Want to curb your sugar cravings?
Try this Nut-rageous smoothie, inspired by Mark Hyman.
It’s packed with protein to keep you full all morning long, and makes enough to have a second smoothie later in the day or the following morning.
I make several jars of the nuts/seed ingredients that I can quickly dump in to my blender.
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
2 Tbsp Flax seeds
2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
8 Brazilian nuts or Walnuts
1 Frozen banana
1/2 frozen wild blueberries
1/2 cup organic spinach
1 cup almond milk
1 cup filtered water
2 tsp cinnamon
You want to know a secret? Packing protein into your meals cuts cravings and obliterates hunger. Plus protein helps build strong muscles, which boosts metabolism.
So add clean protein to everything! A sneaky way to add protein to smoothies is to…
wait for it…
add black beans. Sounds gross, I know, but ain’t nuthin’ gross about this tasty concoction! The beans not only add protein, but also create a smooth, thick creamy texture you are sure to love.
And as always, throw in some greens to make it a well-balanced meal!
Portions are approximate, so less water if you prefer a thicker smoothie.
In blender combine:
~3/4 cup milk (I use hemp but almond, coconut, rice, soy or cow’s milk work too)
~1/2 cup filtered water
~1/3 cup black beans (preferable cooked, but fine uncooked, from a can, rinsed and strained)
2 Tbsp cacao (coco powder)
1 Tbsp maple syrup (honey or sweetener of your choice would work too)
1 banana, frozen (you could use a raw banana + 3 cubes ice instead if you don’t store peeled frozen bananas in your freezer)
3 dashes cinnamon
Optional de-veined chard leaf or handful of spinach
[photo from nutmegnotebook.com]
One of my coolest girl friends recently shared with me her favorite smoothie recipe. This is a girl who went heli-skiing on her honeymoon and stole Michael Jordan’s retired jersey from the Dean Dome rafters. (Only one of these actually happened, but this girl would do happily do both, and then some).
So if it’s a Pistachio Smoothie that is her daily tall-glass-o-Bad-Ass, then this is what’s going in my Vitamix tomorrow morning:
In a blender combine:
1 cup organic spinach
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup filtered water
4-6 cubes ice
(1 scoop protein powder, unflavored or vanilla) optional
(1 tbsp maca powder) optional
Need a quick, healthy pick-me-up in the morning? Have I got the smoothie for you!
I’m not usually a coffee drinker. In fact, I managed to make it through college, medical school and residency without picking up the habit. But as a mother of a newborn, I’ve found I could use a little more “Get-Up-And-Go” in the mornings.
So I created this healthy iced coffee to help me survive. Hope you enjoy it!
In a Blender Combine:
1 cup Spinach
Coffee (either 1 Tbsp coffee beans oR 1/2-1 cup of yesterday’s left over coffee)
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup filtered H2o
4-6 cubes Ice
1/2 tsp (or just 4 dashes) Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (optional for sweet lovers)
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds (optional Super food, also packs in some protein)
1 tsp (or a splash) Vanilla
Warm Blackberry Cobbler
with Vanilla Ice Cream
Mom’s Carrot Cake
Groove Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Girl Scout Cookie Formerly known as Samoas
It’s Basketball season.
And being from North Cackalacki, ACC territory, I’ve been watching an unhealthy amount of Basketball. And speaking of unhealthy, I’ve decided to make a bracket for the top unhealthy sweet foods I crave. My “Elite Ate” Desserts, if you will.
Over the years, hundreds of desserts have battled it out with my taste buds for a chance to reign supreme. I’ve been a pretty generous committee in years past, but this year’s tournament is proving more competitive, less processed and more delectable than ever!
Not all desserts that have made it to this year’s “Elite Ate” are the most delicious. And the majority are not at all nutritious! Many made it this far in the tournament by being tenaciously tasty, like Mom’s famous Carrot Cake, who would not have made it without the all-star ingredient: Cream Cheese Icing.
Some, like the Girl Scout Cookies formally known as Samoas, who beat the Swiss Miss Cake Rolls in the first round, got a bid solely because they were childhood favorites.
Krispy Kreme donuts put a snackdown on the ever-satifying Snickers bars, beating them in the Sweet Sixteen. Those ‘Hot-and-Now’ glazed treasures are tough to beat, as they consistently bring the triple double (cheap, sweet, and ridiculously yummy to eat). But watch out for the Dark Chocolate Chips & Walnuts, known for their healthy, yet effective defense on cravings.
Groove Ice Cream Sandwich bars are a neophyte favorite, with their HFCS-free ice cream offense and their delicious homemade double cookie defense. They will be a tough match up for Salt and Straw Ice Cream Pints, who are the returning Champions; small-batch and all-natural, they are expected to go far again this year. I look forward to a sample of the fantastically fun recipes in their playbook!
So what’s in your Elite Ate?
Krispy Kreme Hoy & Now
Chocolate Chips & Walnuts
SALT & STRAW Designer Ice Cream