Did I grab your attention with my title post? Good! Because in addition to a great smoothie recipe that incorporates humble, yet mighty, peas, I have a GREAT giveaway for not one, but TWO Nutribullet 12-Piece Blenders (one orange, one green).
You can read all of the details, as well as reviews, for this mighty little blender right here.
Instructions for entering are at the bottom of the post.
Now about my smoothie. I finally did it: I added peas to my smoothie. I had to. Hence the naughty title. I know you’ve added all kinds of vegetables to your smoothies, including kale, carrots, spinach, cucumbers and pumpkin, so nix the squemishness. Frozen peas are inexpensive, convenient, naturally sweet, and loaded with the nutrition you need to power through your day and your workouts.
Specifically, green peas are:
- Very high in dietary fiber (4 grams per 2/3 cup)
- High in protein (about twice the amount of protein found in most vegetables–5 grams per 2/3 cup)
- High in folate (this is the B vitamin that helps make red blood cells and aids in the prevention of neural tube defects).
- Very high in vitamin C (great for a strong immune system and beautiful skin)
- Low calorie (65 to 70 calories per 2/3 cup) and fat free
- Decent amount of calcium (helps with muscle contractions), iron (helps carry oxygen all over our bodies) and vitamin A (promotes a healthy defense system: skin, stomach, intestines, and respiratory tracts)
Why haven’t I added peas to my smoothies sooner???
Well, I can think of one reason: if you, like me, are a zealot when adding vegetables to smoothies, you won’t be happy. Trust me when I say you want to ere on the side of caution, not abandon, when adding green peas. On my first trial, I added a full cup of peas. Heaven help me. I attempted many forms of salvage before accepting that it was a lost cause.
A scant 1/4 cup was the ideal amount for me, adding a sweet, spring freshness that is a delicious departure. You can experiment with your own fruit combinations to complement the peas, but I strongly advise adding citrus of some kind (juice or whole fruit). I used lime and orange (technically tangelos, which were on sale and out of this world), but lemon or grapefruit would be great, too.
Now pardon me, but I am feeling the need for another smoothie. I think I need to pea again 🙂
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED–Winners were contacted by email and posted on my the powerhungry facebook page
***Here’s How To Enter for your Chance at Winning 1 of 2 NutriBullet 12-Piece Blenders!!!***
1. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me: What is your favorite, wacky or perhaps unusual addition to smoothies? (my current one is, you guessed it, frozen peas!)
2. “Like” Power Hungry on Facebook (NOT this post–the PAGE 🙂). See the facebook “Like” box on the left-hand margin. (If you have already “liked” Power Hungry, thank you!)
3. Giveaway ends April 11, 2014 at midnight PST.
4. Only one entry per person please
5. Only one winner per household.
6. US Residents only.
7. Winner Selection: The two winners will be chosen via Random.org. I’ll post the names here and notify the winners by email. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email.Print
- 1 medium-large navel orange, peeled
- 1 cup water
- 1 loosely packed cup spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup frozen mango, pineapple or banana
- Optional: stevia or preferred liquid sweetener to taste
- Place everything except the optional sweetener in a blender. Blend on High speed until completely smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if desired.
- Category: Smoothie, Beverage