Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Recipes with Usana Fruit and Veggie Shake

Ekayani's Test Run with Green Monster Fruit & Veggie Shake
Diana Yin is the person responsible for testing recipes with USANA Health Sciences test kitchen. I decided to give her take on Green Monster fruit and veggie shake using French Vanilla Nutrimeal a go. Although the idea of adding strawberries and a banana seemed strange,  I was moved by Diana's story about her vegan days in San Francisco. She did a lot of juicing!  Over time she found it difficult to maintain so she was happy to try a new twist on something old that added protein. Diana hasn't steered me wrong so far so I went for it. Verdict? Delicious!

Do's and Dont's
The recipe is easy enough yet I realized that for a smoother blend, taking the time to remove the stems from the spinach I used would have been worth it. Luckily, it was only me drinking this "test runso I was the only one who got greens caught in her teeth! Be sure to pulse the banana, strawberries or grapes with water in the blender first as this will prevent the shake from becoming too frothy. You don't need more than 60 seconds to whip this up!

10 to 12 oz of cold water
1 scoop of  USANA French Vanilla Nutrimeal
A handful of stemmed and finely chopped spinach
A handful of stemmed and finely chopped kale
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
1 fresh banana
Pulse the banana,strawberries,greens and water in blender till smooth.
Strain through a sieve
Put juice mixture back into blender and discard the pulpy matter.
 Add 1 scoop of French Vanilla Nutrimeal.
Blend for 45 to 60 seconds.
Bottoms Up! You will want to use a sieve to remove the green pieces.

I thought this recipe was great! It was truly satisfying and easy to make and made two servings.
Tip: If you want you can add a scoop of Fibergy for a little extra fiber. French Vanilla Nutrimeal is a gluten free non GMO soy based product.

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