Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a fan of creating my own Jamba Juice recipes.  With a blend of mango, banana, and kale, this Jamba Juice Kale-ribbean breeze recipe will provide both your mouth and body with a creamy, citrusy nutritious boost. I recently moved to Austin, Texas and have loved spending my warm summer days by the pool with my family.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since friends and family warned me about the brutality of the Texas sun. However, it’s been quite enjoyable!  Maybe it’s been the pool OR maybe it’s been because we have daily smoothies to combat the heat. I have two small kiddos and any mom with young kids understands the constant worry over getting enough veggies and the proper nutrients into their cute little bellies. Finding, creating, and feeding our kids healthy options can feel like a full-time job! This is one of the many many reasons I’m in love with my Vitamix.  That powerful blender can blend anything into pure creaminess!  My kids get most of their vegetables in smoothies such as this Kale-ribbean Breeze copycat recipe. Want to find an affordable Vitamix?  Purchase a refurbished Vitamix on Amazon (affiliate link).    Since kale is a pretty tough little green vegetable, make sure to remove the stem and only use the leaves in the smoothie.  Also, I’m a BIG advocate for properly washing your fruits and vegetables.  I’ve tried numerous of vegetable washes, but I always keep coming back to my most favorite…. FIT vegetable wash.  You will tangibly feel the waxes and dirt wash off your produce.  It’s SO worth the...
Aloha Pineapple

Aloha Pineapple

I cannot believe summer is over?!?! Well, it feels like the end since I’m preparing to send my first child to Kindergarten on Wednesday.  How can my sweet little 7 lbs 9 oz baby girl born the-quickest-five-years-of-my-life ago be going to Kindergarten? Please tell me I’m not the only mama out there struggling with the mixed emotions related to sending their first to Kindergarten. Yes, she is SO ready and SO excited BUT all-day Kindergarten?  She’ll be at school and away from her family most of the day AND who knows what she’ll be exposed to.  Oh, my mommy-heart is going to break a little when I drop her off on the first day. I’m walking into a whole new world.  School schedules, teacher conferences, packed school lunches, homework (do they give homework in Kindergarten?), and I’m sure lots of grumpy days ahead of adjusting to an earlier wake-up time (probably more from me than my daughter).  This is where I need to up my organization game. I’m already excited about adding some of my fun, healthy lunch options like my Apple Fruit Sandwiches to her lunchbox. Oh, quick sidebar… I found this awesome insulated lunchbox along with these slim lunch ice packs if you’re searching for some great lunch boxes for your kids. Outside of packing her delicious lunches, I want to make sure my breakfasts for her are on point.  I need my daughter confidently walking into her Kindergarten day with a belly full of nutrients.  I strongly believe none of us can BE our best selves or DO our best work if we’re not treating our bodies...
Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster CopyCat

Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster CopyCat

Jamba Juice lovers… holla!  I didn’t realize so many people crave Jamba Juice like I do until my healthy copycat recipes started blowing up! Do you know what my Mango-A-Go-Go, Peanut Butter Moo’d, Razzmatazz, and Caribbean Passion have in common?  They are 4 ingredients or less, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and scrumptious-FULL!  Let’s keep this party going by introducing Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster! Okay, I’ll try to chill out on using so many exclamation points…. really, I’ll do my best. When I’m under the weather, my mind immediately turns towards a soothing Jamba Juice Orange C-Booster.  It’s overflowing with vitamin C and nothing feels better on a sore throat than a cold smoothie. I had the flu (yes, the real flu) a couple months ago and it knocked. me. out. I was in bed for a week and my body felt on fire.  The body aches were the worst part!  I’ll stop complaining… there’s a reason nurses make the worst patients.  Since being sick is a form of torture, I of course needed Jamba to comfort me.  Thanks to my sweet honey, Orange C-Booster made an appearance.  It almost makes being sick worth it. Almost. Like my other Jamba Juice copycats, there are only 4 ingredients: orange juice, peaches, pineapple, and banana.  The original recipe calls for orange sherbet which contains added sugar and dairy.  A frozen banana quickly replaces the sherbet and its creamy texture tastes like vanilla ice cream.  Don’t believe me?  Try my 3 ingredient blender ice cream.    Freezing bananas is really simple.  Wait until your bananas are the perfect yellow (not green and not brown).  Peel your bananas (up to 6), place in ziplock gallon...
Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie Copycat

Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie Copycat

Just thinking of combining rich chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and smooth bananas makes my mouth water.  Well, why settle for dreaming when I could create my own version of Peanut Butter Moo’d with only three ingredients.     To create the tastiest and healthiest version of this smoothie, here are my recommendations.  Remember how I mentioned in my Caribbean Passion recipe how most of us have dairy sensitivities and don’t even realize it?  Well, the original Jamba recipe calls for frozen yogurt and chocolate milk.  Frozen bananas are a creamy, sweet substitute for frozen yogurt and chocolate almond or coconut milk are a velvety, calcium-rich substitute for dairy milk.  You will not taste any difference, but your insides will thank you for making these small changes.   Also, choose a natural peanut butter like Adam’s Peanut Butter.  It has one ingredient: peanuts.  Other PB have additional oil, sugar, salt, and even sometimes molasses.  Your peanut butter doesn’t need anything more than good ol’ peanuts.  Read those ingredients!       This is my forth Jamba makeover and am loving how simple I’ve been able to re-create some of my favorites.  Mango-A-Go-Go, Razzmatazz, and Caribbean Passion have already been mastered with 4 ingredients.  I didn’t think I could make it any easier until this peanut butter chocolate smoothie.  Hmmm… which smoothie should I recreate next?   Print Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie Copycat Ingredients 2 cups chocolate or dark chocolate almond or coconut milk 1/4 cup natural peanut butter 2 frozen bananas Instructions In a Vitamix blender, add ingredients in order listed. Blend on high until smooth and slushy. Enjoy!  ...
Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion Smoothie Copycat

Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion Smoothie Copycat

Okay, I’m a little addicted to making quick, 4 ingredient Jamba Juice smoothie copycats.  Why get in my car, drive to Jamba, and spend three times as much when I can create my own at home?  Mango-A-Go-Go and Razzmatazz were a success! Now come fall in love with my strawberry and peach Caribbean Passion smoothie.   Pure orange juice with a frozen or fresh banana has been an easy, quick substitute for sherbet and frozen yogurt (which Jamba’s recipes call for).  Pureed frozen bananas taste just like  ice cream and make your smoothies super creamy.  To freeze a banana, simple peel the banana, place in a freezer zip-lock bag, and throw it in the freezer for at least a few hours.  I’ve frozen up to 6 at one time together in the same bag.  Easy, peasy.       I’m always searching for ways to decrease the amount of dairy in my recipes.  We eat too much dairy and most of us have dairy sensitivities and don’t even know it.  Did you know that 60% of people stop producing the enzyme lactase which breaks down lactose, the main sugar in milk, around age two?  Also, dairy sensitivity does not always present through digestive issues like bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.  For me, it’s migraines.  In addition to migraines, dairy can cause chronic headaches, muscle and joint pain, nasal congestion, and fatigue.  Since eliminating dairy, I haven’t had one migraine!  Hallelujah!  This creamy, tropical Caribbean Passion smoothie reminds me just how deliciously amazing healthy substitutes can make something taste.   Print Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion Smoothie Copycat Ingredients 2 cups natural orange juice 1...
Jamba Juice Razzmatazz Smoothie Copycat

Jamba Juice Razzmatazz Smoothie Copycat

It’s been a fun challenge duplicating Jamba Juice’s refreshing smoothies with only 4 ingredients.  Have you tried my Mango-A-Go-Go recipe yet?  Well, I can’t decide which one I love more!  I loved the tropical mango flavor, but yet love the sweet taste of strawberries and raspberries in this Razzmatazz smoothie.  Who says we need to choose favorites, right?  Well, now that I bring it up, what’s your favorite Jamba smoothie?       When purchasing frozen mixed berries, choose organic.  I know, I know, it’s slightly more expensive but isn’t your health worth it?  Organic produce and frozen organic produce eliminate pesticides, chemicals, waxes, and other harmful substances.  Organic also tastes better and provides greater nutritional value.  After noticeably tasting the difference, I choose organic fruits and vegetables when I can.   I know I just mentioned this in my Mango-A-Go-Go recipe.  However, I really cannot go a day without my Vitamix.  If you’re going to have awesome smoothies, a quality blender is the ‘must’ of all ‘musts’.  Read here why I decided to buy a Vitamix.  I’ve heard good things about BlendTec and Ninja, but I will always be faithful to Vitamix.     When picking orange juice, read the ingredients!  Many have added sugar or preservatives.  The closest to freshly squeezed orange juice is Simply Orange.  It’s not-from-concentrate and you can taste the quality in comparison to others.  I’m an avid water drinker, but when needed for recipes I only purchase Simply Orange juice.  Once again, a little more expensive but totally worth it. Enjoy your homemade Jamba, my friends!   Print Jamba Juice Razzmatazz Smoothie Copycat Ingredients 2 cups 100%...

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