Category Archives: Smoothies

Green and Glowing from the Inside-Out

So yes it’s been awhile since I posted.  But you can forgive me because last week was lots of midterms.  I’m still alive though, and cooking, and especially eating.

Plus I have a few new tricks up my sleeves and they don’t exactly involve eating but there is a recipe.  Actually you will be wearing it. If you want gorgeous, glowing and smooth skin.

It involves a little of this.

And this

and a little scrubby.

I have been doing this 1-2x week and it’s awesome! Literally it’s like having a seaweed spa facial but paying a fraction of the cost and getting immediate results.  A word of caution though, if you have never eaten spirulina or tried it on your face, make a very small amount of this and try on your hand or arm to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.  You may see some redness and it made my face itch slightly while I was wearing it for the first time but this is from the high amounts of Vitamin A that is removing those superficial layers of skin.  Another word of caution is this is slightly messing when rinsing off so if you are not doing this in the shower, make sure your not wearing or near anything that you can stain.

And absolutely wear sunscreen when you go outside.  Your skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage because you are removing those top layers of skin and exposing the deeper layers.  Damaging these layers can cause more harm and aging so wear your sunscreen!

To Make Rejuvinating Spirulina Mask:

Mix 1/2 tbsp spirulina with a few dashes of olive oil and a pinch of your usual face cleanser OR 1 tsp sugar.  If this is your first time I suggest only wearing it for 5 minutes and work your way up to 15 adding 5 minutes each time.  I also recommend a splash of raw apple cider vinegar which can help remove any build up and has 100’s of wonderful uses and benefits.

Once time is up remove with water and if you use any type of toner or makeup removing cloths in order to remove everything.

You can use a pinch of your typical moisturizer, but to really reap the benefits, cover your face with avocado oil (not dripping) and before you go to bed just lightly pat excess so you don’t drench your pillow.  The vitamin E works to remove the redness the mask may have caused and is extremely anti-inflammatory for your face.

I only do the mask 1-2x week, but I am using the avocado oil every night and it is amazing.  It is healing any pimples I may have and picked (oops!) rapidly faster and the texture of my skin is much smoother.

Ok there is a recipe, I couldn’t help myself 😉

Now to really cure this skin problem from the inside out, I recommend the delicious Glowing Green Smoothie by Kimberly Synder.  I have become addicted to this and I know it sounds crazy putting cilantro in your smoothie but it is one of those don’t knock it till you try it. Picture from Kimberely’s Blog.

I have altered it a bit and I use

1 celery stick

1/2 an apple

2 cups spring mix or baby spinach

small handful cilantro

1/2 cup seedless cucumber

water to blend and ice

occasionally 1/2 frozen banana

I also add a few things to bump up the anti-inflammatory factor even more like 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp raw unpasterized and unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp spirulina.  I occassionally also add wheat grass (not the liquid the real thing-yes it does taste awful so only use a little bit) matcha green tea powder and fun toppings like goji berries, honey bee pollen granules, hemp seeds, avocado, oat bran or granola of course. (Not all at once)

You can of course personalize and create your own green smoothie but I recommend trying the original first, it will surprise you how good it really is and how good you feel after.  Check out Kimberly’s Blog for all the health benefits plus lots of other great info!

Super Detox Green Smoothie with Chai Spiced Buckwheat Groats

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So two days ago I deviated from my usual diet- big time. And I have been paying the price ever since. I have stated before that I am not a vegan or even strict vegetarian although I mostly eat that way. I haven’t even had chicken in a few months only because I just don’t have a taste for it. Plus I think my body doesn’t handle a lot of protein well. Unfortunately lately I have been really tired because I haven’t been planning my meals right and believe my iron was really low. So I went to the store and got myself some grassed beef to make a burger. This was also my first time having grassed beef and I must say it was really delicious. And although I don’t regret eating it as a word of caution to others in my position, except to be out of commission the next 24 hours. Sorry if thats TMI.

