Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Shake it, baby, for healthy drinks

  • Print

LAST month, Yvette Labossiere wrote in looking for healthy smoothie recipes, wanting some homemade alternatives to those pricey store-bought power shakes. Tracy Postoluk sent in a recipe for a blueberry shake she has been making for herself and her husband for almost a year. I added a recipe for a favourite choco-banana-peanut-butter drink. These easy-to-make drinks are a handy way to pack nutrients into a drinkable form, and they can be great for breakfast-skippers or anyone who needs a healthy boost of antioxidants, calcium, fibre, protein and vitamins.

With the leaves starting to turn, now is the time to offer tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes or send in requests for something new. (A pie you want to try? Another take on potatoes?) If you can help with a recipe request, have your own request, or a favourite recipe you'd like to share, send an email to recipeswap@freepress.mb.ca, fax it to 697-7412, or write to Recipe Swap, c/o Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 3B6. Please include your first and last name, address and telephone number.

Healthy blueberry shake

250 ml (1 cup) vanilla yogurt

30 g (about 60 ml or 1/4 cup) vanilla whey powder

15 ml (1 tbsp) hemp hearts

15 ml (1 tbsp) Nutrasea oil (a lemon-flavoured fish oil supplement)

250 ml (1 cup) frozen blueberries

5 ml (1 tsp) Metamucil clear fibre powder

60-125 ml (1/4-1/2 cup) water (to taste: make it as thick or thin as you like)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Makes about 500 ml (16 oz).

Tester's notes: All the ingredients combine for fresh blueberry taste and a heavenly colour. Tracy says the initial price of buying the ingredients can be high, but it's worth it. (Compare to a daily breakfast sandwich and a coffee at a drive-thru, she points out, which is more expensive and not half as good for you.) Blueberries are a nutrient-packed super food, and hemp is a made-in-Manitoba product with loads of health benefits. The fish supplement supplies omega-3, but you definitely want to go with this lemon-flavoured version and not a standard one. I'll confess I didn't use any Metamucil in mine, but I did get some fibre from the blueberries. Look for the specialized ingredients at bulk, health food or organic food stores.

Peanut butter-banana-chocolate smoothie

1 banana

60 ml (1/4 cup) vanilla yogurt

125 ml (1/2 cup) chocolate-flavoured almond milk

30 ml (2 tbsp) peanut butter

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Makes about 250 ml (8 oz).

Tester's notes: A rich-tasting combination of flavours. Almond milk contains a good dose of vitamins A, B, D and E, along with calcium. Using Greek yogurt adds protein.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 19, 2012 D5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Soca and Reggae Festival and Weekend Weather

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.
  • RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS June 23, 2011 Local - A Monarch butterfly is perched on a flower  in the newly opened Butterfly Garden in Assiniboine Park Thursday morning.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What's your take on a report that shows violent crime is decreasing in Winnipeg?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google