UB SUPER Pineapple Energizing Smoothie

UB SUPER Pineapple Energizing Smoothie

IMG_0841I recently learned about a new protein superfood nutritional shake by UB Super.

Ok, truth be known I’m always a bit hesitant when trying powders as I’m very picky, and there are only a couple that have passed the Almost Raw Vegan stamp of approval. :-)

But then I read the story of the founder, Scott Kanyok and learned more about their philosophy and read the facts about their products…I was more than intrigued and very VERY keen to try their nutritional shakes.

They currently have a Vanilla & Chocolate variation. They are both plant-based, vegan, non-gmo, soy-free, gluten-free AND chocked full of nutrients!

I tried the Nutritional Shakes au natural, with water.  I also tried with almond milk. I tried with coconut water. And, I tried adding to some of my Favourite smoothie recipes.

ALL variations I tried are SUPER! UB Super! I must say I am impressed, VERY impressed with the taste, the nutritional value and mostly how wonderful I felt – I was both energized and satisfied. My favourite recipe was this UB Super Pineapple Energizing Smoothie. It was absolutely DELISH!

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UB Super Pineapple Energizing Smoothie

Ingredients:
Makes 1.5 litres (1-3 servings)

  • 3 cups coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla UB Super
  • 2-3 handfuls spinach

Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend on low speed and gradually increase speed. Blend on high until smooth and frothy. To learn more about how I create smoothies visit My Smoothie Approach and if you are looking to purchase a blender visit my post on Choosing a Blender for some ideas that will fit any budget. Enjoy!

The best part, you can add their supplement to any of my smoothies, simply add 1 tbsp when you want an added boost of protein and nutrients, perfect after a workout, run or just because!

Thanks UB Super, without a doubt you get 2 thumbs up and a couple of toes up from me! 😉

 

 

VIDEO: How to Make Almond Milk

VIDEO: How to Make Almond Milk

AlmostRawVegan - How to Make Almond MilkIt took me a few years before I started making my own almond milk.

To be honest I was always very intimidated and I was convinced it was way too complicated to make almond milk ~ kinda SILLY given I had never EVER tried to make almond milk myself!

Funny how we (ok, I) get these pre-conceived ideas sometimes.

Then one day, I decided to give it a try. I learned how to make almond milk.

OMG – it was (and is) soooo EASY PEASY to make. I was  somewhat embarassed by my perception that it was difficult to make. I can tell you, since that day, I have never bought Almond Milk again!

Please, don’t make the same mistake I did. :-) I encourage you to try to make it for yourself.

What motivated me to give the home-made version a try?

When I look at the ingredients list in the store bought Almond Milk ~ I looked at all brands available in our stores ~ and all of the brands I saw include ingredients that are completely unnecessary (in my humble opinion, that is!).

I mean do you really need to add ingredients like calcium carbonate, tapioca starch, potassium citrate, carrageenan (check out this article Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan!), sunflower lecithin to make almond milk?

AlmostRawVegan.com - How to Make Almond MilkWhen in fact, the only ingredients required is WATER + RAW ALMONDS! Ok, you can add a couple of Medjool dates and a dash of vanilla if you like, but the other ingredients in the store bought version are just NOT necessary!

Why ingest these additional, potentially harmful ingredients when it’s so much better for your mind, body, soul to enjoy the whole-food version?

Give your body the best of the best and enjoy the pure & natural home-made version?

So I implore you ~ don’t be intimidated like I was ~ it really is easy to make and I will show you just how easy it is.

In our house, my hubby is the biggest consumer of almond milk ~ he loves to start his day with fresh berries, uncooked oats and fresh almond milk! I usually make 1-2 batches of almond milk for the week and store the milk in mason jar in the fridge – it lasts the week!

For myself, I enjoy the occasional glass of almond milk. I love it when it’s frothy and fluffy right after I make it.  I also love it as a “treat” and I will create a milk-shake type treat with almond milk, a frozen banana, 2 Medjool dates and a dash of vanilla.  Another combination I like is almond milk, with a banana, a spoonful of raw almond butter and a table spoon of cacao. Blend in a high speed blender (I love my Blendtec Designer Series), and you’ll have yourself an amazingly fluffy, light, milk-shake-type treat!