Day two I am feeling more like a human again and I obviously wanted something nutritious and detoxifying so a green smoothie seemed the obvious choice. Plus I have been wanting to try buckwheat groats for awhile and I finally picked some up yesterday. I soaked them in water overnight and after finding ground cardamom for a really good price I had to make a chai spice. This was freaking fantastic on top of the smoothie and really makes it feel like a substantial meal because of all the chewing. Plus the spices have their own abundance of nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, chromium and lots of others.

Parsley, aka only the most common garnish used is only just recently making an appearance in my kitchen. I’m not sure why I just don’t love it as much as most whereas cilantro, mint, chives, Thai basil… I am obsessed with. Parsley has been used for hundreds of years as a detoxifying ingredient. It is high in vitamin K, C, and A as well as lutein and Zeaxanthin which are antioxidants that help fight degeneration of the eye as well as plaque build up in the arteries.

The other ingredients somewhat speak for themselves as far as health qualities go. Overall this smoothie is really high in vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber iron and calciumand also low in calories. It is definitely bitter so sweeten it to taste. You could add a handful of mint leaves but I refrained because I wasn’t sure how that would pair with the chai buckwheat. This has become my new favorite green smoothie but feel free to alter to your preference!

Ingredients:
3 cups spring mix
1 stalk celery
3 dinosaur kale leaves, stems removed
1 large or 2 small frozen beets (I love to add them instead of ice cubes)
1 cup broccoli sprouts
1 cup parsley (great time to use those stems!)
Water and ice for desired consistency
1 tsp cinnamon
Sweetener, stevia dropper to taste or try a frozen banana for more decadent breakfast

Blend everything and sweeten to taste
-Add ins I forgot but I will add next time is 1 tsp spirulina and 1 tsp matcha green tea powder.

Buckwheat Groats:
-Soak 1/8 cup buckwheat groats overnight. Rinse well and pat dry. Warm 1 tsp coconut oil in a pan and add groats. Use premade chai spice (if not high in sugar) or add pinch of ground ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and optional cloves. I also grated some allspice. Toast On medium heat until there is no liquid or moisture. These have a firm bite and chewing well is a must for good digestion!

Buckwheat is a great source of iron and gluten free whole grain shown to help balance blood sugar and lower blood pressure.

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240 calories in entire recipe
14g fiber
40g carbs
5g fat
16g protein
7g sugar

60% of daily iron needs
50% daily calcium needs
weeks worth of vitamin A, C, and K 😉

And tomorrow there is some super easy and delicious vegetarian comfort food and its super affordable too!

Carrot Chia Breakfast Pudding

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With the warm weather here I have been wanting something refreshing and cool to start my mornings. My crazy mornings that is. I have moved to a new amazing apartment (see the mess in the background- still a work in progress) I could not be happier but now I am just trying to find a new routine and keep organizing things. Of course that involves remembering where you put them in the first place so I’m working on that first. Unfortunately my computer has officially died and I am posting my from iPad which I might actually prefer at this point. It takes better pictures than my old digital right?

Anyway, I will be trying to get more posts in now that I am a bit more settled although life will not be slowing down. This breakfast has been perfect for mornings that you just don’t have time to make anything and it still is a nutritional powerhouse of nutrients. 3 minutes max is all you need and I cant imagine you need much more time to drink it too 😉

Ingredients:
About 10 baby carrots
1 tbsp chia meal (I make one cup batch to always have on hand, see in photo)
1 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
5 ice cubes
Few drops of stevia to taste or 1 date
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Directions:
Blend and guzzle 🙂
I topped with some grated carrot and coconut for texture. Some walnuts don’t hurt either, talk about an omega packed breakfast!

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Craziest, Greenest Green Monster Ever!

