Avocado Smoothie : BA Cleanse 2014

Anyone who isn’t living under a rock probably knows all about how the East Coast got slammed with another snow storm this week.  Dave, the doggies, and I got snowed in for two days!  Snow days just aren’t as fun as they used to be- both of us had to work :(

I just had to do something to warm us up and remind us of the summer.  For our snack, I decided to make this awesome smoothie that I had tried during our Food Lover’s Cleanse.  This avocado smoothie is light and refreshing, and I loved using Coconut Water instead of milk or yogurt.  It might sound weird, but try it!  It’s delish and even dairy free!

Avocado Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 ripe Avocado

2 cups Coconut Water (original, not flavored or sweetened)

1-2 teaspoons Agave Syrup

2 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice 

Directions:

1.  Combine ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.  Add extra lime juice to taste.

Recipe from:  Bon Appetit

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Try some of my other smoothie recipes!

Kiwi-Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

Kiwi-Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

 

 

 

Tropical Green Smoothie

I’m new to this whole “green” obsession.  The green drinks, smoothies, Kale chips, etc.  I just can’t fully commit to it.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love green veggies but I just can’t get myself to remember to put kale in my smoothies or my zucchini in my brownies.  It just isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I’m thinking with my sweet tooth.

It's not easy being green!

It’s not easy being green!

In my second or third attempt to jump on this green bandwagon, I made Dave and I smoothies for breakfast and finished them off with a pop of green.  And as it turns out, a little green will do the trick.  (It’s so pretty too!)  This one even got the good ol’ Dave Stamp of Approval so we might have to make this one a habit.

Tropical Green Smoothie

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 6oz contanier of Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt

1-2 Cups Spinach

1/2-1 Banana 

1 cup Frozen Peaches

1/2 cup  Frozen Mango Chunks

1/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon Ground Flax (optional)

Directions:  Place everything in a blender and let it whirl until smooth.  Garnish with some fresh peach if you’d like!

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Tropical Green Smoothie

My blender tends to get gunked up pretty often so if that happens, take a rubber scraper and try to mix it around.  Add more almond milk if it’s looking too thick.  The best part of it all is that your don’t taste any “green”!  The spinach flavor is completely covered by the sweet and tangy peaches and mango.  This smoothie is sweet, delicious, and packed with nutrients!

You could even be braver than I am and try this recipe with Kale?

 

 

Mango Guacamole

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!!!!!  

I’m pretty much just excited to get free Rita’s Water Ice and see the sunshine.  Where did they ever get the idea “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”?!?!  I feel like it’s quite the opposite, but then again maybe that’s the point.

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Feeling very Spring-gy today, I wanted to share this great Guac recipe for you that I tried out… it has MANGO in it!!!!!  The mango is awesome in Guac since it gives it a great color and the sweetness and the spicy work so well together.

Sweet & Spicy are my all-time fav combination.  For sure.

Mango Guacamole

Ingredients:

3 Ripe Avocadoes (How to Cut an Avocado), cut into cubes

¼ Cup finely diced Onion 

1 Mango, peeled & diced

1 Jalapeno, seeded & finely diced

1 teaspoon minced Garlic

1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Cilantro 

½ teaspoon Lime Juice

½ teaspoon Lemon Juice

Directions:

You don’t even need to measure anything in this recipe… just stir it all together and make changes when you taste it.  The avocado will mush more when you add the citrus juice, but try not to mash it since it’s good to keep some of the pieces in there.

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YUMMY!  I haven’t been very adventurous when making Guac since my normal stuff is just so darn good!  I’m glad I got to try this version… it was especially delicious along with this breakfast I made with Eggs, Corn Tortillas, Beans, & Tomatoes.  Try it with tortilla chips or I imagine it would be super perfect on fish tacos!

To make your first day of Spring even BRIGHTER, check out some pictures of these adorable BABY ZOO ANIMALS!  I love them!!

… and check out these other fruity recipes :)

Blueberry Oatmeal in a Mug

Blueberry Oatmeal in a Mug

Kiwi-Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

Kiwi-Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (Eva Longoria's Recipe!)

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (Eva Longoria’s Recipe!)

Greek Yogurt Breakfast

I am soooo stuck right now.  I need to lose 5 more pounds to be at my goal weight.  UGHHH!  I was supposed to be at my goal for Halloween.  Okay, that’s so not happening.

Re-joining Weight Watchers might be in my near future… but before I go back to keeping track and obsessive counting, I wanted to give myself one last try at doing this on my own.

Last Thursday, I went to see “John the Dietitian” for some advice.  The first thing he suggested to me was to change up my breakfast.  I got super comfortable ditching my old Fiber One Oats & Chocolate (ugh but they’re soooooooooo good) bars for Kashi Go Lean Cereal… also suggested by John at the beginning of the summer.  Well, that’s the problem… I’ve been eating Kashi cereal every single day during the week since JUNE!  It’s time for a change.

John suggested this recipe to me using Greek Yogurt and i am LOVING it.  I have eaten this for breakfast three times now, and every single time I am left feeling completely satisfied, stuffed, and even better, I don’t get hungry for HOURS.

Greek Yogurt Breakfast

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt 

1 Banana, cut into slices

2 Tablespoons Frozen Berries 

1 Tablespoon Ground Flax

1 Tablespoon Fig Butter (Trader Joe’s)

1 heaping Tablespoon Chopped Walnuts

Directions:

Put it all together in a tupperware container and bring to work.  Enjoy.

A few side notes about this one:  

1.  It’s absolutely delicious despite being ugly

2.  If you’re going to make this the night before, frozen fruit works great.  It will thaw out overnight and also as it melts, it will make it a little extra juicy!  If you’re going to eat it right away, use normal fresh fruit.

3.  I use 3/4 cup of FF Plain Greek Yogurt because the full serving size of 1 Cup ends up being SO MUCH food.  I do actually measure this out I just plop a few giant spoonfuls in the cup measure and don’t fill it up all the way.

4.  I’ve talked about the Fig Butter from TJ’s before, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time either.  It’s freakin’ amazing stuff.  Try it out!  If you don’t have it or like it or suck and won’t even try it… use a Tablespoon of Polaner’s All Fruit Jelly!  This will mix into the yogurt really well and sweeten it up a bit without being overly sugary.

I told you… not pretty!

 

As for my new breakfast helping my diet, we will find out soon enough!  I have been “bad” on the past few weekends which of course things like this:

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… doesn’t help.  I really need to buckle down and lose these last 5 pounds!  No one ask me out to dinner…. lol.

More of John’s suggestions and foods in my new work-day diet to come soon!

Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Smoothie

So, I am VERY into making smoothies lately.  I love drinking them as a snack or breakfast after working out.  They’re so refreshing!  This weekend, I made a really awesome smoothie that was much different than the last two i’ve made… here and here.

Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Peach (fresh), peeled and sliced off of the pit

1/2 Cup Frozen Mango Chunks

1 Tablespoon Ground Flax

1 HEAPING Tablespoon Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt

1-2 Tablespoons Kefir (drinkable yogurt… I use Trader Joe’s Strawberry 1% version!  Or use 1/4 cup Juice or Milk)

Directions:  Blend until smooth and enjoy!

I actually really liked this flavor combination!  Typically, I always throw a whole banana into whatever smoothie I’m making… this time I was all out, so from the start this smoothie was different than the others.  I also have never tried using a fresh peach… it was really yummy and tart because of this, which went really nice with the mango.  It was also really nice not having to chew the seeds from berries I normally use!  :)