Hello and welcome to Munch on Celery. I am going to reveal a few of my favorite recipes over the next few posts, as a result, today I am going to share a much loved smoothie recipe that I hope that you will try.
One of my favorite magazines is Clean Eating. I know that magazines are becoming passe but I love this magazine especially for it’s great recipes. Recently, I went through some old issues and searched for recipes that I have made in the past and thoroughly enjoyed eating. Clean eating has some fundamental principles as noted below:
- Consume food in its most natural state or as close to it as possible.
- Clean eating is not a diet it is a lifestyle.
- Eat five to six times a day – three meals and two small snacks. Each meal should include a lean protein, fresh fruit or vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate.
- Choose organic whenever possible.
- Drink at least two litres of water a day.
- Get label savvy – clean food contains short ingredient lists.
- Avoid processed and refined foods i.e. white flour, sugar, bread & pasta. Eat whole grains.
- Shop with conscience.
- Stay clear of high trans fat foods i.e. fried foods.
- Portion control is key.
- Eat produce that is seasonal and local
I love smoothies and I think that homemade ones are just as good as some of the ones that you can buy. Clean Eating magazine published the PB & J Freezer Smoothie Packs recipe in their September 2014 issue. When I first made them I used to freeze them in freezer bags but I have now switched to mason jars as they are far more economical.
PB & J Freezer Smoothie Packs
Makes 4 smoothie packs (each pack makes 2 12-oz smoothies.) Hands-on Time: 10 minutes. Total time: 10 minutes
- 4 cups frozen mixed berries
- 2 large bananas, peeled and halved
- 4 tbsp natural unsalted creamy peanut butter (TIP: sometimes I leave out the PB and add a scoop of protein powder just before blending).
- 8 pitted dated (Deglet Noor variety) (NOTE: you can substitute with Medjool dates but they tend to be larger, so reduce the amount by roughly half if using).
- 8 tbsp black or white chia seeds – either ground or whole chia will work here
- 4 cups packed baby spinach
- 4 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (TIP: if desired, you can replace with water).
1. In each of 4 large zip-top freezer bags, (I use medium bags), place 1 cup berries, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter , 2 dates, 2 tbsp chia and 1 cup spinach. Squeeze out as much air as possible (only if you are using freezer bags) and transfer to freezer for up to 3 months.
NOTE: if you choose to use protein powder add it just before blending your smoothie.
Also, I have chosen to use 500 ml mason jars for this and freeze those instead of using freezer bags. You need to let the jar thaw for a bit before you can empty the contents into a blender.
2. To serve, empty contents of 1 bag or mason jar into a blender. Add 1 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup water. Blend on low to break up frozen fruit, and gradually increase speed, blending until smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds at high speeds. Pour into two glasses.
Nutrients per serving (1 12-oz PB&J Smoothie): Calories: 208, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat:4 g, Carbs: 30 g, Fiber: 9 g, Sugars: 14 g, Protein: 6 g, Sodium: 117 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg
I hope you get the chance to make this great smoothie. Feel free to leave any questions or comments that you may have!
Have a great day!
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