Monday, August 30, 2010

Vanilla Hemp-Milk Shake with Goji Berries

August ends tomorrow, and back to school season will be upon us. But for now, a week of ninety degree weather is keeping the summer love alive. Here’s a refreshing meal-in-a-glass, perfect for breakfast on these last hot days of summer.

This shake is packed with protein and healthy essential fatty acids from fresh hemp seeds, and gets an added cell-saving antioxidant boost from high ORAC goji berries.

The Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity, or ORAC scale measures the antioxidant potential of different foods. Goji berries are one of the highest ORAC fruits, surpassed only by black raspberries and acai. Raw cacao tops them all – but that would be a different shake! Goji berries also contain all eight essential amino acids, making them a complete protein in a cherry-plum tasting package.

In this raw vegan version of the old childhood favorite, the Strawberry Milkshake, hemp seeds make the milk and goji berries stand in for strawberries.

Goji berries are a first-class thickening agent, so lots of water and ice are required, making this shake terrifically hydrating as well as delicious. Powdered vanilla bean provides a deep flavor experience but vanilla extract would also do. Tip: I always peel, bag and freeze my too-ripe bananas so I’m sure to have a stash of frozen bananas on hand.

Vanilla Hemp-Milk Shake with Goji Berries

4 Tablespoons goji berries
1 ½ cups filtered water
1/3 cup hemp seeds
2 frozen organic bananas
¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
4 ice cubes

Place goji berries, water and hemp seeds in blender container and allow to soak for five minutes or so while you gather the other ingredients. Blend well to make your goji hemp milk, then add bananas, vanilla powder and ice and blend again till nice and frothy.


sarah said...

Wow, nice recipe Diana, very tasty and satisfying!

sarah said...

Wow, nice recipe Diana, very tasty and satisfying!

Diana Allen, MS, CNS said...

thank you once, thank you twice, sarah! glad you enjoyed :)

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMM,..what a lovely & healthy shake this surely is!

I have a lot of these dried berries in the house & didn't know what to do with it!

becca.moon said...

mmmmmm super yummy delicious!~!

Diana Allen, MS, CNS said...

Thanks for stopping by, Becca and Sophie! Now that the cool weather is here, I'm going to make this shake using warm water and minus the ice...maybe add in a little warming cinnamon and ginger...what do you think? Enjoy!

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