Vanilla Rhubarb Smoothie

vanilla rhubarb smoothieWell my husband is finally home after being away for the whole month of May and we are all thrilled to see him!  While he has been gone, I have learned a ton about the things around the house that he usually does in May.  For example, how to turn the sprinkler system on for the year and how to fill a jerry can when the pressure washer AND lawn mower run out of gas.  Seems silly but I have never filled a jerry can before!  There are  many more examples I won’t bore you with; let’s just say we are happy he is back!

One thing that has been happening while he has been gone is that the garden has taken off!  I went out there yesterday to find three beautiful red stalks of rhubarb ripe for the picking so I had to find a way to use them!  Since there were only three, jams, pies, etc were out of the question but it was just enough for a smoothie!  And since the kids were having bacon and eggs, I figured I could hog it all to myself!

Rhubarb is actually considered a vegetable and is very low in sugar so it makes for a great low sugar addition to smoothies!  It is also great for those people on weight loss diets that do not allow fruit (like Ideal Protein) as it is generally allowed and can make can give a kick of “fruit” flavor to a usually boring smoothie!  If you do eat fruit, just add strawberries in place of the stevia drops to add sweetness and it will be even more delicious!

Vanilla Rhubarb Smoothie

3 medium stalks of very ripe rhubarb (or approx 1 1/2 cups frozen rhubarb)

1 tbsp water

7 ice cubes

1 cup almond milk

1 scoop low carb, low sugar vanilla protein powder (like this)

1/2 tsp pure vanilla

8-10 drops of vanilla stevia

Chop rhubarb into small chunks and place in microwave safe bowl. Add the water and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove, stir and let cool completely (you can speed up the cooling by putting it in the fridge or freezer).  Blend with remaining ingredients and serve immediately.  Makes one smoothie.

The Mad Radish says:  Make the rhubarb stew the night before so it is ready to pop into your smoothie in the morning!  Or make a big batch, freeze in individual serving sizes and thaw the night before in the fridge!

The Snobby Wasabi says:  This is so simple I might even give Charles a break and attempt to make it myself!

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