Superfood Detox Smoothie

standard January 7, 2015 Leave a response

Back to work. Back to routine. Back to healthy diets. This week definitely needed a pick me up after all the back to normal all at once. January starts up full speed and doesn’t look like its going to ease up one bit.

This smoothie is the perfect pick me up drink. Bright and cold to wake you up first thing in the morning. Full of superfood nutrients to keep you awake during the 3 o’clock slump. I know I’m going to need an IV drip of this bright green goodness to get me through the rest of the week.

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Superfood Detox Smoothie

Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c spinach or kale
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1 T raw walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 c frozen mango
  • 1/2 c ice

Steps:

  1. Place all ingredients in order in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Nutrition:

Per serving: 243 kcal, 33 g carb, 10 g fat, 7 g protein, 105 mg sodium, 21 g sugar

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Sweet Potato Spice Smoothie

standard September 2, 2014 1 response

I have always been a big fan of vegetables for breakfast. I’ve thrown kale, beets, spinach, avocado, pumpkin, broccoli, and even peas into my morning smoothies. I’ve roasted sweet potatoes with spices. I’ve made a few tofu quiches. But I hadn’t thought to try sweet potatoes in a smoothie until I was trying to think of how to use my CSA goodies for breakfast. My Pumpkin Chai Protein Smoothie was the basis for this one, adding pear to sweeten, changing up the spices, and removing the protein powder to make it a little more simple. (Vanilla or Chai protein powder would work great here though, if you wanted). This smoothie is definitely the perfect transition into fall flavors while still suffering through Texas summer heat!

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Sweet Potato Spice Smoothie

Serves 2.

Print-Friendly Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 asian pear
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 1 T agave nectar
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c ice

Steps:

  1. Bake sweet potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet at 300 for 30-45 minutes or until soft.
  2. Place baked sweet potatoes in a high speed blender. Add remaining ingredients in order, topping off with ice.
  3. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition:

Per Serving: 422 kcal, 92 g carbs, 5 g fat, 9 g protein, 147 mg sodium, 37 g sugar

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Ginger Power

standard May 14, 2014 Leave a response

There are some ingredients that are just a little scary; or you’ve never needed for a recipe so you’ve avoided and by default it is intimidating. Ginger was one of those ingredients for me. If a recipe ever did call for it, I just left it out. It wasn’t that much anyway so I figured it wasn’t really vital to the end dish. Thankfully, I discovered the error of my ways after finally buying some for a Thrive recipe last summer. I don’t usually use the entire amount called for because my palate isn’t  up for all the spiciness. But it is so so good, especially in a cool, refreshing smoothie after a hard run.

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Ginger is a nubby, root-looking  herb that is commonly used as a spice in cooking and in medicinal remedies. It is used to treat inflammation, nausea, and dizziness which is why it is favored by runners. It’s also why your mom gave you ginger ale when you had the flu growing up. Studies have also shown it to be effective in aiding in treatment of asthma, migraines, and high blood pressure. Ginger can interfere with some medications, so check with your doctor before you start adding it to your diet.

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Ginger is full of vitamins and minerals with a low caloric value, so use as much as you would like to spice up your next recipe!