05/20/12
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{refreshing} green orange mango banana smoothie

I’m so sad our weather forecast looks like this…

Boo rain!

For so many days we had warm weather and sunshine.  But, I guess in Washington I should know it won’t last long.  It is only May after all.

While I don’t look forward to the rain much, I do look forward to this week.

  • I’m due on Friday (WHOO!!)
  • It’s my last week of work (haven’t decided if it’ll be Wed, Thurs or Fri yet)
  • Final Bradley class (we made it all the way through!)

So although I’m sad the weekend is almost over, my days of work week –> weekend will soon be gone… every day will be the weekend :)  Definitely a good thing to look forward to.

And with the warmer weather promising to return (right?????), I have more smoothies to look forward to this summer.

Green smoothies at that.  Since my CSA brings me greens galore, I’ve been finding ways to eat them left and right.  The spinach almost exclusively makes it into smoothies.  And that’s what happened here.

Orange and mango is a favorite flavor combo in our house.  Typically when I buy OJ, I love to get the Simple Orange – orange mango variety.  We also love the mango lemonade, it comes with a nice tang to it.

While I didn’t have that particular OJ on hand, I did have fresh, perfectly ripe mango and a jug of OJ.  Even better!

Green Orange Mango Banana Smoothie
Serves 2 regular sized smoothies, or 1 gigantic smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana, frozen and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp protein powder (I used plain brown rice protein powder here)
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup ice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ice in a high speed blender.  Run on high for 1-2 minutes.  Add in the ice and blend until perfectly smooth.

My glass was definitely not big enough for this smoothie.  I kept going back for more.  The green scared Jacob away… so it was all mine!

How’s your weekend going?  Once the hubs is up it’s dog walking time + church this morning.  I should also plant the rhubarb my mom gave me before the rain begins… I should ;)

Happy Sunday!

Heather

 

09/21/11
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Ultimate Summer Smoothie Treat: Cinnamon Peach

Hump day is here!! Always an exciting day not only because we’re half way through the week, but it’s also the day I teach sports conditioning at the Y.  Teaching makes me smile. :)  I love it.

And I also love running.  Like I said yesterday in my pancake post, Joe and I set out for a chilling morning run yesterday. It was 50 degrees! That’s winter running right there. Long pants + a running turtleneck were both necessary. We went on the usual easy morning run of 2.3 miles in probably 20ish minutes.

I kept it light with no pressure.  A nice way to start the day.

Although it was 50 degrees (50 DEGREES!) yesterday morning, it still warmed up to almost 80 by afternoon.  We’ve still got a little summer left and I’m determined to hold onto every little bit of it.  What’s one thing that screams summer? 

–>Peaches<–

I just doesn’t get any better than sweet summer peaches does it?

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Well, unless you take those sinfully sweet, perfectly juicy, plump peaches and transform them into the ultimate summer smoothie.

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Double dare me to say it’s my favorite smoothie all summer. Better than a blackberry almond smoothie, blackberry oat smoothie, creamy green smoothie and orange strawberry banana smoothie

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Okay, I really didn’t need a double dare. It’s just the truth.

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Cinnamon Peach Smoothie
Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 super ripe peach, chopped (skin left on)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Add everything to the blender and run on high for 1 minute, or until super creamy.
  2. Prepare for your mind to be blown. Mine was.

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What is your favorite summer smoothie?  Are you holding onto anything from the summer?

Heather

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08/31/11
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Blackberry Almond Smoothie

Today is a very exciting day.

Wanna know why?

  • I’m moveable now ~ the H2C soreness has mostly all worn off
  • It’s Wednesday ~ hump day!
  • I’m going to Pump It this morning
  • I’m teaching Pump It today ~ the entire class just me!

Yup, that’s right.  This girl’s subbing for Pump It today and Friday.  Wish me luck, I’m pumped about the whole thing.

So glad to know I’m not the only one who’s crazy and get’s up before the crack of dawn.  It was fun reading about your mornings!

Remember all these blackberries I picked from my house? 

Well, most of them got frozen so I can make sure they last me a long time.  What are frozen blackberries perfect for?

Smoothies of course!

Frozen blackberries are like adding delicious flavored ice to your smoothie.  Much like frozen banana, less ice and more flavor makes for a tasty smoothie.

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This smoothie may look like my blackberry oat smoothie, but it sure is not the same.

Slurp slurp.

Blackberry Almond Smoothie
Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp sprouted omega blend (or chia seeds)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • extra ice or water depending on how you like your smoothie

Directions

  1. Combine everything except the slivered almonds into the blender.  Blend until smooth.  Top with almonds and extra blackberries.

Hope your Wednesday is great!

Heather

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