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

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