I’ve been whipping up bean smoothies nearly every weekday morning since the black bean and greens one I mentioned. This particular white bean-pineapple mixture evolved after several different, less-successful takes involving strawberries and oranges. The cherries, banana, and pineapple together are quite sweet and flavorful- if you’re making this for bean-skeptics, I really don’t think they’ll know they are in there. In fact, the sweetness also seems to easily cover up the tastes of maca, protein powder, and other healthy add-ins that may not be your favorite flavors. If you like a little more pizzazz, you can add replace the hemp seed with a tablespoon of almond butter and add a tablespoon of unsweetened flaked coconut. I did once. It was tasty and a little richer, but not necessary to the smoothie in my opinion.
I also like this combination with pomegranate juice in place of both the cherries and the water. The pineapple and pomegranate together combine for an only slightly tart, unique, pleasing flavor.
I’m off to Washington DC this weekend for my brother’s fiance’s bachelorette party. As a couple they are fantastic hosts, even for occasions in the past that were supposed to honor them. I’m sure I’ll have photos and tidbits about the city to share with you when I return. In my limited experience, I’ve found DC to be an impressive, sophisticated foodie destination. In particular, there is a certain gelato shop I am dying to revisit to this trip. Think made-fresh-daily, locally-sourced, artisanal gelato and sorbet, with unique, compelling flavors like lemon ricotta cardamom, black sesame, and Meyer lemon vodka. I think I remember there being a few different kinds of avocado sorbet the last time I went…
White Bean, Cherry, and Pineapple Smoothie
1/2 cup cooked white beans, drained and rinsed if from a can
1 small banana
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1/2 – 3/4 cup water
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
3 huge handfuls fresh spinach
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
1 Tbsp. hemp seed (optional)
1 tsp. gelatinized maca (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. Add more water if necessary to blend. Makes 1 large smoothie, or 2 small.