Green Sunrise Smoothie

 

 

Green Sunrise Smoothie

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So, I know I promised that the next time I tried to do a green drank, I’d be brave and use Kale instead of Spinach… but this recipe just sounded too good to ruin!  I’m sorry!  I lied.  But it’s okay because now I have another awesome spinach smoothie recipe for you that is SO YUMMY.  I promise.  I actually think this is my favorite one.  Thank you, Rachael Ray!

And I guess I should warn you…

If you’re all like WHOA what is up with the super healthy green smoothie?!  I should definitely tell you that as of MONDAY, Dave and I are starting our back to healthy eating habits/lifestyle.  We had a few months off track and now we’re back on!  I made this yummy smoothie for us for breakfast and it will definitely be in our rotation.

Green Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (fresh or frozen) Mango Chunks 
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 3/4 cup Apple Juice (I used organic, no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) Baby Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice (I used 1 packet True Lemon)

Directions:

1.  Put ingredients in a blender and blend for two minutes until everything is combined.

Slightly adapted from Rachael Ray

Trader Joe's frozen fruit is my favorite.  It's so cheap too!

Trader Joe’s frozen fruit is my favorite. It’s so cheap too!

This stuff is awesome.  Dave's Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it's great to have in the pantry!

This stuff is awesome. Dave’s Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it’s great to have in the pantry!

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Roasted Pineapple with Honey & Cashews

It has been so ridiculously cold this winter, I cannot stand it!  It’s Wednesday night and all anyone can talk about is the upcoming snow storm we’re expecting.  It’s supposed to last all night and into tomorrow, ending in the evening on Thursday.  I’m just over it!  It’s all over the news, twitter and facebook… shut up people!  Let’s talk about how the Phillies started Spring Training today!!

Snoop can show you exactly how I feel!

Snoop can show you exactly how I feel!

All I keep thinking about is how badly I wish I had another pineapple to make this dessert again.  But I don’t have one… and it’s already snowing.  BOO!

Stelly loves the snow!  The doggies are so excited.

Stelly loves the snow! The doggies are so excited.


Roasted Pineapple with Honey & Cashews

Ingredients:

1/2 cup packed Dark Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Orange Juice (I used Trader Joe’s fresh Tangerine Juice)

3 Tablespoons Honey

1 ripe Pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 8 wedges

1/4 cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt

1/3 cup Raw Cashews, coarsely chopped

2 Tablespoons torn Fresh Mint Leaves

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 450.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.*  Stir the brown sugar, OJ, and honey in a large bowl until sugar dissolves.  Add pineapple and carefully toss to coat in the mixture.  Let marinate, tossing occasionally for about 10 minutes.  Place pineapple on the prepared sheet and reserve the marinade.

2.  Roast the pineapple for 15 minutes.  Turn, brush with marinade, and roast until tender and caramelized (10-15 minutes longer)  Drizzle remaining marinade over the pineapple and let cool slightly.

3.  Divide pinapple among bowls (Dave and I ate the entire thing ourselves!!).  Spoon greek yogurt alongside.  Garnish with cashews and mint.  

Slighty adapted from:  Bon Appetit

*Make sure to line the entire pan!  The marinade is very liquidy and mine leaked all over the pan- it was a tough one to scrub off when I was finished.

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What’s so funny about this recipe is that I originally posted the Bon Appetit version on my facebook so I would remember to try it!  Dave’s Mom thought it was mine and re-posted on her own wall showing me off!  I was happy to have all the love but that was enough inspiration for me to make it myself.  It’s probably the best dessert I’ve ever had.  After the Banana Cream Pie at Chef Vola’s.  

The original recipe uses pistachios, but Dave loves cashews and I had ’em so i used those instead.  Also, you can swap out the greek yogurt for some creme fraiche if you’re feeling fancy.  Whatever you do- don’t skimp out on the fresh mint.  Seriously.  It’s like a dollar at the grocery store and you can use the rest in tea and in recipes like this (I made it last week and holy moly it’s amazing).  While every single part of this dessert has its own perks… the mint… oh my gosh…. the mint.  It just makes this dish.  I don’t know why but it just does and it’s SO GOOD.

Anyway, this is a super easy dessert that will seriously impress people, so give it a try.  I can’t wait to make it again!

