Post Workout Smoothie – Aid for Recovery

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Mar 272017
 
post workout smoothie

This post workout smoothie recipe comes from the website Prevention.com.

It is considered to be a post workout smoothie because of:

  1. The beet will reduce inflammation and improve blood flow
  2. Kale really does live up to the hype, providing a large number of minerals and vitamins to support your physical exercise

Plus, this simple smoothie tastes really good too!

In you favorite smoothie blender mix:

  • 1 cup silken tofu (confused about the difference between regular and “silken” tofu? Follow this link for the facts)
  • Half a cup frozen (or fresh) cranberries
  • Half a medium sized beet (roasted or raw)
  • Half a medium cucumber
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered, or half a cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 stalk of celery

Blend until smooth, then enjoy!

Post Workout Smoothie

Energy Smoothie – Mulberry, Lavender, and Kale

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Feb 102017
 
energy smoothie

Found this energy smoothie recipe on thedailymeal.com. It is credited to Jessica Reidy.

The recipe is a bit different from a lot of what we do in that it features a lot of ingredients that aren’t in most folks kitchens. But, it is really good and, in my experience, does provide a lot of boost for the day.

The rest of this belongs to Jessica:

This smoothie features an all-star cast of superfood sensations. Bananas are good sources of fiber, slow-burning carbohydrates to balance energy throughout the day, and heart-healthy sterols. They are surprisingly nutritious, containing vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, biotin, copper and pectins. They also contain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) which are a source of food for the friendly bacteria in the human digestive system, and a well-functioning system keeps your energy in-balance.

Mulberries are a respectable source of antioxidants and polyphenols, not to mention vitamin A, B6, B12, C, E, K, riboflavin, folate, calcium and other nutrients that keep your body ticking.

Oats are an excellent source of B vitamins and magnesium. And both oats and cashews are loaded with protein and fiber which keeps your energy up and your digestive system in check. Cashews are also good source of antioxidants and dietary trace minerals such as manganese and copper.

Ingredients
1 frozen banana (TIP: peel and slice the banana BEFORE FREEZING)
1 cup fresh mulberries (or ½ cup dried)
1 cup kale
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1 cups apple juice
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 teaspoon lucuma powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. The lavender complements the mulberries beautifully and adds a calm edge to the energizing kale, berries, cashews, and oats. I like this smoothie when I have a stressful day ahead of me.

Energy Smoothie

Chia Seed Smoothie – Nutrition and Taste Together

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Feb 082017
 
chia seed smoothie

As anyone who has explored out site knows we are big fans of Chia seed and recommend them in many recipes. But, up until now, we have never posted a Chia Seed Smoothie before.

We found this recipe on the food network site (see the original post here). The recipe is credited to an Amy Chaplin and everything from this point forward is hers, including the attached picture.

This simple, nutritious smoothie tastes like summer and is delicious when made with fresh blueberries, but it can also be prepared well into the fall with any frozen berries. Famous for supporting endurance, chia seeds give an omega-3 boost, and also provide fiber and protein to keep sippers satisfied.

2 tbs chia seeds
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 rounded tbsp coconut butter or coconut oil
pinch of cinnamon
Honey to taste

Directions

Place the chia seeds in a cup or jar, add 1/2 cup of the almond milk and stir thoroughly to combine. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes, or refrigerate overnight or up to 4 days.

Transfer the mixture to a blender. Add the blueberries, vanilla, coconut butter and cinnamon, and blend until smooth, adding honey to taste.

Chia Seed Smoothie

Dec 292016
 
green carrot smoothie

Carrots are one of those veggies that are available throughout the year which means you can enjoy this green carrot smoothie anytime you want. And I mean “green” in the nutritional sense, not the color of the carrots!

All that said, it is true that “going green for locally grown carrots which are in season during the summer and early fall are most often more flavorful so plan your green carrot smoothies accordingly!

Nutritionally, carrots are a powerhouse of vitamin A, a cup provides over 400% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). Carrots also offer vitamins K, C, B6, B3, B2, and E. Other healthy stuff includes potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. And, of course, we shouldn’t forget the antioxidant nutrient that took its name from the vegetable: beta-carotene.

I hope I don’t get too deep into the weeds here but newer nutritional studies that concentrated on nutritional elements other than the carotenoids called polyacetylenes. At least one major study carried out over a 10 year span identified these substances as phytonutrients which can help to inhibit that growth of cancer cells in the colon. In other words, carrots have even more health benefits than we had already known.

This green carrot smoothie uses a bunch of other ingredients to yield a really interesting and healthy snack or meal replacement.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 good sized carrot
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen, your choice)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia or other sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp. protein powder (optional)

Here is a tip for a thicker smoothie: Soak the Chia seeds in water for about 10-15 minutes before mixing. Chia is hydrophilic which means it absorbs more than its own weight in water.

Carrot Smoothie