Good morning! Today is a lighter post than yesterday, which was a discussion on trying to be "normal". If you missed it, you can click here. Thanks to everyone for your insightful comments- I love to hear your input! As a slight tweak to this subject, I intend to do another post on "Balance" this week. Thanks to Hayley's genius comment that perhaps 'balance' is what I'm seeking, rather than being 'normal'. That is far more accurate. Also I want to address the fact that everyone is soooo different in what works for them with food and exercise. This has become infinitely clear in recent blogscussions. Stay tuned.
So before I run off for the day I had to share a recipe for the most delish smoothie! Very simple- just a twist on my usual PB&J smoothie, but one little substitution here or there can make such a difference. For new readers, here's my Smoothie 101 post. It's helpful for the Smoothie Newbie and for experienced smoothie-holics like myself who may want a few tips.
I have loved Sunflower butter ever since I got my grubby hands on Trader Joe's sunbutter ages ago. But I never had crunchy sunflower butter. My friend, Heather aka HEABs was kind enough to send me some of the crunchy stuff and I LOVE it! I know there are other fans out there like Averie (is there anything left in that jar the hubs bought last week? :-D) and Janetha.
For those of you who haven't used Sunflower butter, it is naturally very runny and sweet. It really imparts a strong flavor, unlike many more subtle nuts and seeds. In fact, the ONLY nut butters that I will mix INTO a smoothie (as opposed to as a topping) are Peanut and Sunflower. They are the only monsters who will really flavor the smoothie. If you haven't tried it, by all means run-don't walk-to your nearest health food store and give it a try. And if you don't like it, just send it to me :-D Kidding!
By the way, Averie mentioned that she likes a firmer nut butter. She said that she popped it in the freezer (genius). I also recommended the old paper-towel-in-the-jar trick...just empty enough of the butter to fit a few crumpled paper towels, and place upside down for a few days. This removes some of the oils and makes it firmer. I know that this works with peanut and almond butters but alas I haven't done this trick with sunflower butter. If you do it, let me know the outcome!
Here's the SB & J Smoothie-in-a-Bowl recipe:
- 1.5 cups water (+ or - depending on how thick you want it)
- Handful frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
- Handful frozen rhubarb
- 1 T sunflower butter (The original recipe calls for peanut butter)
- 1/2-1 scoop protein powder
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp guar gum
- dash almond extract
- dash hazelnut torani (not necessary, I'm just using mine up)
- I forgot the stevia today and it was still DELISH! YAY!
- I forgot the crystal light- yay less químicos in the cuerpo today! :-)
- handful ice cubes
Have a great day!!