For Real the Best Smoothie…EVER

I know each time I post I set up the recipe with “This is the best!” For real though, this smoothie is the best.

I ADORE my fellow yogis. Two weeks ago we had “Smoothie Sunday.” Smoothie Sunday was a magical affair that involved smoothie samples. A few of us brought our favorite shake to share! The combo that won my heart involved cinnamon. Two classmates used cinnamon in their shakes and my world changed.

One of my classmates brought an amazing smoothie that combined dates, cinnamon, and banana. That’s right… heaven. I’m sharing this recipe with the world because WORLD YOU DESERVE IT. Thank you Marvin for enlightening my taste buds. I of course changed it up to make a green smoothie, got to get that spinach in!

Great for an on the go breakfast!

Great for an on the go breakfast!

Cinnamon Date Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Plus spinach

Plus spinach

1 tsp cinnamon
8 ice cubes
1.25 c of vanilla almond milk
1 banana
3 dates (pitted)
1.4 c of cold water
2 c of spinach

Directions:

Place ice in blender and pulse.
Remove pits from dates

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Place liquids in blender and then pile greens on top.

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Set to liquefy and blend until smooth.

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Pulsing the ice before helps with texture

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Looks scary, tastes amazing!

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Tapas: The Fire Within

I am drained. I am fading. I am tired.

Genius at work?

Genius at work?

Between my business, work, yoga school, yoga class, and moving prep I am beat. I am working about 18 hours a day and am sleeping 5 hours. I am still inspired but am so tired that I sometimes can’t harness that postivity. On top of it all this weather is not helping. I am yearning sunshine and warmth. Spring is so close yet oh so far.

This past Saturday our yoga instructor themed our class around the niyama Tapas. Tapas is an inward practice that focuses on breath. It also represents the enthusiasm from within to preserve  As she guided us through our practice she consistently brought the idea of tapas and physical practice into the flow. While in a pose (I can’t recall which pose)  she made a point that I have been thinking about quite a bit.

She said (this is paraphrasing): ” We must keep our eyes on the end result. When things are tough it is hard to remember how great it feels when we feel success in “the pose.” It is the discipline we exercise when we feel challenged that will allow us to reach that end result.”

When we exercise discipline to preserve rather than give in, the end result is so much more rewarding. I need to consistently remind myself of this.

I have been eating healthy recently but I feel like my portion size has been a bit out of hand and I have indulged in a bit of sugary candy. I am not proud of this and am uncomfortable admitting it.  Its easy to make excuses and give in because of all of the exterior factors. I must remember how wonderful my body feels when it is not polluted with junk. It is hard to remember that feeling when presented with the opportunity to indulge.  I must exercise tapas and remember the end result. This will not only help my body but it will also help my yoga practice.

I am committing to giving up processed food until the end of April. I am taking on this challenge so that I hold myself accountable when confronted with candy. I will exercise tapas and find my positive outcome that I want so badly.

In honor of tapas here is a recipe that brings happiness and positivity!

Coconut Mango Green Smoothie

Bringing some summer sun to this cold deary weather

Bringing some summer sun to this cold deary weather

Ingredients:
2c of spinach
4 mango spears
1 cup of low calorie vanilla coconut milk
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 banana
6 ice cubes
1/4 c cold water

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Directions:

Place all ingredients except spinach into blender.

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place on liquify

place on liquify

YUM!

YUM!

Coo Coo for Coconut

I have a new love in my life…. his name is Coconut.

I have had some digestive issues recently so I talked to my acupuncturist about it (she is the best). Things are going great with the gluten free business but I have had a hard time with my belly as of late. She has always told me I need to consume more fat but my problem has been finding a food that is low in calories but high in good fat. Well ladies and gentleman, my problems have been solved.

I told her what I was putting in my shakes and she suggested I add coconut oil. God bless her heart. Coconut tastes amazing and is the perfect solution.

Coconut Heaven: Vanilla Coconut Yogurt with Kind Gluten Free Granola, Coconut Oil from Trader Joes

Coconut Heaven: Vanilla Coconut Yogurt with Kind Gluten Free Granola, Coconut Oil from Trader Joes

I am also really into Coconut Yogurt. I love the flavor (could be served as a dessert), the low calories, and fat content. Great as an afternoon snack or paired with high protein granola.

Blueberry Coconut Yogurt, Vanilla Kind Gluten Free Granola, Blackberries, Blueberries, and Banana

Blueberry Coconut Yogurt, Vanilla Kind Gluten Free Granola, Blackberries, Blueberries, and Banana

And the grandest treat of them all, my shake!

Chocolate Coconut Protein Green Smoothie

(vegan and gluten free)

This shake is incredibly balanced. Here is the breakdown:

Calories: 351
Carbs: 29
Fat: 18
Protein: 26
This shake will leave you full and provide your intestines and kidneys the support they need to break down all of that fiber.

