Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Vegan Low-Fat Carrot Cake Smoothie

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This smoothie was inspired by Angela Liddon at ohsheglows.com-- I really didn't need to do much to it to adjust for my own tastes, but it's so awesome that I felt that I should spread the word (also check out her website for some fanastic treats)!  I have always been on the fence about smoothies due to their high sugar content (see below at the nutrional info), green (or in this case, orange) smoothies are usually much better than the traditional kind.  And, of course, these sugars are not the same sugars you'll get from, say, an Icee at Cumby's.  Even still, I try to stay away from smoothies unless it's been a high-energy day.  Typically, I smoothie-approve days that I get to the gym twice or some other ridiculous exertion of energy.  That said, this is absolutely delicious and at the very least, this is a huge improvement to the calorie and sugar content of a real carrot cake.  Enjoy!

1 large carrot, chopped
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 large frozen banana
2 large ice cubes
1.5 tbsp ground flax seeds
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon
 You can also top it with shredded coconut

Place all ingredients into the blender, starting with the almond milk and blend until smooth. Like all smoothies, place the lightest ingredients in first, and allow the heaviest to sit on top and push the rest down.

Makes 2 cups.

Caloric Info
Servings 2
Calories136.3
Total Fat: 4.1 grams
Sat Fat: 0.4 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 1.5 grams
Monosat. Fat: 0.5 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 157.3 mg
Potassium: 614.2 mg
Carbs: 24.9 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5.5 grams
Sugar: 11.3 grams
Protein: 3.0 grams

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