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Vanilla Banana Smoothie

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At least once a day either for a meal in itself or a snack between meals, my husband will say, “Babe…can I have one of those smoothies?” I know what this means: this chocolate soy milk, bananas, peanut butter (preferably this one), and lately also powdered chocolate peanut butter. He has deemed the concoction “God’s Nectar,” (bwahaha! I shit you not!) and says that one day he will certainly live off of the stuff. Happily.

The truth is, when you combine frozen bananas (this part is essential), milk, and chocolate, vanilla, and/or peanut butter, the end product is very milkshake-like. Without the guilt… Not that I feel guilty about drinking milkshakes; I am a firm believer in moderation…and could drink a vanilla or chocolate milkshake every day guilt-free.

Milkshake diet aside, I decided to try a little spin on my husband’s chocolatey-peanut-buttery-smoothie. I wanted something a little lighter tasting, which would still be filling and refreshing. The oats and frozen bananas make this smoothie milkshake-thick and will keep you full. You can add unsweetened cocoa and peanut butter if you wish, as well!

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Vanilla Banana Smoothie

Serves 2.

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons old fashioned oats
2 cups whole milk (vanilla soy, almond, or your preferred nondairy milk would be okay!)
3 medium bananas, frozen
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of fresh nutmeg

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Directions:
In a spice grinder, pulverize the oats into a fine powder. (My “spice grinder” is actually just our coffee grinder, cleaned out really well.)

In a blender, combine the ground oats, milk, bananas, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Blend on high until smooth. Divide between two glasses and enjoy immediately.

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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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Mango Cantaloupe Peach Smoothie

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When summer rolls around, it’s easy to get excited about smoothies for breakfast, or lunch, or in-between meals… Any time of day, really. When fresh peaches start showing up in the grocery store around late July and early August, I get even more excited. There are few things I enjoy more than the local peaches that pop up and take residence for a few weeks. Albeit, this enjoyment can become excessive and obsessive. Peaches in every-damn-thing!

While my husband went out of town at the end of last month, I may or may not have bribed my stepchildren at some point with an offering of doughnuts for breakfast. The only stipulation was that they also consume a smoothie, filled with fruits and fiber, vitamins… Things other than sugar, flour, and fat.

Silas helped pick out the ingredients for this smoothie, insisting on a “golden smoothie,” like he had in a restaurant we went to a couple months ago (because that child forgets nothing!). So together we made the following concoction that he demolished, as did his brother. Hopefully it was because they enjoyed the smoothie and not just because I said they couldn’t have doughnuts without it.

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Mango Cantaloupe Peach Smoothie

Yields 4 large smoothies.

Ingredients:

2 medium-sized ripe bananas, peeled
1 large ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 a small cantaloupe, peeled with seeds removed, cut into chunks
2 large, ripe peaches, seeds and stems removed
8 ounces peach Greek yogurt (regular yogurt is OK, too)
one 10-ounce bag frozen peaches
6 ounces peach nectar, mango nectar, or apple juice

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.

If the smoothie is too thick for your liking (we enjoy them with spoons, too, around here), add more juice/nectar.

Serve cold.

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