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.

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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

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!

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

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Peppermint Mocha

Today marks half-Christmas and we thought we’d celebrate this half-holiday with a little something that takes us back to Christmas time – can’t you just hear the jingle bells? Well, it’s cloudy here on the west coast so the weather’s definitely with us on this one! Test it out and let us know what you think of this scrumptious Peppermint Mocha!

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Ingredients

  • milk
  • fresh hot coffee
  • 3-4 Tbs chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder)
  • 1-2 peppermint candies
  • 1-2 tsp sugar (optional)

Preparation

  1. Grind your own dark roasted beans using the Flat Blade. The finer the grind the stronger the coffee, so blend into a coarse sand texture for lighter brews or a fine powder for strong coffee.
  2. Brew a pot of coffee.
  3. Fill 1/4 of the Tall Cupwith milk and the peppermint candy blend with the Cross Blade for about 7 seconds.
  4. Microwave the milk on high for 35-45 seconds (be careful not to let the milk foam up and out of the cup; stop it before it reaches the top).
  5. Open the cup and add the chocolate syrup, then fill the Tall Cup just about to the top with coffee and Pulse 3 or 4 times.
  6. Pour into cups and serve.

Serving Suggestion

This recipe serves 2, double or triple the ingredients (and use the Blender Attachment) for more servings.

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.

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!

I am so ready for summer! What is your favorite summer drink/food? Lemonade has always been a favorite of mine during the hot summer days living in Southern California. Since I moved to the Bay Area, the weather never really gets very hot in the city. Therefore, you all have to celebrate the summer season for me! One of my favorite things about summer is the collection of fresh cherries at the local Farmers’ Markets.

This past weekend my friend gave me some organic cherries and I got really excited for this first sign of summer. I used my Magic Bullet to make this homemade cherry lemonade and it came out so delicious. I am a huge fan of strawberry lemonade, but I think cherry lemonade is my new favorite summer drink.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (~2 lemons)
  • 1½ cups cold water
  • ¾ cup ice
  • 6 organic cherries, stemmed and pitted

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a Magic Bullet cup and blend for 30 seconds.

Makes 2 cups