Give it a try!

Enjoy!


Enjoy this HOW TO MAKE ALMOND MILK Video Recipe! ♡♡


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Nutritional Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are very dense in nutrients and often refered to as a superfood.  Here’s some insight on the nutritional benefits of almonds.

  • 1/4 cup of raw almonds (one serving of almond milk):
    • is an excellent source of Vitamin E, magnesium, magnaese, fibre & protein
    • contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli
    • 1/4 cup almonds contains as much calcium as a 1/3 cup of milk (about 100g)
    • contain about 18 grams of fat, 11 grams is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats
    • contains about 13% protein (about 6g)
    • is filled with B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus and iron

How to Make Almond Milk

Ingredients:
Makes 4 servings (approx 1 cup each)

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup raw almond, soaked overnight (see Why Soak Nuts? below)

Optional:

  • 2-3 Medjool Dates
  • 1-2 tsp vanillla

Tools:


Before you go to bed, put almonds in a bowl and add water until almonds are covered with water. Let sit over night.

AlmostRawVegan.com - How to Make Almond MilkIn the morning, rinse the nuts in water.  Add 4 cups water and soaked almonds to a high-speed blender (Blendtec Designer Series or Vitamix are the best for a nice smooth texture).  Blend for about a minute until frothy and creamy.  If you are using a Blendtec, use the Whole Juice button and your almond milk will have an amazingly smooth and frothy consistency.

Making almond milk creates a lot of pulp, so we will use the nut-milk bag to strain the pulp.  Place the nut-milk bag in a bowl and pour the almond milk into the nut-milk bag.  Start to “squeeze” the bag, so the milk is released into the bowl.

TIP: If you use Cashews you won’t have any pulp and you won’t need a nut-milk bag!

NOTE: Once you’ve “milked” the pulp in the nut-milk bag, SAVE THE PULP in a Ziploc bag and store in the freezer (I have a great Scone Recipe that will share with you one day soon!).

Pour the nut-milk into mason jars and store in the fridge. It will keep for about a week, shake well before serving.

Why Soak Nuts?

Nuts & seeds have enzyme inhibitors – when a nut/seed falls from the mother plant it is designed to lay dormant, it’s the enzyme inhibitor that keeps the nut/seed dormant – but when (for example) a bird or squirrel picks up the seed and/or moisture touches the seed/nut, the moisure helps the enzyme inhibitors to be released so that the nut/seed is able to grow into a living plant.

Soaking nuts/seeds removes the enzyme inhibitor which decreases the acidity, the bitterness and makes it much easier to digest.  In adition, once the inhibitors are released, the nut/seed starts its transformation into a living plant and as a new growing plant, the nutritional content is much higher than the raw nut/seed.

It is for this reason that all nuts & seeds should be soaked before you eat them.  Soaking is also the first step to making sprouts as the soaking will release the enzyme inhibitors and allow the germination process to begin. See How to Make Sprouts in 4 Easy Steps.

Cashew Blueberry Smoothie

Cashew Blueberry Smoothie

 

I know, I share a lot of blueberry smoothie recipes. Well, what can I say – we love LOVE blueberries! If you are also a Blueberry Lover [TWEET IT] I love this combination with lemon, which adds a refreshing taste in contrast to the greens of the kale and broccoli stalks. Very yummy and very nutritious!

This combination is very high (like off the charts high) in vitamins A & C, plus it’s a very good source of calcium and iron. It’s high in dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin B6, plus this smoothie has 12.8 grams of protein per serving.  That’s a great dose of easily digestable plant-based protein!

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Ingredients:
Makes 1.5 litre (2 servings of 750ml each)

  • 3-4 cups water
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 broccoli stalks, chopped
  • 1 lemon, peel removed and cut in quarters
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 5-6 kale leaves, stalk removed

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Blend on low speed and gradually increase speed.  Blend on high for a minute or two until smooth and frothy.  To learn more about how I create smoothies visit My Smoothy Approach and if you are looking to purchase a blender visit my post on Choosing a Blender for some ideas that will fit any budget.

