RECIPE: Vanilla, Date, Almond, Hemp Seed Shake

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Healthy Thirst Quenchers

When the weather heats up, it’s all too easy to slide into lethargy and reach for something less than nourishing in hopes of quenching what a certain sugary sports drink brand refers to as “that deep-down body thirst.” As an antidote, I offer Bluedot readers a quartet of healthy, delicious and all-natural recipes, customized to keep you alert and high-functioning even as you cool off and rehydrate.

Each drink in the collection that follows (see links for each of the others at the end of this recipe) — one spritzer, one fresh juice, and two frothy and cold smoothies — is made with healthy, natural ingredients and little or no added sugar. These recipes are sized for a small group; any leftovers can be frozen in ice cube trays and repurposed as healthy mini-popsicles. And one final note: on a sweltering day, the smoothies make a great meal replacement that will help prevent literal and figurative meltdowns.

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two smoothies in glasses on yellow napkins

RECIPE: Vanilla, Date, Almond, Hemp Seed Shake


  • Author: Vanessa Seder
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 4 1x

Description

This cold smoothie is lightly sweet, frothy, and creamy.  Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Blending them with the dates, almond, and banana makes for a shake that delivers fiber and protein as well, creating a veritable trifecta of health benefits.


Ingredients

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  • 2 whole frozen peeled bananas, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup superfine blanched almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 cup whole cow’s milk or plain unsweetened almond or oat milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Chopped toasted almonds, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the bananas, dates, almond flour, 2 teaspoons hemp seeds, milk, vanilla, and ice in a blender.
  2. Blend on low speed until the fruit is finely chopped, about 1 minute, then blend on high speed until rich and frothy, about 1 more minute. Divide between glasses and top each with some chopped toasted almonds. Serve immediately.

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Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder has worked in the food industry for 20 plus years as a recipe developer, food stylist, chef instructor, and author. Her cookbooks include Warm Your Bones, Eat Cool, (which received positive reviews from the New York Times and elsewhere), and the award-winning Secret Sauces. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Vanessa has developed recipes for Real Simple, All You, Health, Cooking Light, Hannaford’s Fresh, Ladies Home Journal – where she previously served as associate food editor, and Maine The Way, among others. She also holds a micro degree in horticulture. She lives with her family in Portland, Maine. She can be found online at vanessaseder.com and Instagram @vanessa_seder_eats .
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