PEANUT BUTTER VANILLA GREEN SHAKE

peanut butter vanilla green shake // via thefirstmess.com
Let’s try something different here! I’ve said before that I could start a blog based solely around the theme of “Wellness Drinks,” but I always feel a creeping sense of guilt when I post a smoothie or other beverage as the weekly offering here. It seems too easy and just not interesting enough. And yet! Health-supporting beverages are most definitely having a sustained moment on the internet/in real life. I’ve always maintained that arming yourself with a few good smoothie, juice, and hot beverage recipes is a smart strategy when you’re trying to make some healthy habits permanent.

Thoughtful drinks seem to punctuate my days out of necessity, so I’m going to start sharing those here as a little weekly supplement along with some links–stuff and things about food, health, a few randoms in there, and just some general things to make you go hmmm.

A Michael Pollan documentary series is coming to Netflix!

I made a vegan version of this one-pan farro with tomatoes a little while ago, subbing half of the farro with quinoa, and using preserved tomatoes along with a few hothouse cherry ones (and also showering it with pine nut parm). It was the perfect, suspiciously easy, cold weather supper.

Me and my dry winter skin are obsessed with the oil cleansing method. The difference in texture, moisture, redness, and overall detectable nourishment is night and day. I can’t believe it took me so long to try it. Great video here!

One of my favourite blogs is becoming a cookbook. Plus granola bars <3

The chain of command that makes açai bowls possible in North America.

Something to inform you as you gaze at the full moon tonight: “The expansive and generous spiritual principles that bring humanity together as a whole will be illuminated by this full moon.”

Stress and burning out your adrenals. What to do? Spoiler alert: eat plants and meditate.

Potholes to make you grin.

The new Insta-spirituality. “It’s unsettling to think that soul-enriching practices could be a passing trend in the same way over-the-knee boots were four seasons ago.”

Your gut/life needs fiber (peep that giant salad at the top though).

David Bowie impersonates Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits.

The guys who made Cowspiracy were on Joe Rogan’s podcast. I’m saving it for a marathon cooking session this weekend.

When I find myself enjoying an Oprah quote, it’s usually a real banger.

A perfect guide to growing and using nature’s original superfood: sprouts.

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PEANUT BUTTER VANILLA GREEN SHAKE RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
Serves: 1
Notes: I used to swear off green smoothies/shakes that were plant milk-based. As freaky as it sounds, I wanted to taste the greens. I liked the freshness of them with fruit, coconut water, mint, and maybe some cucumber. After I did yoga a couple weeks ago, a weird craving for a plant milk-y greens drink with peanut butter came over me. I’ve had this shake almost every day since. It’s one of those “Betcha can’t taste the greens!” kinda numbers, which is its own special kind of fun sometimes (if you’re a dweeb like me).

1 cup plant-based milk
1 cup packed baby spinach
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened, natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder OR extract
tiniest pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup ice

Optional add-ins (although I use all of these every time):
1 teaspoon mesquite powder
1/2 teaspoon greens powder (I use this one)
plant-based protein powder

Combine all of the ingredients in an upright blender and blitz on high until completely smooth. If you’ve packed your spinach really tight, you may have to add an extra splash of plant milk.

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