Perfect Summer Smoothie

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Sometimes, my mornings can be a little frantic with making sure my husband has breakfast and lunch to go, my son has his breakfast and is eating it rather than wearing it and lastly making sure I eat something before it is noon.  There have been plenty of days when I sit down with Max for lunch and realize the only thing I ate all morning was that piece of banana my little guy was so generous to share.  Yesterday was one of these mornings.  My husband had left for work, the little one is eating his breakfast and I, determined to eat breakfast, was in the middle of making my smoothie when I realize we are out of leafy greens. (Crap!)  Well there was not turning back at this point, all of the other ingredients were already in the blender.  So I improvised, and made this Perfect Summer Smoothie instead.  It was so delicious and filling.  This smoothie is great for breakfast, an afternoon pick-me-up or a refreshing post-workout snack.

The Ingredients:

1 c pineapple
1 c watermelon
1 c water
1/4 c oats
2 tbsp chopped almonds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

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Bok Choy Green Smoothie

Bok Choy Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!  In celebration of the day, I have made this yummy Bok Choy Green Smoothie for breakfast.  One reason I love green smoothies are they are so versatile.  The other is they are packed with so many wonderful vegetables that are filled with vitamins and minerals.  It is truly like drinking a multivitamin.  One thing I have noticed since starting to drink green smoothies regularly is my body will actually crave these amazing phytonutrients every morning.  I cant help but to listen to my body.  When creating green smoothies it is key to switch out the leafy greens from time to time.  If I find myself using kale too often, I will always switch to Bok Choy first.

I came to know and love Bok Choy as an adult.  It was never on the menu as a child and if I did eat it, it was probably in our takeout Chinese.  For those of you who are not familiar with this tasty vegetable.  It is a Chinese vegetable that is actually in the cabbage family although it looks more like it would belong to the celery family.  It helps to grow strong bones and is rich in vitamin A and C.

One other thing to remember when creating green smoothies it is really important to keep the vegetable to fruit ratio 3-1.  Fruits are great in smoothies, don’t get me wrong.  However, the whole point of a “green” smoothie is that it is loaded with vegetables.  So try to keep your fruits to a minimum or save them for a delicious fruit smoothie in the afternoon.

The Ingredients:

3-4 leaves of bok choy
2 celery stalks
2 carrots
1/2 cucumber
1/2 banana
1/2 c peaches, frozen
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flaxseed
1 tbsp almond butter

Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and serve

Enjoy!

*Note: In case you were wondering, “Wait, this is all you have for breakfast?”  Well, yes and no.  About an hour or two after having my smoothie I will usually have a nice big bowl of fruit.  You may call this a mid-morning snack but I call it Second Breakfast. Yum!

strawberries and bananas

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Love! For Valentine’s Day

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Love! For Valentine’s Day.  At the beginning of the week I had mentioned, instead of focusing on this over commercialized holiday, maybe try focusing on you.  What makes you feel happy, smile and laugh?  Here’s a new question…What makes you feel loved?  It doesn’t matter is you have a special someone in your life or not.  Really think about this question.  What makes you feel loved?  Is it spending time with friends?  Your family?  A trip to the spa?  Nourishing your body? Being in nature?  A clean house?  We all tend to get caught up in our busy lives and forget to stop, breath and take care of ourselves.  We all deserve a little “me” time so whatever that looks like for you, try to make some time for yourself this weekend.  Treat yourself to this delicious smoothie of Love.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Ingredients:

2 c kale
1 c frozen mixed berries
1/2 frozen banana (I freeze my own.)
1 celery stalk
1 carrot
1/4 c cashews
1 tsp chia seeds
1-2 c water

Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender.  Blend until smooth then serve.

Enjoy!

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Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Ah…Kale, you either love it or hate it.  At first, I was not a big fan but then I grew to love the stuff.  Now, it is the base of all our green smoothies.

Kale is such an amazing superfood.  It is one of the most healthiest vegetables on the planet.  It’s packed with iron, high in protein and fiber (which is so good for your digestion).  Kale strengthens your immune system, it’s rich in calcium and is an anti-inflammatory.  The list goes on.

I can’t tell you how many times I have let kale spoil.  If this is something that has happened to you, I have a tip…freeze it!  When using kale for smoothies, it’s so easy to wash it as soon as you get it home from the store, rip the leaves from the spine, let it air dry, then freeze it in a ziplock freezer bag until you are ready to make your smoothie.  You want to freeze the kale before it begins wilting.  Trust me, this has saved me money and time.  Here is one of my many Green Smoothie recipes.

The Ingredients:

2 c kale, frozen or fresh
1-2 c filtered water (depending on how thick you want it)
1 celery stalk
1 carrot, peeled (if you want)
1/2 c blueberries, frozen or fresh
1/2 banana, frozen or fresh
1 tbsp homemade almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 strawberry for garnish

Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender.  Blend until smooth.  Drink up!

Enjoy!

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