I have had a really strange relationship with food this pregnancy. For example, the thought of eating an egg grosses me out yet I can take down half a bowl of Trader Joe’s kimchi. All of my life I have LOVED to cook but now it takes an excruciating amount of effort to boil a package of ravioli or heat up a frozen pizza for my boys. When I was pregnant with Leo I wanted to eat anything and everything but with this one I have to force myself to eat. The one thing that I am really enjoying this time around is this smoothie.
This recipe started off a Gwyneth Paltrow’s Almond + Kale Smoothie and evolved out of pure laziness when I was too lazy to clean and trim kale and I ran out of dates. In addition to swapping the kale for banana and the dates for maple syrup I added cinnamon for flavor and walnuts for an added boost of omegas (which are supposed to make my baby smarter, right?). It’s packed with fiber and healthy fats and taste just like a milk shake. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do…
1/2 of a banana
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon of maple syrup (you can use less if your banana is really ripe)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1 handful of walnuts
1 dash of cinnamon
5-10 ice cubes (depending on how slushy you like it)
Put everything in the blender except the ice and give it a good whirl- about a minute in a regular blender or less in a Vitamix. After everything seems well blended (i.e. you don’t see chunks of banana or walnuts) add the ice and blend until well combined, about one minute.