My Superfood Smoothie Stash & Sweet Potato Cookies

Sweet Potato Cookies from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Good morning! Did you have a nice weekend and have you recovered from our lost hour of sleep yet? I don’t understand the rationale behind the whole daylight saving thing and I find it very disruptive to have to adjust to it twice a year, not that I’m bitter or anything. :)

Superfood Smoothie Stash:

After my friends Jasmin and Mariann stopped by for a visit last December and I made them my Energizing Green Smoothie, Jasmin thought it might be interesting if I did a little feature where I showed my superfood smoothie stash. It all starts with my favorite room in my house, the kitchen pantry:

Carrie on Vegan kitchen pantry

Yeah, I know, it’s beautiful.

Two of my favorite additions to green smoothies are Ceylon cinnamon and amla powder:

Ceylon cinnamon and amla powder.

Most everything I learned about superfoods I learned from Nutritionfacts.org, although I would encourage you to do your own research. In this video, I learned that you must use Ceylon cinnamon (the typical one you find in the grocery store can be harmful) and I learned all about amla powder in this one. I buy my organic, fair-trade Ceylon cinnamon from Frontier Coop and I buy organic amla powder from Mountain Rose Herbs (I do not have an affiliation or get compensation from either company). [Editor's note: I became an affiliate with Mountain Rose as of March 20, 2013 where I receive a small commission if you use this link].

I usually rotate my superfoods and I’ll use 2-4 of any of these ingredients in each smoothie. Some other favorites are these maqui berries, goji berries, maca powder and acai powder:

More superfoods from Carrie's stash.

I buy all of these from Vitacost.com (use this link if you’re a new customer and we’ll each get $10 off). I’ve also made my entire shopping list viewable, you can see that here.

I just bought the acai powder last week and I haven’t even tried it yet, but I was motivated to do so after watching this video from Dr. Greger. I’ve been using the macqui berries, goji berries, and maca powder for awhile now, but I’m not sure where I first heard about them, probably on the blogosphere.

You may have noticed, but I tend to buy the Navitas Naturals brand a lot. I like that the products are organic and the prices are competitive. As part of this post, the kind folks at Navitas sent me some samples to try:

Navitas Natural giveaway pack.

And, guess what? They are offering to send one lucky reader a similar prize pack. Yay! I’ll write the rules for entering the giveaway at the end of this post. So far, I’ve tried the hemp powder, the chia powder and the wheatgrass powder with great results.

I didn’t take a picture, but I always use ground chia seeds, ground flax meal and hemp seeds in my smoothies as well.

The last important superfood in my smoothie stash are dried hibiscus flowers:

Dried hibiscus flowers.

These are another recent addition after watching this video. I purchase the organic, fair-trade version of these from Frontier Coop and I just steep about a tablespoon of the flowers in hot water for a few minutes before adding both the flowers and the water into my smoothie. Be careful about not using too much of these, they have a really strong astringent flavor.

Of course, we know that the real superfoods are the green leafy vegetables that are added to green smoothies, but I hope you liked this peek into my other stash.

Sweet Potato Cookies:

Today marks the beginning of the third week of our Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge! After two full weeks of not eating any sugar, sweeteners or dried fruit, my tastebuds are definitely more sensitive to the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables. That being said, a girl sometimes wants a cookie. I had a lone cooked sweet potato in my fridge that really needed to be used up, so I used it as the base for this recipe.

I just removed the skin and placed the sweet potato in a big bowl, along with some dried coconut, rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, applesauce and vanilla extract:

Sweet potato cookie ingredients.

I dehydrated my cookies, but they could also be baked in an oven at 350 degrees for maybe 15 minutes or so.

Here’s how they turned out:

Sweet Potato Cookies.

They would be sweeter with raisins or currants, but I’m not eating any dried fruit during the Challenge so I left them out. They are awesome!!!

Here’s the recipe:

Sweet Potato Cookies
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato, baked
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Remove the skin from the sweet potato and place the flesh in a medium bowl. Use a fork to mash.
  2. Add coconut, oats, chia seeds, applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla to the bowl and use a spatula to mix together.
  3. Using your hands, form 12 cookies and place on a dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 135° F for 2 hours and then drop the temperature to 120° F for an additional 6-8 hours of drying. Alternatively, bake in a 350° F degree oven on parchment paper for 15 minutes or so. Cookies should be firm to the touch and baked through.

The sweetness is subtle in this cookie, but I really loved them because of that reason. These would be a perfect treat for kids or anyone who has to be very careful about not consuming too much sugar.

Sweet Potato Cookie all up close and personal.

Nativas Naturals Giveaway:

Now back to the giveaway! Navitas is offering to do a giveaway of a sampler pack to one lucky reader. To be entered, just leave a comment on this post (in the comments section) telling me what your favorite green smoothie ingredients are. I will randomly select a winner on Friday, March 15. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years and older. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed].

