Shamrock Smoothie

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Hmm, who doesn’t love a delicious Shamrock Shake from Mcy D’s? Especially around St. Patty’s day! They’re super delicious, butttttt, there’s one BIG problem. They are TERRIBLE for you. In fact, there’s proof this year stating several reasons why you should skip the “shake” (read it here).

My boyfriend bought a bottle of peppermint oil about 6 months ago, and since then, we’ve only used it about once. So I decided to mix-up a minty-shake one day while I was craving an entire sleeve of Thin Mints (because how can you eat just one?). Turns out, there are quite a few “healthy” alternatives to McDonald’s Shamrock shake, but mine’s a little bit different. Hope you enjoy! Bonus: no hidden ingredients here!

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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup almond milk (I used 1/2 water, 1/2 almond milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 avocado
  • A whole bunch o’ spinach (or kale). I used 1/3 of a bag.
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint oil
  • Generous drizzle of agave nectar, or honey (use as little or as much as you’d like, depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 tbs chia seeds!
  • Cup (or more) of ice
  • Optional: Protein powder (I recommend vanilla or plain), dark chocolate on top 🙂

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  • Blend it, duh!
  • Enjoy without the guilt!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

The other morning, I scavenged my fridge for something to whip up for breakfast. Jumping from buying a rental property to bringing a puppy home, hasn’t left me with much time to make a trip to the grocery store (or blog…more posts to come – I promise!). I found a few eggs, orange juice, almond milk, and some leftover canned pumpkin from this recipe. I was in the mood for a smoothie, so I decided to mix things up a bit (pun intended) and try making a smoothie that matched the season. I wasn’t too sure how it’d turn out, but I absolutely loved it! Kyle (my boyfriend) said “It tastes like the offspring of a banana and a pumpkin!”

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Serves two

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (I use Trader Joe’s Organic pumpkin)
  • 1 frozen banana (tip: bananas turning brown before you can eat them? Take the peels off and throw them in the freezer – it makes for a colder smoothie and you will always have some on hand without them going bad!)
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 squeeze of agave nectar (add until desire sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Optional: I like to throw in instant oats and/or almonds if I have them on hand. They add extra texture to the smoothie!

Tip: Want to add more protein to curb your hunger? Toss in some plain, vanilla or chai tea flavored protein powder for an even more satisfying meal!

Instructions

  1. Throw all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and/or granola!

Cheers!

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Sweet Sunshine

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If you’re anything like me, this shift in weather is absolutely kiiiiillllllinnnnnggg you. When the weather drops below 60 the seat warmers in the car come on (I should say “warmer” seeing how my bf gets mad if I turn his on…), the humidifier comes out of the closet, I dress myself in 67 layers of clothing, and the cold shivers are in full swing. Though it doesn’t sound like it, I promise you I was brought up in the Midwest. When I’m not planning my winter escape out of Chicago, I’m trying to create juices that make me feel like a giant bucket of sunshine. Because if you’ve ever survived a Chicago winter, you’ll take whatever you can get. Even if it’s short lived…

This juice not only looks like it belongs in some warm, sunshiny environment, it tastes like it, too! So if this weather has you feeling sluggish (or depressed because you know what comes after Fall…) have a big glass of Sweet Sunshine — you’ll thank me later.

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Just a few things to note with the ingredients*…

  • Skin the sweet potato
  • Cut off the tops of the carrots
  • Peel the orange. Try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since it contains most of the nutrients that help your bod absorb vitamin c! Leave the seeds in, they’re packed with nutrients and antioxidants as well! #ColdProof
  • Core the apple (I used HONEYCRISP here. That’s right, baby. De-lish.)
  • Peel the lemon. Same steps as the orange.
  • Cut off the tops of the mini sweet peppers. Toss any loose seeds as well.

*Check out this produce prep guide to see what fruits and vegetables need to be peeled, chopped or cored before sending through your juicer!

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Drink up, friends! Rumor has it we have another crazy winter in storm (er, store?). Okay, that’s my queue to exit. I’m clearly high on vitamins…

Until next time,

-tnn

C.A.L. (carrot apple lemon) Juice

This juice is a close runner-up to my all-time favorite green juice. It is by far the quickest juice to make as it only has 3 ingredients and takes minimal time to prep. C.A.L. is a great pick-me-up when you are feeling sluggish or feel a cold coming on. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins a + c, C.A.L. will make you look and feel great from the inside out.

 

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This juice serves 1. Feel free to double or triple the ingredients if you will be sharing the sunshiny goodness! Check out this produce prep guide to see what fruits and vegetables need to be peeled, chopped or cored before sending through your juicer!

  • Carrots – just rinse! Then send through the juicer…skins and all!
  • Apple – core and rinse
  • Lemon – Lightly peel. Try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since it contains most of the nutrients that help your bod absorb vitamin c! Leave the seeds in, they’re packed with nutrients and antioxidants as well!

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Enjoy…I know I did!

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– tnn

My Go-To Green Juice

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Since I began juicing 3 months ago, I have gotten pretty comfortable with creating my own recipes. When I was new to the whole juicing thing, I would only stick to  the recipes that I researched. After a few weeks of reading blog posts, watching a handful of YouTube videos, and reading a few books at the library, I was ready to start creating my own recipes. Through trial and error, I learned my most important rule when juicing – stick to one color.  For example, if you’re going to make a carrot juice, use orange fruits and vegetables – sweet potatoes, orange peppers and oranges. If you’re going to make a green juice, stick to green fruits and veggies. If you happen to mix orange and green produce in your juice, it will turn the juice  brown. Sure, it might still taste good, but if you’re new to juicing, a dark brown colored juice is going to completely turn you off.

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If you have a juicer, I encourage you to give my green juice recipe a try. I juice every single day, and this is always my go-to. If you’re new to juicing, throw an extra apple in there to mask the grassy taste of the vegetables (you will get used to that with time, I promise).

 

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Tip: Juice the kale and spinach first. Once you add in the apples, cucumbers, celery, etc., it will help push the rest of the kale and spinach leaves through the juicer.

New to juicing? Use this guide to learn what fruits and veggies need to be cored, chopped and prepped!

What is your go-to juice? Hope you enjoy mine!

– tnn