RECIPE: Green Detox Smoothie

Well, hello there! I’m your new favorite smoothie!

This jar of nutrition is incredibly delicious!  It’s a quick but healthy breakfast and makes enough for two, so share with your favorite morning time buddy or enjoy some as a snack later in the day. This morning I offered a spoon of it my 1 year old, who then enjoyed more than her share! Recipe is inspired by Barre3, my fave workout and health encouraging resource!

Green Detox Smoothie

In a turbo blender combine the following ingredients:

2 cups almond milk

1 cup organic spinach

1 frozen banana 

1/2 organic apple

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp hemp hearts

1 slice dried apricot

1-2 tsp dried ginger or 1/2 inch cube fresh ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp maca powder (optional) 

RECIPE: Banana Nut Smoothie with Nibs

smoothie with nibs

 

Ditch the banana nut muffin and latte for this delicious treat.  The nuts and seeds pack micronutrients and proteins to keep you sated all morning long and the nutritionally dense nibs give your the extra perk you need when you are lacking Zzzzzz’s!

In a Blender combine:

1 frozen banana (can use room temp banana and 3-4 cubes of ice instead)

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp chia seeds

10 Almonds

5 Walnuts

1/4 tsp cinnamon (or ~5 shakes)

1/4 tsp of nutmeg (or ~5 shakes) *

2 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds*

Sprinkle Cacao Nibs in and/or on top

 

*optional

RECIPE: Secret “Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream” Smoothie

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…

blackbean choclate smoothie

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!

black beans

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]

RANT: Free Baby Food!

Pip Spinach smoothie

If you had asked me 5 years ago whether I’d be making my own baby food, I woulda’ thought you Nutzo!

A) because I didn’t have a baby 5 years ago and

B) because who the heck makes their own baby food?

Actually a lot of people…and it’s easier than you think, especially when you make something healthy that you yourself would eat and feed it to your baby? Novel concept, huh?

And it’s especially easy when it’s a smoothie… just drip a few dollops in your baby’s bowl, in between your gulps of goodness.

Whipping up a green smoothie is a super sneaky way to get your baby’s ‘veggies on’. Remember spinach is a great source of iron and has NO TASTE when added to smoothies.  And homemade smoothies are a helluva lot better than cold peas. Eeegghhhk.

Great smoothie recipes for you and your bebe:

Spinach & Cantaloupe Smoothie

Oatmeal Smoothie (if nut allergy, substitute water for almond milk)

Apple-licious Smoothie

Peach and Carrot Juice Smoothie

***REMEMBER TO NEVER SWEETEN SMOOTHIES WITH HONEY IF FEEDING A LESS THAN 12 MONTH OLD!***

RECIPE: Pistachio and Spinach Smoothie

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:

Pistachio SMoothie

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic spinach

3/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup filtered water

6-8 almonds

12-14 pistachios

4-6 cubes ice

(1 scoop protein powder, unflavored or  vanilla) optional

(1 tbsp maca powder) optional

RECIPE: Iced Coffee Smoothie

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!

Iced Coffee

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