Thursday, February 19, 2015

Try this Thursday: Smoothie Goodness

Well I'm officially in Orlando hanging out with my best girls and looking forward to Disney starting tomorrow! I was totally on my game last week and was able to get some posts up for y'all to enjoy while I'm away!!!

Y'all I have been craving smoothies like no other. I have no idea, but the cold deliciousness is really satisfying. It's also a great way for me to get fruits, veggies and protein without having to eat a huge meal. My stomach is already not into eating much at once. It's pretty convenient that I'm craving smoothies because they're so good for you and there are tons of heart healthy options. Did y'all know it's Hearth Health Month? Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans. And right now, I don't only have my own heart to look out for, but Baby G's too!

Every day we have countless choices of what foods to put in our bodies. Did you know that some choices could help to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart related disease? Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and phytoestrogens are just a few nutrients found in these heart super foods. When looking for heart healthy options, whole foods are the way to go. The less processed, the better! Salmon, almonds, oatmeal, blueberries, spinach, sweet potatoes and even dark chocolate are a few with the best hearty healthy nutrients.

Here's what I think is needed to create the most delicious smoothie:

Choose your wet ingredient and use 1/2 cup to 1 cup:

  • Water
  • Almond/Coconut milk
  • Regular milk
  • Juice (apple, orange, specialty juices, etc.)
Choose your frozen fruits 1/4-1 cup depending on how many you choose:
  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • other
Choose your veggie (Optional):
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Butternut squash

Choose additional Optional ingredients:

  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tsp Flax seeds
  • 1 scoop Protein powder or smoothie blend mix
  • Flavorings
  • other
Add all ingredients into your blender with several ice cubes. Ice cubes are optional, but I like them to give my smoothies more volume. If you like a creamier smoothie, omit the ice cubes. Mix all ingredients until blended extremely well. Pour into your favorite cup/mason jar/mug and enjoy!


In short, here is the equation to a perfect smoothie:
Liquid + frozen fruit + veggie + other ingredients (optional) + ice cubes + blender = Deliciousness


Here are some easy recipes to try at home:



Orange Smoothie

3/4 cup of Carrot Orange juice
1 cup frozen Peaches
1/2 frozen Banana
1 tsp Chia seeds
Several (5-7) ice cubes




I love this Next Step protein/meal replacement from The Vitamin Shoppe. It can be used in smoothies or just blended with ice and water like I did above!



Green Monster Smoothie

1 cup frozen Peaches
1/2 frozen Banana
1/2 -1 scoop Vanilla protein powder (optional)
Large handful of Spinach
1/2 cup of Almond milk (or your choice of milk)
Several (5-7) ice cubes


Banana Almond Smoothie recipe

Heart Healthy Banana Berry Smoothie
  • 1/2 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 1-2 handfuls of fresh Spinach
  • 1 frozen Banana 
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Low Fat Milk (or try Almond Milk)
  • Several ice cubes
  • (Optional) Scoop of protein powder
  • (Optional) 1 tsp Chia seeds
Add all ingredients into blender and mix until smooth!


What are your favorite flavors of smoothies? 
Any awesome fruits, veggies or other ingredients that I need to try?

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