Yesterday my brother asked to get this instant smoothie mix, Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion. It’s all natural, made with plant-based ingredients and “rich in organic, raw superfoods”. We got three of the small packets and this morning he had a smoothie with it. Once it was made, he asked me to take some photos of his smoothie before drinking – with the purpose of sharing it here.
Was he ever patient! This is my first drink recipe here, and also my first time photographing drinks. I think I did pretty well for my first time. These last two shots were directed by my brother. The Bionicle and “thumb’s up” ideas were his.
Thinking up a name for this drink took some creativity, too. (“Green Banana Smoothie…hm, no – it’ll make people think of green bananas.”) Then it struck me – what about Emerald City Banana Smoothie? Although my brother hasn’t watched or read the book The Wizard of Oz, he is familiar with the story. The name, however, was tweaked slightly at his instance: Emerald Green Banana Smoothie.
Update: these are the ingredients for the VEGA Whole Food Smoothie Infusion, for those curious:
yellow pea protein, organic hemp protein, organic sprouted flax seeds, organic brown rice protein, organic green food blend (spirulina, organic wheat grass, organic alfalfa grass, organic barley grass, organic spinach, organic sprouted broccoli, organic kale, organic kelp, organic dulse), inulin (from chicory root) , natural flavors, xanthum gum.
Emerald Green Banana Smoothie
Normally I wouldn’t post a recipe that requires a special mix or blend, but, like I said, my brother asked me to put this recipe here so this is all out of sisterly love. It can easily be made without the smoothie mix, only it won’t be green anymore.
3 ripe bananas, with spotty skin (it’s okay if they’re mushy or slightly overripe)
Spoonful of strawberry jam
Eden Organics rice and soy milk blend
1 packet VEGA Whole Food Smoothie Infusion
Break the bananas in chunks and put in a tall container, such as a glass measuring cup. Add the strawberry jam and pour in the rice and soy milk blend until it just about covers the fruit, about three quarters. Sprinkle in the smoothie mix and blend with an electric hand blender until smooth. Or, blend the fruit and milk, then add the smoothie mix and blend again until smooth. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
This may also be done in a blender or food processor.