02-11-2014

Green Smoothie Recipes *Updated*

I love green smoothies. What a great way to get in your greens without tasting them. For someone who hasn’t tried one before, sure, they may look gross, but I’m serious – you can’t really taste the veggies!

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One of my first posts was a list of my favorite green smoothie recipes. Most of these used only water, vegetables and a piece of fruit. Recently, I’ve been adding protein powder to my smoothies, while my mom has been using greek yogurt. Both are good if you want a protein shake AND a green smoothie ;)

Here are some of those veggie/fruit only smoothies (which are still delicious by the way):

Very Berry

  • handful of kale (or spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1/2 a banana

Simple Smoothie

  • 1 apple
  • handful of baby carrots

Current Favs

Here are my go-to smoothies (play around with measurements because it depends on how much you want):

All-Time Favorite Smoothie

Seriously tastes like a PB & Banana smoothie.

  • Water
  • Almond milk
  • Ice
  • Spinach/kale
  • Banana
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional – I use Vega Vanilla)

Cold-Buster

Okay, this one you will probably taste some of the greens…

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Spinach/kale
  • Crushed garlic
  • Tiny bit of ginger
  • Add fruit of your choice

Strawberry-Banana

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Almond Milk
  • Spinach/kale
  • 1/2 banana
  • Strawberries
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

A Little More Green

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Almond milk
  • Spinach/kale
  • 1/4-1/2 cucumber (depending on how much you want)
  • Strawberries (or your favorite berry)

Tips For Concocting Your Own Green Smoothie

If you want to experiment with making your recipes, here are a few tips:

  1. If you’re a beginner, use spinach instead of kale. It will be less green tasting, and once you acquire the taste for green smoothies, you can throw in kale (and other veggies) and it won’t taste as strong as the first time you try one.
  2. Just experiment with different combos. I found that I really like a carrots and apple combo, or a banana and PB combo. Some people like oranges or mangoes (never tried it myself), so it all depends on your taste. Try different fruits and veggies and see what you like!
  3. Use a high powered blender. I can’t afford a Vitamix right now, but I have a Ninja, which works really well. I never have chunks in my smoothie like when I used my Magic Bullet.
  4. Don’t put in the protein powder first (in your blender). I have found that when I do that and then add water, the powder gets stuck to the bottom, even if I blend it for a while.

Recently, I’ve been having a green smoothie most days. Like I said, it’s such an easy way to get in your greens and some protein too!

Do you like green smoothies?

Which of these have you tried/want to try?

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07-31-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

I feel like it’s been a while since I did one of these, but here are some great finds I found on the internet!

Here are your health links for today:

Do you drink packaged juices like Naked Juice? I picked one up once and was astounded by how much sugar it had!

 

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06-28-2013

My Favorite Healthy Recipes

Happy Friday everyone! One more week until 4th of July weekend! Who’s got any exciting/fun plans?

Today, I wanted to write about my favorite recipes that I have blogged about individually before, but you may have missed. A lot of recipes I have posted are things I make on a regular basis and love to eat…so why not share? :)

Let’s jump right into it!

{Protein Pancakes}

As you know, I made this recently and LOVE it. SO fluffy and delicious.

{Taco Salad}

This is a weekly staple for us and so quick & easy to make. You can add so many different toppings and try to make your own Chipotle burrito bowl ;)

{Chicken Mozzarella with Spinach & Chickpeas}

Another staple…and another quick one to make. It’s delicious with the cheese melted on top and with spinach or mixed greens. I had this yesterday actually, but had cannelini beans instead of chickpeas…you could use whatever you want as toppings!

{Green Smoothie}

This is my go-to smoothie recipe. I use water or almond milk, spinach or kale, whatever fruit I have, and almond butter. Soooo delicious and creamy!

{Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf}

I actually haven’t made this in a while but I need to start again! A great, healthy variation to normal meatloaf.

Do you have a favorite recipe? A go-to? Please share, I love trying new recipes!

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06-05-2013

Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse Recap

So, I admit, I only did 2 out of the 3 days.Why? I wasn’t in it for weight loss, I was in it to rest and get back on track with healthy eating. After 2 days, I felt like I had accomplished this…and I just wanted to eat solid food lol!

I really think this worked. Today, I woke up feeling energized and ready to eat healthy. I had oatmeal with almond butter, and chicken sausage for breakfast.

At work, my sister got a “Fat Sandwich” which is a staple at Rutgers. It had mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, french fries, cheese steak, and honey mustard. Might sound gross but it is delicious. Anyway, I wasn’t tempted in the least! I had a small bite but easily stopped there and wasn’t craving it. Maybe it’s all in my head, but for me, I think the detox helped reset not only my body, but my mentality, and help me get back in the groove with healthy eating.

So overall what are my thoughts about the cleanse?

drozWere you hungry all the time?

Actually, no! I was so skeptical of this when my friend told me I wouldn’t be hungry. The smoothies are huge and have a ton of ingredients in them. In the afternoon, I got a bit hungry, but then I just made the “snack” smoothie which held me over until dinner.

How was the taste?

I liked all of the smoothies. I read reviews saying lunch was the worst, probably because it had the most veggies. I drink green smoothies regularly so I’m used to more veggies. It wasn’t my favorite but I still liked it. A lot of people really like the breakfast smoothie, which was definitely good. I didn’t use cayenne pepper in the dinner smoothie though, so I enjoyed that one too…not sure how it would taste with the pepper!

How were your energy levels?

The first day I got REALLY tired in the afternoon. I had to take a nap, I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. Maybe it was a drop in blood sugar from eating junk prior to this? The second day I woke up so energized though. I had steady energy throughout the day, and even went to play tennis in the afternoon. Even the day after I finished, I am feeling energized and awake.

