Pineapple Mint Smoothie

This is a bright and fresh smoothie. If you can find it, fresh turmeric would be great here.

Gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, Whole30

Pineapple Mint Smoothie

1/2 c. frozen spinach
2 rings pineapple (packed in juice)
1/2 avocado
2 Tbsp. fresh mint
1/2 in. fresh ginger
2 tsp. dried turmeric
1/4 c. pineapple juice
3/4 c. water

Whiz all ingredients together to make one smoothie.

Apple Ginger Smoothie

This is a spin on my old favorite green smoothie recipe for days I can’t find a ripe avocado to save my life – and to include romaine lettuce instead of kale for giggles.

Gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, Whole30

Apple Ginger Smoothie

1/2 c. frozen spinach
1/2 Granny Smith apple
1/4 c. orange juice
1/2 in. fresh ginger
1/2 c. romaine lettuce
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
3/4 c. water

Whiz all ingredients together to make one smoothie.

Red Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with colorful veggies, and has juuuust enough sweetness to pass beets off to a non beet lover (namely, my DH).

For an added protein boost, add a scoop of unflavored collagen powder. A Tablespoon or two of peanut butter may also be either the best – or worst – idea ever. If you try it, let me know!

Gluten-free, paleo, Whole30, vegetarian, vegan

Red Smoothie

1/2 c. frozen spinach
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. cooked and peeled beets
1/2 banana
1/2 medium carrot
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 c. water

Whiz all ingredients together to make 1 smoothie.

Spinach Berry Smoothie

Yay, it’s (hopefully) back to the smoothie life over here – and I made a great one this morning. This smoothie is tart, not too sweet, low-ish in carbs and hit the spot for breakfast. Even with the crappy blender I’ve been saddled with (R.I.P. and get lots of in your new home, Vitamix).

Gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, Whole30-ish

Spinach Berry Smoothie

Big hand full of spinach
1/2 a medium Haas avocado
Big squirt bottled lime juice (or the juice of 1 fresh lime)
1/3 – 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used a blend of strawberries, raspberries, currants, and blueberries)
Slack hand full of fresh mint (roughly 2 Tbsp.)
Enough water to make the mixture blend

Blend and enjoy – makes enough for a nice-sized smoothie cup or a small glass + sidecar.

Serves 1

Mean Green Peanut Protein Smoothie

Yup. Another smoothie recipe. A note on this one: this smoothie as written is not sweet. If you like your peanut butter sweet, add a little honey or maple syrup. I happen to love the taste of peanuts, so I was happy with the savory leaning.

Gluten-free, paleo

 

Mean Green Peanut Protein Smoothie

2/3 c. coconut milk
1/2 avocado
3 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
Hand full baby spinach
1 scoop collagen powder

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and whiz until smooth.

Serves 1 as a meal replacement and contains: 734 calories, 66g fat, 21g carbohydrates, 26g protein, 30% of your daily Vitamin A requirement, 19% of Vitamin C, 7% of Calcium, and 37% of your Iron.

Gingerbread Protein Smoothie

Yup. Another smoothie recipe. I haven’t been cooking much lately, instead focusing on throwing easy things together, homework for the class I’m taking, and holiday preparations.

Gluten-free, paleo

  

Gingerbread Protein Smoothie

2/3 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 avocado
1 scoop collagen peptide protein powder
3 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
3 Tbsp. black strap molasses
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 inch fresh ginger (peeled)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
2 – 4 Tbsp. water if needed

Whiz together with a high-powered blender. Add water if the mixture is too thick.

Serves 1

 

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

Contrary to what it looks like to people who know my morning smoothie a day habit, I am not generally a fan of supplements or liquid calories in general.

But, on days when I don’t have time to grab dinner that can be chewed, this smoothie comes to the rescue in style.

As written, this recipe yields 1 smoothie with 461 calories, 40g fat, 54mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, 15g protein, 133% Vitamin A, 15% Vitamin C, 5% Calcium, and 31% Iron. If you add the optional 2 egg yolks, that adds 108 calories, 10g fat, 420mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 1g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 10% Vitamin A, 4% Calcium, and 6% Iron

Gluten-free, paleo, Whole30

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Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 tsp. loose chai tea
3 Tbsp. pumpkin (I’ve used both canned pumpkin puree and frozen butternut squash – both worked well)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 of an avocado
2 Tbsp. collagen (I used grass fed collagen)
1/2 tsp. maple syrup
2 egg yolks (optional – these do not affect the taste or consistency of the smoothie, only add protein and calories if needed)

Blend and serve.

