Sunshine Smoothie

-Toni Sicola, Executive Editor, Health and Wellness Professional

This recipe is a sneak peek at20130508_074005 what we’ll be doing at Smoothie Club next week at Highland Hospital. It contains a new ingredient that I’ve never used or seen before, although I’m not surprised it exists with all the dairy and nut allergies that are rearing their ugly heads these days:

Sunflower Milk! (it’s made from sunflower seeds, just like almond milk is made from almonds)

Luckily, most folks who are allergic to tree nuts don’t have a problem with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, so I like this interesting alternative for when you allergic folks get bored with rice milk.

Today’s smoothie is called SUNSHINE!, which we’ve been seeing a lot of this spring.

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Sunshine Smoothie:

  • 1/2¬† your favorite type of apple (mine is Pink Lady), cored but not peeled
  • 1/2 to 3/4 yellow summer squash
  • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 or 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 scoop veggie protein powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • equal parts sunflower milk and coconut water

After we had this smoothie at the Fairmont Smoothie Club, taste-testers preferred the beverage without the mint. I challenge you to try this concoction both ways! It’s delicious, full of fiber, and a great way to start the day with fruits and veggies!

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Here’s my very own sunshine drinking a Sunshine Smoothie!

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