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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

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After a week of the flu and nearly a week of semi-recuperation, I finally am feeling better than semi-narcoleptic, achy, and half-dead. It’s fantastic! I’m really not so good at staying still, doing nothing, or making time to just relax. On top of that, I generally don’t get sick very often. So when some ailment knocks me on my ass the way this round of the jerk-flu did, it’s almost a necessary reminder to just slow down.

That said, I am finally cooking again and eating like a normal person. However, my days have also been very full of fresh smoothies, juices, and loads of tea. The following smoothie was a sick-week-cocktail, but I am adding it to my list of go-to-anytime-smoothies… since that’s precisely when this is an excellent smoothie to drink. Anytime.

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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

Yields about 72 ounces, enough for 4 large smoothies.

Ingredients:

1/2 a small pineapple, peeled, core removed, then cubed
1 pound strawberries, hulled
2 medium sized ripe bananas (preferably frozen ahead of time, but not necessary)
16 ounces unsweetened vanilla coconut milk yogurt
1 cup fresh juice (orange, pineapple or strawberry preferably)
10-15 ice cubes

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Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender, blending until smooth. If the smoothie is a bit to thick, you can add more juice.

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All-in-One Breakfast Smoothie

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We have discussed this before: my apparent avoidance of early morning hours. (I know it’s bad when I post a photo on my Instagram at almost 11:00AM and the first comment I get is, “Julie you’re up early.” Am I really so transparent?) Making breakfast when you’re half asleep is challenging, to say the least. However! Having invested in a new blender, I am very excited about breakfast possibilities that require little effort, but still result in something tasty.

Typically, I don’t eat breakfast. But I live in a house with three boys and they require food-fuel to make it to lunch time. This particular smoothie was made for my husband, then bottled up and made into an on-the-go brunch. (Side note: said husband shaved his head for the first time ever this week… when a co-worker asked, “WHAT are you drinking?” at the sight of his smoothie, my lovely husband replied, “Bald man milk.”)

I wanted to load up this smoothie with ingredients that would be filling but still taste good. Oats are packed with fiber, which keeps you full longer and this smoothie is filled with them. As well, I added brazil nut protein powder, which I can get in bulk at our local food co-op. It’s low in sugar but carries a good amount of vegetarian protein (you can order it online, or substitute your preferred protein powder). Chia seeds are also rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and work to keep you feeling full. This smoothie is filling, but in a way that’s energizing and lasting, rather than heavy and nap-inducing.

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All-in-One Breakfast Smoothie

Yields about 40 ounces.

Ingredients:
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons brazil nut protein powder
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons creamy, unsweetened peanut butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 frozen banana
1 fresh banana
5 ounces frozen strawberries

Directions:

In a 16-ounce jar with a lid, combine the oats and milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight (10-12 hours is preferred, but at soak the oats at least 1 hour).

Once the oats have soaked, you’re ready to make your smoothie. Combine the protein powder, cocoa, and water, stirring until the powders dissolve.

In a high-speed blender, combine the soaked oats with the milk, the protein powder mixture, peanut butter, chia seeds, bananas, and strawberries. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

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A Post-Workout Smoothie

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Once upon a time I hated working out.  My husband had a gym membership and encouraged me to go with him after we’d been dating for a while, saying I would surprise myself with how much I enjoyed it. Being the stubborn lady I am, of course I dissuaded the offer as long as possible. When I finally agreed to check things out, I got on the elliptical machine and nearly died after a whopping 7 minutes. The treadmill was even quicker in its attempts at killing me. I hadn’t run in years… the last time prior, possibly being when I was a freshman in college, running away from the security at the Best Western with some girlfriends after we snuck into the hotel pool and hot tub on various evenings.

Six years later, my body craves gym time. It’s one of the few places where I can tune out the persistent nagging in my brain to be doing something – be it laundry, dishes, vacuuming, picking up dirty socks or toys that have been left in uncanny places around the house, cooking up new recipes, editing photos from the previous afternoon, etc., etc. For an hour or so I can jump on a spin bike, or treadmill, or elliptical machine, turn the music (or latest Joy the Baker Podcast) in my ear buds up loud and forget everything else.

Then when I’ve sweated, burned an excess of calories off, showered and begun to think about what to cook for the remaining day, I find myself HUNGRY. Lately that time post-workout leaves me craving fresh juice, slightly carbonated kombucha, or smoothies. The food choices that happen post-exercise can make a huge difference between getting stronger and getting tired. There are foods that help the body to recover after a strenuous workout.

This particular smoothie features a number of things. Drinking fat-free milk post-workout promotes muscle gain and fat loss, and but I prefer a low-fat almond milk in my smoothies, rather than dairy milk. This smoothie also contains a number of fruits, which are generally high in antioxidants. As well, the coconut water in here is both low in calories and high in potassium — an electrolyte lost in sweat. This smoothie is great within 20-30 minutes of working out for replenishing your body and boosting recovery. It’s also filling and a great mid-day meal or snack.

