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    Entries in banana (6)

    Friday
    Jan242014

    green tea + ginger smoothie

    In the winter months, my coffee habit sometimes trumps my green smoothie habit, because in the winter, I want warm beverages and a boost of caffeine to get me through these long, cold, dreary days.

    As a way to get myself back onto the green smoothie more often, I bribed myself with a promise of a little bit of caffeine .... I'm not talking about dumping espresso beans into my smoothie (although I must admit, I wouldn't be above it) but, that would probably defeat the purpose.

    Green tea is the perfect compromise. A nice manageable dose of caffeine with the antioxidants to make you feel like you are doing a good thing for yourself .... because, well, you are. 

     

    I recently found this green tea powder in the grocery store that promised to be less bitter and more nutrient dense than loose or bagged green tea. I was sold. 

    When I got the new green tea powder home and made my first cup, I quickly started brainstorming of possibilities. In baked goods, in ice cream, but first, I was going to scoop it into my morning smoothie and see what would happen. Magic. The health benefits of a green smoothie plus the antioxidants from the green tea with the tiniest jolt of caffeine. YES. My winter morning smoothie compromise is here. 

    green tea + ginger smoothie

    Serves
    1-2

    Ingredients

    1 teaspoon of green tea powder (or Matcha)
    1-2 cups of almond milk (or whichever kind of non-dairy milk you prefer)
    ½” piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
    the juice of ½ a lemon
    a handful of kale (or any other dark leafy green)
    1 small banana (or an apple or a pear - cored)
    ½ an avocado 

    Method

    • Using a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, blend the green tea powder, 1 cup of almond milk, ginger, lemon juice, and kale on high until the kale is liquefied. Then add in the banana, blend until smooth. Lastly, add in the avocado and blend until smooth. If it is too thick, then add in the additional cup of almond milk. If you like, you can throw in a couple of cubes of ice to chill it a little. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.
    • If you prefer, you can make this a day in advance and store in in an airtight container in the fridge. A mason jar works well for storage. 

     

    Tuesday
    Sep102013

    chocolate + almond butter + banana bites | cacao crunch

     

    Recently, the best place to find me would be standing in front of my refrigerator with a spoon in a jar of almond butter. This is new to me. I've officially crossed over to the dark side. Please tell me you've been there too. 

    This love for almond butter crept up on me slowly until it became a full-blown obsession. Now, my day is not complete without a scoop of almond or peanut butter in my mouth. 

    I've been trying to come up with different ways to feed my all my AB/PB cravings. I'll have a scoop of it over some banana after a workout, I smear it over some apples for a mid-day snack, I make it in a smoothie with cacao and mint and have it for breakfast, and I eat it straight out of the jar .... oh sorry, I've already mentioned that. 

     

     

    I've been trying to come up with another way that I can devour my favorite treat, and I decided I wanted something that incorporated not just almond butter, but my favorite things to eat with my almond butter. 

    I thought about dipping bananas into some sort of almond butter chocolate concoction, then I thought, sure that would be great, but how often am I going to make that. Then, the light bulb went off. I can just blend everything together and make fun little bite sized snack things. Simple. Easy. Yes! 

    You know what is awesome about these bites? I can eat them for breakfast and I pretend like I am being really bad, but actually I am being really really good. Give me one of these little bites over a muffin any day of the week. In fact, give me 7. These also make awesome snacks, as well as dessert that you can bring over to a friend's house. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, this could be one of the healthiest and tastiest little bites you will ever put in your mouth. 

    Be sure to adjust any ingredients depending on the amount that you are going to eat out of the jar/blender. 

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    Tuesday
    May212013

    4 delicious + healthy smoothies for summer

    Now that summer is approaching, I am all about smoothies. For breakfast, for a snack, or just for fun. 

    Today, I am sharing my four of my favorite smoothies recipes over at Modern Parents Messy Kids.

    Head over there for some juicy info on all the super ingredients in these smoothies, and of course, for some more pretty pics. 

    Here are the recipes I am sharing over there today:

     

    Chocolate Almond Butter

    ½ cup of almond butter

    1 cup of rice milk

    2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

    1 ripe banana

    3 tablespoons of hemp seeds

     

    Acai Blueberry Chia

    1 cup frozen organic blueberries

    1 packed of frozen acai

    1 Greek style yogurt

    ½ cup of rice milk

     

    Peach Mango Carrot 

    1 ripe mango

    1 ripe peach

    1 carrot

    1 cup of rice milk

    1-2 tablespoons of flax

     

    Happy Green Smoothie

    a handful of spinach (kale, or any dark leafy green will work)

    1 avocado

    1 ripe banana

    1 apple

    1 tablespoon of flax or hemp or chia seeds

    a couple of leaves of cilantro / parsley (optional)

    1 + cups of water

     

    SOME GUIDELINES FOR MAKING A SMOOTHIES

    • To make the smoothies, it is best to add the liquid first, and then about half of the ingredients. Blend, and then add the remaining ingredients. At the end add about 3-4 ice cubes and blend one last time.
    • Always be sure to remove any stems or seeds from the fruit, and if your ingredients are organic do not peel the skin (they contain lots of healthy nutrients). Also, be sure to dice the ingredients, it makes for easier blending.
    • Always look for what is fresh and in season, and organic is always best. Frozen is great too, especially for the fruits that are not in season, but be sure to look for frozen organic ingredients as well.
    • The ingredients listed here are mostly a guideline. Feel free to add in other ingredients that you think would work well or leave something that you do not like or have on hand. Experiment. Find out what works for you.
    • You can make these ahead of time, and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Mason jars work great for this. They will stay fresh for about 1-2 days.
    • Have fun + enjoy!
    Monday
    Mar052012

    coconut & almond crusted banana pancakes

    Wednesday
    Sep142011

    beauty smoothie: blueberry banana