Showing posts with label smoothie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label smoothie. Show all posts

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Berry Banana Smoothie

Making a break fast smoothie makes me happy!

I love that I can pack so many macro and micronutrients into one meal. I don't feel stuffed or hungry later either. In fact, I often feel satisfied until dinner. 

The weather is heating up here in Hawaii and on days when the trade winds are low, there is nothing like a good smoothie to cool down the body temperature.


Most of the time I follow a recipe, but yesterday I decided to wing it and the result was delicious! I promised to share the recipe, so here goes...

Berry Banana Smoothie

1 banana - frozen
1 cup frozen berries
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 TBSP flaxseed
1 TBSP chia seed
1 TBSP almond butter
1 cup green lettuce
1/2 cup spinach
1 serving collagen protein
2 tsp lemon juice

Not only was this smoothie delicious, it was just the right balance of protein, carbs and fats, perfect for a regular macro day if you follow the FASTer Way.


Here are the macros for all you trackers out there:
Protein 29g, carbohydrates 54g, fat 18g and fiber 17g


When do you like having your smoothie?




Sunday, June 28, 2020

Best Green Smoothie Recipe

If you are like me, you want to include all the super healthy greens into your morning smoothie, but your taste buds resist!

While doing a 5-Day Reset with my FASTer Way VIP community, I could not drink the green smoothie recipe the way it was written. Cilantro? Cucumber? Anyone else struggle with the taste of these ingredients?

So after much trial and error, I finally tweaked the recipe and found the perfect combination that I know you will love, even if you are not in a constant battle with your taste buds!



Ingredients to blend:

1 cup coconut water
1 cup loosely pack parsley
1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
1/2 cup cucumber
1 cup pineapple (frozen)
1/4 cup mango (frozen)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
1/2 avocado

One of the things I love about this green smoothie is that the ingredients have so many benefits!
  • Lemon juice - boosts immune system, aids in digestion, balances ph, flushes liver and kidneys
  • Coconut water - vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, regulates ph balance
  • Ginger - helps with digestion, reduces inflammation, improves cholesterol levels, lowers blood sugars
  • Parsley - improves digestion, supports gland health, aids bone health

Full disclosure, this smoothie was not my favorite from the Reset, but it did taste better and go down a lot easier at the end - when my taste buds got their act together!



Do you like green smoothies?


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Recipe Find: Jennifer Garner's Go-To Smoothie

This month I have been diving into plant-based eating. I'm doing this for a couple of reasons:

1. February is heart month and it is said that eating more plants and less meat is good for your heart among many other things like cancer prevention, boosted energy, neurological disease prevention

2. My step-daughters live plant-based lifestyles, so this will give me more insight into what they are eating and what we can prepare when we are together

3. I'm taking on this challenge with the FASTer Way community, so I am not alone as I navigate my way into a new way of eating.

Most of my recipes are found online or come from the FASTer Way meal plan. I love this smoothie that Jennifer Garner shared on social media. Plant based, great for low carb days and I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand!


Now, you don't have be a plant-based eater to enjoy this smoothie. I made it plenty of times before taking the plant-based challenge. I mean, it's just packed with healthy whole foods. Plus, it is absolutely delicious!
  • 1 or 2 scoops chocolate protein (I love this one because it’s even good as a shake with just water!)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed 
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds 
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (this one is my favorite - 1 ingredient!)
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk 
  • Handful fresh spinach
  • Small handful ice
  • Small handful blueberries



Blend and serve!

Full disclosure - it is a green smoothie, but I promise it tastes better than it looks. And that is also why I have not included a picture of it blended :) Enjoy!!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you give it a try!




Friday, January 24, 2020

Fruit and Nut Smoothie Bowl

This recipe is inspired by a meal from the FASTer Way meal plan. For more information about the FASTer Way program, go here ---> FASTer Way with AmyC

This recipe is all about the CARBS! In this recipe, I have made a delicious smoothie using frozen berries, almond milk, spinach, Greek yogurt and protein powder. Then topped with more berries, banana, nuts, seeds, honey and granola.



I am a big fan of DIY smoothie bowls (and acai bowls). These bowls are so versatile and are my favorite way to break my fast the day after low carb day. Seriously, in the FASTer Way, we are not shy about our carbs!

Carbohydrates are one of the body's main sources of energy and plays an important role in protecting our metabolism. So, if you are looking for a way to boost your carbs today, look no further than this amazing recipe.

Adding nuts and seeds to your smoothie, either when you blend or as toppings, is a great way to boost your fiber and healthy fats. Fiber helps control our insulin response to glucose. Healthy fats are the body's other main source of energy.

You really can't find a healthier way to enjoy a smoothie!

Smoothie
1 cup frozen berries 
1 scoop protein 
1 tbsp Greek yogurt 
1 cup baby spinach
3/4 cup almond milk

Toppings
1 tsp chia seeds
Hemp seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Walnuts
Almonds
1 tbsp granola
1/2 banana (sliced)
1/8 cup each raspberries, blueberries, blackberries 

1 tbsp honey

Nutrition info: 71g carbs, 10g fat, 20g protein, 18g fiber

Obviously, you can switch up the toppings to suit your own tastes, sensitivities and season. If you try it or use it as inspiration for your own, let me know in the comments!







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