Serves 1 and is intended to stand as a meal replacement 

Updated: DH’s Green Smoothie

This is an updated version of my Breakfast Of Champions green smoothie recipe from a couple of years ago. As was the case back then, I still drink this smoothie most weekdays for breakfast and still absolutely love it. I’d like to say I’ve tried umpteen recipes and settled on this one after extensive taste-testing, but that’s not the case. When we got our Vitamix, the DH did a little research on smoothie ingredients that weren’t just sugar and carb bombs (or worse: dessert) in disguise, and came up with this recipe. It was perhaps the second thing he made with the new blender, and we have been drinking it ever since. It’s evolved over the years (we used to add a banana, celery, cilantro and spirulina), but the nutrition and taste is still there – and this is still an absolutely satisfying breakfast and enough to carry me through my day from 8:30 – 12:30.

Gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan

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DH’s Green Smoothie (Updated)

1 Granny Smith apple
1 big hand full kale (we use pre-cut)
1 smallish hand full baby spinach (we use bagged)
1/2 of a large avocado (or 1 whole small)
3/4c. coconut water (we use Zico)
1/4c. orange juice (we like the not from concentrate kind)
1/2 inch ginger (peeled)
Optional add-in: protein powder (we use Nutiva hemp protein because it doesn’t have soy or whey and also doesn’t have a ton of added crap)

Core and chop the apple. Add to the blender carafe. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend, letting run on high until smooth and incorporated.

Pour into two glasses and consume in the manner you prefer (I won’t drink mine without a straw; the DH drinks his straight from the glass).

Serves 2

 

Breakfast of Champions: Green Smoothie

It seems like the whole (healthy eating) world has jumped on the smoothie bandwagon. Internet fisticuffs have broken out over the relative merits of blending vs. juicing. Crazy eyed evangelists for both warring factions spout suspicious claims from the rooftops. Pinterest orgy groups have formed.

So, what am I doing? Adding to the noise by posting a smoothie recipe. I can’t help it; this recipe is good. Like really good. And I can’t find any fault with the health content.

My DH and I got started on smoothies innocently enough: he’d been listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast (check it out if you haven’t – he’s not a douche like I had feared he would be; he actually has some really great guests and some interesting nutrition “experts”. Plus, he’s really kind of hilarious) and Rogan mentioned how much he really likes his morning green smoothie. And then he had nutritionists on talking about smoothies and although they might argue about how you get the juice in the glass, they couldn’t argue (much) about more vegetables being good for you. Some guests cautioned about fat soluble vs. water soluble vitamins, sugar content, and whether liquid veggies were better than veggies you chew; but the overall consensus was veggies = good and controlling where those veggies come from = even better.

Needless to say, we were intrigued (and visions of a crazy high-powered blender danced in my DH’s head). We started small – 1 blended smoothie from the health store down the road (which we split, because ack! $10!). Both of us absolutely loved it, so we did the (relatively) cost-conscious thing and started buying Naked Juice. But we felt bad about it because of the pasteurization and the sweet taste and we were pretty sure it was really bad for you. So we hemmed and we hawwed and we argued and we justified and finally we sprung for a refurbished Vitamix blender. And now that $7 a day smoothie habit costs around $5 and we are a month in to making back enough dough to break even on the monster that now sits in a place of honor in our kitchen.

My DH is the smoothie mix master in the family – he gets up first, and enjoys the mad scientist aspect of creating mixes. I don’t mind, it gets him to clean the kitchen more often. That, and he’s great at it. 🙂

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Big Green Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 2

1 apple
1 banana
4 stalks kale
1/2 c. fresh spinach
2 stalks celery
Small hand full cilantro
1 tsp. spirulina
1/2 c. orange juice (the healthiest 100% juice you can find)
1 c. coconut water (100% pure – if you can’t find a brand with no additives, use regular water)
1/2 avocado
1 inch ginger

Whiz everything up until smooth. This is a thick shake-like smoothie that fills you up until lunch.

Added bonus for metric nerds: Self Magazine’s site has a really good nutrition calculator. I ran this smoothie through it, and this is what came up for nutritional value:

289 calories, 56 from fat (7g total)
213mg sodium
59g carbohydrates (11g dietary fiber)
6g protein
131% Vitamin A
152% Vitamin C
13% Calcium
13% Iron

How awesome is that?

Full metrics with goodies like nutritional targets, fullness factor, glycemic load, inflammation factor, nutrient balance, protein quality, calories, carbs, vitamins, fats, minerals, sterols & other substance breakouts here. *nerd squee*