Conclusion:

Have a great start to your week and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday. Also, just a reminder, you can find over 75 of my favorite whole food recipes on my app for iPhones and iPads, Vegan Delish (find out more about it here). Yesterday I finally got around to adding my recipe for Spinach & Black Bean Brownies with Vanilla “Cream” Frosting to the Desserts category. You’re welcome!

Spinach & Black Bean Brownies

Comments

  1. says

    Hmm… I think my favorite is still the one that first turned me on to green smoothies finally after trying a bunch of unsuccessful combinations: spinach, frozen banana, pineapple, hemp seeds, blueberry flax. :)

  2. Emily says

    My all time favorite green smoothie is spinach, chocolate Vega protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana, maca powder, cinnamon, stevia, and pumpkin!

  3. Robin says

    I love kale and carrots as my base and then any kind of fruit in my smoothie. I also make sure I add some flax seed.

  4. Nancy says

    I love the stash, I also use Navita too, delicious! My favorite ingredients to put in my green smoothie are chia/flax seeds, kale, spirulina, hemp seeds, fruit, avocado, wheatgrass, and sometimes sprouts

  5. Kara says

    My favorite green smoothie recipe:

    1 cup of frozen blueberries (unsweetened!)
    1 tablespoon of carob
    1 scoop of good greens cacao superfood powder
    1 scoop of chocolate sunwarrior plant-based protein powder
    kale or spinach
    almond milk

    yum :)

  6. says

    My favorite green smoothies ingredients:
    Leafy greens (I rotate kale, spinach, mustard/collard/turnip greens)
    Water
    1/2 frozen banana
    1 cup other frozen fruit
    1 tbsp hemp protein powder
    1 tbsp spirulina
    1 tbsp ground flax
    1 tsp chlorella
    1 tsp maca
    1 packet stevia
    and I’m thinking of adding coconut oil to my smoothies as well. I’ve read a lot of great things about coconut oil lately!

  7. Laura Pepper-Lockwood says

    What I love the best for my smoothies is: Kale, Spinach, Mango, Raspberries, Flax, Orange, green tea and Maca :*

  8. connie says

    lots of spinach
    almond milk, pure unconcentrated fruit juice
    banana
    frozen fruit – what’s in the freezer
    ground flax and sprinkle of cinn

  9. Kathy says

    I love the energy I get from my green smoothies. Kale, frozen strawberries, banana, mango, 1/2 an orange, chia seeds and a couple ice cubes.

  10. Nicole says

    My favorite green smoothie (that I think I perfected over the course of the challenge) is a mix of baby greens (kale, spinach and chard) about 8 oz, a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a banana, a hand full of frozen fruit ususally pineapple and berries, and 2 tbs of chia seeds. But I would love to add more superfoods to my mix

  11. Holly says

    My favorite it unsweetened almond milk, a banana, frozen strawberries, ground flax seed, and baby spinach.

  12. Kate says

    My favorite green smoothie ingredients: almond milk, kale, spinach, banana, blueberries, cherries, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, raw cacao nibs and protein powder are all on current rotation!

  13. Tanja says

    My go-to green smoothie is frozen mango, almond milk, vanilla vegan protein powder, hemp seeds and spinach.

  14. Rachel S. says

    Yum! I love reading everyone else’s ingredients. :) I like kale, flax milk, banana, frozen cherries, and hemp…plus whatever else happens to be in the fridge or freezer!

  15. says

    Oh, I want to try those sweet potato cookies!!

    My favorite smoothie: blueberries, papaya, banana, spinach, flaxseed meal, honey and my homemade plain yogurt. YUM!

    Thanks for sharing…and offering a chance to win some products I had never heard of before. (1st time to you blog)

  16. Emily says

    Well, I’m still getting into the green smoothie thing so I keep it pretty simple (and sweet!):
    unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 green apple, 1/2 frozen banana, and 3/4 cup or so baby spinach, and ground flaxseed

  17. Lin says

    Great stash – and thanks for the links to find out more about the super foods. I’m going to have such fun learning!

    My favorite smoothie is 1 c. of frozen berries, 1 T. chia seeds, and 2 big handfuls of kale or spinach. It’s my favorite way to eat berries in the winter.

  18. Shelley Gompers says

    I like just about any greens in my smoothies & use whatever I have, but I think kale is my favorite base, with a little beetroot, maybe a few pieces of broccoli, frozen banana & frozen mango. I typically just throw in whatever I have & if it tastes “too earthy”, I add a little more sweet fruit.

  19. Merrill R. says

    Almond milk, 2 small mandarins, couple slices of frozen banana, maca, and whatever greens i have washed. tastes like an orange creamsicle! Sometimes I like to add in a pinch of Navitas Naturals cocoa nibs at the end for an added crunch.
    Can’t wait to try those cookies as well– they look delicious! I definitely get cookie cravings :)

  20. Heather says

    I love using kale in mine – no real set recipe….Just things I have on hand and feel in the mood for : ) a little different every time.

