I'm sure you know that companies such as Starbucks and many other coffee shops use syrups and artificial sweeteners to get you that Pumpkin Spice flavour we crave in the fall. Well, here's an easy to make vegan PSL recipe that actually contains real pumpkin. Get excited.
Kale is God's (green) gift to this green earth. It is packed with vitamins and folate, which aid in brain development (perfect for us college students!). There are many different kinds, and most types of kale tend to be bitter. Fortunately, there are milder forms, such as baby kale. If you're not a kale lover, or just new to the kale world, I would suggest substituting half of the amount that you add with spinach. I put a generous amount of kale into my smoothies because I prefer my smoothies to consist of mostly vegetables, to reduce to the amount of sugar I take in from fruits. Even though fruits also contain vitamins, most do tend to be high in sugar.
Packed with fiber to keep you full, and filled with antioxidants to keep you healthy, blueberries find their way into every smoothie of mine. They also contain less sugar than most fruits! Add about a 1/2 cup to your blender.
Raspberries are another fruit with a relatively low sugar content. They contain anti-inflammatory benefits, and also aid in regulating body weight by boosting metabolism! Add around a 1/2 cup to your blender.
Both packed with Vitamin C, pineapple and orange juice make perfect natural sweeteners, to mask the bitter kale taste. These components will be your best friend. They make healthy eating more tolerable since they are both so delicious! Add enough orange juice so that your smoothie is able to blend easily. In order to reduce the amount of sugar, I choose to add half orange juice and half water or almond milk. Roughly 1 cup of liquid should be enough to blend your smoothie, depending on how big you are making it. Top off with a handful (or less) of pineapple.
Last, but certainly not least: protein! Depending on what your health goals are, protein might not be necessary. If it is, then you need to research which kind is best for you and your goals. Different protein supplements can effect people differently (i.e. some are easier to digest than others) and it's important that you know which one will benefit you! For me, my goal is not to gain muscle mass, but rather keep my muscles lean and provide them with the protein that they are craving after a workout! I use 1 scoop of vanilla organic whey protein from my local grocery store. For this recipe, vanilla or unflavored protein is best to use in order to prevent distorting the taste of your smoothie!
2 cans tomatoes, petite diced
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 can corn, drained
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice (1 lime)
3 tablespoons cilantro, minced
1. Add all ingredients to large bowl
3. Salt and pepper to taste
TIP: If spicy isn’t for you, remove the seeds from your jalapeño for a milder version with less heat.
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