product review: ambronite
over the summer, the team over at ambronite reached out to me to introduce their brand, what they’re all about and see if i wanted to try it out for myself. i had never heard of them prior to receiving their email, so i immediately started doing my research!
ambronite is a drinkable supermeal powder, which you turn into a shake by adding water. it’s meant to be used as a meal replacement, as each serving is 500 calories and packed with of nutrients. just an f.y.i., protein powders and pre-made smoothies aren’t my thing at all, but this grabbed my attention for one reason and one reason only: the ingredients list, which is made up of only 18 all-natural, organic ingredients including coconut, chlorella, berries, spinach, mineral salt, almonds and many more. a few other features?
i had them send over a sample, which to my surprise was a full order, complete with a bpa-free shaker bottle!
i made my first shake as recommended: by placing one packet of the powder into the shaker and just adding cold water. to be honest, it didn’t exactly do it for me. while it didn’t taste bad, it did lack flavor, something that’s super important to me. [to be fair, i didn’t try mixing it with a nut milk or fresh juice, which they also suggest!] regardless, i sucked it up, drank the whole thing and was pleasantly surprised by how filling it was. they promise to diminish hunger for 4-5 hours on their website, and i have to say, this was pretty accurate! to top it off, i felt energized and focused because i wasn’t left hungry and dreaming about my next meal … okay, i lied, i’m never not dreaming about my next meal … but you get the idea.
i decided to get creative with my next “super meal” and added about half of the packet to a simple smoothie … water, a handful of spinach and half of a banana … this really seemed to do that trick. i was conscious of not going overboard with smoothie add-ons because of the high calorie count of the powder, but it amazed me how well it came together with just a few things! i’ve also added a couple tablespoons to overnight oats and while it gives it a funny color, the taste is so light that it almost makes no difference.
3/5 bananas for ambronite!
if you’re looking for a way to get some extra nutrients into your diet, feel satisfied and energized while making your life easier, you should definitely give ambronite a try. they’re offering all of my followers and readers 10% off at checkout with the code BANANASBELLINIS10!
as always, while this post was made possible by ambronite, all opinions expressed here are my own!
image 1 + 2 courtesy of ambronite
i attended a talk last week here in LA hosted by robin shirley, founder of the take back your health conference. she mostly discussed the healing powers of superfoods, and even though I’m no stranger to the idea of incorporating superfoods in my diet, i came away from the event inspired to start experimenting with them more. a great place to start? smoothies!
all summer, i’ve been having some serious cravings for ice cream … i mean … who doesn’t love ice cream? in particular, i’ve been daydreaming about creamsicles for the past few weeks … and i can’t be the only one who gets serious childhood nostalgia for these things … right? unfortunately, as i’m sure you can imagine, the original creamsicle popsicles are full of ingredients that are just terrible for you. enter: superfoods.
i went ahead and turned the creamsicle into a smoothie that’s actually good for you and tastes prettttyyyyyyyy damn close to the original we all know and love. my superfood of choice for this recipe was bee pollen, which is high in amino acids and protein, and has been shown to boost the immune system and regulate digestion … you can read more about the benefits of it in more detail here.
for one superfood creamsicle you will need:
- 1 c. fresh squeezed orange juice [cold]
- 3/4 c. unsweetened coconut milk [cold]
- 1 large banana
- 2 tbsp. all-natural vanilla protein powder [I like vega ONE, and this is where the greenish color comes from]
- 2 tsp. bee pollen
- place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- pour into a glass and enjoy…straw, hammock and sunshine are optional.
mint chocolate chip smoothie
smoothies are one of my favorite ways to replenish my body after a workout. and this one is so creamy and decadent that it’s almost more like a milkshake than a smoothie [which is never a bad thing]. this mint chocolate chip smoothie is also perfect post [or even pre] sweat-session because it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber and potassium.
ingredients for 1 smoothie:
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach or kale
- 1 banana
- 1/4 of an avocado
- 3/4 c. chocolate almond milk [I love califa farms]
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 tbsp. pure peppermint extract
- cacao nibs [optional]
- coconut flakes [optional]
- chia seeds [optional]
to whip this baby up:
- in a blender, combine the almond milk and greens first.
- add banana, avocado, almond butter and peppermint to the almond milk/greens mixture and blend until well-combined [this smoothie will be a little thicker than most].
- pour into a glass and [optional] garnish with cacao nibs, coconut flakes and chia seeds [and a fun paper straw].
fall favorites: pumpkin pie milkshake
pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. i’m really loving how there is literally pumpkin flavored everything everywhere. i had a bunch of pumpkin purée left over from the healthy pumpkin spice lattes i made last week [did anyone give this recipe a try?!] and wanted to see what kind of a smoothie i could come up with that tasted more like a milkshake, but was still dairy-free and healthy. i threw some ingredients into my magic bullet, trial and error style, and what i ended up with was soooo good. it tasted so much like pumpkin pie that i had to double check to make sure that i had actually used pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling! i’m not kidding… that good. for one pumpkin pie milkshake you will need:
- 1 c. coconut milk
- 1/2 c. organic pumpkin purée [not pumpkin pie filling!]
- 1/2 of a banana
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- a few shakes of ground ginger
combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, pour into a glass, and enjoy!
protein packed banana kale smoothie
smoothies are definitely my favorite way to power up for a workout and replenish my body afterwards [one or the other – never both for the same workout, of course]. it’s so easy to just throw a bunch of stuff into a blender and pack a ton of nutrients into one yummy, easy meal that’s healthy and filling. i often find myself experimenting with the random things i find in my kitchen to see what new smoothies i can come up with. this banana kale smoothie is one of my most recent creations and i’m loving it! the kale, almond butter, almond milk and chia seeds all contribute to the high protein content of this smoothie, while the cinnamon and coconut oil give the metabolism a little extra boost and your muscles will love you for the potassium they are getting from the banana. please don’t let the kale scare you away from trying this! the smoothie will be bright green, but you would never know there was a vegetable in there otherwise, i promise. for one serving you will need:
- 1 banana
- a generous handful of raw kale
- 3/4 c. almond milk
- 2. tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 c. ice
place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. as always… enjoy! what are your favorite ways to power up pre-workout?
for my first official post, i thought it would make sense for me to share with you the recipe for my favorite go-to smoothie. it’s a perfect “beginner” smoothie because it doesn’t incorporate any “weird” ingredients [we’ll save that for later!], but it’s healthy, tastes like your favorite childhood sandwich and is super easy to make. i love to make this in the morning for a quick, on-the-go breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
you will need:
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 c. fresh berries of choice [I used blackberries and raspberries here]
- 1 heaping tbsp. almond butter
- 3/4 c. hemp milk [or other non-dairy milk of your choice]
- 1 c. ice
optional: 1 tsp. chia seeds and 1 tsp. unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish
place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. pour into serving glasses [this makes one serving], garnish with chia seeds and coconut flakes and serve with a side of your favorite fruit. enjoy!
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