Two New Smoothies!

What’s up, no-meaters?

Brendan Brazier (author of Thrive) has been nice enough to give me the green-light to share some recipes from his book while I’m trying them out during my 30-Day Challenge, so I’ve been slaving in my “test kitchen” (read: lots of cleanup) to find the best of the best to post.  In addition to a sweet lemon-lime recovery drink that tastes like a natural version of Gatorade (who needs all that HFCS?), I’ve made a few really fresh and light-tasting smoothies, suitable not just for breakfast, but between meals as well, for a quick pick-me-up during the day.

These vegan, raw smoothies are definitely not the same beast that I’ve always associated with the word “smoothie”– my breakfast smoothie for the past few years has been thick (made with yogurt) and very filling.  This type of smoothie certainly has its place, but I’ve found the Thrive smoothies to be really light and refreshing because they are much thinner, like juices.

To make these smoothies, I’ve had to add to my collection of new ingredients; here’s the stash so far:

[thrive ingredients photo]

Hemp oil, hemp protein, hempseed, coconut oil (a solid, who knew?), acai juice, nutritional yeast, and raw agave nectar.  Or what I like to call, “the nectar of the ‘gav.”  See what I did there?  “‘Gav” sort of sounds like “Gods,” so I simply switched the two, creating a clever wordplay!

Hmm, I’m in a strange mood tonight, could it be all the hemp?

Before this post gets weirder, let’s get to the recipes…

Thrive Ginger Pear Smoothie Recipe

[ginger pear smoothie photo]The ginger in this smoothie adds a very interesting dimension to the flavor, and it goes really nicely with the pear.  They call this one an “inflammation reducer,” which sounds good to me.  It’s not overly sweet, so you could optionally add a few dates to sweeten it, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Ingredients (for two medium smoothies):

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 pear, cored
  • 1.5 cups water plus 1 cup ice
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp hemp protein
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger

Blend it all in a blender!  (I swear I don’t wear my No Meat Athlete shirt around the house.  I drank this smoothie right before I went out for a run, and my other running shirts were dirty.)

Thrive Blueberry Rooibos Antioxidant Smoothie

My favorite thing about this one is, what else, the rooibos.  Rooibos, also called “red bush” or “red tea,” is not really a tea at all but an herbal drink that contains more antioxidants than green, white, or black tea.  I think it tastes better too.  Sort of soft, fruity, and floral.  I never thought to put it right in a smoothie though!

Ingredients (for two medium smoothies):

  • 1 banana
  • 1.5 cups water plus 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (I used frozen, with no preservatives)
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp hemp protein
  • 1 Tbsp nectar of the ‘gav (see above)
  • 1 Tbsp hemp oil or EFA oil blend
  • 2 tsp ground rooibos

You know what to do.  Blend it up!

If you don’t feel like buying all these ingredients, you could certainly make some substitutions.  Whey or soy for hemp protein, honey for the agave, flaxseed oil for the hemp oil, etc.  But Brendan gives compelling reasons for his choice of ingredients, so for this 30-Day Challenge, I’m going to use as many of the prescribed ingredients as I can get my hands on.

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  1. If this is considered a weird post, does that mean that I’m weird for following it easily?

    All my smoothies are dairy free and I love them. I haven’t tried hemp oil (it’s expensive here), but have just bought a 2 quart bucket of coconut oil, which I use for everything, from skincare to cooking, and it’s a great addition to smoothies. I also use ground flax seeds from time to time, lots of ginger, nutritional yeast – in fact just about anything I can think of.

    I must try rooibos tea – it comes from an area quite close to where I live. We grew up with rooibos tea and I’m so glad to see that the rest of the world is now catching on to its benefits. Over here it’s long been used in skincare products and for colicky babies, among other things.

    Fun post!

    • Interesting that you use coconut oil for skin care and other stuff. I’ll have to look up other uses because it smells so good!

      That makes sense about the rooibos, after all it is called “African Red Bush.” I should have thought of that!

  2. I am already in love with this blog! I haven’t had the chance to explore completely, but if you haven’t read “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, you should! It will totally back your “no meat athlete” ways 🙂

    Totally adding you to my blogroll – can’t wait to read more!
    .-= Cait (Cait’s Plate)´s last blog ..Bringing Out My Inner Kid, One Sip at a Time =-.

  3. yay for Brendan Brazier – i love that man. and he let you share recipes. that only reaffirms my love.

    happy monday!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Right or Left-Brained? =-.

  4. mmm i love smoothies. i can’t have pears (nickel content) but the blueberry one sounds delish! thanks for sharing the recipes!

  5. Mmmm – ginger in a smoothie is such a yummy idea!! I will definitely have to try that
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..The cause of the bitter taste in my mouth =-.

    • Yeah, the ginger was my favorite part. I’ve been on a three-year long ginger kick, ever since I discovered it when I was fairly new to cooking. It’s so strange that that strong taste and smell comes from that rather plain looking root or whatever it is. And it goes so well with the pear!

  6. Ginger is also great if you are feeling under the weather or have a cold.

    I just ordered Thrive today! I am now embarking on a one month vegetarian challenge! Wish me luck!
    .-= Shane´s last blog ..Veggie for a month =-.

  7. This may be a stupid question, but for the rooibos, do you just buy the tea and empty out the bags? (I can’t find loose rooibos leaves at any health food store around here).

    • Dasha, as far as I know, rooibos leaves are not much bigger than what’s in the bags. When I buy it loose, it’s just all these tiny needles. If the full needles are what’s in your bags, you could grind it a little finer in a coffee grinder, but it’s probably fine as-is.

    • Lynnsey says:

      I know it’s a bit late 🙂 if I’m using rooibos in a recipe, I just brew it in hot water. I’ve never ground it up and adding it straight in. Hope this helps.

  8. Thanks for sharing – I just finished reading Brendan’s book and it was very inspiring! One can only hope more guys will be following in his and your footsteps, realizing that swilling beer and eating cheeseburgers does not make you healthy!

  9. Going to try that second smoothie as a pre-workout tomorrow morning….. I can already see myself bouncing off the walls at the gym with energy.

  10. Sabina , says:

    I really have a fixation on one thing. I have read about Bananas that they arnt good to eat because they make you fat and creat hard times at the bathroom , is it true ???


  12. THANKS FOR THE SITE – re-reading B2R and loving it even more the second time. Already been a vege for years, so I AM ALSO REALLY LOVING YOUR RECIPES and as I go through them, I hope to begin to contribute some of my own little goodies!
    Just a question – you have nutritional yeast in the pic above, and you list it as an ingredient, but I don’t see it in either recipe???;-)
    S’up with that?
    Thanks again

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