  21. Sarah says

    My favorite smoothie combo is a fresh banana, frozen mango, frozen pineapple, kale, spirulina, amazing grass greens protein powder and some cold filtered water. Love it!

  22. Lisa says

    Pick me Pick me…Ha!! Love to try new things in my diet…great post! I am trying to stay away from “extras” ie cookies, brownies, etc, until I get to my goal weight and then see if I can add a few to see what happens…definitely add these to my box! I am having a hard time being hungry for all my meals, so sticking with the basics for now! My go to smoothy is the Eat Your Greens Smoothy. Have decided I need to eat this every morning to make sure and get all my greens in for the day, along with my salad at lunch, of course. Thanks for posting!

  23. Patty says

    Hi Carrie!
    Great post!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing your superfood smoothie pantry, and for all of the details. It’s amazing and so helpful. I’ll definitely refer back to this, for sure. I tried to click the “refer a freind” link on your site, for my first order to Vitacost, and establish my account, so we’d each receive the one-time $10 off, but I didn’t get a promo code from them when I did it, or an e-mail. I called and they said you have to add me and my e-mail to your refer-a-friend and then you’ll get a promo code and I’ll get an e-mail with one. If you have time, that’s great, but if you don’t that’s okay too. I totally understand. :) I’m definitely going to have to try the Sweet Potato Cookie and Black Bean Brownies with Vanilla “Cream” Frosting recipes. They look awesome!

  24. Laurie Ann says

    I start every day with a Delicious Green Smoothie:

    Spinach
    1 TBS Nutritional Yeast
    1 TSP Turmeric
    1 TSP Cinnamon
    1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
    Fruit – Whichever I Have on Hand
    Almond Milk

    Thank You For the Opportunity to Win Some New Ingredients and I Can’t Wait to Try Your Sweet Potato Cookies!
    Sincerely,
    Laurie

  25. Carrie says

    My absolute favorite is a frozen banana, vanialla protein powder, TONS of spinach and kale, and pepermint extract… it’s like a healthified shamerock shake!

  26. jennifer chorazy says

    my favorite green soothie is as follows: one scoop chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana, 2 big handfulls of spinach 1 T PB2, ice, and chocolate coconut water, enough to get it to the right consistency.

  27. says

    I am a huge fan of Nativas products too. I use their hemp seeds and raw cacao powder in my favorite green smoothie which has blueberries, tart cherry juice, flax meal, hemp seeds, raw cacao powder and either spinach or kale in abundance! Sometimes I’ll throw in a handful of their goji berries too. Wonderful stuff :)

  28. Allyson Reddy says

    My favorite green smoothie ingredients: unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds (hearts), 1/2 banana, 1/2 avocado, frozen strawberries, raw cacao nibs, 1 scoop Amazing Grass powder, & a handful or two of spinach!

  29. Michele says

    Wow…another give-away! My favorite green smoothie has bananas, blueberries, almond milk, and mixed greens.

  30. says

    Lately I’ve been have two green smoothies a day! I’m hooked! My favorite would be.. Sunwarrior vanilla warrior blend, bananas, kale, spinach, frozen mango and matcha powder!! Just had one! ;)

  31. says

    Always frozen banana! Collards or kale, maybe some frozen mixed berries or pineapple, maca, protein powder. Kind of boring ant typical of everyone else but it’s delicious!

  32. Sarah says

    spinach, banana, blueberries, maca powder, spirulina, vanilla, almond milk, shredded coconut and a dollop of almond butter on top!

  33. LaurieFaye says

    I’m new to the Plant Strong diet, but so far, I love a smoothie combo of Kale, Spinach, Bosc Pear, Pink Lady Apple, Clementine and a bit of ground flaxseed. Would love to try some new ingredients!
    Love your blog!
    Thanks, Carrie!
    LaurieFaye
    In MN

  34. Robert Wain says

    My favorite green smoothie is unsweetened almond milk, a banana, frozen blueberries, ground flax seed, and baby spinach and if I’m feeling crazy a tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

  35. Treesa says

    I use Navitas all the time too, love ‘em! My go to green smoothie is:
    - Walnut milk
    - Sunwarrior Choc pp
    - Mix of chia, flax and hemp seeds
    - Spirulina
    - Mango
    - Romaine
    Followed by a morning must: wheatgrass juice.

  36. Rob says

    My favorite green smoothie ingredients: water, banana, strawberries, blueberries, kale or spinach, honey, sometimes I also add a little bit of aloe vera juice.

  37. says

    First off, I am so glad you posted this info on cinnamon…I need to take the time to read into that. Thank you! And I like kale, frozen banana, blueberries, a scoop of pureed pumpkin, chia seeds and maca powder :-) But I may need to try some of these awesome products you have posted about!

  38. Tiffany K says

    My favorite green smoothie of the moment is a blend of wheat grass powders (I use Navitas, too!! Love them!), ground chia and flax seeds, a mix of kale and spinach, coconut water, pineapple, and a handful of whatever berries that I have in my fridge at the moment…and once in a while I throw in a spoonful of raw cacao powder…i love the stuff!