Oh and don’t forget blueberries are known for their antiviral and antibacterial properties and are valuable in fighting infections. You can check out some of my Immune Boosting Smoothies, plus I have lots more recipes that include blueberries.

 

Nutritional Info - Blue Smoothie

 

 

Ode to Green GREEN Smoothies

Ode to Green GREEN Smoothies

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that Green GREEN Smoothies are most definitely my favourite – I feel so much better when I reduce the fruit (i.e. include no more than 1-2 apples/pears and 1-2 limes/lemons) and combine with TONS of greens (i.e. any combination of celery, cucumber, broccoli stalks, parsley, cilantro, sprouts, leafy greens, ginger or garlic).

It’s this combo of minimal fruit and LOTS of greens that make you feel “cleaner”, have more energy, more “clarity of mind”, your skin/complexion will look & feel better (thanks to the hydrating cucumber & celery), your eyes will be clearer and brighter – Personally, I just love, LOVE how I feel when I get my megga dose of greens!

Why? It’s simple! It’s the MAGIC of the chlorophyll that makes you feel so amazing! Get the details HERE to learn more about the magic of greens!

The difference you feel when you have a Green GREEN Smoothie vs. a more fruit based smoothie is like night and day.  Not to say the fruit smoothies are not good for you. They are! All the ARV smoothies are super nutritious, but the Green GREEN Smoothies will bring you to a place where your energy levels, clarity of mind and overall well-being will be well beyond what the more fruit based smoothies could ever provide.

OK, but if you are new to Smoothies – don’t worry about all this Green GREEN Smoothie talk!  If you are just starting to add more plant-based eats to your diet, and new to the smoothie world I recommend you start with more fruit and less greens until your taste buds have had a chance to adjust to the greens. I suggest you start with 80% fruit and 20% greens (spinach is a great mild green to start with) with the goal of working towards the reverse ratio, i.e. gradually reduce your fruit while increasing your greens until you reach a ratio of 80% greens and 20% fruit.  It could take you a few weeks to make the shift or it might take you several months or longer – all you need to do is gradually add more greens with each smoothie and before you know it your body will start to crave CRAVE more and more greens (no really!!).

Visit My Smoothie Approach for more insight on how to create smoothies!

It took me a few months to get there… but now, I love LOVE my daily dose of Green GREEN Smoothies! Give it a try, you will be totally surprised at how amazing you feel!

What about you?  Do you love LOVE your Green GREEN Smoothies (yet)?  Be sure to leave a comment below and tell us the approach you took to adding more greens to your smoothies!

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Today’s HOLY Green Goddess is a perfect example of one of my Green GREEN Smoothies…. this particular smoothie is also very high in fiber, an excellent source of vitamins A & C, high in potassium and it also provides an excellent dose of calcium & iron. Plus, if you enjoy a 2-litre servings like I often do, you will get a whopping 11 grams of wonderful plant-based protein!

Ingredients:
Makes 2 litres (for me that’s 1 servings! ;-))

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 green apples, core removed and chopped
  • 2 limes, peel removed and cut in quarters
  • 2 inches fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups sunflower sprouts
  • 1/2 head romaine, chopped

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Blend on low speed and gradually increase speed.  Blend on high for a minute or two until smooth and frothy.  To learn more about how I create smoothies visit My Smoothy Approach and if you are looking to purchase a blender visit my post on Choosing a Blender for some ideas that will fit any budget.

Ok, over to you, are you lovin’ your Green GREEN Smoothies?  Leave a comment below and share your favourites!

Here are eight (8) more Green GREEN Smoothie recipes:

AlmostRawVegan.com - Eight (8) Green GREEN Smoothies

Green Zen

I find the green smoothies are my favourite, especially this one which I find very Zen like, relaxing, soothing and oh-so-nutritious! It’s very high in Vitamin’s A & C, a good source for calcium and iron and high in dietary fiber.  I especially love…


Refreshing Green Smoothie

I’m currently on a “green GREEN smoothie” kick :-)  what that means is I’m using minimal fruit and mostly greens in my smoothies. I don’t know about you, but I feel sooooo much “cleaner” and “energized” when I enjoy really green smoothies…


Cleansing Green Smoothie

I do love greeny green smoothies and have many green smoothies that may interest you like Thick & Frothy Green Smoothie, GrGrGreen Smoothie, Greeny Green Smoothie,Greeny Smoothie and finally today’s Cleansing Green Smoothie which is a little different than all the rest. :-)…..