Ingredients:

1 c of kale
2 c of spinach
1 packet of chocolate Tera’s Whey protein powder (this is a local product, if you can’t find a gluten free chocolate powder use vanilla and add cocoa powder)
1/2 banana
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
6 ice cubes
1/2 c cold water

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Store the remaining banana in the fridge

Directions:

1. Place ice cubes, liquids, and powder into blender.

make sure to put the oil in the middle otherwise it will stick to the walls of the blender

make sure to put the oil in the middle otherwise it will stick to the walls of the blender

2. Layer greens on top of liquids.

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so balanced!

3. Place on liquefy and blend until forthy and even.

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Delicious lunch or breakfast, almost like dessert!

The perfect green smoothie

I have quite a few cook books sitting on my shelf that I rarely touch. One of the cook books I own I purchased years ago when I began to shift how I consume food. Hungry Girl takes ordinary brands and manipulates their purpose to create a “healthy” alternative. I admire their effort and creativity, however its not really my thing. Most of the recipes require too much fake sugar or processed items. With that being said, I was looking through the pages and noticed how they utilized diet hot cocoa mix in multiple recipes. This idea got me thinking and the result of those thoughts is what I would like to think of as perfection.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c cold water
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop of 365 vanilla whey
  • 2 tbsp pb2
  • 1 diet hot cocoa mix (25 calorie mix)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 c of spinach
heaven.

heaven.

Directions:

Place liquids, banana, and powders in blender. Top off mixture with spinach and place in liquefy setting. Blend until completely smooth and mixture becomes frothy. Serve and enjoy!

great treat on the way to work

great treat on the way to work

Nutrition facts (calculated on MyFitnessPal)

Calories: 277
Carbs: 38
Fats: 5
Proteins: 27

Peace and light from below to above

My brain is turning to mush. Winter Break is SO very close and my body is fully aware. Although my brain is fading my body is doing wonderfully! I am super proud of my hard work and I must give credit to my dearest friend spinach, yoga, sculpt, and CoreRyder.

I LOVE CoreRyder at  Corepower. CoreRyder is a spin class that uses REALRyder bikes. The class integrates core, arms and legs with intense cardio bursts. The studios have had themed classes (i.e. Funk, 80s) and it makes riding so much fun.

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Another reason I’m feeling awesome and lighter is because of the copious amounts of spinach I have consumed. Here is my latest Green Smoothie recipe (honestly, I think my best yet)

Vanilla Peanut Butter Perfection (Green Smoothie)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c low fat Vanilla Trader Joes organic yogurt
  • 1/4 of small avacado
  • 1 scoop of 365 vanilla whey powder
  • 2 tbs of pb2
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/4 c of water

Directions:

Place ice, avocado, pb2 and whey in blender. Then layer remainder of ingredients into blender and place on liquefy. Liquefy until smooth. The consistency should be creamy. Enjoy!

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Nutritional Information:

Calories: 222

Carbs: 19

Fat: 7

Protein: 26

He lives in a pineapple under the sea…

Who said you can’t enjoy a tropical drink in December in Chicago. The Green Smoothie craze continues and we are shaking it up in the ol household. Pineapples were 98 cents each at Stanley’s this weekend so you bet your bottom dollar we bought a bunch. If you want to brighten up your morning I recommend this delicious smoothie!

Sunny Morning Green Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 c low fat organic vanilla yogurt (i used trader joes)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 c of strawberries
  • 1/2 c pineapples
  • 1/2 c blackberries
  • 1 tbs of flaxseed
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/4 c cold water

Directions:

Place ingredients in blender on liquefy. Blend until completely smooth.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 287
Carbs: 57
Fat: 4
Protein: 12

The Green Monsta

My delightful husband is being a wonderful partner and helping me maintain the healthy yogi lifestyle I enjoy 🙂 We have been drinking Green Smoothies each morning and I must admit… I feel wonderful! The amazing thing about these smoothies is the lack of spinach taste. You only taste the fruit but reap all of the benefits of the greens (benefits listed at bottom of post).I have consumed more greens this week than I have in quite sometime. I have had a smoothie in the morning and spinach and kale salad for lunch. My body is very happy with my choices.

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Because of our massive consumption of spinach we had to adjust our normal grocery route and went out of our way to go to the legendary Stanley’s.

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(10 lbs of spinach for $10, score!)

Annie’s Green Monster Smoothie

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  • 1 scoop of whey vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of baby kale
  • pb2 (can be purchased at Wholefoods)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c of water
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbs flaxseed

Place all ingredients into blender and liquefy.

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Stephen places a tablespoon of cocoa powder in his. You can substitute the banana with avocado

Stephen’s Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 scoop of whey vanilla protein powder
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 c of spinach
  • 1/2 c of baby kale
  • 1 tbs flaxseed
  • 1/4 c of water
  • ice cubes

Place all ingredients into blender and liquefy.

 

The Benefits:

According to the research we have conducted, Green Smoothies are great for your metabolism, digestion, and provide you with an insane amount of vitamins. Since the greens are already pulverized your body can absorb the nutrients faster which allows you to benefit quicker. Further it helps regulate your digestion and gives you a ton of nutrients that we often don’t get on a regular basis (i.e. vitamin K). These smoothies also help your skin, hair and nails.

To read about the benefits of green smoothies check out the links below: