peanut butter smoothie

SOMEONE decided to sign up for a triathlon happening in a few months… No, not me, actually! It was my husband. I decided to sit this one out and cheer him on. I am, however, training with him. That counts for something, right? We’ve been really good so far, but it’s still early. This morning we woke up at 6 am to go swimming before the work day started and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! If only I could maintain this routine of working out early in the morning. It’s easier this time of year, too, because the days are longer.

I just love how much natural light we have this time of year. Our workouts have been alternating between running, biking, swimming, and home weight training (this is actually the worse one for me – oucchh!) I find that the more I workout, the more my body craves it. I have actually been feeling bad if I don’t workout for more than 2 days.

Along with the training, I have been thinking of post-workout meals and drinks. My new favorite right now is this peanut butter banana shake, which tastes like a yummy milkshake, so even though it’s packed with protein, it’s almost like having dessert after working out! Peanut butter and bananas are such a match made in heaven, don’t you think?

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Peanut Butter Banana Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat milk or milk alternative (almond, coconut or cashew milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Light whipped cream for topping (optional)

Instructions 

  1. Add all ingredients (except for the whipped cream) to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  2. Top with whipped cream and sliced almonds if desired.

Makes 2 shakes

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Once you’ve made this tropical green smoothie, I want you to sit down, close your eyes and picture yourself on a beach during a warm, sunny day. Think about blue skies and a cool ocean breeze, with absolutely no sound except for the waves crashing down on the beach… Feel relaxed?? Good! This tropical green smoothie not only has incredible health benefits, it has the power to take you away from the stress of everyday life! OK, well maybe just for a little while. Go ahead and blend up this super healthy smoothie and take a few minutes to imagine yourself somewhere tropical. You deserve it and your body with thank you for it!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp honey, or desired sweetener
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water (try coconut water!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped organic spinach
  • 4 tsp sweetened shredded coconut for garnish, divided

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in a large Magic Bullet cup or pitcher (only add 2 tsp shredded coconut, and reserve the other half for topping later).
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add 1 tsp of shredded coconut on top of each smoothie.

Makes ~2 cups

The sun is here, the sun is here!

I have never appreciated the sun as much as I do in NY, because in the winter it’s gone FOREVER. When I was in CA, I took that nice warm sunshine for granted, but now I’ll make amends by making this fun Tropical Sunshine Smoothie from Edible Perspective.

Tropical Sunshine Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 champagne mango, skin removed + sliced
  • 6-inch frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Instructions

1. Place the mango, banana, pineapple, juice and milk into your Magic Bullet.

2. Then blend until well combined.

3. Pour into a chilled glass and top with coconut flakes.

Stick in a straw and enjoy your sunshine in a cup!

Strawberries are my absolute favorite fruit in the world! They are so delicious and healthy for you! I’m so happy strawberry season is here (even though in California they grow them year-round!), because the grocery stores have been stocked with boxes upon boxes of fresh organic strawberries. I love getting them at the Farmers’ Market when I have time to make the trip.

This fresh strawberry orange smoothie is one of my favorite smoothie recipes. It’s simple, yet so delicious! It reminds me of this smoothie place in the mall I used to go to growing up, where my mom, brother and I would always get the strawberry smoothie – it was amazing. I could always tell there were oranges in it and I just loved the subtle citrus taste they gave to the smoothie. Smoothies are the perfect breakfast to start your day since they’re light and won’t weigh you down and make you sluggish.

Strawberry Orange Dream Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup milk or soy milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup fresh organic strawberries, hulled
  • ½ cup frozen organic strawberries
  • ½ orange, peeled
  • 1 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the large Magic Bullet cup and blend until everything is chopped up and smooth.

Makes 2 smoothies

This morning I made this blueberry breakfast smoothie with fresh organic blueberries. I always mix in some frozen fruit when I make smoothies because I like the texture better (sometimes if you use only frozen fruit it becomes extremely cold and hard to drink). This blueberry smoothie is a great, healthy way to start off your day. Blueberries have numerous positive health effects, and putting them in a smoothie is the best way for me to get them in my diet. I love adding granola and fresh fruit on top and eating some of the smoothie with a spoon. Don’t forget the whipped cream! I know it isn’t the healthiest thing to do, but lately I have been putting whipped cream on everything. It just makes everything taste better!

