Smoothie – Coco-Choco-Banana

After my P90X Kenpo X workout today (my schedule is off a bit, but I’m still working through it), I needed something good to calm my muscles. 🙂 I had some coconut water in my fridge, so decided to use that instead of almond milk, and I’m pretty happy with the result! (Why have I never really given coconut water a chance before? That stuff tastes great…)

So here’s today’s smoothie recipe! 🙂

Today’s Smoothie: Coco-Choco-Banana

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I’ve been using the chocolate Performance Protein by Vega for a little while now, and I’m loving it! So yummy, and dairy/soy free!)
  • 1 scoop GREENSuperFood by Amazing Grass – chocolate flavour (pictured below)
  • 1 tbsp flax seed meal
  • Splash of pomegranate juice
Method:
  • Blend all ingredients together, and drink up! 🙂

 

coco-choco-banana smoothie

coco-choco-banana smoothie

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Strawberry Banana Parfait Smoothie

One of my favourite things about smoothies is that you can make them taste like dessert. Orange creamsicle smoothies, banana cream pie smoothies, pumpkin pie smoothies, and the list really can go on and on and on… They’re so versatile. As with alcoholic shots/drinks, you can also make the smoothie in layers so that it’s more pleasing to the eye… Today I decided to play around with my smoothie, and came up with a parfait smoothie! The version I made today is a bit of an “adult smoothie”, however you can omit the alcohol all together if you want to make it more kid/non-alcohol drinker friendly. The best part is how simple it is to make!

Strawberry Banana Parfait Smoothie

Bottom Layer Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 shot of vodka
Top Layer Ingredients:
  • 1 chopped up frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 shot Galliano Smooth Vanilla
Method:
  • Blend all bottom layer ingredients together, and pour into a tall glass.
  • Blend all top layer ingredients together, and pour on top of the bottom layer.
  • Sprinkle the top with a bit of vanilla sugar, and serve with a straw or a stick to stir it all together with!
  • Begin happy hour, and enjoy! 🙂
strawberry banana parfait smoothie! :)

strawberry banana parfait smoothie! 🙂

Green Smoothie – Success At Last!

After MANY attempts at this whole “green smoothie” business, I have finally found the way! Kale. Yes, Kale. The cousin to cabbage. Who would have thought that this leafy thing would work so well? After green smoothie attempts with baby spinach {so many websites seem to suggest this as a good starting point, though it didn’t work well for me}, and iceberg lettuce {which does NOT work… *sigh*}, I turned to the massive amount of kale I had sitting in my fridge. {I had purchased a bunch at the advice of my boss to add to some tomato sauce, which turned out tastier than I had imagined! 🙂 } I had read suggestions saying that kale would be a little bitter for a smoothie, but I actually couldn’t taste the kale at all. I used quite a bit in each smoothie, too… So here it is, a recipe for a fresh and amazing green smoothie! It looks VERY green and questionable, but believe me when I say that your taste buds and insides will be happy to have this! I even got my husband to drink this, and he’s a little reluctant to have things this healthy. 😉 He actually drank his faster than I drank mine, which is always a good sign. 🙂 Enjoy! This recipe makes 2 regular sized smoothies at just over 100 calories each, or 1 large one if you’re feeling really hungry/thirsty. 😉

Green Smoothie With Kale

Ingredients:

  • About 1 cup finely chopped fresh kale {rinse the leaves before chopping. Remove the leafy parts from the stems, then discard the stems. You want the leaves without stems. Also, try to go for the smaller leaves as they are less bitter.}
  • 1 banana, cut into pieces {I always buy bananas in large quantities, and then freeze them just before they start to turn brown. That way I can use frozen bananas in my smoothies. They make such a nice cool and creamy texture when frozen.}
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple {you can use canned, or fresh. If using canned, toss in a bit of the juice too!}
  • Juice of 1 medium-large orange
  • About 1 cup crushed ice
  • About 1/2 cup of water {you may need a little more.}
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon {you can also add a dash of nutmeg if you like.}

Method:

  • Just toss everything into a blender, and blend until smooth! 🙂
  • Serve and drink immediately.