This has been my breakfast for 2 weeks straight now.  Maybe 1 or 2 times I have strayed- but not willingly.  I guess I’m addicted, but it’s green so it’s ok right? 😉

And there’s some lovely toppings that basically make the drink.  Some molasses coated sunflower seed granola, hemp seeds and spirutein protein powder.  I have never been a fan of protein powder until this one, it’s amazing.  It doesn’t have fillers, chemicals or all those other unpronounceable foods that most powders do.  Plus it has every vitamin and mineral your body could ever need.  But the best part is that it makes your drinks like a milkshake  consistency SO GOOD!  I have the double fudge crunch version and I didn’t realize till about half of it was gone that it recommended that it just be stirred in to keep the “crunch” factor.  Once I did this is reminded me of when I was little and used to love the swiss miss hot cocoa packets because I used to just pour it onto water and then eat the powder- (weird I know). But it was sugary and good and the protein powder totally resembles it.

Anyway, back to green monster madness.  This is like vitamin A, C, E, D, K,….. {you get the point} to like the 10th power.  You are getting it from the obvious green food sources but then the powder helps supplement even more.  Plus there are some other goodies like hemp, flax and avocado which help with absorbing all those fat soluble vitamins.  And of course you know I’m going to add matcha green tea powder to my green madness.

What you don’t know are my other crazy ingredients.  Just a warning though- don’t go overboard on them like I did a few days ago.  Too much of anything can make you ill- like nauseous, dizzy and shit I might pass out from too much cayenne, rosemary, mint, and turmeric in my smoothie – whoops!

So yes, I did put too much of those into it but now I realize I can do UP TO 1 tsp of each except the cayenne :)- really only do a pinch!  If you are looking for a way to mix up your green monsters I definitily encourage you to try this one with the added spices for extra anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

And I know the ingredients list is somewhat off putting but you must try this-it’s amazing!  You would never expect it to taste good but trust me I wouldn’t post anything that is not super delicious 🙂

Ingredients: Serves 1–{Recommend organic for as much as possible}

2 sticks celery

1 cup chopped kale

1 persian cucumber or 1/2 regular

1/2 cup baby carrots

2 sheets nori

1 tsp matcha green tea powder

1/2 cup almond milk

4 ice cubes

1/2 cup water

1 cup frozen broccoli

2 tbsp avocado

few tsp mint extract, or fresh mint

2 tbsp sugar free chocolate syrup

.5 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cinnamon

sprinkle of cayenne

1 tbsp fresh minced ginger

1 scoop spirutein (or other preferred)

1-2 tbsp flax seed

1 tbsp hemp seeds

2 tbsp granola

Directions:

Blend everything except the last 4 ingredients which go on top to be mixed in.  Enjoy and feel invigorated!

This is packed  with tons of healthy vitamins and minerals- check it out!  

Apple Pie Milkshake with Sweet Almond Crumble

What if I told you you can have your apple pie without feeling like you just ruined your health goals for the year?

That is can actually be a healthy meal and taste really freaking good?

Foodie Beware: This baby is amazing

There is something about making really sinful desserts into really amazing smoothies that gets me excited.  I actually get a thrill from it.  It is like I’ve hacked my way into a secret food world where you can eat whatever you want, it’s healthy and still taste amazing.  There is no place for guilt or regret, just guzzling.

That is exactly what happened here, I actually guzzled it.  Usually I just show the pictures with a straw to help with presentation.  But for once I actually tried it and it made me feel like it was really bad.  I felt like a kid when I literally had a chocolate milkshake everyday-(not joking).   Plus it requires a little bit of work and forces you to savor it even more.  So I am ashamed to say I had this for dinner last night?  Not even close- this puppy is not only meant to keep the doctor away, but also your love handles too thanks to some MUFA’s 😉  If you are an apple pie lover, you must try this asap- and seriously, who doesn’t love apple pie?

Ingredients:

1 organic apple of choice

1/4 cup almonds

1 tbsp or more cinnamon

2-3 tbsp rolled oats

6 or more ice cubes

1-2 tbsp walden farms apple spread (this stuff is mega splenda sweet so be careful)

1/2 cup almond milk

1/4 tsp xanthum gum, OR grind 1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

If using chia seeds, put in blender first and finely grind to meal consistency.  Roughly chop your apple and throw in blender with ice, cinnamon and almond milk.  Add xanthum gum for thicker consistency.

