Drink this (not the beguiling Shamrock Shake from the McD drive-thru that will wreck your gut…)
This one’s for you: The Green Shamrock Smoothie. Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s a gut healer, not a gut destroyer. It will make you feel good instead of…not. It provides energy instead of migraines.
Do you suffer from bloating, constipation, gut aches and pains? The following ingredients are well-known for their gut healing magic.
Green Shamrock Smoothie (the gut healer)
1-2 Cups Water
1/2 Squeezed Lemon
1/2 inch Ginger (skin on, scrubbed)
1 Cup Spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 Cup Kale (fresh or frozen)
1/2 Avocado (peeled)
1 Green Apple (cut, skin on)
1 Frozen Banana
Directions: Put ingredients in the Vitamix (or other powerful blender and give it a whirl.)
If you’ve never had a really green smoothie before, this may take some acclimating. You may feel the need to grimace. But after awhile an interesting thing happens: taste buds change. After a day or two without my precious green smoothie, I start to crave greens. I need it. I want it. I must have it. my precious.
Want more energy? Want to feel good? Want to make your skin glow with goodness? Inspired by Laura at abeautifulplate.com, I jumped at the chance to blend me some orange ginger-splashed magic just in time for love day. Start with juicy oranges A beautiful yellow beet (much sweeter and more mild than red)
1 carrot plucked fresh from the garden…or the grocery store will do
1 Braeburn apple – yum!
A hunk of ginger, 2 inches thick
Orange Ginger Splashed Smoothie:
2 navel oranges
1 medium golden beet, peeled
1 carrot, scrubbed
1 Braeburn apple, cut
2-inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 to 1 cup water + handful of ice
Blend it all together and have a gulp of goodness (you know I fancy the vitamin for its superior blending capacity.) Who needs caffeine when you could have a smoothie to get going?
This recipe was inspired by pressed juice, meaning all the juice was squeezed out of the fruit and vegetables. But I prefer smoothies for several reasons: smoothies keep you full longer, they contain more nutrients especially fiber, there’s less waste, and they are much less time consuming to make than juicing. In addition, because of the fiber (the bulk), smoothies don’t hit your bloodstream so hard and fast like juices do, which means you have longer-lasting and more steady energy.
Convinced? Give it a try!
On Facebook, a friend asked, “isn’t that a lot of ginger?” Yes, it is! There is definitely a “zing” to this, which I like, but I’ve also acquired it. Ginger is terrific for gut health which is why I eat/drink so much of it. If you’re not a ginger fan, try less of it.
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The true story is that I have only recently become enamored with beets. When I was little we were served them microwaved from a can, and I detested everything about them. They were right up there with canned peas. Blech. We’ve come a long way baby. Now, our love affair is going strong. A great benefit to adding beets to your green smoothies (besides the nutrition!) is that it turns the smoothie a beautiful red, masking green things. Red is a much more palatable color to drink – who knows why? Beets are such a wonderful way to fool your children and other small creatures under your care. I have recently discovered the gorgeous orange beets in the supermarket. I had to buy them on principle, alone! Why, I’m practically giddy every time I enter the produce aisle. As I was trying to get a good photograph I looked outside at the fall leaves. Mother earth became the perfect backdrop for our fall smoothie.
A Fall Smoothie With Beautiful Beets
1-2 Cups Water
1 Red Beet, peeled, raw or cooked
1 Orange Beet, peeled, raw or cooked
1 Cup Frozen Spinach or Kale
1 Granny Smith apple, cut
1 Cups Frozen Blueberries
1 Avocado, skin off
1 Carrot, scrubbed
1-2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
Directions: Throw it in the blender and give it a whirl! For more smoothie recipes go HERE.
A concluding word: If you are new to smoothies, you’ll want to add more fruit than vegetables. If you stick with it, your palate will adjust and you won’t need so much fruit. For this smoothie you could use just one beet, rather than two. You could add a banana for taste and creamier texture. Chia seeds are a fantastic source of fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. They will thicken your smoothie considerably, especially if you let it sit.