Note: With a green smoothie, the green taste may be a bit too much for some people. The banana in this smoothie helps to tone down the bitterness of the greens, while the pineapple provides enough sweetness. Cinnamon and vanilla are also a great additions to any green smoothie. Green smoothies are great to cleanse the system, so when having one, be sure to avoid dairy or and fatty oils that would be found in nuts and seeds. {So don’t add yogurt, milk, or any almond/rice/soy milk to this.} Try to drink this on an empty stomach, and don’t eat for about 30 minutes after.

Green Smoothie -Drink Up! :)

Green Smoothie -Drink Up! 🙂

Smoothie Week – {More} Smoothie Recipes

Here is a continuation of my first “Smoothie Week” post, with some more smoothie recipes that I really enjoy! A really interesting smoothie is the “Carrot Cake” smoothie. As my husband describes it: “it’s like you put a carrot cake into a blender, and I’m drinking it!” As with the smoothie recipes on my previous post, you can have the addition of any supplement you may want/need. Also, for the fruit smoothies, using different types of fruit juices will give different flavours.

The Banana Cream Pie smoothie is quite possibly one of my favourites, as it really tastes like you’re enjoying a banana cream pie!!!

Each smoothie recipe makes 1 medium – large smoothie. The method for each smoothie is to simply toss all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth! Enjoy! 🙂

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana cut into chunks
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • optional: 1 tbsp ground flaxseed

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice or orange juice
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt

Summer Breeze Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen grapes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 3/4 cup orange juice or apple juice
  • for creamy: 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp orange sherbert
  • 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • dash each vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves
  • 3 pitted honey dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt or frozen yogurt

Creamy Chai Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brewed and chilled chai tea (you can use another flavour of tea if you like)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1-2 tsp sugar, honey or sugar substitute (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract dash cinnamon (omit if using green tea)
  • 2 pitted honey dates, finely chopped

Smoothie Week – Some Smoothie Recipes

For health reasons, this week I’m unable to eat solid foods. This is a bit of a problem because, well… I love to eat. Especially crunchy or spicy foods…

So this week, a liquid diet is on the menu. I didn’t want to go a week without posting recipes, so I figured I’d write out some smoothie mixtures that will satisfy my tastes along with providing some protein and other nutrients that I need. Each smoothie can have the addition of something such as protein, fiber or ground flaxseed, it just depends on what is lacking and still necessary for that day. Supplements can even be omitted entirely if not needed. If you drink regular milk, you can also use this in place of the almond milk that I’ve written in each recipe.

I get bored of adding just orange juice or apple juice to my smoothies. One brand of fruit juice that I really love to use with these smoothies is the “Sun-Rype Fruit Plus Veggies”. They have a large assortment of flavours, and each juice can add a different taste to your smoothies.

Rather than write up a bunch of individual posts, I’ll keep all of the smoothies to this one post. (However, I will list them separately on the Recipe Index.)

Each smoothie recipe makes 1 medium – large smoothie. The method for each smoothie is to simply toss all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth! Enjoy! 🙂

Here’s a nice coffee and chocolate smoothie that I love to have when I’m starting my day:

Café Mocha Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chilled coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vanilla frozen yogurt

This smoothie is probably one of my favourites, because it tastes like a peanut butter cup. It definitely satisfies that sweet tooth, while being considerably more healthy:

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1 tbsp smooth 100% natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Optional: 1 tbsp chocolate chips

This smoothie is nice and light, and the melon really helps to make the pineapple less tangy:

Melon Pineapple Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen melon of your choice
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

This one is almost like a creamsicle 🙂 :

Orange Banana Cream Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt or vanilla frozen yogurt

