April 4, 2017

Spinach & Peach Smoothie

This smoothie saved me and my weekend recently. I recently jumped onto a juice smoothie kick unexpectedly. I should mention that I LOVE smoothies, my kids love smoothies and they are a quick and easy way to pump in some veggies. Usually when I make smoothies- I make them as the main focus of a meal, with some protein and fiber to add some substance to my nutrients. However the purpose of this smoothie was different.

This time, I was focused purely on nutrients because…. da da daaaa… I was sick with every head-cold annoyance possible. While I was able to eat, my desire wasn’t there for the originally planned BBQ. (BBQ is not desirable when you’re not feeling well… period). So this smoothie saved me and my weekend, and I wanted to front load my body with healthy nutrients.

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January 30, 2015

How to Make HEALTHY Smoothies

Smoothies are all the trend. Smoothies to replace meals, to consume after work outs, to cleanse, as a dessert, and everything in between.
Here’s the deal. Smoothies are great… Depending on what is in them and the purpose of the smoothie. Sometimes smoothies can be so calorie packed that they can put a dent in our daily calorie consumption. Other times, we have no substance in them. For example, sometimes we need to be aware of how much produce we put in our smoothies because it’s likely that we wouldn’t normally consume.
So here is what I do to ensure that I get a healthy smoothie with plenty of nutrients and I’m not drowning in calories:
1. Pick one fruit. I typically use blueberries, strawberries, apples, pineapple, or a banana because it’s what I usually have on hand.
2. Pick at least one vegetable. I typically use spinach or kale just because it’s what I have on hand and because we all need more vegetables in our diet. Other times I have used celery or carrots.
3. Add fiber and/or protein. I typically use a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder because I like it and I get a lot of bang for my buck (meaning- lots of protein and “substance” to my otherwise “liquid” smoothie). I also like adding 1-2 T. of chia seeds for fiber (another “bang for my buck” item). Other items I have used include almond butter, almond milk, etc.
4. Add ice and water. This is to help mix everything together. Plus every little bit of water is good for us.
Other options- depending on how much of the items above you added, you may or may not choose to add yogurt (if so, try Greek yogurt for protein!), or a 100% fruit juice (just be careful because this adds lots of additional calories FAST), or a splash of milk.
Again the more you add to your smoothie, the more calorie packed your smoothie where it could easily turn into a 500 calorie drink.
Personally I made smoothies often and my toddlers even request to make and eat them too! We make it fun. If you want to follow me on Instagram, you will find some of my smoothie pictures. I will post some of my favorite smoothie recipes soon.
Enjoy!
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