What was the hardest part?

Seeing and smelling real food. On the second day, I had a lunch staff meeting! Ugh, bad planning by me. I had to sit there sipping tea while others ate deliciousness. But it’s all about the willpower! I just kept thinking, it’s only 3 days…it’s not that bad.

Final thoughts?

I really liked it! I am going to continue having smoothies for snacks or breakfast, and will try to do a 1 day cleanse once a month. I do think it works. Again, I didn’t do it for weightloss. I think it works to get you back on track, and remind you how good natural, whole foods are. It’s only 3 days! You can do anything for three days. As I mentioned earlier, I also like that Dr. Oz included ingredients like almond butter which have protein as well. These smoothies were definitely filling!

Have you ever tried a cleanse? Do you want to?

 

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04-17-2013

New Blender!

So excited for my new blender I purchased this past weekend. While ultimately I’d love a Blendtec or Vitamix, it is way out of my budget. So instead I got a Ninja blender which I read great reviews for…and so far I love it!

I had previously been using my Magic Bullet to make smoothies, and while it is convenient and easy to clean, I wanted something bigger so I can pack in more veggies.

Magic Bullet smoothie deliciousness

I received a 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath & Beyond…and my mom said she’d split the cost of a Ninja with me, so we went for it!

I tested it out the past few days and so far it’s amazing. Unlike the Magic Bullet, there are no leafy chunks or anything in my smoothies. They are (no pun intended) so smooth!

The blender takes a few seconds to mix everything up. Also, it is so easy to clean. Unlike a normal blender which has blades attached to the bottom, you can remove the blades on this to clean it separately. No more worrying about cleaning it and cutting your finger off.

Apparently you can use it as a food processor too…I’ll have to read more about that!

My plan is to drink more green smoothies daily. I was doing that over the summer and kind of fell off the wagon. Since I’m not a huge fan of veggies, this is a great way for me to get my veggie intake, especially for breakfast when I rarely eat vegetables.

Do you drink green smoothies? What do you use to make them?

 

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01-10-2013

Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

Yes…a green smoothie. Sounds not so appetizing right? Wrong. This recipe is so good!

I have been all about green smoothies for a while. My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy for drinking them and refuses to even try a little sip because the color weirds him out. But once you get past that, it’s deliciousness. My usual recipes were just a mix of greens and a fruit or two plus water. Then, I found this smoothie recipe on Iowa Girl Eats that’s perfect as a meal or pre-workout shake. My recipes aren’t sufficient enough for me to have as a meal, but this one totally is.

I made this in my magic bullet, not a blender like she did, so my serving sizes were smaller. Magic Bullets are just way easier to clean than blenders.

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Recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 frozen sliced banana (my banana wasn’t frozen, but the kale I used was. You can also use ice cubes)
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt (I didn’t use greek yogurt, just the almond milk. For a thicker and even more filling smoothie definitely try using greek yogurt!)
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less) (Didn’t use 4 cups because of the size of the Magic Bullet, but just filled it to the brim with kale)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Here’s how I did it using my magic bullet:

First, put in the sliced banana and peanut butter.

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Lastly, just fill to the top with kale or spinach!

IMG_3305Blend and enjoy the frothy deliciousness.

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Nutritional stats:

350 calories, 10g fiber, 21g protein

Verdict

So good! I swear, you can really only taste the banana and peanut butter. It literally just tastes like a banana + PB smoothie. What a great way to get in a serving of veggies! I have been using this either for breakfast (plus I usually have some eggs) or mainly as a pre-workout shake to get in some protein before a run or lifting. You can use it as a post-workout shake for the same reasons as well (hello, 21g of protein?!).

Do you drink green smoothies? Do you have a favorite recipe? Please share! I’m always looking for new ideas =)

 

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11-07-2012

Have you ever tried a green smoothie?

I love green smoothies. What a great way to get your veggies in. I’m not a big fan of vegetables so if I can drink them that’s perfect.

I was drinking green smoothies regularly over the summer but then fell off. I am trying to get back into it now, and have been having one for breakfast (along with some eggs or something for protein). This is what I made this morning:

Yes, I know it doesn’t look like the most appetizing thing in the world…but I promise you, you don’t really taste the veggies at all!

This smoothie was:

  • a handful of frozen kale
  • a handful of baby carrots
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup water

I could only taste the banana. Think about all of the nutrients packed into this 1 smoothie! I would highly recommend it as something for breakfast, or a midday snack. Here are other smoothie recipes I have made in the past:

Green Machine

  • handful of frozen kale (you can also use spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery that comes already cut up (the pieces are the size of your finger)
  • 1 banana

Lots of Veggies!

  • handful of frozen kale (or spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery
  • handful of baby carrots
  • 1 banana

Simple Smoothie

  • 1 apple
  • handful of baby carrots

More Fruit!

  • handful of frozen kale (or spinach)
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 an apple
  • your choice of celery or carrots

Lean and Green

  • 1/4 cup egg whites (for protein)
  • handful of frozen kale (or spinach)
  • your choice of celery or carrots
  • 1 banana or 1 whole apple

Very Berry

  • handful of kale (or spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1/2 a banana

*I use 1 cup water for all my smoothies.

These are just some of my ideas…there are many more combos of veggies and fruit you can try! Also, you can try using almond milk instead of water if you want it to be more filling and frothy. If you want protein, you can add egg whites (you can’t really taste them either, but it does have somewhat of an after taste), or protein powder. I have never tried adding protein powder, so I’m not sure what that will taste like.

Do you drink green smoothies? Which recipe will you try?