smoothie

  • Christmas Morning Smoothie

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    This nutrient-packed breakfast tastes just as delightful as it looks. A perfect way for adults to channel their inner child, and the healthy fats will keep your kiddos going strong all morning long.

    ½ ripe avocado

    1 teaspoon green sugar

    2 cups low-fat, soy, or almond milk

    1 cup frozen organic strawberries

    1 frozen banana

    Handful of ice cubes

    Blend the avocado, green sugar, banana, ice cubes, and 1 cup of milk on high until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses until each is half full. Add strawberries and remaining 1 cup of milk to blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour the red smoothie on top of the green smoothie—do not stir or mix so you have two distinct layers. Top with a squirt of whipped cream and a sprinkle of green sugar, if you desire. Source: The Sneaky Chef

  • Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie

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    SERVES 2

    ½ cup filtered water

    ½ teaspoon probiotic powder (optional to offset natural sugar content)

    ½ cup raw unsalted cashews (conventional blenders: soak two hours)

    1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed, ripped into small pieces)

    2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen

    ¼ cup chopped pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes), or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)

    ½ teaspoon minced ginger (optional)

    Put all of the ingredients into your blender (I like to use a Vitamix) in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale, sweetener, or ginger).

    Note: With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely, and be sure to soak those cashews as well. You can quick soak by covering with boiling water for 10 minutes (but this kills the live enzymes) or soak in room temperature water for 2 hours.

    Source: The Blender Girl

  • Health Matters: Healthy Snacks

    BooginHead Squeez’Ems are reusable food pouches that help parents give their kids a healthy snack on the go. Try this Squeez’Ems recipe to get your kids hooked.

    Peppermint Patty Green Smoothie

    SERVES 2

    3/4 cup almond milk

    1 cup spinach (about one handful)

    1 frozen banana

  • In Season: Strawberries

    Strawberries are one of summer’s most beloved fruits, hitting peak season from April to July. The wild strawberry has existed for over 2,000 years. Now there are over 600 varieties, all differing in flavor, size, and texture. The most commonly cultivated species is Fragaria ananassa.

  • Choose to Be Raw

    Common sense has always indicated that eating fruits and veggies is good for you—what common sense failed to mention is how valuable it is to eat those foods raw. Sometime after we discovered fire, we abandoned our “rabbit food” palate for a predominantly cooked diet.

    Learn to ditch your processed foods
  • It's Easy Being Green

    Before you take that mid-afternoon java break, remember this: Feeling sluggish may be your body’s way of telling you your pH balance is off. Too much sugar, fat, and protein can make you overly acidic. When that happens, your body pulls calcium from your bones in an effort to correct the imbalance.

    By Nicole Sprinkle
  • Berry-Banana Kefir Smoothie

    1 cup kefir
    1/2 cup frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries)
    1 ripe banana
    1 tablespoon honey (optional)
    5 to 6 ice cubes

    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

    Quick tip: Too rushed in the morning to take out the blender and whip up a smoothie? Simply mix one part kefir with one part fruit juice in a glass. The banana and berries are prebiotic foods, which help stimulate the probiotics in the kefir to reproduce in your digestive system and create a healthy environment there.

    Nutrition info per serving (2): 185 calories; 4 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 35 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 65 mg sodium

  • Post-Exercise Recovery/Anti-Aging Smoothie

    2 SERVINGS

    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    1/4 cup açai or mangosteen juice
    1 cup frozen cherries
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    1 cup low-fat or fat-free vanilla yogurt
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 scoop vanilla-flavored whey protein


    Garnish: whole blueberries and a sprig of fresh mint

     

    Blend together in blender. Enjoy!

    Nutrition information per serving: Calories 319; Protein 16 g; Carbohydrates 61.5 g; Total Fat 2.1 g; Saturated Fat 1.1 g; Cholesterol 22.5 mg; Sodium 96 mg; Fiber 3.6 g