Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Apple Pie Smoothie *Raw Vegan

This is an awesome dessert-style smoothie that's easy on digestion and works well as a morning sugar boost. I've gotten out of the habit of eating large amounts of protein at every meal and transitioned to a predominantly vegetarian/vegan diet. Only on days that I lift weights, or am truly craving meat, will I have ethical protien. A higher quality of meat or fish, less often, is the best way to go! While I don't advocate eating heaps of cashews, nut butters, "tofurkey," or "vegan cheesecakes" in meat's absence - just eat a damn salad, or some lentils - having something like this smoothie is always a welcomed treat.

Soaking the dates and hemp seeds in a bowl of water the night before will give you a perfectly blended, creamy smoothie.

Blend together: 3/4 cup raw pressed apple cider, 1 frozen banana, a handful of soaked dates, a few tablespoons of soaked hemp seeds, ditto for chia seeds (optional protein add-on), pinch of nutmeg, 2 pinches of cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla, and enough water and ice to reach your desired thickness/frozen-ness. I like a massive size smoothie, so I water mine down and make it last an hour. You may like yours denser and sweeter. Enjoy!

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