Mango lassi

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People! This is tasty and refreshing. Last month I went to an Indian cooking class. At the end, our instructor made mango lassi’s for everyone. YUM!

I had to attempt to recreate at home, of course.

The ones I made were much thicker and more smoothie like than was made in class, but I liked them that way.

For 2 lassi:

-1 individual container of plain Greek yogurt

-2 mangoes, peeled and diced

-1 cup unsweetened coconut milk(or whatever milk you prefer)

-dash of cardamom

-ice

Blend away! Pour in two glasses. You can add more liquid(milk or water) to think them down more if you like. They are the perfect complement to a spicy dish. Or, we had ours with pizza and salad!

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Ban holiday bloat!

Ugh! It’s the sixth of December and I haven’t blogged once this month! Shame on me.

It seems like the holiday season has already started to take its toll on me. I haven’t been getting to the gym nearly as much and instead have been going out  for fun social events that involve drinking and eating foods I don’t typically eat. While they are always a good time, I can always feel it the next day.

I would say, when did I become so old? But I think  it’s more that I started taking better care of myself(less booze, less processed foods, more exercise,  more organic food and tons of fruits and veggies) and now I can really feel it when I veer from that lifestyle. I literally crave salads and water.

To help counteract the junk I have been taking in, I have tried to throw some more green smoothies in my diet. Yes, they often taste like salads in a glass, but it makes me feel so much better that something good is going into my body. It also helps with all the bloat I get from deviating from a less processed diet.

Here is one I have been making:

A few hand fulls of romaine and spinach. 3 stems of kale with leaves on. 1 apple. 2 stalks of celery. 1/4 of an avocado. Squeeze of lemon. 3-4 cubes of ice. 1/2 to 1 cup of water.

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Blend really well.

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If you aren’t a fan of the glowing green smoothie, you probably won’t like this. To make it taste more like a smoothie than a salad, add in banana or a pear. Parsley is really good thrown in there too.

I thought it was good enough to drink down and made me feel a ton better, too!

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Here’s to finishing the year as healthy as I started it! Bottoms up!

Chocolate and peanut butter green smoothie

Tonight’s winner was the evening smoothie.

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Put in blender: one cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 huge handfuls of spinach, 3 tablespoons chocolate PB2, 8 ice cubes and a half cup of water. Blend well.
Makes 2 smoothies.

Brian could see the spinach but not taste it. An easy and healthy way to get in about a cup of spinach each and lots of protein, all for about 100 calories a piece.

Avocado smoothie

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There is a restaurant called Tank Noodle in Uptown which has, in serval of my friends and mine opinion, the best Pho in town. They are also our favorite place to get a fruit smoothie. I am always partial to the avocado or watermelon smoothie.

Knowing that they put sweetened condensed milk in the smoothie, I wanted to make one at home that was a bit friendlier to the waistline. This is a pretty good replica…if only I had the large tapioca pearls…mmmm.

Ingredients:
-1 ripe avocado
-2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
-3/4 cup water
-A handful or two of ice

Place in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two small glasses. Suck up through a big, fat straw.

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Glowing green smoothie

I’ve read The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder and thought some of her concepts are interesting and informative. I’m a fan of green smoothies and juices and am excited to try the Glowing Green Smoothie. Or the #GGS if you have seen it hash tagged on Twitter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 -2 cups very cold, filtered water
  • 6 cups organic spinach, chopped
  • 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 stalks organic celery
  • 1 organic apple
  • 1 organic pear
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1-2 tablespoon organic lemon juice

Start by adding water, spinach and lettuce to your blender and blend on low until smooth.

Then add in celery, apple and pear. Blend on medium until smooth. Add in banana and lemon juice, blend on high until smooth.

Kimberly recommends drinking this for breakfast daily, along with following the rest of her plan.

The fruit makes it sweet enough to hide all the great veggies that you are taking in and unlike juicing, you are getting in a lot of fiber.

Green smoothie break

Today at work we took a mid-morning break to make green smoothies.

They were awesome and I think we convinced a few more people that while they may look scary, they taste awesome!

We used a combo of super greens food, fresh spinach, banana, frozen blueberries, cultured coconut milk and avocado. So creamy and delicious.

Mango blueberry power smoothie

One smoothie, two ways.

I really liked this smoothie. Super healthy, filling and just the right amount of sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2/3 cup frozen mango
  • 1 fresh or frozen banana
  • 1 scoop raw green super foods
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1-2 tablespoons natural almond or peanut butter
  • 1/2 unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder(optional)

Place everything in the blender and blend until smooth.

The smoothie on the left is mine, no protein powder. The smoothie on the right is Brian’s, with the scoop of protein powder. I put the protein powder in his to make it creamier and to trick him into drinking something so healthy. He had no clue that his even had the raw super greens  in it, something that usually causes him to turn his nose up. He gulped it down claiming it tasted like ice cream and it kept him full with the added protein. A win-win situation, if you ask me.

Sneaky green smoothie

I found this recipe for a spinach and berry smoothie today and had to try it. It’s really delicious and you can’t taste the spinach at all.

Ingredients:

  • 20 blueberries
  • 5 strawberries
  • 10 raspberries
  • 10 blackberries
  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • 1-2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water

Blend until smooth.

Drink your fruits and veggies! It tastes like a creamy banana berry smoothie.

Avocado vanilla smoothie

I adore adding avocado to my smoothies because it makes them incredibly creamy. Using the avocado as the base for a smoothie was something I had not done. The original recipe called for one cup of unsweetened pear nectar. I didn’t have any pear nectar and wasn’t going to go buy any so I made some substitutions.

Ingredients(for 2):

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into blender.

Blend until smooth, scraping down as necessary.

I would have liked this to be a little sweeter, which it probably would have been if I had followed the original recipe. Next time I might try 2-3 pears instead of a pear and an apple. Very smooth and creamy.

Mango-coconut water smoothie

A great post workout or breakfast smoothie. Potassium loaded coconut water, vitamin E and iron rich mango and metabolism boosting cayenne pepper…how could you say no?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 8 ounces unsweetened coconut water
  • juice of one lime
  • pinch of cayenne

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Mmm…how delicious does that look?