Sometimes I use leftover beets from this salad for the next day’s smoothie. I’m all about easy.
Seen this book? I want it. In fact, I wish I had written it.
Happy Weekend! Drink a smoothie. Feel like a champ.
Hello friends! After an unexpected (and very fun) trip to San Diego (much to tell!) I’m back in blogging action with a seasonal, easy, and delicious smoothie for you. It might give you so much energy you’ll want to go climb a mountain. Or at least be able to think about what to make for dinner.Here she is, the Blueberry Peach Smoothie. What a natural beauty.
After seven years of barren bushes our blueberries are finally bursting. Remember: good things come to those who wait. I time our vacations around blueberry season. I’m only kindof kidding.
We’ve eaten so many blueberries, our whole family is practically one fat blueberry. So that’s how we’ll start our smoothie – put ’em in the blender – especially the droopy and less desirable ones.
Now let us turn our attention to the peach, also in season at the moment. Is this a dreamy life we live or what? It makes me almost forget New Hampshire winters. One year I canned them and we enjoyed peaches in the middle of February, making New Hampshire life bearable. Alas, I have not been so ambitious since.
Cut peaches up, using white or golden varieties. I’m particularly obsessed with the white peach at the moment. Peaches are perfect in the smoothie because I cannot eat them with the skin on – to me, taking a bite of fuzz is akin to nails sliding down a chalkboard. You with me? But now, we need some protein and fat that won’t upset the peach and blueberry taste. I went for avocado. Don’t freak out, just do as I say. Avocados hardly have any taste in a smoothie except to make it creamy and delicious. How to get the avocado into the blender? Just squeeze it out – it’s so easy! You can add the pitt if you’re feeling super nutritious and your blender can handle it (but I’ve never added the avocado skins.)
We just need one more eensy-weensy vegetable. We have a lot of carrots at the moment. How about this one??? We grew funky carrots, but any old ones will do. We wash, but don’t peel. Throw carrots into blender and you’ve got yourself a smoothie!
It’s…strawberry season! Which prompts large vats of strawberry smoothie creations. This very night we are having a smoothie party because we are fun like that.
Here’s a latest and greatest: The Strawberry-Mango Lava Flow, inspired by Blogging Over Thyme (cute name, cute culinary chef).
It’s sweet, it’s light, it’s ever so delicious! Lucky us, June is here and soon we’l be able to pick our own strawberries.
All winter I’ve been using store-bought or frozen. It works, but the taste of fresh-picked is hands-down superior.
Mangos are in season somewhere close…the prices have come way down! The layer look is fun, so you’re going to start by pureeing 6 or so strawberries and pouring into the bottom of two glasses. On a side note, foodie bloggers always have cute straws. I think I need cute straws.
Then you’ll make a smoothie out of the rest of ingredients.
If you wait too long by taking too many pictures, the colors start to swirl and whirl.Without further delay:
Strawberry-Mango Lava Flow
6+ Strawberries (puree and pour into glasses)
1/2 Cup Light Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Full-fat Plain Greek Yogurt (my preference is full-fat)
1 Frozen Banana
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Coconut Oil
Pour on top of strawberry puree for two very distinct colors that taste marvelous together. Top with fresh strawberries.
Why do I use full-fat greek yogurt? I stopped buying skim milk and no-fat yogurt awhile ago after reading and listening to Dr. Cate Shanahan. We need fat and if we don’t get it from good sources (dairy, fish, nuts, coconut oil), we’re going to crave it from another source – and in America, we’re eating a lot of bad fats (hot wings! twinkies! crackers! all of which I love :()
I’ve noticed an immediate difference. Now, when I eat full-fat or 2% greek yogurt and fruit for lunch, I’m actually FULL. My body gets great fat, high protein, and fantastic carbs – a full meal that keeps me full until a mid-afternoon snack with the kids.
Why do I call these smoothies, “Beauty Smoothies”? Because of the amazing benefits to the body. Coconut oil and unsweetened coconut milk are both used in this recipe and have fat. Gasp! Yes, FAT! Fat is our friend. The right fats (like coconut oil) are wonderful for the skin, hair, and nails.
