Thursday, January 9, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Smoothies


I think one of the biggest health crazes in the past couple of years has been smoothies and juicing at home.  Last summer a good friend of my parents turned them onto homemade smoothies and this past December we bought my Pop a Ninja Blender for his birthday.  Now they replace a meal and start their day with a healthy concoction of fruits and vegetables...proving that you are never too old to take care of your health!

So Chick and I are jumping on the smoothie bandwagon and I've been researching information on smoothies.  Here are some tips, plus a recipe.

Smoothies should be made with healthy ingredients like soy milk, fresh or frozen fruits, Greek Yogurt and/or at the very least, skim milk.  Avoid adding high-sugar items, like peanut butter or whole milk which can add calories fast.  Consider a 20 oz Strawberry Smoothie from Smoothie King has more calories than a Burger King Double Cheeseburger (990 calories)!!

To keep your smoothie healthy...keep it simple!  Four ingredients will give you the vitamins, protein and calcium you need to get your day started.  Stock up on fresh bananas, strawberries, skim milk and a protein powder

If you are using a smoothie for a meal replacement, look for a recipe that has at least 5 grams of protein and a similar amount of fiber so that your hunger will be held off for a few hours.

Enjoy!
Stacy



Berry Smoothie


Ingredients:

1 small banana
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 6 oz container Greek Yogurt
1 scoop protein powder
1/2 cup skim milk
4 ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

Place all items in a blender and blend until smooth.


Green Power Smoothie


Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup mashed avocado
1 cup coconut water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
2-3 dashes of cayenne pepper


Directions:

Place all items in a blender and blend until smooth.