Thick & Frothy Green Smoothie

I do love pure green smoothies! I am always amazed at how much cleaner/fresher I feel after a very green smoothie vs. a more fruit based smoothie.  If had to choose only one flavour of smoothie from this day forward, there’s no doubt I would….


GrGrGreen Smoothie

A delicious cleansing smoothy that is good to have ANY and EVERY day!!  You can rotate your greens, add pea sprouts or sunflower sprouts when you have them for an extra nutritional boost…..


Greeny Green Smoothie

This baby is not for the faint-at-heart, but it is – without a doubt – the height of nutrition with a megga dose of greens and all things good.  But be forwarned, if you are just transitioning to plant based….


Greeny Smoothie

Here’s a very green smoothy, chocked full of vitamins and nutrients to keep you going a long, long time.  Who needs a multi-vitamin when you can have a smoothy like this instead.  Nature’s bounty of nutrients ….


1-Day Mini-Cleanse

Do you ever feel like your body just needs a quick reset?  Perhaps you are a little more tired than usual. Perhaps you’ve been working too much and not exercising enough. Perhaps you’ve been eating a little more than usual or eating things…

 



 

Blueberry Banana Citrus Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Citrus Smoothie

Blueberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared to 60 other fresh fruits & vegetables.  Try this Blueberry Banana Smoothie and reap all the benefits! There are several types of antioxidants and they are best sourced from fresh fruits and vegetables (vs. supplements) and they are found in many foods such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pears, citrus fruits, green teas, green collards, kale, tomatoes, and the list goes on!

Antioxidants fight the oxidation process, a chemical reaction that can cause damage to many cells in the body.  For those of us that eat a high raw plant-based diet, chances are you are getting plenty of antioxidants, but you want to continue to include high variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure you achieve balanced nutrition requirements.

All that to say, this Blueberry Banana Smoothie is a great source of antioxidants, it is also very high in vitamins A & C, high in B6, high in manganese, magnesium and potassium. The hempseed is also a great source of protein as you can see with the 9.9g protein per serving!

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Blueberry Banana Citrus Smoothie

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 large lemon, peel removed and cut in half
  • 3 tbsp hempseed
  • 4 big handfuls mixed greens

Makes 1.5L (2 servings of .75L or 3cups each)

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Blend on low speed and gradually increase speed.  Blend on high for a minute or two until smooth and frothy.  


To learn more about how I create smoothies visit My Smoothy Approach and if you are looking to purchase a blender visit my post on Choosing a Blender for some ideas that will fit any budget.

Oh and did I mention that blueberries are also are known for their antiviral and antibacterial properties and are valuable in fighting infections.  You can check out some of my Immune Boosting Smoothies.

Enjoy!!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie - AlmostRawVegan.com

 

Green Zen

Green Zen

I find the green smoothies are my favourite, especially this one which I find very Zen like, relaxing, soothing and oh-so-nutritious! It’s really high in Vitamin’s A & C, a good source for Calcium and Iron and high in dietary fiber.  I especially love the dash of lime that brings a refreshing zip to the creamy avocado, garlic and cilantro & spinach combination.

AlmostRawVegan.com - OoooMmm It's a Green Zen Smoothie day! ♡♡

Ingredients:
Makes 1.5 litres (3 servings of 500ml each)

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 limes, peel/rind removed
  • 2-3 handfuls spinach

Add all ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on low speed and gradually increase speed. Blend on high until smooth and frothy. To learn more about how I create smoothies visit My Smoothie Approach and if you are looking for a blender visit my post on Choosing a Blender for some ideas that will fit any budget. Enjoy!!

AlmostRawVegan.com - OooMmmm it's a Green Zen Smoothie Day!