How about a smoothie to recover lost energy after a heavy workout? I love getting my nutrients in liquid form post-exercise because they go through the throat easily and I don’t need to make any chewing effort. Smoothies are truly a great invention!

I originally made this after a surprisingly tiring workout. I was supposed to make a salad out of some purple and green lettuce we had leftover at home but the thought of holding a knife and cutting greens right after a workout made me feel extra exhausted. So I took out my handy blender, put the lettuce in together with almond milk and some frozen blueberries I had in the fridge to make a very basic smoothie. Since then, I have perfected this recipe and the result is this unique-looking purple energy smoothie.

It’s also great for sneaking in some vegetables into your food if you have picky children at home. Disguising some less-liked ingredients in a delicious mix of milk, yogurt, and frozen fruit is a great way of getting your kids to eat all of their vegetable and fruit servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (when made with almond milk):

  • Calories: 230
  • Carbohydrate: 35 g
  • Sugar: 20 g (all from fruit, none added)
  • Total Fat: 3 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: .5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 195 mg 13 % Potassium: 330 mg 7 %
  • Vitamin A: 17%       Riboflavin: 39 %    Niacin: 20 %
  • Vitamin B6: 21 %    Vitamin B12: 125%
  • Vitamin C: 89 %      Vitamin D: 30%
  • Calcium: 48 %         Iron: 32 %             Zinc: 11 %
  • Magnesium: 4 %

The percentage sign refers to the daily recommended value. This value may be higher for you if you are an athlete or have a particular nutritional deficiency.

Purple Energy Smoothie

Necessary equipment:

  • any kind of blender

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsweetened milk
  • 1 cup of natural plain yogurt OR Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of your preferred spring mix
  • 1/2 cup of frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peaches OR mango
  • 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 t. of vanilla extract
  • extra milk or water if needed to blend properly
  • optional: 1 T. of chia seeds OR hemp seeds

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend the fruit first, then add the yogurt and protein powder, greens, and finish with milk or whatever liquid you are using. Pulse until the smoothie reaches your desired consistency.