Cranberry smoothie

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup peaches
1/4 cup raspberries
1/2 cup guava juice or apple if you don’t have guava
1/4 cup coconut milk
Tablespoon of vegan protein powder
Almond milk to top off

I used fresh cranberries and frozen berries, all organic. Just because its cold out doesn’t mean we can’t use fall fruits to make healthy smoothies!

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I use plant fusion vegan protein powder. I love the taste and it is soy, dairy and gluten free.

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Here is what the site has to say about it:
PlantFusion is a nutritionally-complete plant protein supplement that happens to be highly digestible AND free of common food irritants. The combination of four exceptional plant proteins scores a perfect 1.0 on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). PDCAAS is the gold standard for rating the quality of protein for human nutrition.

Just combine all ingredients and blend! The coconut milk gives it a nice rich flavor. I topped it with almond milk because its les fattening than a whole can of coco milk 😉

Enjoy!!!

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Acai smoothie

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Ingredients:

1 pack of acai frozen smoothie
1/2 large banana
3/4 cup peaches
1/4 cup pineapple
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 cup almond milk (or non dairy substitute)

This smoothie was so good!. I made it to experiment and I wanted more and more! It was YUMMY!

Take a smoothie pack and defrost it. I ran it under hot water for a minute and it was perfect. Add the fruit(frozen) an then the other ingredients and blend in your mixer.

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These are the pack of acai I use. There are two kinds, these and ones with guarana in them. Make sure to get these, as the guarana contains a lot of caffeine. It is made from a seed found in the amazon and is used as a natural energy booster.

Acai:

Acai berries are found in Brazil and com from a type of palm tree. They have been used for centuries by indigenous tribes to treat ailments from ulcers, fevers, blood illnesses, to malaria.

Now people in Brazil have them puréed as a snack or for breakfast with granola an bananas. You can grab a bowl almost anywhere. It was one of the first things I tried when I was there! It’s good for you and tasty.

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These berries are full of antioxidants, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, magnesium, iron, and potassium. They also contain a fair amount o dietary fiber.

Studies are linking this berry to weight loss, and maintaining a healthy weight as it reduces the effects of a high fat diet. It’s also good for your skin and anti aging. Because it helps healthy cell growth. It’s good for your blood and mental health.

Of course any healthy diet will allow you to maintain a healthy body and mind. Some researchers will dispute these “superfoods” and their effects on your body. But your body is made up of what you eat and people who eat better naturally feel better. If you only eat meat and chips and heavy items of course you won’t have as much energy because your body needs more time and energy to digest these things. Healthy superfoods require less energy to digest and are absorbed faster into your system adding to what’s there and giving you a boost of nutrients.

Hopefully you will love this smoothie as much as I do and add it to your weekly routine! It’s great as a breakfast or for a workout. It hydrates and adds energy, plus it’s yummy- did I say that already?

Enjoy!!!

Pineapple cooler smoothie

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Ingredients:

1 cup pineapple chunks
1/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1 cup coconut water (with pulp)
2 tablespoons agave nectar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Think of this as a berry piña colada! I used frozen pineapple chunks and frozen blackberries but fresh strawberries. All organic, and wash your fresh produce!

Blend items in your blender! I recommend Real Coconut Water

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You can buy with chunks and this will give it an extra coconut taste.

It’s refreshing and will keep you cool this week!

Why do I love fresh juice and smoothies? Because even though you are changing the digestive nature of the produce, it is still closest to its natural form; how nature intended us to eat it. And that ensures the vitamins and nutrients will be easily digested in your system!

Dangerous to our systems are processed foods such as white sugars or flours. Anything that requires such extreme processing can negatively effect your digestive system, causing gas and leading to other illnesses.
You can control what you put in the tank, and although it can be a daunting task to regulate for some, it’s relatively easy to prepare and maintain a healthy eating style that will power your body for years to come. It’s better to maintain your engine with healthy power now, rather than pay for expensive repairs later on. (Like those crazy bills for pills and the doctor)

That is why I always suggest organic fresh and local.

Check out a few videos as well:

Engine 2 engine
Food matters
Forks over knives
Super size me
King corn
Fat sick and nearly dead
Food fight
Killer at large
Food inc
Farmageddon
Ingredients
Food beware
Hungry for change
Vegucated

Enjoy your fresh smoothies from home!

Berry Cherry Smoothie

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Ingredients:
1 cup blackberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup cherries
1/4 cup blueberries
1 cup of coconut water

For this smoothie you can use fresh fruit or frozen organic, but I like to freeze the fresh so I don’t need ice.

Combine all of the ingredients on a magic bullet or mixer and combine until smooth. It was a bit thick for me so I went back and added another cup of filtered water.

I love my magic bullet and it blends fine, but I’m saving for my vitamix. I really want one! I went to culinary school for pastry and we used it all the time to make purées and it i amazing.

*sigh*

Health benefits of blackberries:

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These little berries are a great source of antioxidants! They are also being studied in relation to cancer prevention.

They contain ellagic acid, which help to restrain the free radicals linked to cancer. They are also an anti inflammatory. Just 1 cup contains half your daily recommendation of antioxidants, so this smoothie will load you up!

The coconut water craze that is sweeping the nation is great for health (though rough on the coconut population).

There are many brands available now on the market. Zico and vita being the most mainstream. They are also the lightest, an would be really good in this smoothie.
I really like the brand Real Coconut

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It has a wonderful taste and is available with or without pulp.

Whatever brand you buy, they are loaded with potassium and electrolytes. It is such a good energizer and will revitalize you after a workout, or just hydrate you on a hot day.

This makes this my smoothie of choice for after a workout or on a summer afternoon by the pool! (Or maybe a day of outdoor yoga?)

Basically electrolyte and antioxidant overload! Stay healthy and hydrates in this heat! It’s so important to take care of your body while enjoying the outdoors!

Enjoy!

Cherries and Peaches Smoothie

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup peaches (about 1 peach)
1 cup cherries pitted
2 large strawberries
1 cup medley of fruits by Ceres
Approximately 1 cup filtered water (more for thinner, less for a thicker smoothie)

It is best to use frozen organic fruit or freeze your own that way the smoothie will be icy cold without needing ice which changes the flavor.

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Just combine all the above ingredients into your blender and cool down!

I added water to this smoothie because I didn’t want too much of the fruit medley juice. I wanted more of a cherry taste!

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It’s so hot out and my favorite fruits are coming into season. I love a smoothie on a hot day!

Enjoy!

Guava Berry Smoothie

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup mangos
1/4 cup raspberries
2 large strawberries
1 cup guava juice

Combine ingredients and blend in a mixer or magic bullet until smooth!

You can use either fresh or frozen fruit. What I like to do is freeze half of whatever fruit I buy fresh, that way I always have some for smoothies. When you use frozen fruit you won’t need ice, which can dilute the flavor.

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Mangos are rich in beta carotene and minerals like magnesium. Pick one that yields to your touch and smells sweet, don’t go by the redness of the fruit!

I love guava so much but it’s so hard to find them here. When I went to Brazil, they were everywhere and I must have eaten 4 a day! Right now I’ve been using Ceres guava juice.

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If the smoothie is to thick for you, you can always add more juice, too thin add more fruit!

Enjoy!

banana almond butter smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups of almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave

Add all of the above ingredients into a magic bullet or blender and pulse until smooth. Enjoy!!

I love to have this smoothie before yoga or a workout. It is full of potassium and protein and will help get your day started! It is best to use organic raw cacao and not chocolate, as cocoa in this natural state is a great source of antioxidants and magnesium. I also used raw almond butter which kicks in some fiber and vitamin E as well!