Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, Energy Nog Smoothie

This week I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. Maybe more than just ‘a bit’. I don’t know which germ-factory gave me this little gem, but I’m not happy about it. This has been the-head-cold-from-hell! I mean, I thought it was going away, oh no, it just morphed into something slightly worse. Well that’s enough moping around – a regimen of Vit C’s and Aspirin has kicked it’s butt. But I’m still not 100% and my voice is just awful. Today I needed a little pick-me-up for a mid-day snack and put this little number together. It was so delicious, I had to share it.

Energy Nog Smoothie

 

Smoothie IngredientsPretty simple:

1 Banana (organic – yes it’s worth it)

Ice

Almond Milk – Vanilla/Unsweetened

1 Tbl Honey (local please..I refill this Target bottle with the good stuff from the area bee-people)

1/4 tsp Chai Spice* (more or less – feel free, these spices are good for you!)

*You remember the ‘Instant Chai’ post…you don’t?! Well, check it out. I use that recipe for the spice mix and keep it in a cute little jar (Crate & Barrel) to add to my teas, cookies, and now even smoothies.

My Chai

2 tsp Ground Ginger

2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Ground Cloves

1 1/4 tsp Ground Cardamom

1 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1 tsp Ground Allspice

1/4 tsp Pepper (black or white)

Optional : dash of ground anise

Top it off with the Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk (only 30 calories!! Yay!), and if you like, add in a half scoop of whatever whey or soy protein powder you add to your smoothies. Now blend away.

Mmmmm! It’s thick and creamy. Not too much banana taste, and the chai adds so much flavor. Yes, it does taste like egg nog. So good – and good for you. Just the boost I needed to keep me feeling up and more like myself. Now I can put away that Kleenex box!

Energy Nog Smoothie

Michelle Beal

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