Blueberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie


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Here is a great recipe for a refreshing smoothie I make when I am in the mood for a sweet drink. The ingredients have tons of health benefits. The high level of vitamin C in blueberries and pineapples helps your skin maintain a youthful glow and regulates body weight. Fiber and pectin in bananas aid digestion. Kale is low in calories but provides your body with plenty of Vitamin A, C and K to aid with vision, immune system health and bone preservation.  If you have 5 minutes to spare, you can not go wrong by making this energizing drink!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 organic banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • Handful of kale
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or flavor
  • 1 tablespoon agave (optional)
  • 1 cube of ice (optional)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except the ice and agave into a blender (a Magic Bullet or Nutri Bullet also works) and blend until smooth
  • For a sweeter and colder smoothie, add in ice and agave and re-blend for a few seconds

This makes around a cup and a quarter.

Enjoy your delicious, nutritious smoothie!

Vegan Morning Breakfast Smoothie

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Nothing gives me more energy in the morning than my breakfast smoothie.  The healthy ingredients that I incorporate keep me attentive throughout the day and full until lunchtime. I use apples, bananas and pears, which help to maintain weight and contain antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Spinach is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and iron. This leafy green also benefits your hair and skin.  Cashews and walnuts are loaded with protein. Cashews contain magnesium, which helps memory, and walnuts contribute to brain health.

My 10-minute recipe is below. It makes around a cup and a quarter.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 organic red apple
  • 1/2 organic pear
  • 1/2 organic banana
  • Handful of organic spinach
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (See my homemade recipe!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 12 walnuts
  • 12 cashews
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or flavor
  • 1 teaspoon organic agave (optional)
  • 2-4 cubes of ice

Instructions

  • Cut the apple, banana and pear into small pieces.
  • Place all the ingredients (except the ice) in a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until smooth. (You can use a Magic Bullet or NutriBullet instead.)
  • Add the agave if you want your smoothie a little sweeter, and add ice cubes if you want it colder.
  • Blend for another 15 seconds.

Your smoothie is ready! If you do not finish all of it, store in the refrigerator. It will last a couple days.

Enjoy!

Almond Milk Recipe

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Almost every morning, I use almond milk in my breakfast smoothie. Almonds (and nuts in general) are a great source of protein. They are especially good for those with restricted diets. Additionally, almonds contain vitamin E, copper and magnesium. They help lower cholesterol, fight and prevent disease. I buy unsweetened Almond Breeze at Trader Joe’s, in either the original or vanilla flavor. Occasionally, I add a few drops of stevia or agave to make the milk sweeter in my cereal.  Although Almond Breeze is healthy, I realize that it contains a few ingredients that I am not familiar with. This inspired me to make my own.

Here is an easy way to make homemade, fresh almond milk.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of almonds (blanched or un-skinned)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2-teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1-teaspoon organic agave (optional)
  • Stevia (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak the almonds overnight in a sealed container. (You can put the almonds in any container, fill the container with water, and let them soak.)
  1. Drain the almonds, and place them inside your blender. (I don’t actually have a blender, so I use a NutriBullet instead.)
  2. Pour the water into the blender.
  3. Blend for 2 minutes.

Your milk is ready at this point. It should be thick and foamy. You can strain your milk for a smoother texture. Just remember, the more you refine the milk, the more nutrients you lose.  If you want it more liquid, you can add more water. Use less water if you want a creamier texture.

I have a sweet tooth, so I also added the optional healthy sweeteners to mine. I would recommend the sweeteners mentioned above, along with organic maple syrup and brown sugar. Stay away from white sugar and artificial sweeteners.

This recipe will give you around two cups of milk.

Place the milk in the fridge in an airtight container. It will last around a week.

Enjoy!