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Pineapple-Coconut Protein Smoothie

22 Jul

Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

This protein-packed smoothie is a super-refreshing, cool tropical treat on hot summer days. Best of all, it’s just as healthy as it is filling.

Pineapple-Coconut Protein Smoothie Recipe

Simply blend the following ingredients in a blender on high for approximately one minute:

–1 cup coconut milk

–1 TBSP coconut oil

–1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

–1 TBSP shelled pumpkin seeds

–1 cup frozen pineapple

–1/2 frozen banana

Makes ~ one 20 oz. smoothie

TIP: Want it a little sweeter? Try adding honey and/or using vanilla yogurt.

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To your health this summer,

Spicy Carrot Detox Refresher

30 Dec

Spicy Carrot Detox Blend

This energizing raw juice blend has loads of detoxifying health benefits and is super easy to prepare. I feel amazing for the entire day after drinking it, and find myself craving more of this refreshing cocktail.

Spicy Carrot Detox Recipe

Blend the following ingredients in a blender on high for approximately one minute:

–1 cup water (add ice cubes if you want a cold beverage)

–1 medium apple, sliced

–2-3 raw medium carrots, green stems removed

–1 large celery stalk, roughly chopped

–Juice from 1/2 of a lime

–1/2 medium banana (I used frozen, which I try to keep on hand)

–Small chunk of fresh ginger root, ~1/2 in

Optional: sweeten it up with honey or agave

Makes ~ one 16 oz. beverage

Note: Most juicers recommend drinking fresh juice at room temperature. You can make a colder version of this drink by simply adding ice (which will also thicken it up slightly).

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Thanks for stopping by today, and here’s to your health in the new year!

Cherry Popsicle (Green) Smoothie

19 Jun
Take a trip down Memory Lane with the nostalgic taste of this Cherry Popsicle Smoothie.

Take a trip down Memory Lane with the nostalgic taste of this Cherry Popsicle Smoothie!

I love smoothies! Even after 12 weeks of nothing but soup and smoothies post jaw surgery, I still love smoothies!

I especially enjoy adding all things green to my smoothies. This smoothie tastes like childhood to me – and I promise that you cannot taste the spinach. Your kids won’t even know it’s in there if you don’t tell them. It’s that good!

It’s super-tasty, really easy, and reminds me of fun Michigan summers with lots and lots of cherries!

Cherry Popsicle (Green) Smoothie Recipe

Simply blend the following ingredients in a blender on high for approximately one minute:

–1 cup apple juice

–1 large handful frozen raspberries (don’t skip this – it’s a key ingredient!)

–1 large handful frozen dark cherries

–2 heaping handfuls of fresh baby spinach

Makes ~ one 20 oz. smoothie

Note: I tend to like my smoothies a bit on the runny side. If you prefer a creamier consistency, add 1/2 frozen banana (optional) and/or use less apple juice. You could also dilute the apple juice with water to reduce the amount of sugar.

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To your health this summer,

Sweet Cherry Antioxidant Smoothie

19 Dec
This super-healthy smoothie is as tasty as it is good for you!

This super-healthy smoothie is as tasty as it is good for you!

The more frequently I drink this smoothie, the more I crave it! I think it has seriously become my go-to favorite.

I’ve been drinking one serving nearly every day for a week now and I feel terrific!

It’s super-tasty, really easy, and I promise that you cannot taste the spinach. Your kids won’t even know it’s in there if you don’t tell them. It’s that good!

Sweet Cherry Antioxidant Smoothie Recipe

Simply blend the following ingredients in a blender on high for approximately one minute:

–1 cup apple juice

–1 cup fresh blueberries

–1 cup frozen dark cherries

–1/2 frozen banana

–2 Tbsp. ground flax seed

–2 heaping handfuls of fresh baby spinach

Makes ~ one 20 oz. smoothie

Note: I tend to like my smoothies a bit on the runny side. If you prefer a creamier consistency, use frozen blueberries instead of fresh and/or use less apple juice. You could also dilute the apple juice with water to reduce the amount of sugar.

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To your health now and in the New Year,

Ready For This? Blueberry-Broccoli Detox Smoothie

12 Dec
This Blueberry Broccoli Detox Smoothie is sweeter than you think and seriously healthy!

This Blueberry Broccoli Detox Smoothie is sweeter than you think and seriously healthy!

I’ve been thinking ahead to my ritual New Year’s detox and have been experimenting with green smoothies recently. My parents stopped by a few days ago, bearing wonderful gifts: a beautiful broccoli crown from their winter garden and a new rose bush (both pictured above).

The broccoli was so fresh that I wanted to eat it raw, to best capture its nutrients. Being in such a green state of mind, I decided to try whipping up a broccoli smoothie! I came up with this quick and surprisingly tasty recipe detailed below.

The broccoli taste is actually very subtle. Overall, this smoothie is sweet going down and has a sweet aftertaste. Want it even sweeter? Add some honey or agave nectar.

Blueberry-Broccoli Detox Smoothie

Simply blend the following ingredients in a blender on high for approximately one minute:

–1 cup coconut milk

–1/4 cup orange juice

–1 cup fresh blueberries

–1 cup fresh broccoli florets (raw)

–1/2 frozen banana

–1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Makes one 16oz. smoothie

Note: I tend to like my smoothies on the runny side. If you prefer a creamier consistency, use frozen blueberries and add some soft tofu or plain greek yogurt to thicken it up.

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To your health,

Fall Anyone? Pumpkin Smoothie

2 Oct

Mmmm….the delicious taste of fall in a glass!

I saw some beautiful pumpkins at the grocery store this week and it prompted me to try this pumpkin smoothie recipe below. I typically never add sugar to my smoothies, but this one is pretty bland without it.

To freeze the pumpkin puree, simply pour it from your blender (or a can!) into an ice cube tray or silicone brownie mold pan. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag for storage and use in recipes like this one!

Pumpkin Smoothie

Simply blend the following ingredients in blender on high for approximately one minute:

–1 cup coconut milk

–1 large dollop greek yogurt

–1/2 cup frozen pumpkin puree

–1 tsp. cane sugar

–sprinkle of cinnamon

–sprinkle of nutmeg

–top with whipped cream and cinnamon and add a cinnamon stick

Note: vanilla ice cream would be a delicious alternative to the yogurt if you’re not concerned about the calories

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Peanut Butter Power Smoothie

3 Jul

Peanut Butter Power Smoothie is quick, easy, loaded with protein and energy-boosting!

Sometimes the best and most nutritious meal option for me to beat the summer heat is a smoothie.

I’m constantly experimenting with new smoothie recipes and this Peanut Butter Power Smoothie is a regular item on my lunch menu.

It’s quick and easy, very filling, and best of all, gives me the energy I need to chase my active toddler during the dog days of summer.

Add some frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or all three for a PB&J version!

Peanut Butter Power Smoothie Recipe

Combine the following ingredients in a blender on high for about a minute:

–1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk

–2 large dollops plain greek yogurt

–1 heaping spoonful peanut butter (smooth or crunchy – doesn’t matter)

–2 frozen bananas

Makes one 16 oz. smoothie

Note: the consistency of this smoothie will vary based on the thickness of your yogurt, whether or not you use frozen bananas, etc. If you want it thicker, add a few ice cubes or try the PB&J version (above) until you achieve your desired consistency.

Enjoy!