Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Vital information: July is National Ice Cream Month in the States. Whyyyyy didn’t I know this before? There’s nothing better than a whole entire month designated to the love of ice cream. What a great excuse to eat some (although who needs an excuse, am I right?!).

“Mouth beginning to water”
“Gulp”

Personally I don’t really dig ice cream. It’s the heavy cream that I kinda dislike. I do get my cravings from time to time, but more often when we go out for ice cream, I opt for sorbet or yoghurt based scoops (all hail Frozen Yoghurt!). I say this as if going out for ice cream were frequent..it’s not (although we have made dinner out of a trip for FroYo a couple of times occasionally due to the lack of visits (oh the shame)).

I love my Froyo

I love my Froyo

But now it’s Ice Cream Month. Eating ice cream just became an absolute must, especially in this Summer heat. But with our infrequent visits for a scoop of the good stuff and only one delicious FroYo place in town, it’s been tough to honor the creamy deliciousness. What’s more, we don’t have an ice cream maker at home (but that should soon change) and barely ever buy it at the store (we would eat the entire pint…)

As you can see, we haven’t given ice cream the attention it deserves during its dedicated month. So what do we do to praise it in the short time left of July?

…We eat it for breakfast! 😀

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More or less.

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Probably less than more.

Eating ice cream for breakfast, even if it were just sorbet or FroYo, is sadly full of sugar 😦 and sometimes contains quite a few preservatives. Not a good way to start your day (tolerated only during the occasional holiday ;))
So how else can we celebrate this special month? Well, how about with an ice-cream like smoothie!

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I’ve been eating these Frozen Protein Smoothies for over 4 years now. What began as just a combination of Protein Powder and Frozen Fruit has now evolved into a divine combination of a few more, healthy ingredients, that really lend the perfect finishing touches. I tend to eat a smoothie more often on weekends and holidays because it is slightly more time-consuming than other breakfasts and not very portable. Also, before I started adding more than just fruit, I was often quite hungry only an hour after eating it and thus preferred oats as heartier breakfasts or pre-dance snacks, for example.

Now it has all changed.

I learned to read ingredients of things better as part of my clean eating lifestyle. Reading things carefully helps limit my consumption of artificial sweeteners and hydrolyzed isolated proteins (which seem to make up most of the ingredients in many of my favorite protein powders…:( )

My mom, being her awesome nutritionist self, has always surfed the web (i.e endless hours of research) for new and improved powders and supplements that we could incorporate into our lives. She was initially the one to eat the frozen berry/powder concoction for lunch during hot Summers; first by using a Patrick Holford powder supplement, and later switching to Spiru-tein. Back then the smoothie thing never appealed to me. My mom ate them so quickly that she either ended up with a major brain freeze or had to take a hot bath to warm up (or both) – not very tempting… One day however, she did get me to try it.

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I loved it.

But after reading weird ingredients, list after list, on most of the powders we were using, the benefits of using protein powder instead of eating real ice cream were slim. And so the search for the healthiest powders began!

We’ve tested many, falling in love with vegan and raw (preferably soy free) alternatives rather than continuing to use whey or soy-isolates (although I really did like those..). Going raw helps limit the amount of allergen type foods we are consuming.

Now we have finally found one we quite like in terms of flavor, and health benefits.

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The following recipe is a current favorite of mine, tasting just like strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Very fitting to this month and a great dedication to ice cream 😉

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup of frozen Strawberries
  • Up to 2 tablespoons of Quark or Greek Yoghurt (either plain or Vanilla)
  • 1/3 Cup of your choice of milk (I switch between Coconut milk and Vanilla Soy or Oat milk; Almond milk would work well as well)
  • 1 tablespoon linseed/flaxseed (ground)
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seed (ground)
  • 1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds (ground)
  • 1 tablespoon Oat Bran/Rolled Oats (ground)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Sun Warrior)
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt cream cheese (Philadelphia) (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/vanilla powder (optional

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients in a blender and mix until processed. It should be very thick (like ice cream!)
  2. If it’s too unprocessable, add more milk.

The linseed meal gives the smoothie a cakey texture and the hemp seeds lend a buttery flavor. The seeds are not only great for a flavour boost, their health benefits also make them great additions to any meal; they are full of omega 3 fatty acids, fibre and protein.

Wishing a wonderful ice cream month, however you may enjoy it!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

For more information on seeds and their benefits, check out the following links.

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