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Date Smoothie

Most everyone who reads my blog knows I drink a green smoothie every single morning. Aubrey and I share one and it’s just part of our morning routine. Lately I have been wanting to mix it up and I found the perfect solution in this Date Smoothie from Food52 and AGIRLANDAPIG.

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Sidenote: Food52 is a beautiful, informative, inspiring website you definitely need to add into your rotation. You’re welcome.

I always have everything to make this smoothie and it’s obviously quick, DELICIOUS, and perfect for breakfast, the dreaded 3pm slump and even dessert!

All you need is your preferred non dairy milk, dates, a frozen banana, cinnamon and vanilla. Get the full recipe here.

As the crazy wonderful holiday season approaches, lighten up with this date smoothie in place of a meal or as a healthy snack.

xx.

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Step Up Your Game

BEC Green Smoothie

 

Isn’t the BEC Green Smoothie THE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER? Guys, it really is. But, believe it or not, I have a few ways to make it pack even more punch without realllllllly changing the taste (too much).

1. Mix in a little water.  I like my smoothie with a looser texture so I used to add extra coconut milk (my current non dairy milk of choice). Recently I starting using half coconut milk, half cold water and you cannot taste a difference.  Love the texture, love using less milk, and obviously it contains less calories!

2. Throw in some seeds.  I used to swallow a spoonful of chia seeds every morning then it got to the point where I would rather stay in bed all day then walk down the stairs and choke down chia seeds. Now I drop a tablespoon of the white or black variety into my smoothie (we love the seeds by Health Warrior). Chia can makes things “gelatinous” but this small amount doesn’t change the consistency and adds Omega-3s, protein and fiber.  Flax seeds are also always in my smoothie; they’re cancer and disease fighting so why not?

3. Camu Camu Powder. I love throwing some of this fine powder in my green smoothie every day. It is full of immune boosting antioxidants and Vitamin C.

4. Cinnamon has so many benefits we should all be sprinkling it onto everything all the time. To name a few it’s anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants and multiple nutrients, and can even boost your mood!

5. Change up your greens game. We know the usual green smoothie suspects…kale and spinach. But try mixing it up. Today I used a bag of romaine in mine and as usual, delicious. Try micro greens, beet greens, collards or dandelion greens (these last two can be bitter so maybe use a little less for your first attempts). Different greens give us different things, y’all!

6. Throw in a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar.  Just a bit won’t alter the taste but you get loads of benefits such as lowering blood sugar, aiding in weight loss, and fighting bacteria!

Do you have any smoothie tips that you love?  Let me know!

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Mix Up Your Mornings With This

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We all know and love the BEC Green Smoothie, but this summer with the SUPER HOT days I have craved something a little different.  I got some inspiration from our Iron & Grace trainer Alaya Sexton but honestly this works with about any fruit and veggie combo you may have in your fridge.

Today’s summer smoothie consists of two large handfuls of spinach, one small kiwi, half an apple, one inch piece of ginger, two celery stalks and half a mini cucumber…all organic.  Combine in your high power blender (I love my vitamix) with water.  Boom.  It’s icy cold, refreshing, and loaded with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber…a great way to start any hot day.

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Another good addition to this smoothie would be fresh herbs, Tiffany has encouraged me to use more in my cooking lately and she’s right, I need to!  Try parsley or basil with strawberries.  Throw in some lemon, lime or orange or any mix of greens you prefer.  Smoothies are a great way to get rid of fruits and veggies that may otherwise spoil so put it all there.  One warning, make sure you use plenty of veggies and not too much fruit so you don’t over do it on the sugar!

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Do You Like Pina Coladas?

 

I know I do.

But they are generally LOADED with sugar (and alcohol) so I don’t get them very often.  However I came across this recipe for A Healthy Green Pina Colada and HAD TO TRY IT.  It has some of my favorite ingredients: spinach, pineapple, mango and banana.  I made it yesterday morning to kick off my week and have to say I am adding it to the smoothie rotation in our house.

 

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I used what I had (added extra, extra Zen greens and used almond instead of coconut milk) but otherwise didn’t change a thing.  I wouldn’t make this everyday as it has a lot of fruit but definitely worth making weekly.  Another thing, I didn’t love it with Zen greens…it was a little bitter.  I made it again with spinach and it was PERFECT.  So play around with it by adding what you love and taking away what you don’t.

 

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Another delicious green smoothie to put in your arsenal!

xx,

 

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