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.
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!
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.
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.
Another delicious green smoothie to put in your arsenal!
So most people love Gatorade, Powerade, G2, etc. We have been taught by marketing that this stuff is good for us and we NEED to drink it. Whether we go on a 15 minute run, have an hour pilates class, go to lacrosse practice, have a tennis match, blah, blah, blah. The marketing for these products is excellent. Instead of thinking we are drinking artificially flavored sugar water with harmful dyes…..we think we are doing good. Millions(probably billions) of dollars well spent and kudos to the marketing team. In reality, we are getting water (thank God), processed sugar, or if it says low sugar or no sugar you are drinking artificial sugar, artificial flavors, AND, how does it get to be all those vibrant colors of red, blue, and orange? You guessed it and it’s not cherries, blueberries, or oranges. Artificial colors. Yuck. So after we do our body good by exercising, lets put real electrolytes back in our body with coconut water( which I don’t personally love plain), or some filtered water with a little Himalayan salt and squeeze an orange,(now this is good) or if you have time, this delicious post work out drink. (it’s a quick three-minute viddie to see recipe!)
1 inch of peeled ginger--more if you want more ZING.
1 tablespoon coconut butter
¼ cup organic raspberries (frozen or fresh)
¼ cup organic frozen blueberries
4 romaine leaves
Combine coconut water, frozen banana, and ginger and mix in blender.
Add all remaining ingredients until blended.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.
I sometimes will do 1/2 cup Aloe Water and 1/2 cup coconut water depending on my mood. I personally like most of my fruits frozen because I like it icy cold. And more great news…..I had to make this early in the morning and then go to work out and see clients—-about a three-hour time frame—so I added some ice cubes and it actually tasted just as good, if not better than if you drink it immediately. That is NOT the case with most smoothies in my experience and I am wayyyyyy picky. And in case you are wondering….I added the berries for a high fiber antioxidant boost and they help regulate your sugar, the ginger because it aids in digestion and adds great flavor, the romaine because it has vitamins and is made of mostly water, spinach because it is a nutritional powerhouse, coconut butter because I wanted a healthy fat in there to keep me full if I am drinking it as a meal replacement, and the banana because it is rich in potassium and makes the smoothie taste yummy, and of course, the coconut water because it has natural electrolytes.
Why pumpkin? Because it is a superfood. What is so super about pumpkin??? Well, thanks for indulging me…I will tell you.
Pumpkin is rich in fiber. It helps slow digestion and keeps us feel full longer! The bright and beautiful orange color comes from a supply of beta-cartone which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200% of most people’s daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. Your eyes and skin will thank you for eating pumpkin. And, Vitamin A is also great for immunity. It will help you fight off infections and viruses. Pumpkin also helps you stay hydrated because when it is canned it is nearly 90% water. Hydration gives us energy and helps keep our skin glowing. To top it all off it is less than 50 calories a serving. Personally, I am not a big calorie counter, but I still thought this was noteworthy.
And…..helloooooo antioxidents. So eat pumpkin. Lots of it.
Put almond milk, frozen banana and date in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients.
Top with either unsweetened coconut and chia or cacao nibs or all three!
Lucuma Powder. Thank you David Wolfe for bringing this superfood to my attention. It will add creaminess and sweetness to this drink. The taste is described as l to having a touch of caramel or maple, even pumpkin-like. Lucuma powder is made from the pulp of the lucuma fruit which is dehydrated and made into powder form.
Cinnamon!!!! Huge antioxidant and superfood. antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. What does that actually mean in real life. I like to describe antioxidants as your cells armor; and free radicals our the attackers. The more antioxidants rich food we eat, the better protected our cells will be.
So if you are thinking about grabbing a piece of pumpkin pie…..you may want to try this instead. This superfood smoothie can be dessert, lunch, snack, or even a super quick dinner! If you want to add a little more protein throw in a tablespoon of organic almond butter.