  39. Jill in Chicago says

    My favorite green smoothie is just the basics: a frozen banana, spinach, kale or romaine (this morning I used both kale and romaine) and unsweetened almond milk. That’s it!

    I buy Navitas Naturals’ Chia seeds and would love to try these other powders and super foods!

  40. Constance says

    Coconut water, Kale, blue berries, pomegranate powder, Maca, spirulina, Turmeric and what ever else strikes my fancy that AM.

  41. Sarah says

    I am pretty new to green smoothies but I try to push myself and add a few more greens each morning. I love the idea of adding cinnamon! I use 1 banana, kale, berries, mango and a rice protein power…it sounds like I could use some more super foods!

  42. Katie says

    I but Nativas Naturals Chia Seeds, Hemp Protein Powder and Raw Cacao and add all three to almost every single one of my smothies – I LOVE this brand! I have never tried any of the ones in the giveaway, but I’d love to!

  43. Amy Vigil says

    My go to green smoothie is almond milk, pomegranite juice, chia and flax seeds, dark frozen cherries, frozen banana, mango, kiwi, kale m, spinach and Swiss chard. I would love to try some of these add ins!

  44. Joanna says

    My favorite green smoothie that I drink everyday is: spinach, romaine lettuce, banana, blueberries, almond milk, pomegranate juice, ground flax seed and hemp seeds.

  45. Robin B. says

    Hi Carrie! Love your pantry. My favorite green smoothie is Dr. Furhman’s Chocolate Smoothie: spinach, banana, frozen blueberries, dates, soy milk, cocoa powder, and flax seeds. Mmm…

  46. jen lam says

    My fav green smoothie is made with:
    1 frozen banana
    A few chunks of frozen pineapple
    Handful of spinach
    Water
    Add some Chia seeds or protein powder if you would like

    Simple but delicious… yum!
    Enjoy!

  47. KathyD says

    I have never had a green smoothie, but I would love to try one with maca powder. I am very intrigued by this ingredient.

  48. says

    I’ve turned green smoothies into a game: just how much spinach/kale/chard can I squash in here? This morning I put two HUGE handfuls of spinach in my smoothie – yum! But I blended it and found it was still pretty liquid-y… in went another giant handful! It was Pixar-caliber green and heaven-caliber delicious!

    I’m slooowly wading into the land of superfoods, so this post came at a perfect time! This pack would be a great tester, I think, so I can learn what works for me and what I like!

    And I had no idea about the cinnamon! This is why I love blogs: you get to learn this stuff from your fellows. I’ve starred this post so I can watch the video tonight (and make the cookies!).

  49. Linda says

    I love making my own nut milk, so I start there… then add kale, bok choy, a scoop of unflavored RAW protein, banana, flax meal, and either raspberries or blueberries. Depending on the day, I may add just a little agave as well.

  50. Ashley says

    My favorite ingredients are pretty basic. Swiss chard, mango and ginger. Ive been moving towards peanut butter but this one is just so refreshing!

  51. Tatiana says

    Favorite green smoothie – water, coconumt milk, spinach & kale, banana, frozen pineapple, hemp seeds, and some oats. Yum!

  52. says

    My favorite smoothies ingredients are soy milk, lots of spinach, banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, hemp seeds, maca powder, matcha tea powder and ground flex seed and goji berries when I have them!

  53. Nicole Marien says

    My favorite Green Smoothie includes:
    Baby Spinach
    Blueberries
    Strawberries
    Ground Flax Seeds
    Banana
    Soy Milk
    Vanilla Extract
    Cinnamon
    I love your blog and working my way back to “Eat To Live”, one step at a time…

  54. Des says

    almond milk, kale or other greens, chia/flax, berries (blueberries are my fav), banana, vanilla and/or a little pom juice and any other superfoods I can sneak in. I loved your superfoods post!

  55. Amber says

    1/2 full of greens (spinach/kale/romaine)
    frozen broccoli
    frozen pineapple
    mango
    frozen banana
    mixed berries
    kiwi
    raw chia seeds
    raw probiotics
    coconut water

  56. says

    1/2 cup coconut water
    1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk of your choice
    two big handfuls fresh spinach
    2 leaves of kale, stems removed
    handful of fresh parsley
    1 green apple, cut into large chunks
    1/2 frozen banana
    5 cubes of ice

    it’s my new fave!

  57. Patty says

    Okay, so I’m commenting again, to be a part of the Navitas drawing. Earlier, I commented on some other stuff, and forgot to post my favorite smoothie ingredients. Here goes:
    Broccolli
    Kale
    Blueberries
    Coconut water
    Maca Powder
    Goji Berries
    Cacao powder
    Plant Based Protein Powder.

    Thank you,
    Patty

  58. Angela says

    Last year, after having a gingival graft done I had to drink smoothies and blend all my meals. After that experience I can say may favorite smoothie ingredients (not necessarily all together) are a mix of collards, kale, and mustard greens, the classic banana, pumpkin puree, and grapes (liquid and sweetness in one lil’ yummy package)!

