Saturday, January 18, 2020

ABRAMS Dinner Party Spotlight: Smoothie Project Cookbook': Blueberry Muffin Smoothie #SmoothieProjectCookbook #ABRAMSDinnerParty #smoothie #blueberries #breakfastinaglass #healthy2020

I am SO excited to share the most recent cookbook I received as part of the ABRAMS Dinner Party blogging group! Smoothie Project by Weelicious founder Catherine McCord has so many amazing smoothie recipes that taste great...and are good for you too! If you're a smoothie lover, this is going to quickly become your go-to resources for smoothie information and recipes. I love smoothies because they make it easy to meet my daily goal of five servings of fruit and vegetables in one delicious glass! Years of witnessing the positive health effects smoothies can offer inspired her to create a smoothie resource featuring nearly 100 of her favorite smoothie recipes. With guidance from top nutritionists, McCord also explains how to eat based on your age...she even provides information about the health benefits of key smoothie ingredients! I especially love that McCord includes a list of Optional Super Boosts for each smoothie. These are ingredients -- including bee pollen, chia seeds, protein powder, MCT oil, etc. -- that will provide an extra health punch to your smoothies.

Via Smoothie ProjectMcCord shows how to change your life in just 28 days, using only your blender and healthy ingredients! Simply commit to having one of her yummy smoothies each morning for a month. That's it! Every glass will bring you one step closer to achieving your healthy living goals. Some smoothies that immediately caught my eye included her Avocado Shake, Samoa, and Secret Mango Creamsicle. I decided to start with her delicious Blueberry Muffin Smoothie. It's made with staples that are always on hand in my kitchen. It tastes great...and it's super filling thanks to the addition of uncooked rolled oats before blending. 

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
from Smoothie Project
Ingredients (makes 1 smoothie):
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries [NOTE: I used frozen frozen fresh fruit so my smoothie would be frosty and thick]
  • 1/2 fresh or frozen banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice [NOTE: I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk]
Step 1: Add the blueberries, banana, Greek yogurt, oats, lemon zest, and almond milk to your preferred blender container. [NOTE: I personally found that the smoothie blended completely by adding the fruit first and layering the other ingredients on top.]
Step 2: Blend until all of the ingredients are completely combined -- about 30 seconds. You want to make sure to totally break down the oats and the frozen fruit. Pour into a glass, garnish with additional blueberries, and serve.
Look at that gorgeous purple color!! This smoothie tastes as great as it looks...the blueberries and banana worked perfectly with the vanilla in the yogurt and almond milk. I'll admit I was initially worried about the smoothie's sweetness level...but it's perfectly sweet from the addition of frozen ripe banana. One last thing I want to mention: because this smoothie contains oats, it will thicken up pretty you might need a spoon to finish it up. That's totally NOT a bad thing! The fiber in the oats definitely helps the smoothie keep you full and satisfied all morning long. 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of the Smoothie Project Cookbook as a member of the ABRAMS Dinner Party blogging group. All opinions are solely my own.

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