The All Green Smoothie!

The All Green Smoothie!

Life is busy, especially when you’re juggling the schedules of your athletes. Here is a super simple game-changer recipe for you: The All Green Smoothie (better described as the Avocado Pineapple Smoothie). It’s an easy one to whip up, requiring just a few everyday ingredients – avocado, pineapple, baby spinach, coconut milk, and a splash of lime juice.

This smoothie is not just a treat for your taste buds; it’s a secret weapon with a good dose of healthy fat, to keep your family fueled and ready for whatever the day throws their way.

Serves 2

½  avocado, pitted

2 cups pineapple, chunks

2 cups baby spinach

1 cup coconut milk, from carton

4 Tbsp. lime juice

What you need to do:

  • Prep Your Ingredients: 
  • Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve straight away.
The Power Break Smoothie

The Power Break Smoothie

This Energizing Blueberry Almond Smoothie is a delightful blend of flavors and nutrition, making it a perfect choice for a quick breakfast or a rejuvenating snack. So, blend away and let this smoothie revitalize your day!

SERVES 2

1 cup (150g) blueberries, frozen

1 medium bananas, ripe

4 tbsp. rolled oats

2 tbsp. almond butter

2 cups (480ml) almond milk, unsweetened

2 medjool dates

2 scoops (50g) vanilla protein powder


What you need to do:

    1. Prep Your Ingredients: I prefer to gather all the ingredients and have them measured and ready to go.

    1. Soften the Medjool Dates: If the medjool dates are not soft, soak them in warm water for about 10-15 minutes to soften. This will make them blend easily into the smoothie.

    1. Combine in the Blender: In a high-speed blender, add the frozen blueberries, ripe banana, rolled oats, almond butter, unsweetened almond milk, medjool dates (pitted), and vanilla protein powder.

    1. Blend Until Smooth: Blend on high until all the ingredients are smooth and creamy. If needed, scrape down the sides and blend again to ensure everything is well incorporated.

    1. Adjust Consistency (Optional): If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add a little more almond milk and blend again until you reach your desired texture.

    1. Serve and Enjoy: Pour the smoothie into glasses, garnish with a few blueberries or a banana slice if you like, and enjoy the goodness of this energizing blueberry almond smoothie!

    1. Variation: Feel free to customize this smoothie by adding spinach or kale for an extra nutrient boost, or a tablespoon of chia seeds for added fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Smoothie

Strawberry Vanilla Chia Smoothie

My favorite protein powder for smoothies is chocolate…but since we have been doing a lot of smoothies I have been trying to switch it up.  I decided to grab a jar of the Vega Vanilla Protein & Greens the last time it was on sale at our local Earthfare.  While I like to use fresh greens in my smoothies, this is a great options with 2 servings of greens included in the powder. This is my favorite smoothie combination that I have created using this powder.

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Strawberry Vanilla Chia Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • handful of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (if using canned, use half cup + a half cup of water)
  • 1 heaping scoop of Vega Vanilla Protein & Greens Powder
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw cocoa nibs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. dump all the ingredients into a high speed blender. enjoy!

 

 

Our Favorite Breakfast Smoothie – Blueberry Chocolate Spinach

Our Favorite Breakfast Smoothie – Blueberry Chocolate Spinach

At the end of October, my husband and I decided to do a 21 day cleanse.  We didn’t follow any mainstream cleanses in which they try to sell product (I am not a fan), but we basically followed the principles set by Dr. Alejandro Junger and his Clean Gut Cleanse & his blog for a bunch of recipes.  Basics of it, were a protein smoothie for breakfast, lunch was main meal of veggies, protein and clean fat and then dinner was an entree salad + plus no eating from dinner until breakfast.  My husband and I loved it, and now we crave our morning smoothies instead of a heavier breakfast.  I thought I would share  my favorite smoothie combination that I would pick over any others.