  59. Robyn :) says

    I am going to try making those cookies this evening.

    My favorite green smoothie ingredient is……..spinach!!!! I also like to use a banana for sweetness.

    I placed an order with Vitacost for some of the stuff you mentioned. I am very serious about continuing to eat healthy and go vegan.

  60. Emily says

    i’ve actually never had a green smoothie (i know, the horror!) but i’d probably put kale and/or spinach, apple, banana, among other things. i wish my dorm’s kitchen had a blender so i could make some!

  61. Melissa R says

    I love adding maca powder as well and kale and other veggies. I’ve been wanting to try some new things and this post was so inspiring! Navitas naturals brand the best too:)

  62. Sherri says

    I’m so glad to be back to my morning smoothies – doing what I can to keep cancer away. My favorite recipe is:

    - flax, chia, or hemp seeds
    - spinach or kale
    - frozen banana & frozen berries
    - nut butter
    - cacao powder

  63. Trish says

    Wow, tough question. I make so many different kinds of green smoothies depending on what’s in the house and needs to be used up. If given free reign in Whole Foods (Oh, wouldn’t that be fun!?) I’d probably choose cucumber, celery, green apple, ginger, spinach, lemon, parsley, spirulina, carrot, maca, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, flax and coconut water. And if I could drink it in the sunshine with someone I love, even better. :-)

  64. Lori says

    I love my kale smoothie every morning (and sometimes lunch) baby kale is awesome however, chopped papaya gives it a wonderful sweetness!
    Love your Blog and am seriously jealous of your pantry!

  65. Briana says

    I am addicted to Dr. Fuhrman’s chocolate smoothie!

    5 ounces baby spinach
    2 cups frozen blueberries
    1/2 unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
    1 banana
    2-4 dates, pitted
    2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
    1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

    ***I omit the dates and it’s still delicious!

  66. Kyrandia says

    I like to add fruit juice to my smoothies– grape, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit are my favorites. Then I like to add spinach, almond butter, banana, and strawberries.

  67. Sarah says

    My morning smoothie usually consists of 5 oz. kale plus a banana, frozen strawberries and blueberries, and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed. I also have a mini-smoothie with lunch: two mandarin oranges and 5 oz. spinach. (It’s kind of a compact dessert/palate cleanser.) Aside from the flaxseed, I’ve never tried any “add-ins”, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the prize pack!

  68. Melanie Connolly says

    My favorite green smoothie is homemade hemp milk, strawberries, raw cacao, bananas and spinach!

  69. Nicole P. says

    My smoothies change all the time, but I generally try to keep them about 3/4 veggies and 1/4 fruit. A typical smoothie includes: spinach, romaine, celery, cucumbers, banana, strawberry, flaxseed, hemp seed, wheat grass powder, liquid DHA/EPA, probiotic capsule opened up, and a mixture of almond milk and water. Yum! I drink a green smoothie every day, and when I don’t I feel like something is “missing” :)

  70. Chelsea says

    My standard green smoothie includes:
    dino kale
    banana
    ginger root
    tofu
    lemon juice
    soy milk
    carrot
    flax meal
    hemp seeds
    chia seeds
    blueberries

  71. Jordan D says

    Spirulina and hemp seeds are my favorite superfood smoothie ingredients. I especially love the nutty flavor hemp seeds add.

  72. Ttrockwood says

    Right now my favorite blend is blueberries, spinach, “amazing grass” green powder, maca powder, frozen almond milk cubes and a glob of almond butter

  73. says

    We just got our Vitamix this week! I love the new sound of it whirring, especially in the early morning when hubby is up making green breakfast smoothies. I keep a variety of frozen fruits in the freezer, keep the pantry stocked with chia, hemp protein powder or seeds, nut butters, and the fridge always has a selection of plant milks and greens. Each morning it’s “dealer’s choice” – that makes it fun. With the Vitamix added to the family, the smoothies have a much better consistency to them. Yay!

  74. Hilary says

    My favorite green smoothie contains tons of greens (usually kale), banana, mango, hemp seeds or hemp protein powder, and almond milk. Yum!

  75. says

    Um your pantry looks *so* fun – like a health food store! Very cool =) I’m slightly jealous ;p
    And wow – those cookies sound super tasty. I never would have thought to make cookies out of sweet potatoes! YUM.
    My favourite green smoothie ingredients are spinach (or kale), frozen blueberries, a banana, home made almond (or hemp) milk, spirulina and Navitas Naturals hemp seeds. I LOVE their products =) My pantry has many of their bags in it ;p

  76. Kelly B says

    Hi Carrie! I will have to try your cookie recipe for my kiddos! My favorite smoothie ingredients are inspired from your Anti-Cancer smoothie recipe: almond milk, water, frozen kale, frozen broccoli, one date, a few prunes, chia seeds, flax meal, splash of vanilla, banana, mango, extra firm tofu! Sometimes I vary the fruits or add in peanut butter. Delicious every time! Thanks for your inspiration!
    Kelly

  77. says

    I used to be all about the almond milk + spinach + some kind of frozen fruit but lately, I’ve been into coconut water + fresh citrus + spinach. I also almost always add Garden of Life Raw protein powder. Mmmm, smoothies….. :)

  78. Chris says

    My green smoothies are either spinach or kale with frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, cocoa powder, agave, and almond milk.

