I’ve been drinking a new smoothie all weekend, one that I’ll call “inspired by” a recipe from Thrive, since I’ve made some changes to the recipe. This smoothie is supposed to deliver lots of quick energy, something I can live with. And it’s fun because it uses lots of tropical fruits, so at least we can pretend this sweltering heat is part of some island vacation we’re on. If only I had a live steel-drum band in my house…
The main ingredients in the smoothie are pineapple and papaya, both of which are a little bit scary to prepare if you’ve never done it before. In fact, this was my first time ever cooking with papaya. Thanks to my sister (you know, the Sweet-Tooth Friday healthy-baking fiend) for bringing me some papayas from an Indian foods store she frequents. (“Frequents” is not an exaggeration; she lives for finding strange ingredients to put into her creations.)
Anyway, I made another video (3:41 in length) to help ease some of that tropical-fruit anxiety you might be feeling. Please accept my sincere apologies for the weird hair and being half asleep—it was early. I’m just thankful that all my digits survived my little knife-honing demo!
Here’s the recipe. If you make it, let me know what you think and how it might be improved. I’m still looking for that one magic ingredient to make it perfect. (Is it bad that I’m thinking it’s rum?)
Tropical Smoothie Recipe
- 1 banana
- 2 fresh or dried dates
- 1 cup water
- 8 ice cubes
- 1/2 papaya
- 1 cup pineapple
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 Tbsp unflavored protein powder (optional)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
Blend ingredients together. If possible, call in sick to work. Makes 2 large smoothies.
Erin looks like she might have gotten the with-rum version.
Alright, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday and (of course) do some cookin’. Enjoy the rest of yours! I have 20-miler planned for tomorrow and again, it would be optimal if I didn’t die. So I’m going to run early to beat the heat, meaning I’ll post a little later than usual.
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Vegan Supplements: Which Ones Do You Need?
Written by Matt Frazier
I’m here with a message that, without a doubt, isn’t going to make me the most popular guy at the vegan potluck.
But it’s one I believe is absolutely critical to the long term health of our movement, and that’s why I’m committed to sharing it. Here goes…
Vegans need more than just B12.
Sure, Vitamin B12 might be the only supplement required by vegans in order to survive. But if you’re anything like me, you’re interested in much more than survival — you want to thrive.
So what else do vegans need?