Nuts About Almonds: Creamy Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie

by deborah on May 12, 2015 · 13 comments

in Green smoothies, Nourish, Plant-based diet, Plant-based Recipes, Raw Food Diet, Vegan

Nuts About Almonds: Creamy Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie

Almonds are this girl’s best friend!

From almond milk with my morning green tea to my rich and creamy almond based smoothie

to that handful of almonds I grab for healthy snacks, almonds are a big part of my day.

I love the fact that they are versatile, taste good–and are so good for you!

Nutrient-rich

More than just a rich source of dietary fiber, almonds deliver a powerful nutritional punch.

They are a good source of:

*B vitamins including Riboflavin, Niacin, Thiamine, B6, Folate

Vitamin E Alpha-Tocopherol – one of the richest food sources of this antioxidant

*Essential minerals including:

-Calcium

-Iron

-Magnesium

-Phosphorous

-Zinc

-Potassium

*Monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats

*Phytoesterols

*Protein

Nuts About Almonds: Creamy Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie

Powerful Health Benefits 

Almonds’ powerful nutrients contribute to your health in 4 important ways:

*Supports  heart health 

*Lowers cholesterol

*Reduces blood sugar levels

*Aids weight control

There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of almonds, however, whole food smoothies

are my favorite way.

This flavorful, fiber-rich smoothie makes my day!

Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie

Nuts About Almonds: Creamy Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups raw almonds – soaked overnight

1 organic banana

1 orange

1/2 cup organic raisins – soaked overnight (include soak water in smoothie)

2 scoops Raw Protein Powder (or protein pwder of choice)

1 1/2 cups filtered water

1/2 cup ice cubes

Nuts About Almonds: Creamy Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie

Directions

Rinse soaked almonds and pour off soaking water.

Add all of the ingredients above to your high speed blender (I use a VitaMix)

Blend until all of the ingredients are pulverized and smooth.

Taste.

Blend a few seconds more, if necessary.

Add more ice or liquid and blend a few seconds more, for a thinner smoothie.

Pour into a glass or mason jar.

Drink up!

It’s creamy, yummy and nutritious!

Refrigerate the balance in a sealed glass jar for later.

Enjoy!

Note: If you prefer a smoother smoothie, blend the almonds and strain them

through a nut milk bag to make almond milk, then add then almond milk to

your smoothie.

Save the almond pulp to use in other almond recipes such as breakfast bowls, cakes and cookies.

Get the Big Picture!

The infographic below from Nuts.com serves up more information about the benefits of, and ways

to enjoy, almonds.

Nuts About Almonds: Creamy Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie

 

Are you nuts about almonds too!

What are your favorite ways to enjoy almonds?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.

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