Peach Banana Smoothie

I make smoothies just about every morning. This is one of those mornings where the measurements were just right and I was like, “remember to make that one again.” Now if I could become a better photographer…

peach banana smoothie

Peach-Banana Smoothie

  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen peaches (8-10 slices)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
  • 1 heaping scoop Garden of Life vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Method

  • Add ingredients to Vitamix (or other high powered blender) in the order listed above. Process on “smoothie” setting. Serves 2.

Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana Smoothie

Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana smoothie

My new fav smoothie combo has oatmeal in it. It makes the smoothie thick and gives you something to chew on! The trick is to let the oats and chia seeds sit in the almond milk for a few minutes before you blend it all together — I haven’t tried to let them sit overnight yet but that might work too!

Nectarines have been the sweetest fruit I’ve had this summer. Great in a smoothie, sliced up in oatmeal, on frozen yogurt or as an afternoon snack.

Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana smoothies

 

What is your favorite summer fruit?

Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana Smoothie

  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 nectarines, pits removed
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice

Method

  • Put almond milk, chia seeds and oatmeal in a Vitamix blender and let sit for about 10 minutes. Add nectarines, banana, bluenerries, cinnamon and ice and blend on smoothie setting. Makes 3 servings.

Sunday Smoothie of the week: Swiss Chard, Blueberry Protein Smoothie

I know, it’s St. Patty’s Day and I should be featuring a green smoothie but following the rules is never that fun or interesting!

Smoothie ingredients

It’s not the best pic but you can see how deep and rich the color is because of the berries and the purple/red colored chard. Swiss chard has never tasted so good!!

Swiss Chard Blueberry Protein Smoothie

I’ve been drinking smoothies just about every morning and I’m gonna try to start featuring a new blend every Sunday here. Come back and check out the blog at least once a week if you want to see my newest favorite smoothie of the week 🙂

Swiss Chard, Blueberry Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-5 small leaves of organic swiss chard, stem removed and torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Garden of Life)
  • a couple of ice cubes

Method

  • Place in a high speed blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Serves 1.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

AKA super-healthy homemade Nutella.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Some of the many interesting facts about hazelnuts (found here):

  • A specific B vitamin found in hazelnuts called thiamin works to help regulate your nervous system and aid healthy muscle and cardiovascular health. This valuable vitamin and antioxidant eliminates free radicals within your body that have connections with causing cancer.
  • Hazelnuts lack both sodium and cholesterol, making them a healthy choice for those watching weight and looking to improve heart health.
  • The small nuts contain viable amounts of magnesium and calcium, both of which greatly improve bone and teeth formation and density. Each also helps regulate metabolic functions.
  • The copper within hazelnuts plays a vital role in protecting against and improving some forms of arthritis, slowing down the overall aging process, and even stimulating brain cells. Copper also works to increase immunity, protecting you against common sicknesses.

Hazelnuts and coconut oil

Some benefits of Coconut Oil (found here):

  • Coconut oil increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy… Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.
  • Coconut oil also helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.
  • You should read the whole section under “Other”!

For this recipe after the hazelnuts have been roasted you have to try to remove most of the skins…they won’t all come off…

Hazelnuts having a skin removal party

Layer the ingredients in the blender:

chocolate hazelnut butter

Look at that goodness!

Chocolate hazelnut butter

Doesn’t it look great in this jar? Give me a spoon!

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups organic raw hazelnuts

Method

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes. Take them out and shake them around about halfway through. Once roasted place them on a clean kitchen towel and try to remove as much of the skins as possible. Discard skins.
  • I used my Vitamix and placed all ingredients in the order listed. Start at level 1 and move dial very slowly to level 8. Run for 20 seconds and turn off.
  • Place in an air tight container and refrigerate.
  • Makes 2 1/4 cups of chocolate hazelnut butter.
  • Enjoy on toast, apples and slathered on crepes etc.

Impromptu shopping trip!

Shopping bags

Something wonderful happened!

Shopping bag

Have you guessed what it is yet???

My new Vitamix

I-got-a-brand-new-Vitamix!!!

Travis and I were out shopping at Short Pump Mall last Saturday and after lunch at Firebirds (love their crabcake salad!) we decided to walk into Williams Sonoma. I originally went inside to look at their pepper grinders because mine broke last week and we walked out with about everything but a pepper grinder!

We got a Vitamix 7500…which was an upgrade from the one I had been hinting about. He said if I was going to spend that much money why not spend a little more and get the best one? Love his logic sometimes! We also got some glass jars for storage and for smoothie drinking (they were on sale 20% off). I got a meat thermometer. I can’t believe that I have NEVER owned one! Lastly, but not least, we got an espresso machine. I’m not as into coffee recently and my boyfriend loves lattes and espresso so we have decided to put the coffee maker in the cabinet for use during dinners and family get-together’s and use the espresso machine on a daily basis.

I’ve been dreaming for months of all the possible smoothie combos with kale, apples, raspberries, spinach, oranges, ginger, fresh herbs, lemons, pineapple and of course bananas…now I can make all the concoctions happen!!

Thank you Travis!!!

Spinach, pineapple smoothie

Spinach Pineapple Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1 large handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons or so local honey

Method

  • Put all ingredients in Vitamix in the order listed. Turn dial to smoothie. Pour into large glass and enjoy!

BluePrint Cleanse – post cleanse feelings

I had three main take-away’s from my cleanse experience:

My previous misconception #1: I ate lots of veggies.

My current understanding #1: I didn’t eat nearly enough veggies!! When I realized how many vegetables are jam packed into each juice I had last week and how many veggies I ate before and after the juicing as stand alone meals I realized that I need to increase my intake. It makes me feel better!

My previous misconception #2: I enjoyed my food and took my time eating it.

My current understanding #2: I can benefit from slowing down even more. Taking the time to chew my food thoroughly. Taking the time to sit down every time I eat and not be reading or on the computer. Give attention to eating!

My previous misconception #3: I ate enough whole foods.

My current understanding #3: I have stayed away from processed foods for a long time but I can do even better than that. I need to incorporate more nutrient rich grains like quinoa, barley and brown or black rice. I also had a bad habit of eating protein bars or cereal and milk for breakfast. I need to eat fruit or smoothies/raw juices in the morning. I need to prepare a nutrient rich homemade breakfast like I do for dinner. Protein bars should be a once-in-a-while-backup-plan not an everyday. Today I had an apple, some raw almond butter and a cup of unsweetened almond milk. Tonight it took me 2 minutes to make some Better Than Yogurt Chia Pudding that I  will enjoy for breakfast in the morning.

Apple and almond butter

Lastly…but not least…I have lost 7 1/2 pounds since January 1st! Working out 6 days a week and cleansing have awesome benefits! I’m halfway to my weight loss goal, happy and motivated to continue!!