  79. says

    Oh Goodness Carrie! What a fabulous giveaway! I love Navita Naturals. My favorite is their acai powder, which I use in many of my green smoothies. I truly love raw foods and raw superfoods are my favorite! I love acai, maca, chia and spirulina the most. I haven’t heard of many of those you mentioned, and I can’t wait to check them out! Coconut oil is also a staple superfood for me. PS- I LOVE this new recipe for cookies! That looks so easy and delish! I’m going to make these tomorrow!:) Thanks!

  80. Jenn says

    I just do occasional smoothies since I really crave solid foods in the morning, but when I need a healthy kick in the pants, I go for an adaptation of Kris Carr’s Green Guru Smoothie (avocado, romaine leaves, cucumber, coconut water, banana or pear, and agave).

    I love super-fooding my oatmeal with cinnamon, flax seeds (or chia), oats, and a banana. Although now I’m wondering how some pureed greens would be mixed in–they’d definitely give it a St. Patrick’s Day touch!

  81. says

    Hi Carrie!

    We’ve been using cinnamon like crazy over here, thanks for the tip! I had no idea there are many different types of cinnamon, not to mention one that can actually be toxic to the liver. Geez, every time I turn around, something else I thought was ok can actually be harmful. :(

    Hope your challenge is going well! Mine? Let’s just say that I had a long week last week and needed to relax this past weekend. Nothing crazy, just a little treat to ease the heaviness of the week. xo

  82. says

    Superfood smoothies are the best start to the day! Packed with energy and nutrients. I have each of the same powders in my pantry but I’ve never thought to add the dried hibiscus flowers. I’ll have to give it a go ;)

  83. Sue C. says

    My favorite smoothie changes a lot. Currently, my favorite is made with my Arbonne vanilla protein powder, kale, frozen banana, pear, chia or hemp seeds, almond milk, fresh ginger and some cinnamon and nutmeg.

  84. Ali says

    My favorite ingredients for a green smoothie for adults and kids…also, like to make them into popsicles in the summer: unsweetened hemp milk, or fresh squeezed O|J, kale, chia seeds, frozen blueberries and half banana, a probiotic, and a scoop of non GMO vegan Lecithin…..for the kiddos I add Amazing Greens Super Foods.

  85. Hugh says

    I frequently make smoothies for my kids. My secret is pomegranate juice. When it combines with spinach and other things they wouldn’t normally eat, it tastes great! They love: POM juice, spinach, frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, flax, any other misc fruit. Yum.

  86. Kate Casano says

    My favorite smoothie is made with the superfruit Pitaya. They make these great smoothie packs that are not only delicious but the most beautiful color pink. I add coconut water, spinach, avocado, orange and flax seed. Pitaya Plus is having a deal on these smoothie packs right now on living social – Pitaya is a true superfruit and the company Pitaya Plus has an amazing story. http://www.pitayaplus.com
    http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1725-san-deigo-citywide/deals/629068-organic-pitaya-superfruit-smoothie-cleanse-kit

  87. Marielle says

    I love adding oats to my smoothies, and also steamed sweet potato! Dried oatmeal, banana, sweet potato, spinach, and green tea is delish. :)

  88. says

    I make green smoothies for breakfast and drink them during my commute. Usually spinach or kale, banana, berries, chia and/or hemp hearts, sometimes grapes as well (a new favorite!). But then there are “treat” days where I make chocolate milkshakes with spinach, avocado, banana, unsweetened cocoa powder and almond milk. Yum!

  89. Carrie says

    my current breakfast smoothie is spirulina, lemon, sprouts, lots of kale & collards, celery, cucumber and blueberries. I do try Navitas powders occasionally…would be amazing to try more! thanks for the giveaway!

  90. Linda says

    My favorite green for smoothies is bok choy; high in calcium, it is not bitter and thus I can add more to my smoothie and still have my boys want to drink it. They love blueberries in smoothie, and a touch of pineapple (but don’t overdo it or the littlest one rejects the smoothie). I vary my seeds, other fruits…and sometimes I add some carrots, too.

  91. says

    Hi Carrie,
    I don’t know if I would call it a green smoothie but I sure do love it (though it certainly doesn’t fit in your Healthy Vegan Challenge) and it’s a great breakfast.

    For the past few mornings this is the smoothie I’ve been having:
    1 banana
    5-6 fresh strawberries
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1 handful of spinach
    2-3 dates
    1T Cocoa Powder
    1 handful of ice cubes

    I don’t have a Vitamix so I cover my ears and blend the heck out of all of it with my little Osterizer and it seems to do the trick. It tastes like a chocolate shake.

