Pea Green Smoothie

Have you guys ever tried kelp noodles??

They are a great healthy alternative to regular ol’ wheat noodles. They’re gluten free, raw, and loaded with lots of micronutrients. But! I think the coolest thing about them is their calorie count- 12 ounces (a whole package) of kelp noodles contains only 18 calories…. yeah, that’s NOT a type-o. They seriously only contain 18 calories per package. Un-real, right?

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You’d think with those kind of numbers everybody would be buying them up! Or at least I thought so. I certainly bought some after reading about them.

They were sitting in my pantry for a very long time because I just didn’t know what to do with them. That is, until just a few days ago. I made a stir-fry with them.

Let’s just say thank goodness Dave wasn’t home to try this experiment… I could only stomach a few bites before having to throw the whole meal in the garbage. My gag reflex couldn’t handle it. I was NOT a fan.

They have this semi-crunchy, kind of chewy quality to them. Not to mention the slight ocean-y, fishy taste. Have I ever mentioned that I have never, ever, ever liked sea animals? So it could have just been my pre-prejudices…. and the fact that I have yet to find an equal substitute to regular wheat pasta (squash/zucchini noodles don’t do it for me either). Either way, tread cautiously if you are brave enough to try kelp noodles!

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You know what isn’t disgusting that probably seems like it would be though? THIS Pea Green Smoothie.

I loooooooove sneaking vegetables into smoothies. It is my absolute favorite way to get my smoothie on. And since peas are available so conveniently cooked and frozen, I thought, “Why not add them to a smoothie?

And who knew peas would pair so wonderfully with the sweetness of fruit! Specifically apples. Apples and peas make a GREAT flavor. I used apple juice in this smoothie to really make the concentrated sweetness and flavor sing. But apples really didn’t do it on their own. Another fruit pairing was needed, especially if I wanted to sneak in another vegetable serving via some spinach leaves… enter: banana. Good ol’ faithful. Bananas never fail to rescue smoothies (make sure you use really sweet, over ripe ones for the best favor!)

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If you’re anti-banana in your smoothies, then go ahead and use some mango chunks instead. I tried both, but I really preferred the banana.

But I know the biggest question in your mind right now is, “Do you taste the peas?” Well, yes. You do taste the peas. But! After that first semi-startling sip, you realize that the flavor is actually delicious. No joke.

Believe it or not, this has quickly become one of my favorite smoothies. This and Pumpkin Pie. Hubbba Hubba.

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This smoothie is high in: fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.

*The sugar content is so high because of the juice and the banana. You can omit the banana and use stevia to sweeten as necessary OR use coconut water in place of the juice and then add an apple instead.*


Pea Green Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana, preferably frozen
  • ¾ cup organic apple juice
  • ¼ cup coconut water (or plain water)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed or milled flax seed
  • additional sweetener, as needed
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients together in the bowl of a blend and blend on high until completely smooth.

Smart Substitutions:

  • 1/2 cup mango chunks for the banana.
  • Fresh orange juice for the apple juice.
 

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  • Laura January 20, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Try adding strawberries with peas, too! Delicious!!

  • lmachell January 20, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Good idea! I will definitely give it a try- thanks : )

  • Nancy Stucki May 5, 2014, 3:16 am

    Pea smoothie sounds crazy good. Going to try it.

  • Martha August 26, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Try watermelon instead of added fruit juice, plus water..
    I tried my first pea addition to a smoothie today. It was great.
    I like to avoid any addition of concentrated fruit juices.

  • lmachell August 27, 2014, 10:50 pm

    I agree- I don’t like adding fruit juices. But I just can’t stand watermelon myself… Good idea for others though!