Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Recipe: Easy Smoothies

Well, this new year my goal is to become healthier. 
So basically.. eat less crap and eat more foods that will help improve my body and overall health.

In our previous post on the importance of having a morning routine,
we talked about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

Trust me... it really is!

Having breakfast in the morning will jump starts your metabolism, 
increase concentration,  help maintain weight (less tempted to over eat later) and give you more energy throughout the day!

I know what your thinking...
..."That's great Sarah, but I don't have time to whip up a balanced meal in the morning"

Trust me you can!

Smoothies are a great way to get a healthy and delicious start to your day
I even like them for a "sweet" snack in the evening instead of ice cream.

All you have to do is throw ingredients such as fruit (fresh or frozen), peanut-butter, spinach, yogurt, oats and juice 
in the blender. Super easy!

Time Saving Tip: At the start of your week, pre-portion your non-liquid ingredients (not milk, juice, yogurt) into small freezer Ziploc bags. Label and freeze. When you are rushing around your house in the morning, all you need to do is dump the contents of the bag into your blender, add your liquid of choice and blend!

**If you want to pre-portion your liquids as well - try freezing your juice, yogurt, almond milk or coconut milk in ice cube trays. Once frozen, break into cubes and place a few into your portioned Ziploc baggies. 

Here are some easy smoothie recipes to get you started: 

(Add more protein to any recipe by adding a serving of protein powder!)

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
Place 8 frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut and 1/2 cup plain yogurt into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1

Pineapple Green Smoothie
Place 1/2 cup kale, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, and 1/4 cup water into a blender. 
Blend until smooth. Serves 1.

Chocolate-Banana Smoothie
Place 1 peeled- frozen bananas, 2 Tbs peanut-butter, 2 Tbs cocoa powder, 2 Tbs rolled oats, 
and 1/2 cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.

Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
1 cup ice, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree, 1 Tbs honey, and a dash of nutmeg. 
Blend until smooth. Serves 1.

Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie
Ingredients: 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, 2 cups green tea (room temperature), 1 Tbs Agave nectar (or honey)
Divide blueberries among the compartments of an ice cube tray. Fill tray with green tea and freeze. Place frozen cubes, remaining tea and agave nectar into blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 2.

 What is your favorite smoothie recipe?
Add yours below in the comments box!

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