    Keep up the good work!

  92. says

    You have definitely inspired my cabinets!! I’ll have to get those dried hibiscus flowers, too. My favorite smoothie ingredients, which winds up in pretty much all of my smoothies (even though the other ingredients change regularly), are: 1/2 frozen banana (or a handful of frozen mango); a huge ridiculous amount of kale (though sometimes I use frozen spinach, if I’m out of kale); frozen blueberries. Those are almost always at the base. From there I will add anything from an orange, to Spirulina, to chia, flax, hemp, nut butter, nut milk, water, vanilla, high-quality protein powder (like Vega, PlantFusion, or RawOne); oats; a carrot; a half of a cucumber; any of the superfoods you mentioned (many of which I have now, thanks to your influence); or, sometimes, a sweet potato. :-)

  93. says

    Those sweet potato cookies look amazing. I’m going to try the recipe. Thank you, Carrie!

    My favorite green smoothie recipe is simple: water, bananas, spinach or kale, and blueberries.

  94. Terri Cole says

    I have a green smoothie almost every morning. Here’s one of my favorites, The Ginger-Pear: 1 cup water, 1 cup almond milk, 1 T hemp seeds, 1 pear, 1 Cara Cara orange, 2 cups baby kale, 1 frozen banana, 1 chunk ginger root (1-2 inches) and a pinch of stevia.

  95. says

    I usually do frozen cherries, frozen banana, cacao powder, vega powder, milk or water and kale or beet greens (or spinach, mesclun mix, etc.–depending on what’s in the fridge).

    xo
    kittee

  96. Brittany Haight says

    My favorite is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seed, fresh ground almond butter, little banana, strawberry, spinach, and apple.

  97. jessie whittaker says

    I love acai, wheat grass, banana, spinach, lemon, cucumber, grapefruit, and the list goes on and on. Thank you for this post!

  98. Marla says

    Due to budget I keep my smoothies simple. My favorite is a mix of berries, spinach, flax, with a carrot/orange juice blend. Yum!

  99. says

    I started making what I call “smoothie oatmeal” for my 1 year old and my cereal-addicted husband. It’s basically a green or fruit smoothie of your choice plus about 1 cup of rolled oats thrown in to make it a nice oatmeal consistency. You can eat it fresh or leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours to get a little stickier like oatmeal.

  100. Barbara says

    My favorite green smoothie is spinach with frozen mango, pineapple, a banana, flax and a touch of grated ginger all blended with coconut or almond milk. Great smoothie with the taste of tropics.

  101. Amy An says

    My fav is also my first “formula” – a vitimix filled with greens (baby kales, baby ok choy, baby spinach, chard, etc get combined and rotated) and about 1/4 cup pom juice. Whiz it up to let the greens form all the good ITCs that help fight cancer. Then add 4 chunks pineapple, about 3/4 cup cantaloupe, about 1 cup frozen mixed berries, 1-2 bananas, and 2 T ground flaxseed and blend. This makes 2 10-ish ounce cups for my husband and son and sometimes a 4 oz baby smoothie for me.

  102. Darin says

    I love to put bananas, kale, sometimes peanut butter, flax seeds, maca powder, and then one of the following: acai powder or camu camu powder.

  103. Kathryn says

    I love making smoothies with fruit, greens and nondairy milks, but I haven’t really experimented with more exotic ingredients yet and I can’t wait to try!

  104. Cassie says

    Usually I include non-dairy milk, spinach, banana, protein powder. Sometimes substitute oranges or pumpkin for the spinach or add peanut butter or chia seeds. Never have used any of the superfoods, but would love to try them out.

  105. Danielle says

    I love kale in my smoothie! I think it’s because kale is the green I started using when I began juicing so I’m comfortable with it. Not to mention it’s nutrional value. :-)

  106. lfwfv says

    I am really a simple gal….love me some BANANAS!!!! Lots and lots of bananas…. :D Also often add some carob powder, and always a splash of vanilla.

  107. Pam says

    Every morning I drink green smoothie made with: water, kale, spinach or whatever other green I have, grapes or apple, banana, chia seeds, flax seeds, and frozen berries or frozen tropical fruit.

  108. Nickole says

    My favorite green smoothie is:
    1 banana
    1 kiwi
    2 handfuls of spinach
    3-4 slices of pineapple and juice
    chia seeds
    Ice
    Blend! It’s a tropical getaway ;)

  109. Elizabeth says

    My favorite green smoothie recipe includes ground flax seed, organic baby spinach, cucumber, lime juice, celery, banana, blueberries, pineapple, and almond milk. It’s mmmmMmmm good and a great way to start my day!

  110. Stacy says

    My go-to smoothie is handful of spinach, handful of kale, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana, enough water (or almond milk) to make a slushie texture. I add a scoop of the pixie-vites vitamin if I’m sharing with my daughter.

