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

Here is another really good smoothie recipe featuring Kale. You might want to try this one too.

Blend until smooth, then enjoy!

Post Workout 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

Vitamin B12 Smoothie – Really!

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Dec 232016
 
vitamin b12 smoothie

One area of concern for vegans is getting enough vitamin B12. To quote the National Institutes of Health “Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Vitamin B12 is generally not present in plant foods, but fortified breakfast cereals are a readily available source of vitamin B12 with high bioavailability for vegetarians. Some nutritional yeast products also contain vitamin B12. Fortified foods vary in formulation, so it is important to read product labels to determine which added nutrients they contain.”

So, to build a vitamin b12 smoothie the ingredients need to include milk and/or eggs. Or, another choice for vegans is to forego trying to get b12 in a smoothie and make use of any number of b12 supplements.

However, if you really want to build a vitamin b12 smoothie, here is a quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 raw egg
  • 1 cup milk (low fat if you wish)
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING)
  • 2 tbs. sweetener (sugar, stevia, etc.)
  • 1tsp. vanilla extract

Everything goes into your favorite blender at the same time and blend until smooth.

Here are links to the National Institute of Health page about b12. And, for vegans, here is a link to The Vegan Society page about b12.

Vitamin B12 Smoothie

Blood Pressure Smoothie – Reduce Yours!

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Dec 222016
 
blood pressure smoothie

High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer” because there are really no symptoms until its too late. A healthy diet can help to reduce blood pressure naturally and that’s the goal of this blood pressure smoothie recipe.

It features blueberries because more than one recent health study has revealed that this small fruit may, in fact, be a “super-food”. That is largely because of markedly decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure results one study reported. Researchers credited these results to robust flavonoid antioxidants. As interesting is that only about a cup of blueberries were necessary to reap the benefits.

This recipe provides that cup of blueberries along with pressure reducing potassium in the banana.

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced (TIP: peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING!)
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (Greek yogurt will work too)
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Everything goes into your smoothie blender at once; blend until smooth then enjoy! Recipe makes two servings so you can share your good health with another!

Blood Pressure Smoothie