Every morning I have a smoothie and a peanut butter sandwich. I feel full and have energy. Oh, the magical of it all!
Strawberries and mangoes are so delicious and have huge amounts of vitamin A and C (more beauty benefits!)
Because the fruit is whole and not juiced, you’re going to get a lot of fiber. So even though this smoothie does not have any vegetables like my smoothies usually do, the fiber and fat will not be burned so quickly and you won’t have a huge spike in blood sugar as you would if you were drinking only the juice from these fruits or a commercially-made smoothie.
You must try…enjoy the Strawberry-Mango Lava Flow!
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Anyway, mangoes are not pringles. Since you pick them off a tree and eat them in their whole form, It’s no surprise that they are chock full of nutrition:
Skin: mangoes clear pores and eliminate pimples
Vitamin E: healing!
Vitamin B: hormone production
Immune System Boost
Vitamin A: eye health!
Potassium and Magnesium
Gut Health: everything is tied to the gut
Antioxidants: fights the cancer!
Low glycemic index
Alkalization: acidity creates body inflammation
Cut on either side of seed to get two halves. Slice in chunks and use a knife to scrape into blender.
What’s even cooler? You can eat the seed! Skip the above step and just peel the whole mango and plop right into the Vitamix. No waste! More nutrition. Yes.
Now that we’re all agreed that mangoes are the way to go in life, here’s the Mango Beauty Smoothie that you can drink or use as a facial mask tonight. And then lick off 🙂
Mango Beauty Smoothie
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Green Apple
1 Large Carrot (scrubbed, not peeled)
2 Large Mangoes (or try some frozen)
1 Tbsp Hemp Seed
Blend it up! Use some ice if you like it really cold (I do!)
I didn’t list the other ingredient benefits, but with everything plant-based and nutrient dense, you’re bound to feel like a superstar. In this smoothie you have healthy fat (to add more, add some coconut oil), protein, and those much-needed carbohydrates for energy.
Know someone who might benefit? Please share!
Have a great weekend. I am already smiling because the sun is finally shining in New Hampshire xoxo.
This week, we happened to be walking past the school kitchen when a surplus of carrots were being unloaded and begging for a home. It was the most serendipitous moment!
You can imagine the rejoicing. You can imagine the smoothie possibilities that swirled in my head.
We packed 30 POUNDS of carrots in our fridge. We gave carrots to friends, carrots to bunnies, and carrots to strangers. We still have a lot of carrots.
And are gettin’ down to business. I’m turning orange.
1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk*
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
1-2 Mango (peeled, cut, core discarded)
3 Medium-Sized Carrots (peeled) or 1/2 Bag Baby Carrots
1 inch Ginger (peeled or not)
1 Banana (frozen)
1 Granny Smith Apple (cut, cored)
1 Handful Ice
This is a terrific breakfast, snack, or post work-out smoothie. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy coconut fat that is easily converted to energy, and energy-packed carbohydrates. This smoothie has substance, will keep you satiated and less hungry than a more simple-sugar snack.
Oh. It’s also tasty!
*if you don’t like the taste of almond milk, don’t add it, but consider another protein source.
Would you carrot all for a carrot smoothie? Get it? It just never gets old.
Here we have 6 shades of green: Granny Smith Apple, Kiwi, Kale, Parsley, Spinach, and Lime. (Did you know? Even parsley is a superfood – read it!)
For good gut health (you want more alkaline than acid): Ginger, Lime, and all the greens.
For sweetness and to get children to drink it: Pineapple juice. No added sugar.
For protein: Chia Seeds. Also, greens provide some protein.
On my journey into the land of Green, I have learned a few things:
1. Introduce greens slowly. Start with a higher fruit ratio.
2. Pineapple will make everything sweet and tasty
3. For kids, definitely start with more fruit. Smoothies have to taste at least a little sweet to hook the children. Otherwise children turn into whineys and breakfast will be a fight; not a great way to start the day. If smoothies taste yucky they might hide them in odd places around the house. not that I would know.
