Shake Shake Shake, ya smoothie.

Hello Healthy people!!!

 

When the weather gets warmer–you know it is time to break out the blender for Margarit—I mean SMOOTHIES!

I created some tasty recipes that might satisfy that sweet tooth, while getting those nutrients!

smoothie

GREEN BOOST aka the best for you:

1 cup kale

1 cup spinach

½ banana (peel and chop up to put in freezer)-Frozen fruit always works a little better

Protein Powder

Some milk so it blends well.

If you use frozen fruit you probably won’t need ice.

 

Mixed Berry:

Handful Frozen Strawberries

½ cup frozen blackberries

½ cup blueberries

Protein Powder, Milk or juice (juice is very sugary so I would recommend milk)

 

Tropical!

½ cup Pineapple

½ cup frozen mango

Squeeze a little wedge of lime in there

Ice if you want it to be more like a milkshake

Protein!

 

“The Siesta Key”

Half cup peaches

1/4 cup raspberries

¼ cup blackberries

Protein powder

Ice if needed, milk if creamier desired.

*if you are interested in a sweeter flavor invest in some agave nectar! Add a few squirts of that and you should be good.

 

 

 

Great healthy things you can add:

1.)    Any leafy greens, I prefer fresh ones because you are exposed to more nutrients.

2.)    Peanut butter or almond butter (it sweetens it up); I prefer the natural PB that you have to keep in the fridge because it doesn’t have the added sugar.

3.)    Chia seeds or goji (healthy toppings)

4.)    Experiment! You will find what you love the most and can stick with that.

5.)    Invest in straws…if you don’t really like the flavor it makes drinking it go by way faster!

6.)    Coconut oil is soooo good for you and tastes great as well, add it to your favorite smoothie and gain all the benefits of that.

 

 

Happy Eating (sipppin’) and exercising,

xoxo

Jess

Let’s Juice it up!

Hey Healthy People!!!

I haven’t blogged the past two days because we had a BLACKOUT! Seriously candles and flashlights for the majority of the night on Wednesday…perfect timing for Wednesday Wine Night of course.  Anyways that killed the Internet until today. Andddd by the way I made a Facebook page, so if you like my blog please like my page!!!

I saw a comment from a reader about juice recipes. Maybe some people don’t even know what “juicing” is…I for sure was confused about it a ways back.  You may even be scared at the thought of it. Like ew…gross..vegetables and fruit in a drink:

BUT!!! Seriously what it gives you is a phenomenal amount of micronutrients…those little bad boys located in healthy fruits and veggies.  It’s basically the best vitamin you can get.  I wrote in a previous post ( click here ) about the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that actually convinced we to start juicing.  People do it for all sorts of reasons such as cleanses, addition to their weekly diet, or weight loss.  Today I started to do it for a two day cleanse because I wasn’t feeling so hot these past couple of weeks and could use some nutrients to kick my immune system back into gear!

Here’s my grocery list: (choose Organic!!!)

1.) Kale

2.) Apples

3.) Lemon/Lime

4.) Ginger Root

5.) Carrots

6.) Celery

7.) Cucumbers

8.) Oranges

So on my Juicer there are two speeds, low and high.  Low is for items that are softer such as orange slices and kale. The high speed is for apple slices (with the skins on!), carrots, cucumbers etc…

I always begin with the prep stage of course. Make sure no matter how organic or how much they say they washed the item…WASH IT! My parents even convinced me to invest in a “veggie wash”

Then I chop up or divide my items.  For instance Kale just pulls apart, I use about 1/3 of the bushel.

I cut up one apple into wedges leaving the skin on!

Keep the skin on a lime and cut one wedge off of it. Refrigerate the rest…this is flavorful!

Carrots are good as is (I used 3 large ones).  I slice a cucumber in half perpendicularly to how it is length wise. Skin stay on for that too, the Green skin of a cucumber is a great nutrient source.

I chop a little piece off of the ginger root…it definitely looks weird and adds A LOT of flavor I realized…so be weary if you hate that taste don’t use it!

Ginger Root

Then the fun part starts. Turn on that babyyy and let’s juice! I start slow adding the kale and lime. Then speed it up and add the rest. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you go. You will notice the skins and other parts are being disposed of in a separate area (compost??).

It might not look the prettiest but I stick a straw in it and slurp it up. The thing with juicing is that the micronutrients once broken down into this form dissolve very quickly so you won’t get the same effect from it if you don’t drink it right away!!!

It’s actually quite filling and surprisingly tasty.  I will be posting other juicing recipes in the future as well! I hope you have kept up with the fitness challenge of the week, night time planks before bed!! And that you have been exercising at least almost every day.  Thanks so much for reading my blog. Don’t forget to like my facebook page!!!

Happy eating and exercising!!

XOXO,

J