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Smoothie Recipe Discovered Through Trial and Error
The idea of throwing a bunch of ingredients in a blender and coming up with a magical drink a minute later is undeniably satisfying.
Ever since we tried a chocolate milkshake at the local dairy queen, we have loved the idea of smooth, frothy concoctions. A smoothie is one of the all-time best ways to create a quick, delicious meal or snack.
And sure smoothies are delicious and a a tiny bit decadent, but are they also healthy? Well, they sure can be. I present to you a super-healthy smoothie for your enjoyment. This recipe has been one of my go-to meals when I am trying to get healthier or lose weight. and is the result of a couple of years of esting and perfecting. So enjoy the fruits (pun intended!) of my labours.
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- 3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds or Hearts
- 1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries
- 1 Cup Skim Milk
- 1/2 Scoop Protein Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt
- Add milk first to the cup.
- Then add blueberries, hemp, and yogurt.
- Add protein powder last.
- Blend very well. When using a Bullet blender, you should blend extra-long, because the seeds are quite coarse. I don't mind a bit of crunchiness in the drink, but for a smoother drink, try a different type of blender.
This is the recipe that I use but the fun thing about smoothies is that there are hundreds of variations. Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your situation and tastes. Here are some suggested variations.
- Add in strawberries, raspberries or pitted cherries instead of, or in addition to, the blueberries
- Substitute flax for hemp
- Add ice to make it thicker
- Add in more yogurt and less milk for a creamier texture
- Omit whey protein and add more yogurt
I tend to make our smoothies in my Bullet machine. This makes one drink per person and allows you to customize according to each person's tastes. However, it will work in any blender. For more about blenders, see this analysis of the blender's important role in history. Most of all, enjoy your smoothie!
Another Recipe Using Hemp Seed
Hemp is Good Nutrition
Hemp is a very healthy protein and is said to represent a "complete protein." That means that it contains all 10 of the essential amino acids needed by the human body.
Some people worry that hemp is somehow related to drugs but all of the harmful ingredients have been taken out and that is not possible.
I usually get my hemp from a health food store, and it harvested by our local company, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food and Oils.
This Smoothie Is An Energy Booster
Do you find that you start lagging around 10 in the morning, and sometimes need a boost, like a doughnut or muffin, to pick you up? I used to have the same experience, but when I drink this for breakfast, it gives me tremendous energy for the morning.
In fact, after drinking this smoothie for breakfast, I don't crave anything until noon or past. It has boosted my energy levels greatly, which is why a healthy smoothie tends to be my regular fare mornings.
One of the energy secrets found in this drink is the addition of super-food hemp hearts. Hemp hearts, are completely safe to eat, in spite of the more well-known use for the hemp plant. Hemp is even recognized by Dr. Oz as a healthy, effective energy booster.
Hemp hearts, and the other healthy ingredients in this recipe are a much better alternative to sugar-laden treat, which boost you temporarily, and then send your blood sugar plummeting, resulting in you being more tired than you were before.
Nutrition Notes for Blueberry Smoothie
The calorie count for this smoothie is 314 calories. It contains 20 g of Carbohydrates, 14 g of Fat, and 26 g of protein.
The fat percentage for the drink is 40% fat. Don't worry, though, that the fat content seems high. These fats are the good fats: Omega 6's and Omega 3's. These kind of fats actually assist your body in burning the other kind of fat!
Most of the ingredients in this smoothie are especially chosen to aid in increasing metabolism and helping to aid weight loss. Here is an overview of each of the ingredients and the benefits it provides.
The Super Ingredients
Next, hemp, as mentioned elsewhere, is a great energy booster and is also acts a boost to weight loss by providing an excellent source of quality protein that will keep you from feeling hungry, and over-eating.
Blueberries are now recognized as helping to lower blood sugar. Additionally, these berries help individuals maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Weight-Loss Ingredients in This Recipe
Whey Protein Powder
Increases Insulin Resistance, aids in fat burning
Omega 3/Omega 6/Complete Protein
Increases Energy Level, Keeps You From Being Hungry
Lowers Cholesterol, Increases Fat Burning
High Level of Antioxidants
Boost overall health, decrease cholesterol, help lower bloood sugar
The funny thing is, my husband had no interest in my shakes for the first three years of our marriage, but lately he's been asking me to make him one in the morning, too. He's still not crazy about all these healthy foods, but he says he feels better when he drinks it, too. I modify his for his dietary needs and will include his modified version in this article.
1 Scoop Natural Factors Protein Powder
3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 cup 2% MIlk
1 Tbsp French Vanilla Yogurt
1 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup
Add everything to your blender and blend together well. Enjoy!
Please note that the husband's version has more protein powder because men usually have greater calorie needs. I also use 2% milk in his drink for extra creaminess. I also have started adding a tablespoon of chocolate syrup to his drink to make it more palatable and chocolatey. He can afford the extra calories because he's not trying to lose weight.
© 2011 Sharilee Swaity
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 30, 2014:
@snerfu, it sounds like you are already in the "smoothie habit." Good for you! I am glad I could help add a little piece to your nutrition knowledge. Have a great day, and thanks so much for the comment!