4. Talk about how you feel, “I feel sooooo good!,” and “Great energy! Awesome soccer goal – must have been that smoothie,” and “My morning run was fantastic – must have been that green smoothie!”
5. Immune system supercharger. It won’t prevent every cold and cough, but you will stay healthier than the average bear.
6. You will FEEL better. Mood improves, energy skyrockets.
7. Greens are HUGE for gut health. Depression? Back pain? It’s shocking how gut health could be affecting us. Listen to this. Fascinating.
Don’t get me started on soda. Ready to rant.
8. Powerful blenders make a difference. Very few people I know like to drink chunks. It’s worth the investment.
9. Great for weight loss. Greens and protein help suppress sugar cravings. Husband is down 50+lbs. Just the other day someone admiringly said, “Look at that man’s body.” I died.
Want it? Come and Get it.
Tasty Green Energy Smoothie
1 Cup Water
1 Granny Smith Apple, cut, unpeeled
3 Kiwi, peeled
1 Cup Pineapple Juice, no sugar added
1 Handful Kale, fresh or frozen
1 Handful Parsley, fresh
1 Handful Spinach, fresh or frozen
1 inch Ginger, peeled
1/3 Lime, unpeeled
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
Top with Kiwi and Apple slices
Blend it up!
To make it sweeter, add more pineapple juice and an apple (Honey Crisp are particularly divine.)
I promise it’s wonderful. The kiwi toppers were for pretty photography, but I discovered that slurping down smoothie-coated kiwi was pure bliss. Who said we don’t like drinking chunks?
My brother and sister-in-law live in a real place called “Sunnyvale.” It’s warm. The sun always shine. The weather is always one thing: perfect. My brother fell asleep on his porch the other day, drifting off after reading a book…I’m tempted to burst the bubble by telling brother he’s really living on The Truman Show, that’s it’s not real, but that wouldn’t be very nice of me, would it?
I on the other hand, have turned into a snowman. This is not Sunnyvale. This is what is called bitter and frigid. It’s so cold humans cannot possibly live here…except for some reason we do.
My mother-in-law tells me I must endure if I want to call myself a Yankee. This is another conversation.
Children used to go to school. A husband used to skip happily to work.
Now they all stay home sick. And want things. Like water.
Though some appear a little sicker than others. Darling girl.
I am not sick. I am the last girl standing, waving a flag. The ship is slowing sinking. The flag says, “Save me, Sunnyvale!”
I won’t sleep in the same room as sick husband for fear of inhaling germs. When a child makes those noises I throw a bowl into the room, cover my mouth, and yell, “Are you okay?” while slowing backing running away.
It’s hard to run, hard to motivate, hard to…be awake. I contemplate sleeping until March.
On to more pleasant topics. My mother is visiting. Sadly, she leaves us tomorrow. We will miss her adventurous ways and famous Maggie and Haggie Witch stories.Mama is going back to sunny Arizona. I beg of you…don’t leave me! Saturday is Ma and Pa’s 40th wedding anniversary. I stand in awe and gratitude.
Good thing I have pleasant diversions. Like this big sports nutrition test. Are you excited for more nutrition spouting? My children are – sugar feeds disease! Thank you, Mother. You’re welcome.
It occurred to me that maybe I am not sick because I am not eating candy this month. Or perhaps I shall be struck down tomorrow? I have new healthy foods to try. I will experiment and be sure to tell you all about them.Husband has his own health ideas. Oil of Oregano is supposed to STOP bacteria and viruses dead – sickness be banished! We’ve become big Ben Greensfield fans. Instead of ABBA and Katy Perry, Ben is podcasting during workouts and long runs. But this oil. It’s incredibly potent and makes the husband smell like a very oreganous spaghetti factory. One drop and the oregano wafts strongly from every corner of the kitchen, from every pore of his body. Does it work? I’ll let you know.
While he experiments with medicinals, I’m trying to stay healthy by running. Surely this shall save me? Tomorrow is a supposed to be a 6-miler and Friday is 10-12, but with sub-zero temps…Sunnyvale, take me away.
Brynne tells me I must have courage
I will keep trying to be brave. Here, in Antartica.