Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! Flavorful Friday: Savory Green Smoothie Juice Recipe and Product Giveaway!

John 1:12-13 New International Version

"12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God."

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015!

If your commitments this year include being healthy and drinking more smoothies, then you'll definitely want to keep reading.  Today I am excited to bring you my new favorite, yet quirky, green smoothie juice recipe!  Okay, "smoothie juice?" you are asking, "what in the world is that?"  It's what you get when you combine the amazing concept of whole food juicing with a bit of protein supplementation for those times when your body needs a bit more than just juice, but a bit less than a full on smoothie.  I love how I feel with full-on juicing for a cleanse, but it is highly time consuming, and expensive, and juicers have so many parts to clean.  I'm also not sure how I feel about only consuming the juice and not the fiber as an every-day meal replacement.  I've been a long-time fan of smoothies, especially green smoothies, and I've been known to make "everything but the kitchen sink" versions that are packed full of tons of nutrition that even my small child will drink!  I recently wanted all of the nutrition of a traditional "green juice", but felt like I needed a bit of protein, too, and that is when this concept of the "smoothie juice" was created.

I discovered NutraSumma brand Pea Protein Powder several months ago, and everyone in my house is a big fan of the chocolate flavor in our traditional smoothies.  I was thrilled when I got to visit the NutraSumma booth at the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Dallas recently, and discovered they had a lot more flavors, and a lot more products in their line, than I had ever imagined!  After sampling every powder flavor, I can still say that my family favorite is the Chocolate.  However, I am growing more and more fond of the Unflavored Pea Protein, and this green smoothie juice recipe is one example where this product shines!

Here are some of the things I personally love about the NutraSumma Pea Protein Powder:

  • unlike many other brands, it is not gritty and does not have any sort of weird mouth feel
  • it is not overly sweet
  • it offers 20g of protein per serving
  • it features protease, a digestive enzyme to help my body absorb the nutrients
  • the Chocolate flavor has only 4g of sugar
  • it does not leave me bloated, crampy, or with an otherwise grumbly or upset tummy
  • it mixes well and keeps me full until snack time
  • it tastes great! 
  • it has a great amino acid profile 
  • I love how simple the ingredients are, and that is not chock full of things I can't pronounce or don't know what they are or don't want to ingest.  
  • There is no wheat, no soy, no dairy, no gluten, or preservatives or anything.  Just plain old pea protein isolate.

I'm excited to announce that NutraSumma has extended a generous offer to you, my readers!  The winner of our raffle will receive one tub of Pea Protein Powder shipped directly to you FREE OF CHARGE!  Be sure to click here and sign up now to win and share this great opportunity with your friends and family as well.  Someone is going to win, it might as well be you!

May your 2015 be filled with wonder and joy!

Yours truly,

Country Mama Hippie Chic
aka Brandi Schunk

Savory Green Smoothie Juice Recipe

Makes 5 Cups or 40 oz


½ Celery Stalk
6 Curly Parsley Sprigs, ends of stems removed
1 Garlic Clove, peeled
1 Small Red Apple, cut and cored
1 Small Orange, peeled
1 Small Carrot, or 4 Baby Cut Carrots
½ C Frozen Kale
½ C Frozen Chopped Spinach
½ Frozen Banana
¼ Serving of NutraSumma Unflavored Pea Protein Powder
2 C Filtered Water


Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender such as a VitaMix.  Place lid on blender and blend, starting on low and moving quickly to high.  Blend on high for about a minute or until there are no longer any pieces or chunks.  Makes about 2 servings, or 1 serving drawn out over a couple of hours.

As the name implies, this is a very savory drink, not your usual sweet smoothie, and children may not favor it.  The garlic really gives it a different sort of flavor, and also packs a powerful punch against illness.