I just spent an AMAZING 5 days in San Jose, California. Now, I know what you’re thinking, sure, who wouldn’t spend an amazing time anywhere in sunny California, especially when it’s still snowing over most of the country.
No, this was not a vacation at all. I spent 4 days at the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within event at the SAP Center with 12,000 of my now closest friends. If you’ve ever been to a Tony Robbins event, you’ll understand my comment about all of the amazing people I met.
This is how Tony describes this particular event; “Together, we will tap into your real passion to discover what drives you – so you can create unstoppable momentum, make powerful decisions and take immediate action. You will learn how to thrive and prosper in any environment at a level beyond what you may have thought possible.” – Tony Robbins
What does all this have to do with my Bangin’ Kitchen Sink Smoothie? Funny you should ask.
During these 4 intense days, I did not eat much at all. AT ALL! I tried my best to drink water, I packed a few nuts and seeds in my bag and a few protein bars. But, the SAP Center is an indoor arena whose primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. So, the food vendors there are a bit less than healthy. You can eat all the hot dogs, nachos and French fries you want but as you know, that’s just not my style. So, I came home completely depleted. Over-stimulated, and under fed does not make for a happy Linda!
This Bangin’ Kitchen Sink Smoothie; I got the recipe from Mark Sisson, was exactly what I needed this morning!
Bangin’ Kitchen Sink Smoothie
This smoothie is inspired by the smoothie that renowned triathlete and coach Ben Greenfield says is one of his go-to breakfasts. I call it the kitchen sink smoothie because I throw everything but the kitchen sink in there! Feel free to adapt this recipe to include any nuts and herbs you have around. This is a calorie and nutrient-dense meal in itself, so you might even choose to split it into two servings or share it with someone you love.
3 C Kale leaves
½ C full-fat coconut milk
½ medium avocado
¼ C raw almonds
3 Brazil nuts – YUM!! These are my Mom’s favorite nut
½ C loosely packed fresh herbs – see NOTE
2 scoops of your favorite meal replacement powder – I use Primal Fuel in Vanilla, but if you use Chocolate than add
1 T cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
2-3 drips peppermint extract (optional)
2 ice cubes
- Place a steamer basket in a small pan with an inch or so of water in the bottom. Bring the water to a boil and steam the kale for 5 minutes. This breaks down the kale and makes it less stiff.
- Transfer the kale to a high-speed blender. Add the coconut milk, avocado, nuts, and herbs. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
- Add the protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, peppermint extract, and ice and blend until smooth. Add water if need to achieve desired consistency.
NOTE: my favorite mixture is to use ¼ C fresh mint leaves (if I’m using Chocolate Primal Fuel) and ¼ C fresh cilantro. Parsley also works well. Use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand.
After drinking this this morning, I feel ready to face the day, filled with energy that I know will sustain me until long after lunch.
And please remember to share these recipes with family and friends – they’ll thank you for it 😉