Smooth(ie) Operator

by Sarah on March 17, 2014 · 7 comments

I think I have made more smoothies in the past two weeks than in the past two years combined.IMG_2822 (1024x683)

(I also think I may have used this blog post title before.)IMG_5876 (1024x683)

Perhaps it is the result of a perfect storm of purchasing a Breville hand blender, increasing my outdoor running (in increasingly warm temperatures), the desire to utilize the Cheribundi cherry puree smoothie packs in my freezer…or perhaps just the fact that I am actually remembering to make ice cubes now.IMG_9986 (1024x682)

I also have discovered that Growing Naturals is rivaling my previous passion for a different plant-based protein as the best protein powder on the market. (None of that strange, artificial tasting aftertaste like you get with some other vegan brands.)IMG_6098 (693x1024)

From a Pumpkin banana vanilla smoothies topped with Whole Foods’ peanut butter balls, crystallized ginger, and a sprinkle (or three) of Love Grown Foods granola…

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…to a chocolate cherry creation topped with pistachios, dried cherries, and even more sugared ginger.IMG_5064 (1024x683)

Sweet potato with a smidge of banana made for a delightful (granola and cereal topped) snack…IMG_6066 (1024x683)

…and cantaloupe was a crazy idea that just, well, popped!IMG_6085 (1024x683)

Banana cherry…so good, it’s…scary?IMG_20140308_163758

And how could anything with chocolate on top be bad?

IMG_20140307_134503Sure, this isn’t the level of smooth(ie) operating that some achieve. There’s still not spinach involved or anything like that. But the whole concept of a blank, cool canvas is really, well, growing (naturals?) on me.

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables March 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

Haha you are too funny. Is there cereal those peanut butter ball thing? If so, I’m addicted. I haven’t made a lot of smoothies recently because it keeps getting cold, but I suppose that’s when my heated blanket comes in handy :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I love smoothies and Growing Naturals. But I swear the Rice is the best. 😉

Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate March 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

My hand blender has been resting in peace for a while now, it was only a few months old when it passed away. Sigh.

Xochitl Maiman March 18, 2014 at 3:16 am

You’re smoothie concoctions look sooo good! Going to have to try some of them for sure!

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 19, 2014 at 6:23 am

I need to get some of this crystallized ginger you’re always going on about. I’d also say you’re one smooth(ie) operator. 😉

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

Y’all have Food Lion stores in ‘Bama don’tcha? If so, you have GOT to go and get you some of their Organic Peanut Butter Dots cereal! I’ve not had the WF’s kind, but I’m willing to bet it tastes the same if not verrrrrry similar! It reminds me of PB Puffins only without as much of a “corny” taste…I’m in love.

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