“GREEN WATER” (To be used as a liquid base for your smoothies)

GREEN WATER FOR SMOOTHIES COLLAGEOh hello winter….we got our first snowfall here in Pittsburgh today and I have been thinking a lot lately about getting more freshness into my body! This weather is not going to get me down! I will scrape and brave the cold off my car every Tuesday am at 5:30 to get to the gym to instruct my class at 6. I will smile in the face of old man winter, play in the snow with my son and make snow angels until the sun shines again and spring has sprung! Cold and crisp equals fresh crunchy cucumbers and the beautiful color GREEN to me….

So, I took one long cucumber with the skin on (gave it a rough chop) and some left over peas (or broccoli) then added some water (about half way up the blender.) Now, I have a luscious green water to add to my smoothies this week instead of my usual almond milk!

Later today I am planning on making this smoothie:

1 cup GREEN WATER

handful of strawberries and blackberries combined

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

3 tsp oats

1 tsp flaxseeds

1 banana

ice

So fresh and clean-I can’t wait!
I hope I have inspired some of you to go blend your own Green Water base to keep handy in the fridge for your smoothies!

This winter I am completely focused on fresh and colorful fruits and veggies to keep me going all season long!!

xoxo-A

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Blueberry & Espresso Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Oh. My. So. Good!!!

blueberry espresso protein smoothie

1/2 c frozen or fresh blueberries

20 g vanilla protein powder

3 to 4 ice cubes

1.5  c almond or coconut milk-unsweetened

4 to 5 chocolate covered espresso beans

1 small banana

1 tbsp. flaxseeds or ground flaxseed meal or chia seeds

3 tsp. oats

1 tsp. natural nut butter

Blend well and enjoy!

xoxo-A

Dark Green Muscle Smoothie

dark green muscle smoothie

2 handfuls fresh spinach or kale OR 1 cup frozen packed spinach

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop or approx. 18 g choc protein powder

3/4 c frozen or fresh blueberries

1/2 banana

1 tbsp. chia seeds

3 tsp. oats

1 kiwi

Add some ice, blend well!

Looks swampy BUT tastes delish like blueberries and kiwi!

 

Enjoy!

A

Sweet Potato, Mango & Coffee Smoothie

sweet pot mango coffee collage

Ok……this is a GREAT one!!!

If you like a coffee frap from Starbucks you will love making this one from home!!

If you are not a coffee lover then of course you can leave out the coffee!

This is what I used to create it:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 c shredded sweet potato

(I had this in the fridge ready to go because I used some during dinner one night this week)

1 tsp. chia seeds or flax seeds

1 packet Starbucks VIA instant coffee pack

(no pictured as I decided to throw it in at the end-because why not???)

1 half banana

3 tsp. oats

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 c frozen mango

1 c water

5 ice cubes

Sprinkle in half to 3/4 tsp. ginger and same with cinnamon

Blend very well and enjoy!!

Be sure to check out the other smoothies I created this week including strawberry & lime, Green means GO and a little bit of everything!

xo-A

Green means GO Smoothie

green means GO SMOOTHIE

Green smoothies are a REAL ENERGY booster!!

Green means GO and GO and GO!

This morning at 5 am (I don’t have time for excuses therefore neither do you) I made this green monster!

1/4 of an avocado

1 c or 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves (or kale)

1/4 c frozen or fresh pineapple

1/4 c frozen banana or 1/2 small fresh banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage brand)

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp. oats

A few fresh cilantro leaves and fresh parsley leaves (basil and or mint would also work)

1 tsp. lime juice

3 ice cubes

Blend very well and enjoy!

Remember you need fuel first thing in the morning!

Smoothies are great source of balanced nutrients!

In other words please put down the Diet Coke and granola bar-that is not AWESOME.

Smoothies are AWESOME!

A

Little bit of everything Smoothie

little bit of everythything smoothie Collage

Bringing you a new smoothie idea EVERYDAY this week! You’re welcome!!! This one is great and you know sometimes you just want a little bit of everything in your smoothies and if you are anything like me then in life too!!!

Ingredients:

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds or flaxseed

1 scoop or approx 20 grams of chocolate protein powder or 3/4 c plain greek yogurt

Few ice cubes

Fruit:

A few of each-strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mangos, kiwi, blackberries and avocado

(I have frozen bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and mango in the freezer, the avocado, blackberries and kiwi were fresh. Frozen fruit is the way to go as it is frozen at its peak and you don’t have to worry about it going bad in the fridge over time!)

I added some fresh parsley and then blended til smooth and creamy! I write this at 7:45 am and my smoothie was consumed at 5:30 am-I am still satisfied and full but will eat again with in the next hour by 9 am……as I am sure I will be ravenous again!!

Smoothies are a great way to get a balanced on the go breakfast as you can drink it in the car on the way to work or where ever your day may be bringing you!!

 

Enjoy!

A

Strawberry & Lime Smoothie

lime strawberry smoothie 2

Ingredients:

1/2 c frozen strawberries

1/2 c frozen banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage brand)

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1/4 small lime (peeled)

1/4 c cucumber (peeled)

2 tsp flax or chia seeds

3 tsp oats

Fresh parsley (small handful)

Blend until very smooth

Enjoy! A

 lime strawberry smoothie

PB&J Chocolate Coffee Smoothie

pb&j choc coffee smooth PB&J coffee choc smoothie

1 tsp natural peanut butter or almond butter

1/4 c plain Greek yogurt

1 c red grapes

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds

1 small banana

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 pack instant coffee pack (Starbucks VIA works)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Add Handful of ice and blend

Greens & Blueberries Smoothie

green blueberry smoothie 2

 

 

GREENS & BLUEBERRIES SMOOTHIE

They say you should start your day with something “Green”!

1 c spinach leaves

1/4 chopped cucumber with skin on

2 sticks of asparagus

Snip of mint

Snip of basil

1/4 c blueberries

1/2 banana

1/2 c Unsweetened coconut almond milk

1 tsp Glutamine

1 scoop Vanilla protein powder

3 Ice cubes

2 tsp Flaxseeds

Blend and enjoy!!!

Notes: you can use anything green you have like kiwi, green apple, fresh dandelion or parsley…all would be great to throw in addition to or instead of!

 

xoxo-A

 

 

green blueberry smoothie

Chocolate, almond, coffee & cranberry smoothie

Chocolate, cranberry, almond, banana, coffee smoothie!
Chocolate, almond, cranberry & coffee smoothie!

You will need:

1 pack instant coffee-I used Starbucks VIA Blonde Roast in this one

1 scoop chocolate protein powder-I used GNC Wheyabolic Extreme 60

1 tsp Glutamine (optional-I use it to help with muscle soreness from tough workouts)

2 tsp old-fashioned oats (dry)

1 small banana

1 tsp flax or chia seeds

1/4 c frozen cranberries (can use any “berry”)

1/4 c almonds (that’s about 8 almonds)

1 tsp honey, almond butter or natural peanut butter (pick one)

3/4 c milk (almond or skim)

4 ice cubes

 

Blend until smooth and Enjoy!!!

xoxoxo-A