My New Favorite Green Smoothie

There’s a new smoothie in town and shockingly it doesn’t include frozen bananas or nut butter.  I go through phases with smoothies – I’ll drink them for weeks and then I’ll be totally over them and can’t even think about blending one up for months.  Currently I’m experiencing the phase where I’m drinking several smoothies a week.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I teach a lunchtime “sweat” class.  I usually leave the class starving (despite my mid-morning snack) and find myself craving something cold and that is easy to assemble.  Enter in this creation.

smoothie

In the mix:

12 ounces liquid (I used a cup of almond milk plus 1/2 cup water)
4 frozen Just Coconut Chunks (new find at Trader Joes)
1/2 a small avocado (adds so much creaminess)
1 scoop protein powder (I use a plant-based, gluten-free, dairy free and no stevia powder)
1/4-1/3 cup frozen riced cauliflower (another find at Trader Joes)
Large handful spinach 

Blend until creamy.

I pinky-promise that you can not taste the cauliflower or the spinach in this smoothie.  It’s ridiculously thick (aka sometimes you need a spoon) and it tastes delicious.  I love the subtle hint of coconut.

It’s refreshing, it’s healthy and it’s super filling.

 

 

Super Green Smoothie

I’m having to do a little balancing act over here.

Balancing the wine and the football food on the weekend with green smoothies during the week.

After a month of smoothies in April, I was kind of over smoothies.  I would drink them every once in awhile but I’m ready to bring them back into the rotation.

It’s never a bad thing to get a serving of greens at breakfast.

The first time I put avocado in my smoothie I was not a fan.  And it’s taken me months to finally try adding the “superfood” into a smoothie for the second time.

But I don’t think I can blame the smoothie.  Because I have the perfect “Super Green” smoothie recipe for you.  It’s simple with only 5 ingredients.

green smoothie

Don’t be afraid of the vibrant green – this smoothie is creamy, healthy, full of nutrients, filling and sweet.

For one smoothie, blend together the following until smooth:

1 cup almond milk
1 banana
1/2 of a ripe avocado
1/2 a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder
A big handful or two of baby spinach

You’ll feel healthier with just one sip.

 

 

Thai Tuna Salad {plus Thursday tidbits}

Happy Thursday!  Friday is on the horizon and I am more than ready for it’s arrival.

On Wednesday night I had the most delicious dinner.  I had picked up a sashimi grade tuna steak at Fresh Market on Sunday since I knew I would be flying solo for dinner a night or two this week.  On the menu:  Pan-Seared Thai Tuna Salad.  

The tuna was seared in grapeseed oil for less than 2 minutes on each side after being seasoned with salt and pepper.  In no way did I want to hide the flavors of the tuna so I kept things simple.

In the salad mix:  salad greens, mushrooms, cucumber slices, red onion and cilantro.  I adore cilantro and it really adds Thai-flare to the salad.

The dressing is really where the Thai flavors shine.  The dressing was a simple mix of lime juice, rice vinegar, sesame oil and sambal oelek.

Such a bright and fresh salad.  This is a salad of my dreams.

On Thursday morning I completed the #greensmoothieapril challenge.  Thirty days, thirty smoothies.  My last smoothie was one of my favorites.

This particular smoothie was inspired by one of my favorite candy bars, Mounds.

In the mix:  1 cup almond-coconut blend milk, vanilla protein powder, a banana, a tablespoon of almond butter, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, spinach and ice.

So delicious!!!

I loved the smoothie challenge and I even tried a few new smoothies throughout the month.  But I can’t lie, I am so excited about adding some of my favorite breakfasts back into the rotation.  And April was kind of cold weather-wise, there were many mornings when I drove to work with numb fingers from such a cold breakfast.

And on a final note.

Can I please go back to Scrub Island?  A year ago we were on our honeymoon and I would do just about anything to be on a tropical island again.

#greensmoothieapril

Spring is finally in the air!  And I’m welcoming it with open arms.  And smoothies.

 

 

One of my favorite bloggers, Jen, over at Peanut Butter Runner is challenging herself to drink a smoothie a day in April.  And I’ve decided to join the challenge, too.  Every day, from April 1st until April 30th, I’m going to try and squeeze in a green smoothie either for breakfast, lunch or as a snack.

Just like Jen mentioned, I’m not doing this as a cleanse or to lose weight.  It is not a detox either.

I honestly want to complete the challenge as a way to challenge myself to try new smoothies recipes.  I have my go-to recipes that I add into the blender without thinking so I want to shake things up a bit.  I won’t be posting every single smoothie – that would be rather boring – but I plan to share with you any new smoothies that I find this month.

My smoothie today and yesterday were my basic go-to smoothie:  1 cup almond milk, 1 small ripe banana, 2 large handfuls of spinach, 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder.

Let me know if you want to join #greensmoothieapril !

 

Here’s some green smoothies that I’ve shared on the blog in the past:

Detox Smoothie

Two of my favorite smoothie recipes

 

Top of the morning to you!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  I hope you’re all wearing your green today.  Not only am I wearing my green but I enjoyed a green smoothie this morning.  But it wasn’t my typical green smoothie.

Shamrock Protein Smoothie

In this mix:  almond milk, 1/2 a banana, frozen spinach (green!), protein powder, hemp seeds and peppermint extract.

Big Guy and I actually “celebrated” St. Patty’s Day on Thursday.  The country club hosted an Irish Whiskey Tasting along with an Irish-inspired menu on Thursday night.  While I wasn’t on board with the whiskey (champagne, please!) the food was incredible.  Funny story though – Big Guy thought Thursday was St. Patty’s Day because of the event.  Whomp, whomp.

Chef Ryan and Josh

Anyways, back to my Irish meal.  I honestly had made my mind up before I even saw the menu.  I had told myself if Shepherd’s Pie was on the menu, that’s what I was getting.  And it was on the menu.  But I wanted the Chef’s opinion, too.  And his first recommendation was the Shepherd’s Pie.  I was sold.

Shepherd’s Pie

This dish was incredible.  The BEST shepherd’s pie I have EVER eaten.  Rich and hearty.  Just what Shepherd’s Pie should be.  Big Guy enjoyed bangers and mash (only after he tried to tell me he was going to order chicken wings and I wasn’t having that).

And because I couldn’t resist – Guinness Chocolate Cake with Bailey’s Frosting.

 

How are you celebrating St. Patty’s Day?

And just so you know – I’m celebrating by eating something green at every meal today.  I know, living on the wild side.

Smoooothies {reader request}

In the past two weeks, I’ve had multiple people ask me for smoothie recipes.  I regularly post my smoothies on Instagram and so I thought I’d share the recipes for two of my favorites.

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie 

1 cup almond milk (or your favorite milk)

1/2 to 1 whole banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (currently using a plant-based protein powder)

1 tablespoon peanut butter (or almond butter)

shake of cinnamon

Couple handfuls spinach (optional)

ice

Simply place all the ingredients into a blender.  Blend until smooth.

Bernardo’s Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
(recipe from It’s All Good cookbook)

almond milk

roasted sweet potato flesh

pitted date

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

pumpkin pie spice

ice

Simply blend and enjoy.

(p.s. this is Big Guy’s favorite smoothie)

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe that I’ve just GOT to try?