Wondering what to do with that lonely red pepper in your fridge? Is it a day away from starting to wrinkle? You know what I mean. You find it in the back and it’s like an old wrinkly thing…and you kick yourself for wasting it? We’ve likely all done it.
Well! I have the solution! Whether it’s because you love red peppers and their incredible nutrition profiles or you need to use a red pepper or need more colorful vegetables to enter into your nutrition plan. THIS STRAWBERRY RED PEPPER CANTALOUPE SMOOTHIE!
Now, trust me, the ingredients seem a bit odd…but it’s actually very fresh..with a kick, from the cayenne. It’s also loaded with nutrition, of course. Just try it.
1 cup frozen strawberries…heaping
1 cup chopped ripe cantaloupe (pick a ripe one, the flavor addition is important!)
1 small red pepper, cored and chopped
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 scoop North Coast Naturals vanilla whey protein (option to sub a vegetarian protein here but of course my recipe is based on the taste from this one)
1 pinch of cayenne pepper (yes it’s a great addition to have a kick to your smoothie and really finishes this one off nicely)
1 cup of unsweetened or home made almond milk
Ok this thing is LOADED with goodness. Essential Omega 3 fats from the hemp hearts. Boundless Vitamin C as cantaloupe and red peppers are 2 of the fruits and vegetables highest in vitamin C. Red peppers are also a source of over 30 different members of the carotenoid family. Both the vitamin C and carotenoid content of bell peppers increases with ripening. So that very ripe pepper is perfect! Red peppers are also a good source of B6, vitamin A and folate. Strawberries provide antioxidants and vitamin C as well. Hold on, maybe this should be the smoothie you reach for if you are feeling a cold coming on with all this vitamin C!Quality protein to top it off (I bet this would also work with yogurt, however I have not kitchen tested that YET!)
Blend it up well until it’s smooth and enjoy! How can you not feel healthy and clean after this meal!?
NSAG – Real Food Real People Real Health