Pretty in Pink Sparkle Smoothie

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Wanna a little sparkle??

Drink this!

2 TBSP Chia seeds

1/2 banana

1/2 cup raspberries

3 whole strawberries

1 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup coconut milk or milk of your choice

(if berries were not frozen then add 3 ice cubes)

Blend until smooth!

Enjoy!! A

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Overnight Oats

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Version 1 on the left >>>>>Take 1 c oats, 1 c almond milk-unsweetened, 1 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 tsp chia seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg add to bowl and stir. Place uncovered in fridge overnight. When ready to eat add fresh fruit and a few drops of honey-more cinnamon if you want too! Makes 2 servings.

Version 2 on the right <<<<< Take 1/2 c oats, dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, 1 tsp flaxseed meal, chia seeds and coconut flakes-unsweetened, 1/2 c almond milk-unsweetened, 1/2 c mixed berries-fresh or frozen, 2 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt. Stir well and place in fridge overnight. Makes 2 servings.

Enjoy!! A

Energizing Tomato Smoothie

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I had a lot of tomatoes on hand and needed to figure out different ways to use them before they went bad. I used 3 summer yellow tomatoes in my smoothie this morning! Here is the full list of what I used:

3 med yellow tomatoes

6 mini carrots

1 kiwi

2 mini orange sweet peppers

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup cranberry nectar

4 ice cubes

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I removed the watery seeds from the tomatoes, gave them a rough chop and then added all of the  ingredients into the blender and blended until smooth!

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This one was definitely energizing! You can also make it spicy if you want by adding pepper, etc.

Enjoy!!

xoxo, A

Magical Freckle Fruit Dip

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So I want Max to eat more fruit. He loves mandarin oranges and grapes and will pass on bananas and apples lately so I took those four fruits and added pineapple and strawberries (which are his second two favorites) to our fridge this week. Then I thought how am I going to get him to want to eat all of the fruits?? So I thought, a dip that he will help me make because that is what the specialist in feeding say to do!

Driving home from school yesterday I excitedly told him we were going to make a fruit salad and a dip tomorrow!! Yay!! He was less than impressed. I think he actually might have said, “boring”! I got a sad face and continued to think…what if I used chia seeds (Which are super healthy) and gave the dip freckles!!! So I asked Max if he knew what freckles were and he said, “yes, like Abby Cadabby” has on Sesame Street. I told him were going to make a MAGICAL FRECKLE FRUIT DIP and his eyes lit up!! Yay!! Last night before bed he asked if were still going to make the FRECKLE DIP! I was so excited, best idea I’ve ever had! Clearly!  The boy went to bed dreaming about it!

Fast forward to this morning and the dip making. He was semi into it. Mixed the magical freckles in with little enthusiasm but he did it.  Then he ate all of the fruit and tried the dip. See, the dip was just a ploy to get him to eat all the fruit. I knew my chances were low on the dip with him. But at least he ate all of the different kinds of fruit and not just his “favorites”. Ahh, exhausting. Bonus-mommy loves the dip and had some at lunch with my fruit salad! Here is a picture of him mixing in the magic!

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How to make the dip:

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 tbsp. nut butter (I used pnb)

Whisk the yogurt and peanut butter together to get a smooth even texture

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp flax-seed meal

2 tsp magical freckles (aka chia seeds)

Mix around and store in fridge.

Enjoy and have fun!! If you don’t have kids you can still make this, as I said, I love it!!

xo-A

Sweet Potato, Mango & Coffee Smoothie

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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

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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

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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

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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

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