Strawberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Chia Smoothie

1 cup strawberries, diced & frozen
1/2 banana, diced & frozen
2 Tbsp. Chia seeds
1 cup almond milk

Place Chia seeds in milk and allow to sit for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
Remove from refrigerator after 30 minutes and add frozen fruits to milk and place in blender or NutriBullet. Pulse a few times until fruits are blended well.
Add straw and enjoy! Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and they also continue expanding to help you feel full for a long time! You can change up the fruit as well to make a new one each day! 🙂

HOW to make a GREAT tasting smoothie!!!

Okay, we all have ideas and ‘think’ we know what to add to make a smoothie taste good…BUT…then we try it and ~ um ~ something is MISSING!!! Here is a wonderful guide to help that!! I personally own a NutriBullet and LOVE ♥ (did I say ‘love’) IT!! 🙂

Without further ado ~ here ya go!! –>  Here’s a handy chart showing a basic under-300-calorie smoothie with specific ingredients listed at the bottom.



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http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Make-Smoothie-34015685

Greens (1 to 2 cups): Spinach and kale may turn your smoothie green, but once they’re mixed with fruit, you’ll hardly be able to taste them. You can also try adding beet or dandelion greens, sprouts, or arugula.

Fruit (1 to 2 cups): Frozen works best here, but if you use fresh, just add some ice cubes to give it a frosty consistency. Mix it up with two to four kinds of fruit such as banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, peach, pineapple, pear, cherries, apple, grapes, papaya, oranges, melon, or kiwi.

Thickener (1/4 to 1/2 cup): For the perfectly creamy texture and for added protein and fiber, mix in some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese (3 ounces), nut butter (one tablespoon) or nuts (1/8 cup almonds, walnuts, or cashews), avocado (1/4 fruit), cannellini beans (1/4 cup), baked sweet potato (1/4 cup), oats (1/4 cup), or soft tofu (1/2 cup).

Liquid (1 to 2 cups): Water or some type of milk (cow, soy, almond, or rice) is always a winner, but you can also experiment with adding green tea; coconut water or milk; freshly squeezed juice such as carrot, beet, or orange; or chocolate milk.

Optional extras: Mix in a serving of your favorite protein powder to build muscle and stave off hunger. Or, for added fiber, add flax meal, wheat germ, or chia seeds (1/2 teaspoon). For a health boost, add fish or flaxseed oil or probiotics (recommended dosage). And for extra pizzazz and flavor, add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, maple syrup, honey, dates, fresh herbs, or fresh ginger (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon).

Recipe for picture above:

1 cup kale (34 calories)
1/2 frozen banana (53 calories)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries (23 calories)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (42 calories)
3 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt (65 calories)
1 1/4 cups cold water
1/2 serving vanilla protein powder (45 calories)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (2 calories)

Total calories: 264

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

“Yes PaaLeeze!” 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Yields: 3 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter (optional, organic Powdered Peanut Butter which is much lower in fat & calories than regular peanut butter.)
1 cup low-fat milk, (optional, almond or soy milk)
1 frozen banana, pre-sliced
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, fat-free
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar, honey is optional
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ice as needed

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice according to desired thickness.

Calories: 116 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 3 | Cholesterol: 1 | Carbohydrates: 21 g | Sodium: 94 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 14 g | Protein: 7 g

http://skinnyms.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-paradise-smoothie/

‘Pick Me Up’ Smoothie

My children’s favorites are the cold coffee drinks from the ‘Starry” shop… at up to $5 a pop and a bizillion calories… well, this is an AWESOME inexpensive luxury to enjoy at home!
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Pineapple Ginger Energy Blast

I found a website, Nutriliving.com, that has a PLETHORA of NutriBullet recipes ~ You’re probably thinking “pineapple and ginger???” YEP!  Together with some yogurt and greens, your energy will SOAR!!~

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1 c spinach

1 small banana

1/2 c greek yogurt, vanilla was AWESOME

1 small piece of fresh ginger, peeled ~ your individual taste

1 c pineapple

ice cubes and water to the MAX line

Add all ingredients to the Tall Cup for the NutriBullet and extract for 40 seconds or until smooth.   ***No NutriBullet??, use your favorite machine / tool to make this awesome recipe! 🙂

 

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Cappuccino in a Jar

OMGoodness… the BEST hot drink mix I have made to date ~ Delicious coffee chocolate flavor with a hint of  cinnamon and nutmeg ~ Oh, gonna go make a cup right now!

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 25 drinks

INGREDIENTS:
2/3 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup Sugar Free powdered chocolate drink mix (Nesquick!)
1/2 cup Stevia
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:
1. Have ready 2 (12 ounce) canning jars. Put the instant coffee into a food processor, and process to a fine powder. If you don’t have a food processor, put it into a large plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin. ***SEE BELOW***
2. In a large bowl, combine creamer, chocolate mix, instant coffee, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir together until well mixed. Spoon into 2 – 12 ounce jars.
3. Attach a note to each jar that reads: Cappuccino: Mix 2 tsp of powder with 6 fluid ounces hot water.
*** I PUT ALL INTO MY NUTRI BULLET AND USED THE FLAT BLADE… IT WAS BLENDED AND SMOOTH IN ABOUT 15 SECONDS… PERFECT!  ***

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cappuccino-in-a-Jar/Detail.aspx?evt19=1