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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Vanilla Fig Protein Smoothie

standard September 23, 2014 Leave a response

When it comes to smoothies, the greener the better, right? This hearty breakfast packs in loads of green from spinach, avocado, and figs. A hint of sweetness and a protein boost round out this filling drink.

I used Vega One protein here, but feel free to sub your favorite vanilla protein of choice. While I’m not big on supplements, Vega is the one I do stand by and use daily, thanks to its simple ingredient list, whole green foods, and extensive nutrient profile.

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Vanilla Fig Protein Smoothie

Serves 1.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 small figs
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1/2 a medium avocado
  • 1 scoop Vega One Vanilla
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 c ice

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

Nutrition:

Per serving: 491 kcal, 68 g carbs, 17 g fat, 20 g protein, 331 mg sodium, 44 g sugar

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Monster Variations

standard August 5, 2012 Leave a response

Green monsters are a staple in my diet. Every post-run meal involves one, and the more I drink them, the more my body craves them. So much goodness packed into one glass!

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I make these shakes, so I’ve put together a few of my favorite variations. A traditional green monster includes spinach, or other greens, frozen banana, and non-dairy milk. From there you can add a variety of fruits, veggies, protein, and other goodies. I always add protein to make a complete post-workout meal. And as a bonus, the protein powder I use is also high in most vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and greens for optimal health (key for those on a plant-based diet).

Stephanie’s Classic Green Monster

Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I like Vega One or Vega Sport)
  • 1 c ice
  • 2 c kale, rinsed and torn off the stem
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Steps:

  1. Layer ingredients in order in a blender. Blend until smooth, usually about 2 minutes. Enjoy!

I’ve learned that by layering the ingredients in the above order, the blender can process the kale quickly and smoothly. This is especially beneficial, considering I have a Cuisinart that sounds like it’s on its last leg every time I use it. You really want to make sure the fibrous kale is smooth, or you’re going to have a funky drink.

Alternatives:

  • Swap almond milk for any non-dairy milk (soy or hemp are good)
  • Swap kale for spinach, romaine, or swiss chard
  • Swap 1/2 c of ice for 1/2 frozen fruit
  • Add raw oats to bulk up the carbohydrates
  • Add peanut butter to thicken and add more protein
  • Add chia or flax seeds to thicken and add healthy fat

If you have plain protein powder, your choice of add-ins is unlimited. I usually try to keep it simple, but sometimes its nice to mix things up, since I drink one every day. Here are two of my favorite summertime variations:

Berry-Watermelon Green Monster

Inspired by this delicious recipe.

Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 scoop berry Vega Sport protein powder
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 c frozen watermelon

Steps:

  1. Layer ingredients in order in a blender, and blend until smooth. If too thick, add more almond milk or water to thin.

Blueberry-Chocolate Green Monster

Serves 1-2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c ice
  • 1 scoop chocolate Vega One nutritional shake
  • 1 T raw cocoa powder
  • 2 c kale
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries

Steps:

  1. Layer ingredients in order in a blender, and blend until smooth.

For more ideas, check out my strawberry-pineapple green monster or the Green Monster Movement. Enjoy!