Sunshine Smoothie Recipe

smoothie recipe

The other day was the first in quite some time where the temperatures climbed into the low 70s. There’s nothing quite like feeling the warm sunshine on your face as you’re working in the dirt.

I spent the day outside after teaching some yoga classes, digging things up, cleaning up the yard, starting seedlings (I know I’m a little late), and really just enjoying the outside with my two dogs (who also got a little spring fever).

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Picture Courtesy of The Juice Theory

Of course, hard work, especially when you’re using your hands, requires some sort of food to keep you going. I mean, how else are you supposed to get that garden soil ready? For lunch I had an amazing salad from The Juice Theory, an amazing little store that makes some of the freshest and tastiest salads around. I went for the salad special of the day with some avocado. It held me over until my mid afternoon slump when I just had to have something else (especially after having some vines kick some dirt into my mouth). So I made this smoothie with ingredients that I had in the fridge and it’s so good I have to share it with you.

Sometimes creative genius happens when you least expect it!

Enjoy!

smoothie recipe

Sunshine Smoothie
(makes 1 serving)

1/2 cup cooked oats (with some extra water)
1 mango, diced and peeled
1 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 cup organic Kefir or yogurt
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Blend all the ingredients together and you’ve got yourself sunshine in a smoothie!!

Now go take a nap!
Now go take a nap!
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My Favorite Fall Smoothie

Now that the leaves are slowly changing, the air is getting cooler, and sun is setting earlier, it’s time to break out my favorite autumn smoothie recipe. It’s warming, satisfying and even provides some kick to fight off those allergies and cold symptoms.

Be sure to sue organic apples in your smoothie. According to the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, apples have been found to contain the most pesticide residue (a total of 47 different types of pesticide residues) of conventional fruits and vegetables. And since eating the skin of the apple is a great source of fiber, but also where many of the pesticide residue resides, paying a little bit more for organic is essential to stay healthy.

applesWarming Apple Smoothie

1 Organic Apple
1/4 cup organic greek yogurt (I prefer full fat)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
1 tablespoon organic peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
1 cup almond milk

Blend all the ingredients together in your favorite mixer and you’re set! It’s the perfect way to use some of those apples that are ripe for the picking this time of year!

Two Very Quick, Healthy, and Easy Breakfasts

Who doesn’t love a quick breakfast? One that you can grab on the go, eat in the car (even though I don’t recommend it) or wait till you get to the office. (Wherever you land up, be sure to enjoy every bite, sip and taste!)

I know that I’m usually not that hungry when I first wake up so I try and drink as much water as possible. It really helps to reinvigorate my body (including the digestive system). Instead of feeling like a wilted plant that’s been out in the hot sun all day, I’m quickly reinvigorated from the inside out.

overnight oatmealBut, you still need to eat some food and that’s where having a healthy breakfast comes in! Of course, who has the time to cook eggs before rushing out to work? I know I’m never in the mood. I’d rather sleep the extra few minutes instead of making my favorite omelette. The best way to get your groove on in the morning without losing any sleep is to prepare your breakfast the night before. Then it’s just grab and go! No shut eye lost here!

Try out one of the below recipes during your next crazy week and you’ll be happy you did. Instead of scrounging for a bagel or whatever was within reach in your cabinet, be prepared and give your body the fuel it’s looking for first thing in the morning. Protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates.

Overnight Oatmeal 

This has become a go to breakfast and snack for me. I absolutely LOVE it! And it’s going to get even better with temperatures rising! 

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup liquid (I like almond milk but you can use milk, soy milk, or water)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon maple syrup or raw honey

1 tablespoon raisins (or other dried fruit – mix it up!)

Banana, berries, or whatever fruit you have on hand

Combine all the ingredients in a jar, mix it well, then put it in the fridge. Leave it there till the next morning, add some of your favorite chopped nuts and/or seeds and some fresh fruit, and there you have it! Overnight oatmeal – and you pretty much did nothing (you’re welcome!)

 

Very Berry Beat SmoothieVery Berry Beet Smoothie 

The key to making smoothies easy in the morning is to get all of your ingredients together the night or week before. Put all the frozen ingredients in a plastic bag, store it in the freezer, and all you have to do is empty the bag into the blender, add some of your favorite milk or water, and then you’re done! Easy-peasy! 

1 cup frozen berries

1/2 cup yogurt (frozen into cubes – put yogurt into ice cube trays, let freeze, then separate)

1/2 cup frozen spinach

1 beet

1 tablespoon cod liver oil (I promise you won’t even taste it!)

1/2 to 1 cup water or almond milk to blend

Blend and go! Seriously easy and delicious!

 

With these simple recipes, there’s no excuse to skip breakfast. Don’t cut yourself short in the morning and then eat WAY too much at lunch because you’re ravenous! It’s not worth it. Even with a minute, you can make yourself a breakfast fit for a superstar aka YOU!

Interested in learning more about how to optimize your body through nutrition? Send me an e-mail at info@mbeewell.com

 

Till next time, “bee” well,

Melissa

 

 

A Warming Persimmon Smoothie Recipe

ParsimmonThe other day I happened to read an article about the not well-known Persimmon. What is a Persimmon you ask? Well, it’s a fruit that is normally found in two varieties in U.S. supermarkets, Fuyu and Hachiya. The persimmon I’m specifically referring to in my smoothie recipe is the Fuyu that looks more like a squashed orange tomato.

These persimmons have a similar texture to an apple or pear (a little gritty in a good way) and are best when deep orange and firm. Storing them at room temperature allows the fruits to become softer and sweeter until you decide to eat one!

At the supermarket, you’ll usually find me looking around the tropical and “weird” produce bins for things that I haven’t yet tried. Persimmons were on my bucket list. I grabbed two and was on my merry way.

Persimmon SmoothieWhen using the persimmons you can eat the peel however, I prefer not to because it’s a little hard for my taste, but it’s totally up to you! While you’re cutting up the persimmons be sure to try a bite and see what you prefer. I’m telling you, it’s a fruit that’s worth your time.

The persimmons give off a warming feel reminiscent of ginger. It almost tastes like an ice cream shake, but it’s actually good for you! Persimmons are low in calories, but rich in dietary fiber. They also contain phyto-nutrients such as catechins, which have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic properties. These little powerhouses are a great source of Vitamin C (perfect for winter season) and also contain valuable B-complex vitamins such as folic acid.

There’s really nothing not to love about this underappreciated fruit. So the next time you’re at the store, try it out. You can thank me later.

Persimmon Smoothie Recipe

2 Persimmons (ripe)
1 Pear
½ cup frozen or fresh spinach
½ cup goat milk (or regular milk)
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon Maca powder (optional)
1 tablespoon DHA/EPA oil (optional)

Note if you’re not using frozen spinach, be sure to add a few ice cubes. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Bee Well,

Melissa