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Totally Beverages Podcast

Episode 105

It’s already getting HOT in 2017, so we need to cool it down with some icy JAPANESE RAMUNE SODAS! We also tackle bev resolutions, JoJo’s cap problem, art cartons, the Keurig for booze, happy pineapples, Bob Dylan, a boat load of voicemails and SO much more!



FINALLY! The smoothie episode we’ve all been waiting forever for! DO IT!
In addition to just fucking loving smoothies, I’ve worked at a bunch of different juice bars and I run a dorky vegan instagram, doing recipe development and bev photography for a few different brands. So I feel fairly qualified.

General Smoothie Notes:
I KNOW you guys asked for very specific recipes but smoothies are hard to do that for! It really depends on how frozen your fruit is, how strong your blender is, how sweet you like things, and how thick/thin you want your drink! Basically it’s a good rule of thumb to taste as you go for sweetness, slowly add in your liquid as the last step, and only add liquid until your desired thickness is achieved. Okay now I’m going to post a billion recipes.

Strawberry Almond Date Shake
• 2 tbsp pitted Medjool Dates (soaked in water to soften if you have time)
• 1 tbsp almond butter
• 2 ice cubes
• ½ cup frozen sliced bananas
• ½ cup frozen strawberries
• A generous splash of maple syrup (I usually use 2 tbsp) OR sweetened plant protein powder like Vega
• A dash of cinnamon
• 2 cups Almond Milk

(*Notes- You can change the almond milk and butter also substitute the strawberries for a small chunk of ginger and the almond milk for carrot juice for a Raw Carrot Cake Smoothie!)

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

• 3ish ice cubes
• 1 ½ tbsp Dark Cocoa powder
• 1 heaping tbsp Peanut Butter
• 1 cup frozen sliced bananas
• 2 tbsp Maple Syrup (or more to taste)
• 2ish cups Cashew Milk
• dash of sea salt (If you want yours saltier, feel free to add more)
• optional garnish: Cacao Nibs (If you are into a crunchy, fermented-tasting raw chocolate topper to your smoothie)

More smoothie recipes!

Mango Creamsicle
• 1 cup frozen mango cubes
• 1½ cups Fresh Orange Juice
• a few drops of natural vanilla
• dash of cinnamon for garnish
• ½ cup of unsweetened coconut milk (Unsweetened and not from a can- my favourite is Califa Farm’s Toasted Coconut and Almond blend)
• optional garnish: toasted coconut flakes

(*Notes- If you want it sweeter, use more Orange juice, if you want it creamier use more coconut milk)

The Healthy Elvis
• 2ish cubes of ice
• 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
• 1 cup frozen sliced bananas
• 1 small handful of spinach
• 2ish cups Fresh Apple Juice

(*Notes-Of course you can omit the spinach and this will still taste amazing, but it really boosts the nutritional profile.)

The Blueberry Matcha
• 2ish cubes of ice
• 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
• ½ cup frozen blueberries
• ½ cup frozen sliced bananas
• dash of cinnamon
• 2-3 tbsp Maple syrup
• 1 tsp organic Matcha powder (10th Ave Tea works great!)
• 2 cups(ish) Cashew or Almond Milk

Amanda says:

Okay so I have one smoothie that I promise you and everyone will LOVE. It tastes like a chocolate peanut butter milkshake and is probably the most amazing way to start your day or treat yourself post workout.

½ medium avocado
1 medium ripe frozen banana
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I recommend a good Dutch processed cocoa)
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (more or less to desired consistency – this is my preferred consistency))
1 tablespoon maple syrup (more or less to taste)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional, but recommended)

Add ingredients in the order shown and blend until thick and creamy. Sometimes I’ll add half a cup of spinach to up the health factor.

Emily says:

I have a smoothie every single work-day morning! I use my trusty Nutri-Bullet blender.
This is what I usually do:
1-1/2 cups spinach or greens
1 banana
1/2 cup berries
1/4 cup plain yogurt
Chia seeds
Ground flax seeds
Almond or Almond-coconut blend milk

Add pineapples, mango or peaches if you have em.

Daniel says:

Dudes, it’s Dan, or “Japaniel”. I don’t mess with ramune, so I can’t tell you what brands you had. I don’t think I can take seriously any adult who’s legit into this stuff. It’s like if your coworker always had a Squeeze-It at their desk (wait, that sounds great!).

Melon sodas are pretty common in Japan. Not sure about the one you had, but you can get cans and 500ml bottles at many convenience stores or vending machines. They’re usually taste too, but one is enough for the year, I think.

Great episode!

Deb says:

I’m listening to this right now. I am catching back up after a getting through the Married podcasts and I saw these this week at my local grocery store in the ethnic aisle. I was this close to picking up the blueberry flavor. I looked at the weird bottle and thought this was a child’s drink so I passed. I may try now depending on the results.

Deb says:

My cold & flu fighting Smoothie. Delicious everyday; but also immune boosting

1 small banana, sliced
1 tangelo or orange, peeled & white membrane removed
½ red grapefruit, peeled & white membrane removed
½ lemon, peeled & white membrane removed
1 knob, of ginger, peeled
½ mango, peeled& cut into chunks
6 ice cubes

Another delicious smoothie I make a couple of times a week
Iron Boosting Green Smoothie

2 to 3 leafs of Kale, stem removed
Handful of spinach, stems removed
1 green apple, cored with skin on
1 kiwi
1 small banana, sliced
½ lemon, peel removed
4 ice cubes

So good.

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