Creamsicle Power Smoothie

Spring is arguably the most promising of seasons, showing signs of growth, vibrance, sunshine, and rejuvenation. Unfortunately, spring also brings about unreliable weather, the peak of allergy season, and those end-of-flu-season germs that have us needing some serious Vitamin C. Ditch the pills and give your immune system a healthy boost with this tasty treat instead!

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange or 2 clementines or 1 grapefruit (peeled)
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop high quality vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk or coconut water
  • 1 handful romaine lettuce (optional)
  • dash of turmeric or small piece of turmeric root (optional)
  • ice cubes (optional)

Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with the liquids. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes if you wish. Pour into a glass and enjoy, knowing that you’re feeding your body right.

One Healthy Breakdown: real food cures all most!

Apple Pie A La Smoothie

There’s nothin’ like warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop…right?! If you’re an apple pie fan, you’ll love this one – great for any time of the day (yes, even breakfast!) and makes a perfect post-workout refuel! Warm up while you cool down, feed your body, and wake up your senses with this sweet smoothie recipe!

MP900384682In a blender, combine the following:

  • 1 large (or 2 small) apples
  • 1 handful romaine lettuce or spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop high-quality vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • ice cubes if desired

One Healthy Breakdown: it doesn’t look like a pie, feel like a pie, or compare nutritionally (thankfully!) but it sure is tasty…and healthy!

Blueberry Me!

Blueberries are always good, but now is their time to shine! July is National Blueberry Month and blueberries are more available, affordable, fresh, and tasty than ever…go get some for yourself!

photo 3Read ALL about blueberries, their health benefits, and recipe suggestions too. One of my favorite ways to eat blueberries is in a nice cold, healthy smoothie like this one:

Blue Delicious Smoothie:

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  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 handful spinach or romaine
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 20 almonds or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup water

One Healthy Breakdown: the perfect way to enjoy those berries on a summer morning!

Holiday Flavored Smoothies

With the holidays just around the corner, incorporating some sweet seasonal deliciousness into your green smoothie is a great way to stay on track and taste the holidays in the healthiest way. Try these pumpkin pie, chocolate peppermint, and gingerbread smoothie recipes this season!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

Blend 1 whole head of romaine lettuce, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, 1 large carrot, 1/3 cup cold cooked cauliflower, (optional, for creaminess) 1 scoop vanilla or pumpkin spice protein powder (Tone it Up sells this!) OR 1/3 cup yogurt of choice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, dash of tumeric, 2 dates, and 1/2 cup almond milk. Top with granola or shredded coconut and be thankful for this healthy version of pie in a cup!

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Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie:

Blend 1-2 large handfuls spinach, 1/3 frozen banana, 1 piece ginger root,  2 teaspoons cacao powder, 6 fresh mint leaves, 1 teaspoon maca powder, (optional) 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, and a drop of natural peppermint extract with 1/2 cup coconut water. Sip with a smile! Much healthier than peppermint bark or Thin Mint cookies, but that same minty flavor!

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Gingerbread Smoothie:

Blend 1 frozen banana, 2 heaping tablespoons oats, 1 piece fresh ginger, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, dash of cloves, a dash of nutmeg, and dash of sea salt with 3/4 cup almond milk. Yum, yum!

One Healthy Breakdown: Eat (or drink) your way through the holidays with healthy smoothies!