Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Shake" up Your Morning Smoothie!

Awesome Cuisinart Soup Maker & Blender!
I was recently in a "Battle of the Smoothies" competition where I competed against other food writers, bloggers, nutritionists and well experienced moms and dads who find smoothies and easy way to get nutrition into there kids! It was a black box style competition where the ingredients aren't revealed until just before the competition begins.  The only mandatory ingredient to use was a Protein powder made by Truestar.  Going into the smoothie battle I had no idea which direction to take, so when the 10 minute clock began I just flew by the seat of my pants. 

 My weakness for coffee and the fact that I hadn't had one all day was the driving force behind my smoothie creation! In true insatiable fashion some powerhouse foods to fortify the basic flavours were a must!.  Think of this as your daily java moch-frappa-coco delicous coffee drink pumped up!

Java Jumpstart Smoothie
1 Ripe frozen banana
1/2 Avocado
1/2 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Plain Yogurt
1-2 cups of Chocolate Milk
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup ice
1 scoop of Truestar Protein Powder

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on medium until smooth and creamy!

My competitors and their black box creations

Lianne Phillipson-Webb is the founder of Sprout Right, a company that specializes in pre-conception, prenatal, and postnatal nutrition for women, as well as good food and health for the whole family.

Sprout Right Morning Boost!
2 bananas
2 cups fresh pineapple
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 cups almond milk
3 tbsp greek yogurt (optional)
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1 tbsp chia powder
1 tbsp flax oil
1/2 avocado
1 kale leaf , de-stemmed or a handful of spinach
juice of 1-2 limes

Gav Martel who by day  is VP at a software company. By night he is busy cooking up a storm, exploring culinary adventures.You can find Gav on his food blog—Grill Interrupted—where he takes a break from the busy to jot down some recipes.

Find his recipe here!  Monkey Joe Morning Shake

Tamara McPherson, founder of Wondermoms.ca  a family lifestyle site with a focus on healthy living, family-friendly events and parenting life in the Toronto area.

1/2 cup Raspberries
1/2 cup Blueberries
One frozen banana
One unfrozen banana
A large scoop of TrueStar Whey Protein Powder
Approx one cup of Almond milk
A few drops of Flax Seed Oil
One small leaf of fresh kale
1 cup of ice

Blend until ice is crushed, pour and enjoy!

The Winner!!!!

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