To make the crumble I used small magic bullet cup.  Put almonds in first to get a rough chop-not meal consistency.  Add oats and walden farms spread.  Add pinch of cinnamon if you love it like me ;).  Crumble all over and start guzzling!

For Nutritional Info go here

Love the sweet and salty apple/almond combo as much as me? Then you have to try this.

Minty Shamrock Shake

Like my attempted shamrock design?  Yeah I’m not that good yet 😉 but this is!  Surprisingly I was not expecting it to taste like a mint milkshake but it really does! And if I had some chocolate chips they would have definetly joined the St. Patrick’s Party that happened in my belly this morning.  My super green breakfast was sooo yummy and yet still managed to be healthy.  It was packed with Vitamin A out the wazoo as well as fiber, magnesium, calcium vitamin C… I could go on all morning.  This went perfectly with my green french toast and made for quite a super charged breakfast.  Mint smoothies have become one of my new favorites because they taste just like the mint chocolate chip ice cream which I know all too well.  And my new favorite additions to smoothies are throwing in whole almonds as opposed to almond butter.  It adds a lovely crunch and you are able to taste the almonds much more.  Plus when you chew things it makes your brain feel more satisfied and less like your meal is “only” a drink. 🙂

Ingredients:

2 cups mix spring greens

2 tsp matcha green tea powder

1/2 frozen banana

2-3 tbsp avocado

1/2 cup hemp & almond milk

1/8 cup almonds (roasted are my fav)

1 tsp mint extract

few ice cubes

*optional- tsp instant coffee granules.  Yes I will need to be admitted onto the show my strange addictions- it’s becoming a problem and I blame this delicious fr-enemy

Directions:

Seriously?? Throw it in a blender silly and slurp it down!

 Calories 322

Carbs 31

Protein 13

Fat 18

Liquid Crack for Breakfast

Warning!! This is addicting and disappears fast! Not meant for sharing!!

You see that tall, dark and handsome?? This has been my guilty pick-me-up for the past three days, and I finally thought I should share the love.  It is smooth, nutty and sweet- just the way I like my men 😉

I have become totally addicted to this and it has become my go to around that afternoon crash time, but this morning I started my day with it, who doesn’t love a little liquid crack to start their day?

This chocolaty, peanut buttery, banana-coffee drink would also be amazing on a super hot summer day when there is no way you are turning the stove on and you need a zing to fight the heat.

I used a combination of hemp and almond milk to get the benefits of both and a few tbsp’s of rolled oats because I like the texture as well as the cholesterol fighting benefits.  Any way I can sneak a fiber and vitamin packed avocado in a recipe I do, not only for the health benefits but also because I LOVE the thickness it adds to it.  So decadent!  I also snuck some matcha green tea powder- you cannot even taste it.  And now you are asking what makes it so crack like? Well a splash of brewed coffee and some instant coffee powder- aka AMAZING.  It gives it a robust flavor and wakes you up big time.  Just don’t use too much like I did at first because it will be super bitter and totally inedible.

Now for my last trick, let me introduce you to my new favorite love.  It’s called PB2 and it is kind of an impostor. Well, in that it looks and taste like peanut butter but when you check the calorie count you will be taking a double take.  That’s because when this is made they extract the oil from the peanuts making it only 45 calories per serving.  Yeah I know, shut up.  I may have bought 3 more jars of it yesterday because it goes quick.   And because it is so guilt free, I may have had 2 servings of it this morning to make a substantial breakfast shake with lots of protein.  Mission accomplished and it does not fail on flavor. See that peanut butter swirl?? Are we tripping??  I will never tire of having peanut butter for breakfast-hmmm

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup hemp milk

1 cup almond milk

1/2 small avocado

1 tsp matcha green tea powder

2 packets stevia

1 heaping tbsp dark cocoa powder

1-2 tsp instant coffee powder

1/4 cup brewed coffee

4-5 ice cubes

3 tbsp rolled oats

2 tbsp pb2, but I used 4!!! (still not even 100 calories and 10 g protein-woohoo!!)

