Strawberry Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie

Hello Lovely,

Strawberries are powerhouses of healthy immune-boosting nutrients. In addition to being low in calories and high in vitamin C and potassium, berries are high in fiber, making them an excellent way to keep you full with this healthy fruit smoothie recipe from breakfast until lunch. Wake up and blend up this healthy smoothie recipe for a great start to your day.

To pump up the nutrients, I added one teaspoon of milled flaxseeds and one teaspoon Baobab powder to the recipe. Flaxseeds are packed with fiber and loaded with lignans, which have been shown to slow down tumor growth in women with breast cancer. They also contain magnesium to help control blood sugar and omega-3 fatty acids to lower triglycerides and reduce inflammation. 

Strawberry Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie

Ingredients

serves 1

  • 3 strawberries
  • 2 slices kiwi
  • 5 pineapple
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon milled flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon protein powder of your choice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Process on the highest speed until a well-blended puree forms, about 15 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container once or twice.
  3. Pour into tall glasses. Garnish glass with one strawberry, kiwi and pineapple if you wish. Serve and enjoy!

 

Green Recovery Smoothie 101

Hello Lovely,

You may have seen your co-worker downing a glass of green liquid pulp and wondering why would any one drink that. I have never been a lover of green smoothies. They’re green, icky and bitter. At least that’s what I used to think until a friend of mine showed me how to make them properly after a workout. I couldn’t believe spinach was actually in the smoothie. It tasted so good! She told me of a variety of ways you can make a green smoothie and how they make diets easier. After all, these green smoothies are a quick and easy way to get large amounts of fruits and leafy greens into your daily diet. If you don’t want to eat your veggies, why not drink them? I promise you, it CAN be tasty!

So what the heck goes in this smoothie you ask? Well, it’s a pretty simple (and tasty) combo: leafy greens + fruit +  liquid-base … and maybe some fancy superfood toppings like chia seeds or flaxseed. It may seem like a crazy diet fad, but honestly once you try a green smoothie, you’ll most likely become insanely addicted (like us)! And there is nothing better than downing 2 cups of spinach a day in a delightful fashion. And if you want to get all scientific, dark leafy greens contain: high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients. Fancy lingo aside, fruits and vegetables are good for you!

Ready to start blending?

You can use any green for your smoothie. Spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards or dandelion all make great choices. Then choose your liquid base: water, coconut water or any milk of your choosing. Then it’s your fruits. Choose your fruits based on what you want this smoothie to do. You can use any fruit like bananas, mango, apple, berries, orange, avocado, peach, pear, pineapple or grapes.

This smoothie is a combination of 2 cups spinach, 1 cup Lactaid milk, one banana and 2 apples. That’s it! Nothing else needed. No added sugar because the fruits add sufficient natural sugar. I call it my recovery smoothie because your post-workout cocktail should be potassium and calcium rich in order to preserve muscular energy.

GREEN SMOOTHIE BLENDING TIPS:

1. Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
2. Add 1 cup of your liquid base and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone.
3. Add 3 cups of fruit and blend again until smooth.
4. Pour into a mason jar (or cute cup of your choice).
5. Gulp or sip like a rock star!

 

St. Patrick's Day Avocado Banana Smoothie

It's St. Patrick's Day, and I can't wait to get a drink in me to celebrate!

While you could make this beverage alcoholic, I kept it virgin for health reasons. (I lost four pounds!!!) About 5 more and I'll stop, I swear. I promise my fingers aren't crossed behind my back!

I am one of the laziest dieters. I exercise for about 10 minutes every 3 days, and I ended up having 2 cheat days on the weekend.

So I'm all for "juicing" the pounds away.

 

Avocado Banana Smoothie

Prep time      5 mins             Total time     5 mins                     Serves: 2


Ingredients:

½ of one medium avocado, peeled and pitted

1  banana, peeled

⅛ tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp granulated sugar, or to taste

1 cup soy milk, approximate

6 ice cubes

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy and smooth (approximately 10-15 minutes), adjusting sweetness to taste and adding more milk as necessary to reach desired consistency.


(Since it's St. Patty's Day, I won't judge if you spike it a little. Just make sure the kiddies don't touch!)