All Green Smoothie

All Green Smoothie

Although I know the green color can be a little scary, endless blessings come from this power drink.  It’s enjoyable and sweet even though you’re eating tons of veggies, fiber, several vitamins and nutrients, and a nice energy boost for the day. My husband was hesitant when checking out the green color.  He slowly took a sip, looked surprised, and said, “this is really good, babe!” He was hesitant no more and the smoothie was history.     There are lots a fresh veggies and fruits in this smoothie.  PLEASE, I’m seriously begging, wash (not rinse with water) all of them.  You completely void all the good if you’re putting in all those chemicals, dirt, pesticides, and waxes they accrue before coming home with you.  Don’t know how to wash your vegetables or why it’s important?  Check out this post on why you should wash your vegetables.  You can visible see the difference in the images I share.   If you feel this smoothie is too sweet or tart, add a scoop of vanilla protein powder or a banana. Both or one of these will add a subtle sweetness.  Sit back, smile, and enjoy your smoothie while your stomach and body thank you for all the nutritional goodness. Print All Green Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup pure orange juice 1 scoop vanilla whey or vegan protein powder optional 1 cup green grapes 1 medium green apple sliced in half and seeded 1 Bartlett pear 1 cup fresh pineapple 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1/2 avocado pitted and peeled 1 cup fresh spinach or kale 2 cups ice or 2 frozen bananas Instructions...
Getting Green Smoothie

Getting Green Smoothie

If you need baby steps before jumping on-board the ‘green’ train, this smoothie is for you.  It’s very similar to my scrumptious All Green Smoothie, but with fewer green items that hopefully freak you out less. Have you read my post on making your own healthy smoothie?  It lists 4 musts of smoothie making.  One essential element is having a quality blender.  Everything will be chunky and you will not be able to get a smooth consistency without an awesome blender.  I’ve heard good things about the Ninja and BlendTec, but I’m a Vitamix lover myself.  Here’s why you should buy a Vitamix. Print Getting Green Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup water or vanilla almond milk 1 cup green grapes 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks 1 medium banana peeled 2 cups fresh spinach 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1 cup ice or frozen banana Instructions Place all ingredients in Vitamix blender. Blend on highest option for 30 to 45 seconds until desired consistency. If you want thicker consistency, add more ice 1/2 cup at a time. Blend...
Balsamic Quinoa Salad

Balsamic Quinoa Salad

Whether you’re preparing lunch, dinner, or a family BBQ, this simple quinoa salad will be a hit!  I have no self control when I make this killer quinoa salad and end up eating it with every meal until it’s gone.  Okay, sometimes it’s just my meal.  It’s tangy, zesty Balsamic dressing with lots of soft and crunchy textures make it pretty irresistible.     Quinoa has become more and more popular recently.  There’s a good reason why.  This super grain is power-packed with protein, fiber, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.  My favorite quinoa to purchase is truRoots Organic Quinoa.  I purchase a 4 lb bag which lasts at least 6 months or longer.   Since quinoa has a mild flavor and rice-like texture, I love throwing in a 1/2 cup when cooking rice.  No one will ever know you did!  Try it out with my Sesame Ginger Chicken Stir-fry recipe.  Don’t forget to let me know if you were able to health-punk your family.  I love hearing about successes!       Balsamic vinegar can cost anywhere from a few dollars up to $400!  As you can see, not all Balsamic vinegar are created equal.  I’m not a wine drinker (or any drinker for that matter besides water), but I imagine the concept to be similar.  The longer a bottle ages, the more expensive and better quality.  Fortunately for us who can’t afford a $400 bottle of vinegar, this $5 Colavita Aged Balsamic Vinegar has great flavor.  I also really like the thicker, creamier texture of this Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze.  It will create a thicker dressing, but absolutely to...
Vegetables and Hummus

Vegetables and Hummus

Let’s replace those high-fat, high-sugar, no-nutrition dressings and dips with hummus.   This delicious high protein and fiber option is great for dipping vegetables such as celery, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower.   Don’t love garbanzo beans or chickpeas?  Then check out healthy substitutes for different options for making hummus!...

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