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Key ingredients:

Fiber: Flax seed and Chia Seeds

Vitamins, minerals and protein: pumpkin seeds, roasted cocoa nibs, brazil nuts, spinach, unsweetened almond milk and organic chocolate protein powder

Sweetener: blueberries

Because of all the fiber and protein, this smoothie is incredibly filling and satisfying.

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Our Favorite Breakfast Smoothie - Blueberry Chocolate Spinach
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups of almond milk
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • handful of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3-4 brazil nuts
  • 2 Tbsp - ¼ c. raw pumpkin seeds (I soak and sprout mine first)
  • 1Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1Tbsp. roasted cocoa nibs
  • 2 scoops of orgain organic chocolate protein powder
Instructions
  1. dump all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend. enjoy!

 

our favorite green smoothie {peach banana spinach smoothie}

our favorite green smoothie {peach banana spinach smoothie}

i remember when i used to see people drinking green smoothies or juices and the thought of “drinking” a vegetable sounded horrible to me.  trust me, i have come a long way….yesterday, i drank a huge glass of cabbage apple juice (that would have never happened a few years ago). ever since we invested in a vita-mix and an omega juicer,  both green juices and smoothies have become a staple in our household. i don’t follow specific recipes necessarily and a lot of times i am kinda “cleaning out the fridge”, but i thought i would share a recipe for one of our favorites.  this peach banana spinach smoothie is great for people that are just starting out with green smoothies, since it does have a lot of fruit in it to cover the spinach.

this picture of the full vita-mix was when i was making a batch for 4 people….that is about half of the amount of spinach i typically use, but i had to blend it down before adding more. we also have the ease of using our canned peaches.  every year we can a ton of jars of peaches with my husband’s family, which is wonderful since i always have them on hand.

 

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our favorite green smoothie {peach banana spinach smoothie}
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Recipe type: drink
 
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 2 peaches (de-pitted)
  • splash of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • {optional} ½ cup of yogurt or almond milk
Instructions
  1. throw everything into a high powered blender (we prefer our vita-mix)
  2. blend until smooth.
  3. enjoy!

 

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the sprouted life’s favorites {raspberry chia seed lemonade}

the sprouted life’s favorites {raspberry chia seed lemonade}

a few months ago i was making one of those “mad dash” shopping trips at whole foods around lunch time.  i have learned that i should never, ever shop when i am hungry.  i have zero self control. anyway, i managed to get out of the store without grabbing a lot of extras except for a bottle of cranberry chia seed lemonade.  it looked interesting & bonus, it was on sale. i loved it.  the texture is a little odd the first time you drink it, but other than that you never notice the chia seeds.  our family is already a lover of fresh squeezed lemonade, so why not add more fiber & omega fats?  we always have fresh lemons in our house (i buy 10 lbs of organic lemons every month in my azure standard order) and those only last us about 2-3 weeks.  so if you are looking for a refreshing summer drink, definitely try some chia seed lemonade. we typically just make ours by the glass & raspberries are not necessary…the plain lemon is wonderful also.

 

 

raspberry chia seed lemonade
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Recipe type: drink
 
a quick refreshing summer drink, packed full of nutrients
Ingredients
  • 2 organic lemons
  • handful of raspberries (or any desired fruit)
  • 3 Tbps. chia seeds
  • 16 ounces of water
  • splash of maple syrup (per desired sweetness)
Instructions
  1. use a citrus juicer or hand squeeze the lemons
  2. juice the raspberries or crush up with a mortar.
  3. mix lemons, juiced raspberries & 16 ounces of water
  4. add a splash of maple syrup and stir
  5. taste to check sweetness, add more maple syrup if needed
  6. add in chia seeds and stir throughly
  7. let set for about 5 minutes before drinking (chia seeds need to hydrate)
Notes
we like our lemonade tart, so i use just a splash of maple syrup, but you can mix it to desired sweetness. *maple syrup will settle on bottom, so make sure to stir it in well.

the sprouted life’s favorite products & appliances used in this recipe:

 

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