Simple Green Smoothies

 Green Smoothies, Mango, Spinach  Comments Off on Simple Green Smoothies
May 102017
 
simple green smoothies

Simple green smoothies are just that – Simple! Way too often the recipes for “green” smoothies are loaded down with a whole lot of exotic ingredients. Not only are these sometimes difficult to find but that also, in my opinion, detracts from what smoothies are supposed to be: healthy, fun, and easy!

I’m sure you have seen this recipe around in one form or another; like I said, it is simple! But that doesn’t negate the fact that it is very healthy and really tasty.

So, when looking for some simple green smoothies, keep this recipe in mind. It is endlessly variable and always easy.

In your favorite smoothie blender, mix:

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup mango (previously frozen if preferred)
  • 1 cup pineapple (please, not canned if you can avoid it)
  • 2 previously frozen bananas, peeled and sliced (TIP peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING)

For best results blend the spinach and water first and get rid of the leafy clumps that sometimes happen. Add the fruit next and mix until you reach your preferred consistency.

Have time for one more? Follow this link for another of our very green smoothie recipes.

Simple Green Smoothies





Post Workout Smoothie – Aid for Recovery

 Cranberry, cucumber, Kale, Orange, smoothie recipes, smoothies without yogurt, tofu  Comments Off on Post Workout Smoothie – Aid for Recovery
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

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