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A Post-Workout Smoothie

Yields 9 cups – enough for 4 large smoothies.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 frozen bananas
10 oz. frozen strawberries
6 oz. frozen mangoes
4 oz. frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh spinach, packed
one 17.6 oz. can coconut water
1 cup raw vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tablespoons brazil nut protein powder

Directions:

In a high-power blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth. I like to add the ingredients to the blender as follows:  the coconut water, followed by the spinach, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, protein powder, almond milk, then blend. If the smoothie is too thick for your liking, add more almond milk or coconut water until you reach your desired consistency.

Pour into glasses and drink immediately.

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Orange Dreamsicle Juice

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When I was seven, a little, barefooted, freckle-faced girl who would much rather be outside than in, Kaua’i  experienced the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the state of Hawai’i in recorded history.

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There are details to the experience I remember – like sitting, huddled in one room of our two story house with my mom, dad, sister, brothers, and Uncle Ronnie who flew in from Oahu and stayed with us nearly every week. I remember how dark the skies were prior to the winds and rain, being confused as to why I didn’t have to go and get dressed to catch the school bus for second grade that had recently started. I remember our two large dogs being placed in the bathroom, along with our cat Kiki. I remember the caged parakeets being placed in the oven, which still makes me laugh.

Although fatalities were minimal, the damage was island-wide.  We were without power for quite some time. There were many hibachi-cooked meals and I watched my mom hand-wash then line-dry clothes, which was new to me.  The Army had an obvious presence on island. I remember community meals being offered at the park near my home and how fun I thought it was to go eat MRE’s  or tremendous amounts of spaghetti or kalua pig.

The other thing that I remember is the ice cream truck that would circle my neighborhood. When I could hear the distinct (annoying) song getting louder as it neared my house, I’d beg Uncle Ronnie for money to go get some ice cream. He often told me “Okay,” so long as I got him one, too! My preference was the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bar. My Uncle’s favorite thing to request was an orange creamsicle, which is a flavor and treat that instantly makes me think of being a kid.

When I made this juice, I didn’t anticipate how much I’d be reminded of the orange vanilla-y treats. But that’s precisely what this juice reminded me of.

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Orange Creamsicle Juice

Yields about 24 ounces.

Ingredients:

1 large orange yam
3 cups red grapes, removed from stems
2 small fuji or gala apples, stems and seeds removed
2 valencia oranges, peeled

Directions:

Run all of the ingredients through a juicer such as this one. Stir and drink immediately.

*For the highest quality of nutritional benefits, fresh juices are best consumed right after being processed so the ingredients don’t have time to oxidize while being exposed to air.

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Spicy Red Juice

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A while back, I did a juice cleanse. Prior to, and since then, I’ve read numerous articles here and there about the true benefits of juice cleanses. Most articles debate the actual health benefits of juicing. The truth, for me, is that when I did my three day juice cleanse, I had a lot more energy, my hunger was successfully filled, and it was an easy way to cut out some of the extra, heavier foods, I tend to include in my daily diet.

As I have said often, when it comes to food in general, I believe mainly in balance. I don’t think a juice-only diet is particularly spot-on and certainly isn’t a great option for everyone, but here and there, especially when only done for a few days and paired with exercise and a decent amount of sleep, it’s entirely okay. Long term, I believe the healthier route probably falls along the lines of including juices into an already balanced diet of fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

I sort of jumped off the juicing kick, despite the folks at Breville sending me a free replacement  juicer when ours died without warning. The other day, however, fresh juice was the one thing I was majorly craving. Being a lady who enjoys listening to (and indulging in) the foods my body wants, I raided our refrigerator and fruit bowl to make a juice.

The result was this pleasantly balanced, slightly spicy juice. I love using ground turmeric for the color, especially when cooking rice or broths. Fresh turmeric, however, also has a great slightly spicy flavor with notes of ginger and orange. It’s high in manganese and iron, as well as a great anti-inflammatory. Along with the ginger in this juice, the spiciness is fully present but not overwhelming, balanced nicely with the sweetness of apple, orange, sweet potato and carrots. Juice cleanse or not, this is a great juice completely worthy of being consumed anytime you want.

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Spicy Red Juice

Yields about 24 ounces of juice.

Ingredients:

1 large fuji apple, cored
1 large sweet potato (yam), peeled
1 large navel orange, peeled
2 stalks celery
1- two inch piece of ginger, peeled
1- one inch piece of turmeric root, peeled
1 large beet, peeled
2 large carrots
1/2 a meyer lemon, peeled

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Directions:

Run all of the ingredients through a juicer such as this one. Stir and drink immediately.

*For the highest quality of nutritional benefits, fresh juices are best consumed right after being processed so the ingredients don’t have time to oxidize while being exposed to air. :)

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