Directions:

Put.

In.

A.

Blender.

&

Eat/Guzzle.

Not too fast-

but it is like crack so I understand.

Calories 396

46 g carbs-(cut out banana if you want lower carbs)

18 g fat (healthy mufas and pufas)

16 g protein

Healthy Carrot Cake Shake with Raisin Walnut Crumble

Ok.  So I have been craving this for awhileee now and I finally caved.  I don’t know why all of the sudden I am into all things carrot cake related because I never liked carrot cake before 6 months ago, but now I am constantly thinking of how to reinvent the classic.  Although this has been done several times before I wanted to try out my own recipe.  This came after a run outside and technically I was eating a vegetable so that makes it healthy 😉

Plus I got to try out my new milkshake glass from Fish n Eddy’s- super awesome/overwhelming dish store.  This turned out soooo good and the walnut crumble on top made it of course.  Lately I prefer something a bit crunchy in my shakes and I find it makes me feel more satisfied and not like I only had a drink for a meal.  I also made a flax/carrot 1 minute muffin based from HEAB’s recipe (linked on previous Molten post).

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How cute is that? Just looks silly to me with its carrot top crumble 

I did everything the same but I added 1/4 cup pureed carrots.  Then I took about half of it and crumbled it into my shake making a super-carroty-omega milkshake. Adding guar gum helps make it slightly thicker but you could always use some canned coconut milk.  I was just too lazy to open the can 🙂

Ingredients:

1.5 cup milk- I used almond milk

1-2 tsp guar gum, start with less and add as needed

1.5 cup carrots (I like it reallly carroty)

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 ice cubes (or more is preferred)

*optional- for even more sweetness and thickness add a frozen super ripe banana

Directions:

Blend everything and pour in a pretty glass!

Crumble Topping:

1/8 cup walnuts (toasted is best)

1/8 cup carrots

1/8 cup golden raisins/dates

Directions

Puree or chop everything and add to shake. YUM!

-if you want to be super crunchy don’t add carrots and only use walnuts and raisin

Tropical Matcha, Avocado and Pineapple Smoothie

Good Morning!

Today for breakfast I was craving something light, healthy and sweet to have a few hours before the gym.  Lately I have been obsessed with Match Green Tea, either putting it into different recipes or have it in teas.  If you have not had it before I definitely recommend trying it.  The health benefits in one teaspoon of Matcha are equal to 6 cups of regular green tea! I love starting my day with it, it just perks me right up.  To pair with it I found a pineapple that has been hiding in the back of my fridge and it helped balance the bitterness of the matcha. To add some richness I thought avocado would be perfect especially since I cannot seem to get enough of it lately.  It is such a versatile fruit it works great in smoothies, for lunches as a spread, in salads and especially in desserts!  To make this breakfast even more perfect I had just enough coconut milk left over in my fridge to make it that much more decadent!  Such a refreshing and invigorating way to start my morning, making my morning laundry feel less daunting.  (I am going to pick up pretty dishes so I can have pictures to show these wonderful creations, but I thought the magic bullet cup just didn’t do this justice so I decided not to post it, you will just have to trust me! 🙂

Ingredients:

1/5 avocado (roughly 2 tbsp)

1 cup almond milk

1/4 canned coconut milk

1/4-1/2 cup fresh diced pineapple

1 tsp-1 tbsp (I like a lot of matcha)

2 packets stevia

2-3 ice cubes

-Mix all in blender, I used magic bullet.

-Other additional add-ins could be Chia or Flax seeds, any nut/seed butter or even banana to make it a truly tropical Pina Colada get-away.

Health Benefits:

High in vitamin C and manganese.  Manganese helps thyroid function, helps your body metabolize fat, and helps balance blood sugar.

Matcha’s ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) 1300, in comparison blueberries are 90 which is considered high.

Almond milk is high in vitamin E and calcium, providing significantly more than dairy milk, in addition to being low calorie.

Avocados are a power house high in health MUFAs, vitamin E, fiber, vitamin K and not to mention they are great for your skin!

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