@jravity1, I am glad I could give you another idea to try. It is a bit grainy, as I said, but I don't mind, knowing how healthy it is. You are so right about all the additives in drinks from the store. That is why I much prefer to make my own. Then, I know exactly what is in it. Thanks for the great comment, and have a wonderful day!
jravity1 from bellevue, MI on August 04, 2014:
I have never used hemp in a smoothie, this is a great idea. I am always looking for new healthy choices in food and drinks. I have noticed a lot of people who diet only pay attention to the food. The drinks contain a lot of really bad stuff, especially your sodas, and so called sugar free drinks.
NOW, TO THE STORE.
Vivian Sudhir from Madurai, India on July 19, 2014:
Great energy drink, I love to perk up my mornings with something like this. However, I did not know about the Insulin resistance thing. Thanks for that.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on June 14, 2014:
@Vocalcoach, thanks so much for the quick comment! I have tried flax seed, too, and it's a great choice. I do find hemp just gives me such great energy. I hope it works for you, and thanks so, so much for the votes and the sharing. Happy Weekend to you!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 13, 2014:
I haven't used hemp seed, I usually mix flax seed into my smoothies. But, will add hemp next time. I need to start drinking smoothies in the morning for more energy. I'm inspired now. Thanks. Up and sharing.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 09, 2012:
@Barbiegirl, thank you so much! Hemp really is a wonderful food and I recommend it highly for giving tons of energy. I would love to hear how the recipe works for you. Have a great day!
@Hezekiah, thanks for coming by. If you do try it, I'd love to hear how you like it. Take care.
Hezekiah from Japan on August 09, 2012:
This sounds so good, I may give it a try. I've never heard of this kind of recipe before. Nice one.
Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on August 08, 2012:
This sounds absolutely delicious. I have never heard of Hemp seed before so I will have to check that out, although I know where to find flax seed so if I can't find it that shouldn't be an issue. I can't wait to try this because I am a big fan of smoothies!
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 14, 2012:
TW, thank you so much for your kind words and support! I know -- I wish more people knew about hemp because it's such an amazing food. Take care!
Kim Lam from California on April 13, 2012:
Great recipe! I love the introduction of hemp seeds! Not many people know about this amazing power food. I also like the layout of your hub, and how you added your "husband's version" of the healthy smoothie. Congratulations on losing weight as well. Voted up and up!
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 14, 2011:
Thank you so much, Bumpsy! It is very delicious! The hemp actually has a really nice nutty flavour that I like. Thanks for the tips on smoothie recipes. I might do another hub on some more smoothie ideas that I have. I really like a good smoothie, too.
Thanks again. Take care!
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 14, 2011:
Miss Olive, they are amazing! I especially noticed the difference when I was teaching. You know how much energy it takes! And I was getting tired out by about 10:30 a.m. before. With the hemp seeds, I could go straight til lunchtime without stopping. So, I did notice a huge difference in my energy levels.
Thanks so much for stopping by and bookmarking! Take care!
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 14, 2011:
@Sinea, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad to share this: it is so delicious!
Bumpsysmum from Cambridgeshire on November 14, 2011:
Dunno about weight loss, it just sounds yummy to me! Great hub, more drink recipes would be fantastic because even when my appetite is poor I can crave liquids and nourishing drinks are a bonus. Brilliant.
Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 14, 2011:
You have piqued my interest in hemp seeds. I am really glad you shared this today - I had meant to comment and bookmark this 3 weeks ago and it slipped past me! Will bookmark NOW! Thanks prairieprincess!
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on November 14, 2011:
This is so intriguing. I would really like to try it. Thanks for sharing.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 22, 2011:
@Green Lotus, hemp is fantastic! I understand about the carb thing and want to add a low-carb version because a lot of people now seem to be on low-carb. Thanks for the great comment!
@Carcro, that's great that your family is a fan of smoothies, too. They are especially amazing in the summer, with fresh fruit. Thanks for stopping by, Carcro.
Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on October 21, 2011:
We love smoothies in our home too, they make a great breakfast all on there own and in the summer its all you need for dinner. Especially with fresh blueberries and strawberries. Thanks for sharing your recipes prairieprincess! I'll have to try them both...
Hillary from Atlanta, GA on October 21, 2011:
Blueberries make great shakes, but I never thought about adding hemp for nutrition! The carb count is about my daily limit, so I'd have to modify this one, but I'm all for blueberries.
Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 21, 2011:
@LouLa, thank you so much! Yes, hemp is such a energy-booster. I really noticed when I was teaching and it kept me just pumped until noon! I think you will like the results!
@Robert, thank you! I think you will like it! I know it's one of the things that working for me right now. Thanks for dropping by!
RobertDCrandell on October 21, 2011:
Awesome drink for weight loss! I'm going to try this.Thanks.
LouLa Ball from Tennessee on October 21, 2011:
Great hub! I never new about or thought about using hemp powder in a smooth. Thanks for the tip. I love smoothies but never really got the energy results that you are talking about. I will definitely try your receipe.