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ ripe banana
  • ¼ cup fresh organic blueberries
  • ¼ cup frozen organic blueberries
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Whipped cream and granola for topping

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.

2. Top with whipped cream, granola and fresh blueberries.

Makes 2 smoothies.

Banana in a smoothie? Sure.

Coconut? Done that.

But Dates?! Could it be?

I’ve never really had dates, but I tried them and I liked them. Then I made the Sprouted Kitchen’s Coconut Banana Date Shake and now I think I might love dates.

Coconut Banana Date Shake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 large pitted Medjool dates, chopped up
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein of choice (optional)
  • one small banana, preferably frozen
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups crushed ice
  • splash of orange juice

Instructions

1. Throw all said items into your Magic Bullet. It’s really that easy.

2. Pulse until it’s reached your desired consistency.

And then take it and enjoy it anywhere you go!

Apr
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Kale Berry Smoothie

 

If you’re looking for a great energy boost in the mornings or at lunchtime, this kale smoothie will surely do the trick! I have to admit, I completely despise eating kale. I’ve tried it in a few different recipes and did not like any of them. I know kale is incredibly healthy, but even when I buy it at the grocery store, I cringe at the thought of incorporating it into a meal each day it sits in my fridge. I know there are some people out there who love kale, even in the raw, but the only way I found I can incorporate it into my diet is smoothies. I created this delicious berry kale smoothie because it allows me to eat (drink?) kale raw, which preserves the nutrients as opposed to cooking it. I can barely tell I’m eating 1/2 cup raw kale in just one 8 oz smoothie. The yummy strawberries and raspberries hide the taste and with the Magic Bullet, you don’t notice a difference in texture.

Kale Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen organic strawberries
  • ¼ cup frozen organic raspberries
  • 1 cup organic kale

Instructions

  1. Rinse and strain kale.
  2. Add all ingredients to the Magic Bullet cup and blend.

Mar
27
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Nutella Banana Smoothie

In a previous post, I made some homemade Nutella, so I thought I would put it to good use and blend it into a smoothie. Then I could take it with me!

Or so that someone else could drink it too…

I used a recipe from Mother Thyme, but you could really just use your favorite items for a smoothie.

Nutella Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup ice


Instructions

  1. Throw all said ingredients into your Magic Bullet and blend until your desired consistency has been reached. 

I headed back to California for the holidays and was able to avoid most of the sleet action happening in NYC. And while my comrades were battling slush, cold winds, and rain to get anywhere, I was lucky enough to be enjoying the sunshine and eats of southern Cali.

This smoothie is quintessential California to me–save the wheatgrass shot.

Grab your favorite tropical and summer fruits. I saved some strawberries and froze them for an occasion such as this. Sometimes, you just need summer in the winter.

Add vanilla ice cream and some fruit juice–I had mango juice–but you could do it with OJ, apple juice or anything that sounds good to you.

Place in your Magic Bullet and blend!

It’s really that easy.

And then give it to the nearest person because they will enjoy it. And it’s always nice to share.

In this case, it was my niece’s cousin, Amy, she loved it. Obviously.

Dec
19
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Cinnamon Horchata

One of my favorite recent discoveries is Horchata. I had never had it before, but I tell you, there’s almost nothing better than sitting in the sun sipping on a giant glass of horchata.

Proof positive here:

And now I can make my own! My quality of life just got so much better.

And it’s really easy.

Just note, you have to start this recipe three hours before you want it, because there’s a wait time!

Cinnamon Horchata

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon (to taste)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Instructions

1. Pour the rice into the Magic Bullet cup and fill most of the way with water.

2. Blend until the rice begins to break up.

3. Mix with the rest of the water in a large pitcher.

4. LET THE MIXTURE SIT FOR THREE HOURS.

5. Strain the rice water into a pitcher and discard the rice.

6. Add the milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract.

7. Stir well and chill before enjoying!