  111. Stella S says

    I’m currently into adding carrots to all my smoothies, green or other colors. I can get organic carrots for .80/lb, so they are a great buy and add a lot to the smoothies.

  112. Sarah G says

    I love my smoothie to have lots of spinach along with banana, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. I love hearing what everyone puts in theirs. I may make some new combinations after reading all these posts. :)

  113. Devon says

    my favorite green smoothie ingredients- baby spinach, bananas, pom juice, almond milk, frozen bluberries, chocolate VEGA

  114. says

    handful of kale
    frozen bananas
    pineapple
    First Greens Powder
    Nativas Maca
    flax seed
    1 part coconut milk to 3 parts filtered water
    I also add rolled oats to make more filling and to add a bit of protein

  115. says

    I don’t make green smoothies as much as I should, but when I do, my favorite green is spinach. I like that’s it’s nice and mild and goes with about anything.

    Every time I make a smoothie, however, I add chia seeds and a scoop of protein powder. If I make a green smoothie, I add a scoop of super green powder.

    I, too, get a ton of information from Dr. Greger’s videos. Super informative!

  116. Tiffany says

    My basic green smoothie is made with spinach (lots!), frozen blueberries and bananas, almond milk, flax seed and vegan chocolate protein powder. I also add maca powder and I feel like it gives me more energy! My smoothie keeps me full until lunch-so yummy! I’d love to try some of these other superfoods.

  117. Amanda says

    My fave green smoothie is almond milk, kale, chia seeds, banana, and almond butter. My sons 1st birthday is March 15…. Hopefully it’s my lucky day!

  118. Kathleen says

    My favorite is:

    1 cup cherries or mixed berries with cherries in the mix (I use frozen)
    3/4 cup frozen mango
    1/2 cup plant milk
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1 cup frozen collards or 2 cups super super packed raw greens like spinach
    1 tsp carob powder
    1 tbsp chia seeds
    .50 ml dha
    Vitamin D drops
    Pinch xantham gum

    Yunmy!

    I have to say I am very interested in this post because I had heard the acai berry just a money making scheme. I really trust Dr. Gregor and will be looking into these products. I wonder if it amps up berry flavors in a smoothie like the one listed above. I would love that!

    As an aside, I feel so good on this challenge!

  119. Judon says

    Hi Carrie,
    Our smoothies include frozen org broccoli, we vary our greens, kale, collards, bok chou, spinach etc. some type of berry, frozen org banana, pomegranate arils, some type of sprout, ground flax seed, chia seed, sometimes maca, sometimes cacao. love Nativas!
    I usually add 1/4 of an org lemon to sweeten the sharp chlorophyll taste.

  120. Colette says

    almond milk, cacao powder, maca powder, hemp powder, frozen banana, frozen cherries, golden berries, kale and collards…yum-my

  121. Rachel Ballard says

    Hi Carrie, I love your inspiring blog! My favorite superfood smoothies include banana, LOTS of spinach, almond milk, cacao, maca, gogi berries, and mesquite powder. Thanks for the ideas. I’m looking forward to expanding my repertoire!

  122. says

    I love your pantry! What a great way to organise your food. I’ve got far too many smoothie ingredients so been trying to whittle them down as I have nowhere to store them. There are so many great things you can add to a smoothie. I didn’t know normal cinnamon could be harmful!

  123. Deborah Bitner says

    I love reading your posts! so glad i found you!! my fav green smoothie is 1 tablespoon spirulina, 1 cucumber, 1-2 handfuls kale or spinach, 1 green apple, handful of mint or cilantro, 1/2 beet root and 2 carrots

  124. says

    Thanks so much for the link about amla powder. I was curious! And I was going to comment anyway, but, if I must enter the giveaway (:-)), then … My usual smoothie additions are maca and spirulina. I’m running a little low on spirulina, so I picked up some Vitamineral Green today for a change of pace, and, lo and behold, it has amla in it! Woo!

  125. Bonnie Randall-Hanson says

    My current favorite smoothie combo is banana, blueberries, dried apricot, spinach and soy milk-yum!

  126. says

    Just got around to trying the cookies. Made 1/4 batch and that w/ an apple was breakfast. Excellent! I didn’t have apple sauce so had to use pear sauce (bummer right?). Aside from that I made them per the recipe though I was perhaps a bit over generous w/ the vanilla and they could have used less. Definitely a keeper! Thank you.

  127. says

    Thank you! Recipe is now on my go-to list. Because all the ingredients are so “food”, I feel no guilt subbing this in as part of a meal. My 8 year old is totally thrilled!

    • says

      How funny! I was actually wondering because I had never read a reference to you having young kids at home on Dr. F’s forums. I have my hands full with my inner child as well. :)

  128. says

    Lately, mine has been quite thrilled w/ watermelon. I think anything sweet does the job, and since retooling my sense of taste w/ ETL, it takes much less to get it done. This morning Kamut manna bread I made really tickled “our” fantasy!

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