I think part of anyone’s dance journey is some sort of fitness regimen, so as part of my dance life, I wanted to share the occasional healthy or culturally relevant recipe.
Today, I’ve got for you the Purple Power Smoothie, a vegan nutrition-packed breakfast (or any meal option) for dancers and non-dancers alike. I’m a picky girl and have never been good at getting in my fruits and veggies. Smoothies are a great way for me to make almost anything palatable.
Except bananas. I can’t even with bananas for some reason.
Everything in this smoothie is a fresh whole food with no refined sugars. Anything I could find in organic locally, I got, but non-organic options also work, of course.
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2/3 cup blueberries (frozen)
- 1/2 cup raspberries (frozen)
- 1/2 medium hass avocado (preferably chilled or frozen)
- 2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp whole chia seeds
- 1 tsp raw honey (or 100% maple syrup/agave nectar)
- 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
Add spinach and almond milk to blender and run until spinach is minced well. Add all fruit next and blend for a bit before adding the seeds. You might need to use an icing spatula to scrape the sides and fold in the seeds a bit before blending again. Lastly, add your honey and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Serve in an insulated cup to preserve texture longer. The lemon juice is optional, but I added it to cut through the sweetness of the blueberries.
This may seem high calorie, but it is meant to be a meal by itself. I’ve provided the nutritional info according to My Fitness Pal below. Packed full of fiber, healthy fats, protein, and other nutritious goodness, I think it makes for a good, high-energy breakfast.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 25 g||39 %|
|Saturated Fat 2 g||9 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 10 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 161 mg||7 %|
|Potassium 678 mg||19 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 39 g||13 %|
|Dietary Fiber 17 g||69 %|
|Sugars 18 g|
|Protein 18 g||37 %|
|Vitamin A||40 %|
|Vitamin C||39 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|