Originally, I thought that January would be a month of leveling out from the holidays, but for some reason I’ve found that this month has been filled with all kinds of events, birthdays, dinners and the like. Not to mention, I’m working on the photos for Lindsay’s (Happy Herbivore) next cookbook and have been very busy with that. I’m really excited for this one and think that it will be even better than the last!
Some other things that inevitably come with January are people trying to eat better and be more physically active. This means that you may find yourself needing to recuperate after an awesome workout sooner than later. I have just the smoothie for you! Naturally sweetened with dates, combined with bananas and rich cacao nibs, plus a little vanilla to perfect it. It’s creamy, but not too thick and has a rich flavor.
Loaded with potassium for hydration and carbohydrates for regeneration, it’ll help you out, big time. This is probably where I should mention that this smoothie is also great for hangovers ;). Plus, recovery drinks are important for drinking right after work outs because they reduce fatigue and prolonged muscle soreness. Just make sure to enjoy it right after your workout!
If I told you that I had partied a little too hard last night celebrating the start of Vegan MOFO, I’d be lying. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obviously excited for it, but this was a case of karaoke bar+liquid courage=grumpy/hungover Jackie. Oh, the repercussions for having a hilarious and fun night. This is what leads me into this amazing smoothie/shake; I found myself quickly “researching” ie. googling, foods that cure hangovers and came across an article on How Stuff Works. After glancing at it and seeing bananas, I knew that I had a mission to complete and that mission was to make an amazing banana smoothie. One so thick that you’d have to eat it with a spoon!
Recipe (Makes One 16 oz. Serving or Two 8 oz. Servings)
- 2 Frozen Bananas, sliced
- 4 Small Dates or 2 Large Medjool Dates, pitted
- 1 HEAPING Tbsp. Smooth Peanut Butter
- 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Hemp Milk, or Other Non-Dairy Milk
- 1/4 Cup Water, to thin down the mixture
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Puree until completely smooth, adding more water if necessary. Set aside for approx. 3-5 minutes so that the chia seeds can break down a little bit more and you can absorb their nutritional benefits more easily.
- Enjoy the hell out of it because this is seriously one of the best smoothies I’ve ever made/had!
This smoothie is super filling, so just know that you won’t be needing to eat anything for a while after this. You can see above that this thing was thick, I ate it with a spoon/gulped it down and in my mind, it was perfect. I used to make many variations of banana/chocolate/peanut butter smoothies when I was younger, so this definitely brought me back to that time and really hit the spot.