Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie

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I was so super pumped when Chobani came out with some exciting new yogurt flavors. I absolutely love love love the Blackberry one, and I think it has definitely become my newest favorite. I was anticipating really loving the Coconut one so I bought a 4-pack and dug in. Well, it isn’t my favorite. I don’t mind it by any means, but it’s kind of just blah to me. I think it reminds me of a plain old vanilla, which I used to eat EVERYDAY in high school. Ya. True story.

Anywho, I’m running out of time and I’ve still got coconut yogurt to spare so what’s a girl to do? Smoothie! This yogurt is great in a smoothie. I made a fabulous tropical, pineapple-coconut smoothie that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or canned- 100% juice NO SYRUP)
1/4 cup almond milk
1 container coconut yogurt
1 tsp agave
water (you may need a splash it to help puree)
1/2 tsp flax meal
1 or 2 spinach ice cubes(optional)

Blend it all together! If it’s too thick feel free to add more liquid, such as almond milk, water or pineapple juice.

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IMG_1354Mine is green due to the spinach!

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Spinach Ice Cubes (For Smoothies!)

IMG_0905I love smoothies. I also really love adding everything and anything healthy into my food. So, when I found out you could tuck away some spinach into a smoothie without even tasting it I was pumped! However, here is the problem…mooshy gooshy spinach. I can NEVER seem to get through a bag of spinach without it going all mooshy goosh on me. I rarely buy it because Paul doesn’t care for it and I can rarely eat enough of it before it goes bad, BUT I love it in smoothies! So what is a girl to do? Spinach Ice Cubes!

A co-worker told me she saw a pin on Pinterest for these and knew I would be interested. Does she know me well or what? Obviously as soon as I had a free minute I researched these and made them. I found a pretty simple tutorial that I used but I also tried a much simplier version as well. I will give you the deets on both!

IMG_0906Pureed Spinach Ice Cubes

  • Water
  • Spinach

Use as much spinach as you want and put it into your food processor or blender. Add enough water for it to blend. Blend it enough so that you can pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze.

Easy peasy! But I also did an even simpler method that I think I like much better.

Unpureed Spinach Ice Cubes

  • Water
  • Spinach

Literally cram a few leaves of spinach into each empty ice cube spot. I used baby spinach so this process was pretty easy. If you have bigger leaves, just tear them up and pop into the tray. Pour enough water to cover the spinach. Freeze!
IMG_0907Doesn’t get any easier than that right? I figured, why blend up the spinach when it will end up being blended in the smoothie anyways? Not to mention it was much less messy and I didn’t lose any of the spinach to the blender or food processor in the process. Let me know what way you like best!
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Banana-Carrot Smoothie

So I impulse bophoto 3-2ught some resistance bands and they finally arrived yesterday. A pretty bizarre impulse buy, but I got a killer deal on Amazon. Obviously, I have no clue how to use them. I woke up this morning and Googled some YouTube videos and completed various workouts to compose one very choppy workout of my own. I finished and kind of felt like I hadn’t done enough. I’m hoping I’ll be proved wrong tomorrow morning and wake up with a little of that tell-tale soreness!

After my workout I decided to make this awesome Banana-Carrot Smoothie. Now I know what you’re thinking, but as my mom would say, “Before you stick your nose up at it, give it a try!” It’s true. This smoothie is sweet and creamy and incredibly good for you. The pictures actually make it look repulsive, so I apologize for that, but I swear it’s better than it looks. (How many times have you heard that in your life? This time it’s true!) So if you’re feeling bold give this a try and I am sure you won’t regret it!

Banana-Carrot Smoothie

1 large frozen banana
1/2 cup 100% carrot juice
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (or more!) of fresh spinach
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp flax meal (optional)
1 tsp hemp seeds (optional)

photo 4-1Add all the ingredients and blend! If it’s too thick or not blending well add more liquid. I added a little more carrot juice to mine, but mostly in a effort to make it more aesthetically¬† pleasing. It didn’t work. ha!

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Banana-Almond Butter Smoothie

I am so proud to share that I recently completed my third half marathon recently over Memorial Day weekend! I still can’t believe it was three years ago that I crossed the finish line of the Hartford Half Marathon and exclaimed “I’m never doing this again!” Well, three years later here I am, and doing it better than I ever thought I would. Since running that first race I’ve really begun to understand the importance of not only fueling my body while running but also before and after any workout. Making all of these changes (more on that later) has helped me shave a total of more than 20 minutes off my first time; a pretty awesome feeling!

Crossing the finish line at the Boston's Run to Remember

Crossing the finish line at the Boston’s Run to Remember

With that, here is an amazing tasting and easy breakfast or post-workout meal that has become a staple in my diet. This Banana-Almond Butter Smoothie especially hits the spot after a great run or sweaty spin class!

Banana-Almond Butter Smoothie

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  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Heaping scoop of Almond Butter
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Tbl Cocoa Powder (Sometimes I substitute this with Zico Chocolate Coconut Water if I have it on hand-then adjust Almond Milk accordingly)
  • 1/2 tsp Flax Meal (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Hemp Hearts (optional)

Throw it all into your blender and blend away! I always give it a taste test before pouring it into a nice tall glass, well not before sneaking another scoop of almond butter first….it’s a weakness. Enjoy!

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