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

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and October’s SRC Reveal

THANK GOD it’s October!  I am so super ready for Philly’s amazing falltime weather with low humidity, crunchy leaves on the ground, and of course lots and lots of PUMPKIN recipes!!  I’ve already had it in cookies, in my coffee, even pumpkin pie martinis.  Loving it!  I was super excited to have found this new Pumpkin Pie SMOOTHIE recipe on my Secret Recipe partner’s website this month.  How good does that sound?  and more importantly, why haven’t I thought this up yet?!

Secret Recipe Club

The Secret Recipe Club is a really cool group I joined last winter.  Every month, we are assigned a new blogger.  This month, I was paired up with Chris & Rachel’s blog called “The Keenan Cookbook“.  We get to pick ANY recipe that blogger has written about and cook it up ourselves.  We can make adjustments according to our tastes too.  All of the bloggers post their results on the same day and we all get to see who had who and more importantly, what delicious dishes were made!

It was seriously so difficult to choose just one recipe for this month.  Chris and Rachel’s recipes are all so amazing!  They have the cutest family and I also loved reading all of their stories.  I ended up absolutely having to pick the pumpkin recipe since it’s October and all… and because it just sounded SO GOOD!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Skim Milk
  • a dash of cinnamon to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or a packet of Truvia/Splenda

Directions:

Put all ingredients into a small blender and blend until smooth.  Add a tablespoon at a time of skim milk if it is too thick.

Recipe adapted from The Keenan Cookbook

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So- this recipe tastes amazing.  I mean what could be bad?!  Honestly, I ended up making it every single day last week for breakfast.  Tee Hee Hee!  The only thing I would do for the next time I make it is to maybe try to do it with some Greek Yogurt or Vanilla Protein Powder? This recipe is definitely missing some protein if you’re trying to eat it for breakfast.  If you want it as dessert (what a great idea!!) you should probably keep it as is.  YUM!

Check out these other amazing recipes from this month’s SRC Reveal!

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?

 

 

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!

“Green” Spinach Smoothie

Okay I finally gave into the “Green” Smoothie madness.  Everyone everywhere has been all over Green Smoothies for a while now, and I have been way too intimidated and freaked out by them to try.

Oh yeah… I’ve also been too freaked out by Kale to give that a whirl too.  My boss’s wife convinced me to try to make Kale Chips (if he eats it I know it has to be good)… which was a huge disaster.  They were either burnt or wet and not crispy.  They tasted bitter and chewy.  I think I actually gagged on a piece before I tossed the entire tray.  Gross.

Fresh Kale! My failed attempt at Kale Chips.

For now, a Spinach Smoothie will have to be Green enough for me.  While Kale has these Top 10 Health Benefits:  

Low in Calories/High in Fiber/Zero Fat, Iron, Vitamin K, Antioxidants, Omega 3’s, it can lower cholesterol, it’s high in Vitamin A, C, and Calcium, and finally… it is known to be a great “detox” food.

Spinach has these 11 Health Benefits:

Good for your diet, prevents cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidents, lowers blood pressure, it is good for your immunity, skin, bones, and vision, and the Vitamin K in it helps the process of calcification and brain and nervous functions.

 

Whew!  All of this healthy green talk has got me wanting more now!

 

My First Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 Kiwi

1/2 cup Frozen Mango Chunks (Trader Joe’s… great purchase)

1 HEAPING Tablespoon Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt 

1/4 Cup Juice (any kind!  I used apricot-peach because we had some in the house)

2 cups or handfuls of Fresh Spinach

Directions:  

I like to put my fresh fruit first (banana and kiwi) into the blender.  Then, I put the frozen fruit, yogurt, and juice.  Top it off with the spinach.  It took about 30 seconds or a minute of blending for the spinach to make its way down into the smoothie.  Blend for another minute or two or until the spinach is broken up in the smoothie.  Enjoy!

Smoothie Sunday… I think I will!

Sippin’ my smoothie and readin’ my Rachael Ray… LOVE Sunday Mornings.

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Okay, so the results were great.  I really liked it!  I like to surprise myself sometimes when I try things I think I’ll hate but end up liking them.  This was one of those times… now I know why everyone’s doin’ the Green Smoothie thing.  It’s great!

While I’m talking here, my co-worker Lori came in and shared a sip of her Kale Smoothie with me… I like those too! 🙂  Thanks Lori!