Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

pumpkin spice smoothie_cleanedI love smoothies for breakfast and this one is a good one . . . especially for fall! This recipe is from the website Oh My Veggies. I have never made a smoothie with oatmeal oats and I have to tell you . . . I LOVED it!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree (I used canned pumpkin)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup or sweetener of choice (I used honey and just added a squirt)
  • 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 c. plain or vanilla almond milk (any milk is fine though!)
  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 small banana, frozen and if not frozen add a few ice cubes
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a blender until blended well. Add more milk if consistency is too thick and blend until you have a consistency you like. Viola you are done! Enjoy!

 

Green Smoothie with Cinnamon

IMG_06482_cleanedSmoothie’s are my go to in the mornings. They are quick, easy and delicious. If I recall correctly, my friend Ciara Burton (also a Health Coach) gave me this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup or large handful of spinach
  • 1/2 – 1 banana
  • 1 cup of milk (give or take depending on how thick you like your smoothies – and also what ever kind of milk you prefer I use rice milk)
  • 3-4 ice cubes ( I like my smoothies cold)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (or just sprinkle it in)
  • 1-2 tablespoons flax seeds, grounded (optional)

Directions:

If you are using flax seeds, ground those in your blender. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend. Adjust the consistency with adding more milk if needed. Viola you are done! Quick, easy and you are getting your greens!

 

Green Smoothie Recipe

June 2013 086A great way to get your green veggies in is with a smoothie! This was delicious and very refreshing!

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pineapple chunks
  • a handful of green or purple grapes
  • a handful of parsley, rinsed
  • 1 orange, peeled with no seeds
  • 1/2 banana (you can use a whole one if you want)
  • 4 large kale leaves, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk (whatever kind you prefer or you can use all water)
  • ice (4 cubes to start – add more if needed)

Blend all ingredients in a blender. Add more water or milk if needed, depending on the consistency you prefer. I like my green juice thin in consistency so I added more water or milk. Enjoy!

 

 

Chocolate Smoothie

chocolate smoothie2Chocolate smoothies are great for breakfast or even for a snack in the middle of the day! This chocolate smoothie is packed full of nutrients and it will quench your chocolate craving in a snap!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 — 2 cups of milk (I prefer almond or rice milk — almond milk will make your smoothie a bit thicker and creamier)
  • 1 small handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 squirt of honey (optional)
  • Ice (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional)

Directions

Using a blender, add all ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are fully blended. Your smoothie should have a very smooth consistency and not have any trace of green from the spinach. J

Bonus: Raw cacao powder is considered a superfood and is packed with antioxidants and is a good source of dietary fiber. In addition, it is known for its high source of magnesium, flavanols and polyphenols.

 

Great Summer Smoothie – Pina Colada Smoothie

This is a great summer drink and will help you feel refreshed with the hot summer weather. While Pina Colada’s are often associated with alcohol this is a non-alcoholic drink so it is perfect for the kids. It is a super easy smoothie to make.

This recipe came from www.PaulaDeen.com .

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Pineaple wedge for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes two servings.

 

Carrie’s Stand-by Smoothie: Packed with greens, without the greens taste!

Warmer weather is a great time to start adding smoothies to your life. Get your blender out and try this easy and packed full of nutrients recipe! I make this smoothie several times a week. I get some greens in and it taste great! It doesn’t matter if you don’t like kale or spinach because you can’t even taste it.

Carrie’s Stand-by Smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • Small handful of fresh spinach
  • Small handful of fresh kale
  • Water or milk (Carrie uses Rice Milk)
  • Optional bonus ingredient: 1 T. ground flax seeds

Using a blender, blend all ingredients together and you will end up with a beautiful purple smoothie packed with nutrients! Note: You can use only Spinach or Kale, but adding both is a plus! Blend ice in if needed.

Bonus Tips:

  • When your banana’s start to go brown, peel them and freeze them in a freezer bag or container. Frozen banana’s work great for smoothies.
  • Keep frozen fruit on hand for your smoothies. Makes it really simple.
  • This recipe is great for kids! They love the purple and don’t realize they are getting spinach and kale.