versatile. Eat them in a bowl when they’re thick, or drink them down when they’re thin. You can throw in whatever you want, and you don’t even know you’re being healthy. I probably smoothie about twice a month, just as an easy after work snack or dinner, depending on how I feel! It’s good to know I’m getting the nutrients from the “green stuff” without having to eat 25 salads! I used a new almond milk I want to tell you about, called MALK. MALK is a Texas-based family-owned company that has recently gotten their “big break” and can be found in Whole Foods in the following states: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas! One of their co-founders, Joel Canada, came to visit the foodies of Tulsa. I showed him Elote and he let me take a sample of all three flavors! He said I didn’t owe him anything, but I thought that a shout out was the very least I could do for such a cool family business. The pecan maple is my favorite flavor, and would also be great in this smoothie. It’s also great in coffee, I’ve heard.
What I love about MALK (and what everyone else seems to love, too) is that it has a CUP of almonds in each bottle. Many almond milks on the market today can’t claim that (Almond Breeze is currently in a lawsuit for not actually having a significant amount of almonds in their product. Good work, guys.). They also have additives, such as carrageenan, which is an emulsifier with a bad rap. MALK is water, almonds, salt and vanilla – Just like if you were to make it at home, but saves you the soaking time and the dirty blender.
My other two local ingredients were the peach butter we bought earlier this summer in Porter and the bee pollen. Sweetened with sugar and cinnamon, this peach spread served as a perfect sweetener for the smoothie, in place of my usual honey. Bee pollen is a bit sweet on its own, and adds texture to your bowl! It’s thought to assist with seasonal allergy control, and adds a sunny color.
There are tons of smoothie bases out there. Short of it: throw in what you like and see what it tastes like!! It’s amazing how much you can enJOY eating healthy when it tastes so sweet!
Strawberry Banana Peach Malk Smoothie
- 1 1/2 C. Vanilla Almond MALK
- 1/2 package of spinach/spinach mix
- 1/2 C. frozen blueberries
- 1/2 C. frozen strawberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 4 T. Porter Peach butter
- 1 T. chia seeds
- Kind granola for topping
- Bee pollen for topping
- Combine MALK and spinach in a food processor until well blended.
- Add in frozen fruit, one variation at a time, blending in between.
- Add peach butter and chia seeds last, giving it one quick whirl.
- Serve in a bowl with granola and bee pollen or in a glass with a spoon!
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