I like to consider this one a dessert… It tastes just like a chocolate covered strawberry:

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

This one has a surprisingly pleasant flavour. Dates are really sweet, and have such a nice after taste. You may need to add a little bit more almond milk if the smoothie is too thick though:

Vanilla Date Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pitted and chopped dates (I like Medjool dates best)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • optional: 1 banana

This one is pretty tangy, and has such a fresh taste:

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice or apple juice
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup orange sherbert
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

Similar to the chocolate dipped strawberry smoothie, I consider this one a dessert. It’s so creamy and rich:

Chocolate Covered Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

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I was going to include 3 “green smoothie” recipes below… However, after attempting to drink the “lettuce berry” flavour, I’ve decided that I don’t really like the taste of greens in my fruit smoothies. If you would like to try them, do so at your own risk… 😉 I’ll keep them posted below, but they are crossed out. If you try them, and don’t like them, remember: you were warned! 😉

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Banana Mango Flaxseed Smoothie

Here’s a tasty and healthy little breakfast smoothie I like to blend up when I have mangoes at home. This recipe makes 1 large smoothie, or 2 small smoothies.

Banana Mango Flaxseed Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp orange sorbet
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • (optional: 1/2 cup pineapple juice, or 1/4 cup each chopped pineapple and pineapple juice)

Method:

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender, serve, and enjoy! 🙂

Banana Tofu – Trying New Things

I have never been a fan of tofu in my vegetable dishes. I’m not sure why, just something about the texture throws me off. Even when I was a vegetarian (yes, I was a vegetarian at one point) I couldn’t bring myself to eat it. However, now there seems to be so many more flavour options for tofu, which I found to be intriguing.

I told myself a few weeks ago, that I was going to put myself on a mission of trying at least one new thing every week. Two weekends ago was my first week with this new mission. My mission was a banana flavoured tofu dessert. It’s not just a dessert though, it can also be put into smoothies for a creamier texture, and fruity flavour.

My thoughts on this “dessert” are mixed. Tasting it on its own, I was not impressed. The texture, just like in the past, didn’t sit right with me one bit. The taste was even a bit off. There was a pleasant banana flavour, but then that dreaded after taste of tofu popped up. However, when mixed into a smoothie with other fruit, the banana flavour is great and there is an absence of the tofu taste.

Out of 5 stars, I give this stuff a 3. I would give it a 4, but the only way I like it is when I mix it with other fruit in a blender. So I’m not really enjoying JUST the tofu, but the mix of other fruit with it. I do however give the other fruit a 5 out of 5!

Here’s a picture of the product I bought. (It’s “Sunrise” brand, but the top of the label was cut off–oops!)

Banana Tofu Dessert
Banana Tofu Dessert

Smoothies!!!

Everyone seems to have their own smoothie recipe that they enjoy, so I figured I’d post my basic smoothie recipe. 🙂  This recipe makes 2 medium sized smoothies. Enjoy!!

My Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vanilla no sugar added frozen yogurt (alternative: 1/2 cup vanilla fat free yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (OR fresh, but I prefer frozen because they make the smoothie a lot colder, and takes away the need for any ice. If you use fresh strawberries, just add in 1/2 cup crushed ice.)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash vanilla extract

Method:

  • put all ingredients into blender, and blend! Pour into glass, and enjoy. 🙂

Note: for a chocolate flavour, I usually add in 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk with the mix, or 1 tsp cocoa powder. You can also add in a banana to make the smoothie creamier. If you’re adding ice, do this as the last addition to the blender so the ice chunks don’t get stuck in the blender blades.

Unfortunately I have no pictures on hand of my smoothie, both my husband and myself drank it too fast. So here’s a picture of some fruit instead. 🙂

This was taken with, and edited, on my iPhone. I am amazed at the quality of their camera on the new iPhone 3G-S!

This was taken with, and edited, on my iPhone. I am amazed at the quality of their camera on the new iPhone 3G-S!