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Have you ever tried a strawberry mango smoothie? If not, it is a definite must!! The combination of these two delicious fruits creates an even more delicious flavor. I could go for one of these any time of day, whether it is for breakfast or as a pick-me-up after a long day at work. Mangoes and strawberries are packed with fiber and antioxidants, and smoothies are an easy (and delicious!!) way to get in those extra fruit servings during the day. I get my frozen mango cubes at my local grocery store (Trader Joes), but if you can’t find them at yours you can easily slice up a mango into cubes and store them in a freezer bag until you are ready to use them.

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Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Instructions

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

Makes 2 smoothies

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Thin Mint Smoothie

Every now and then, my hoarding tendencies show up and one of those times is during Girl Scout cookie season. Usually, I pick up a box or two or four, but this year, I bought six boxes. And then my boyfriend bought six boxes. And then my sister bought six boxes and shipped them to me…

So now, I have 18 boxes of (mostly) Thin Mints. And I’ve eaten a lot, but I also stuck some in the freezer for the inevitable winter sans supplier.

The other day I had a craving for some Thin Mint goodness, but wanted to mix it up a little, so I adapted this recipe from Shutterbean for a Milk and Cookie Smoothie.

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Thin Mint Cookie Smoothie

Makes about two smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled & sliced
  • 1/2 cup cookies (I obvi used Thin Mints)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons agave

Instructions

Ready for the next step? It’s real easy.

  1. Throw all said ingredients into your Magic Bullet.
  2. Pulse until it’s reached your desired consistency.

I like mine thick and a little chunky, so I didn’t blend too long.

Pop a cookie on the top–as an extra treat–and enjoy!

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Our favorite Edgy Veg Candice shows us her ultimate green smoothie recipe, along with some of her favorite smoothie-making dance moves.

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 handful kale
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 4-5 chunks pineapple
  • 1 1/2-2 cups almond milk

Instructions

  1. Blend in your Magic Bullet until smooth.

NYC is experiencing some ridiculous heat waves this summer. Normally, everyone would be happy that the sun is shining and it’s warm enough to wear shorts and take a walk, BUT these days are topping out at 99, 101, 103 degrees… which makes me just want to stay inside and take advantage of the air conditioning and ALL the fans I own.

And because I wanted a snack/dessert but couldn’t bear to walk to the fro-yo place so I used all the frozen fruit I had been hoarding away.

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You’ll need:

  • Frozen fruit
    • I used mango, strawberries, blueberries, a banana and some milk
      • Obviously, MOO cow had to help, too

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  1. Throw everything into your Magic Bullet and give it a whirl.
  2. Then have MOO cow (or other cutesy inanimate object) inspect it thoroughly.
  3. Then you can smugly sip your cool cool sMOOthie while the world outside your window melts.

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This is one fantastic recipe by Livestrong.com‘s Jennifer Cassetta, a clinical nutritionist and personal trainer. It transports her back to the island of Kauai, she writes, packed with the healthy and decadent flavors of coconut and pineapple. It’s also perfect for breakfast – giving you the energy you need to face the day, while balancing out your blood sugars, preventing spikes and valleys in your energy level, as well.

Click here for her full article!

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Hawaii-Dreaming Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp shredded coconut for topping

Instructions

Combine ingredients in your Magic Bullet and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk for a creamier smoothie.

stw kiwi smoothie

I love making smoothies during the hot summer months. It usually doesn’t get too hot in the city, but lately it’s been really warm! I’ve been making smoothies every day, for breakfast or lunch, to cool me down. I love experimenting with different fruits and vegetables. I love the combination of strawberry and kiwi flavors in the strawberry kiwi smoothie. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries.

Here is a tip to peel a kiwi: slice off each end, then use a small spoon to get underneath the skin and work your way around. Then just slice the kiwi out – it is as simple as that!

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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 8 strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Instructions

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

Makes 2 smoothies

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So, I’ve told you about this before. Kind of. But before you go getting all, “Ugh, are you running out of ideas or what, Erin?!” just, give me a minute. Because you see, the first time I made this, it was kind of by accident and I kind of forgot about it afterwards. And I just, I don’t want you to make the same mistake.

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So, we’ve been drinking this, uh, pretty much everyday. We ran a half marathon recently and, I swear to you, these smoothies saved me the whole time we were training. They are packed with protein, they’re sweet and peanut buttery and ugh. So good. Just, make one. Trust.

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My favorite Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen banana chunks (probably about 1 regular size banana) 
  • a few chunks of frozen mango
  • a big ol’ scoop of greek yogurt
  • a big ol’ scoop of peanut butter
  • milk as needed (I start with about 1/4 cup and add more if it looks tooo thick

Blend. Drink. Yum.

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 Also, um, this is what happens when you try to take pictures of yourself with your camera on self timer on a windy day because you’re home alone. It happens.

You should already be salivating. This recipe by the awesome Edgy Veg combines the sweet cake-batter flavors of strawberry shortcake with the healthful benefits of high-protein ingredients to make a smoothie reminiscent of a classic dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1 handful cashews
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of maca
  • 1 sprinkle cinnamon

 Instructions

Add all ingredients to your Magic Bullet and blend until smooth.

This is my favorite green smoothie recipe.

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I know, I know… It doesn’t look very appealing. Instead of a pretty pink or purple color, it’s green! When I brought one to my husband the very first time I made one for him, his reaction was priceless. He had the most disgusted look on his face and exclaimed, “What is that?!” After some convincing, he decided to give it a try. “MMMMM,” he said. I must admit, green smoothies can be pretty scary. I have also had my fair share of green smoothies that tasted horrible.

But now I have my go-to green smoothie recipe and, even on my busiest day, I’ll take just 5 minutes to blend one of these up. I always feel great afterward, too. It might be psychological because of all of the nutritious fruits and vegetables I see myself add to the smoothie, or maybe I feel better because it actually is really healthy for you. (Or maybe it’s a little of both…)

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup organic baby carrots
  • ¼ cup frozen organic raspberries
  • 5 organic strawberries, hulled
  • ½ banana
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 2 cups kale

Instructions

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

Makes 2 smoothies

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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)
Directions
  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