It’s time for a pop quiz. (It’s the professor in me.)
And just to show you what a good professor I am, here are the answers.
Smoothies are conveniently portable. Because sometimes I may have 5 minutes to prepare a meal, but I don’t have 5 minutes to eat it, drinking a smoothie on my way out the door or after I get to my destination is extremely helpful.
It also helps on those days when I’m not hungry for breakfast, but know I need to eat, er, drink something.
But here’s the problem some people have with smoothies. They don’t keep you full enough long enough.
And working on that problem brought me to this conclusion: bean smoothies.
Beans in smoothies?! Amanda, aren’t you taking this health-nut business a little bit too far?
Believe me, I felt the same way when I first started investigating this unusual use for beans.
So let’s examine the facts.
Why, yes! Adding beans to a smoothie does sound like a delicious and nutritious idea. You might think “delicious” is stretching it a tad. But once you try it, I promise you’ll readily agree. I was even surprised myself.
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who came up with this ingenious idea. Below are recipes in order of the type of legume featured to help you power-up your breakfast smoothie to the max!
You won’t find beans in many of the smoothie delivery companies out there. I think that’s because people feel weird about the idea of beans in smoothies. They’re worried the smoothies will taste weird.
My husband didn’t believe this bean business was such a good idea when I told him about my latest kitchen experiment.
Then I told him he’d had bean smoothies as a breakfast drink the previous two days. I think he might have been in shock because all he said was, “I’m impressed.”
Maybe I shouldn’t have told him.
No one else has to know.
It’ll be our little secret.
Want more bean recipes? We have a list of 50!