Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Yummy fruit on any day is so refreshing and this orange juice smoothie is no exception! Not only do you feel good drinking it but it makes your taste buds wake up! The combination of strawberries and bananas is a personal favorite and the added orange juice gives this smoothie an added zing! Give it a try! You won’t regret it! What is it about smoothies that make me think of warm spring or summer days! Shorts, swimming pools and playing outside! Riding bikes, sprinklers and working in a garden. I can’t wait for warmer weather! This strawberry banana smoothie with orange juice is so easy to make and if it’s not summer yet it will bring you warm thoughts! Honestly it’s still really cold where I’m at. We are lucky if it reaches the high 40’s, and I know in other parts of the country it is way colder. But I still love to make smoothies even on cold days (as long as the house is warm!). This smoothie is super simple to make! Simply add orange juice, frozen bananas, and frozen strawberries to a blender and blend! Easy as that! This recipe makes enough for four glasses, if you want to share it that is! The fruit gives you lots of energy and is sweet with all the natural sugar in it. You won’t even realize you are getting several servings of fruit in one glass! Your kids will love it too! If you love this orange banana smoothie you have to try some of my others! They are all amazing and delicious in their own unique...
Healthy Spinach and Berry Smoothie

Healthy Spinach and Berry Smoothie

Christmas is done and now we all look back on all those sugary treats and think… hmm maybe I shouldn’t have eaten all those cookies, brownies, pies, fudge and candies… what should I do now? Well if you are anything like me you will switch to some healthy alternatives to get your eating back on track and to help your body feel better! I came up with this recipe when I was looking for a way to disguise veggies in delicious foods because I knew I wasn’t eating enough of them. A friend of mine suggested putting spinach in a smoothie and once I tried it I’ve never looked back. You seriously can’t tell. I’ve even heard of people putting frozen okra in their smoothies and so I am going to try that next! Totally weird, but hey if it works, it works! This spinach and fruit smoothie is also full of fiber. Did you know chia seeds have 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon! 5 grams! That is a ton! If you aren’t used to eating a lot a fiber I would recommend making this smoothie with 1 cup of spinach and 1 tbs of chia seeds and then add a little more each time you make it. Trust me, fiber is great, but if you aren’t used to consuming a bunch it will not make your stomach feel good. This recipe makes a lot. So split it into two large cups and share with your spouse, kid or neighbor! It’s so tasty, super filling and can we just appreciate how beautiful the color is! If you’re feeling...
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!  ...

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