“DRINK KALE” SMOOTHIE

ImageIt’s been over a year since I’ve experimented with kale so today I decided to introduce kale in place of my daily spinach smoothie.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with kale, it is a dark leafy green that is packed with Iron, vitamin k, vitamin a, vitamin c, and calcium.  Kale is also known to be high in fiber and is considered a great anti-inflammatory food.

Kale has a distinct taste, stronger than that of spinach.  One of the benefits of blending is that I was able to disguise the taste with the ingredients below.  I have finally discovered the perfect combination! Kid-friendly.

Ingredients
2 large organic kale leafs
1.5 cups chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
3/4 cup water
1/2 ice

Blend and enjoy!

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Clementine-Pineapple Smoothie

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Tis the season for CLEMENTINES!  This creation was a new favorite with the whole family.  This recipe packs a very fresh and sweet flavor.  My neighbor gifted us with these wonderful Silicone Ice Pop Makers, so we even decided to freeze these for future afternoon snacks!  

Ingredients
3 clementines, peeled and segmented
1.5 cups cubed fresh pineapples
1 cup fresh peeled and sliced mango
3 tablespoons of Oikos Organic Plain Greek Yogurt
1 cup cubed ice
1.5 cups water

Directions
BLEND AND ENJOY!

Yield
4 large cups & 4 popsicles

Whole Fruit Margarita

So as you all know, I’m a huge fan of my Vitamix blender.  In fact, it often travels with us on our family vacations.  This week we brought it with us to the beach.  I decided to try something a little different than my usual family friendly smoothie recipes, and stumbled up the most delicious Whole Fruit Margarita recipe.  I did change up the recipe a bit and decided not use ice in blending and instead served the Margaritas over ice.  These margaritas were a hit among all the  adults, REFRESHING!  Enjoy!

Ingredients
1/4 cup (60ml) water
6 ounces (180ml) tequila (I used Patron Silver)
2 ounces (60ml) cointreau
1 medium orange peeled
1 lime, peeled
1 lemon, peeled, halved, seeded
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons organic sugar
*optional: 6 cups ice cubes if you want a “frozen” margarita

Directions
Blend, pour over ice and enjoy!

Yield: 6 cups
(I doubled the recipe and added in an extra orange, using 3 oranges to serve 6 adults two rounds, yielding close to 12 cups)

Fruitilicious Smoothie

Well, it appears we have a new afternoon favorite:  The Fruitilicious Smoothie.  Decided to mix things up a little and this smoothie is sweet and packed with antioxidants and vitamin C!  You can bet this was kid friendly.  Enjoy.

Ingredients
1 cup Organic frozen blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
1 cup Pineapple
1 cup Organic Mango (peeled and pitted)
1/2 water

Directions
BLEND!

Yield: 4

Antioxidant Smoothie

Happy Monday!  Today I decided to try something new and break away from our traditional morning Superfood Smoothie.  This smoothie is packed with antioxidants and is delicious.  Give it a try and see what you think.  Kid tested and KID FRIENDLY!

Ingredients
1.5 cups combined organic frozen blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
1.5 cups organic spinach
1 whole banana (peeled)
1 to 2 tbs flax or chia seed
1 cup water

Directions
Blend and ENJOY.

Fruity Green Chia Smoothie

I decided to introduce GREEN back into our daily afternoon snack, today’s choice: ROMAINE LETTUCE.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin C. Romaine lettuce is also a very good source of dietary fiber and 4 minerals.  In order to keep the romaine from being too overbearing in taste I added an array of yummy fruit.  If you are having trouble getting your kids to drink something GREEN, how about naming your drink something fun, like THE GREEN HULK.  Use your creativity.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly it will change your child’s perception.

Also included in today’s smoothie were my new favorite Chia Seeds.  I use The Chia Co.  Chia Seeds are the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants.

This smoothie is smooth in taste and KID FRIENDLY.

Ingredients
2 large leaves of organic romaine
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1 organic orange, peeled and seeded
1 mango
1/2 pineapple cored (can add more pineapple to increase sweetness)
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice
1-2 tbs black chia seeds

BLEND & ENJOY

Yield: 4

Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

After this mornings bootcamp workout at Industrial Strength Personal Training I decided my body was in need of a good protein recovery drink.  I had recently seen the Power Protein Smoothie recipe posted from my favorite nutritionist Kimberly Snyder and decided to adapt the recipe and give it a try.

The Power Protein Smoothie is filling and is a great way to replenish the bodies amino acids post workout.  I am excited to share this recipe because of it’s many “power” ingredients.  I recently started using Chia Seeds in most all of my smoothie recipes.  If you aren’t familiar with Chia Seeds, they are the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants.  Also used in this recipe is cinnamon which has been known for improving energy, vitality, and circulation. Last but not least, frozen Acai Puree. Acai is a strong source for heart healthy omega fatty acids, fiber, essential amino acids, minerals and phytosterols.

Ingredients (one 24-ounce serving):

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or water, or a 50/50 combination (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 large rounded scoop of all natural Whey protein or (1/4 cup hemp or brown rice protein powder)
  • 1-2 Tbs. chia seeds (These are the Chia Seeds I recommend, I use black)
  • 1/2 frozen acai smoothie packet (I bought this in the freezer section of Harris Teeter)
  • 1 Tbs. honey or Liquid stevia to sweeten
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Add the almond milk and/or water to the blender first, then the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

For those of you who wondering, I use a Vitamix for all of my smoothies and mixing of ingredients in the kitchen!

Kiwi Watermelon Smoothie

Today I was craving something fresh but not too sweet and decided to try a new combination.  The Kiwi Watermelon Smoothie was just what I was looking for and is packed full of great nutrients.  Kid tested and KID FRIENDLY!

Ingredients
1.5 cups peeled, diced watermelon
1 kiwi, peeled, halved
1 date, pitted
1 cup ice cubes

Blend for at least 45 seconds.

Yield:

2 1/4 cups

Frosty Basil Lemonade

Frosty Basil LemonadeI was intrigued by the use of both basil & lemon in the Frosty Basil Lemonade so decided to give it a try.  Basil herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, Iron & flavonoids.  Lemon has been known to clear the digestive system and purify the liver.  This drink is light & refreshing!

Ingredients
3 cups (720 ml) water
1.5 lemons, peeled, halved, seeded
1/4 cup (50g) sugar or sweetener of choice*
1/2 cup (20g) fresh basil leaves
1 cup (240ml) ice cubes
*I tried to go light on the sugar and decided to add the full amount.

Blend for 1 minute

Yield: 3 cups (720ml)

Berry Delicious Smoothie

On this hot afternoon we decided to mix up a refreshing cold snack which turned out to be one BERRY DELICIOUS SMOOTHIE!  This smoothie is all natural, sweet, tasty and of course, KID FRIENDLY.  Enjoy.

Ingredients
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 ripe banana peeled
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
1/2 cup water

BLEND!

Yield: 3 cups