Orange Detox Smoothie

When I first thought about making a smoothie for breakfast this morning I said to myself “SMOOTHIE, are you kidding!? It’s FREEZING outside!” It’s -30 (or something) today in Chicago. After it gets below 20 degrees, it doesn’t even matter what the exact temperature is, I start planning my move to someplace warm. Side note: I’ve been planning my move out of Chicago every winter since I moved here. 7 years ago. I’m clearly not moving. #wishfulthinking

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Anyway, back to the smoothie. I considered making something warm, such as oatmeal or eggs and toast (because, ya know, that would actually make sense) but I kept going back to the smoothie. I decided I wanted one so bad because my body is craving a good detox, probably because I haven’t been able to get outside and workout. Sure, I’ve been running stairs in my building when I can, working out on my TRX bands, doing push-ups, etc., but I still feel like I haven’t really worked out. I’m a runner, so a good workout means running 4+ miles. And I REFUSE to run outside if it’s below 20 degrees, so I’m in a rut. With that said, bring on the smoothie.

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I wanted to keep things clean, so I decided to juice some carrots and a handful of spinach (if you don’t have a juicer, just purchase unprocessed carrot juice from your local health grocer, and blend the spinach leafs with the rest of the ingredients in the smoothie). Then I stuck to my number 1 rule when juicing/making smoothies: stick to the color group. I’ve had trouble in the past with mixing lots of greens and oranges. The color turns out completely brown and doesn’t always taste great. I checked my freezer and found some frozen bananas (I always keep frozen bananas on hand!) and mango chunks. Off I went! Hope you all enjoy.

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Yields: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup carrot juice (freshly squeezed if you have a juicer. If you do, I used 3 whole carrots. If not, buy unprocessed carrot juice from your local health grocer)
  • Handful of spinach, juiced or blended (I juiced mine along with the carrots)
  • 1/2 cup water (or more depending desired consistency)
  • 1 cup ice cubes (or more, again, depending on desired consistency)
  • 1/3 cup mango chunks (I used frozen)
  • 1 banana (I used frozen)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds blended (optional), I used mine as toppings)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (of choice. I use Garden of Life Raw Protein, plain. It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free AND USDA Organic!)
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My favorite protein powder!

Directions:

  • Juice carrots (again, store bought carrot juice is fine)
  • Throw all ingredients into blender
  • Blend until desired consistency
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Stay warm!

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This Sh*t is Bananas “Ice Cream”

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Okay, guys. This Sh*t is actually bananas. So please, play some Gwen Stefani while you read this and drool…or, you could just listen to nails on a chalkboard. That works, too.

Ah, ice cream… now we’re speakin’ my love language. Ice cream is probably one of *the* biggest reasons that I run and juice. Sad, right? Well, if you eat ice cream 4 days/week (on average) like I do, you have to work for it SOMEHOW. Also, it probably doesn’t help that Aldi has by far *the* best selection of ice cream and it’s only 2 bucks and some change for a gallon. Anddddd queue “Highway to the Dangerzone” from Top Gun riiiiightttt now.

But, I digress…

Every now and again after a long run, I’ll blend frozen bananas as a delicious (and super sugary) post-run snack. It has the consistency of melting soft-serve ice cream, so I decided to freeze the blended bananas in a plastic container. A few hours later, I was in for a huge surprise… it tasted like ICE CREAM. Holy guacamole! Since then I’ve tried mixing in cocoa powder, peanut butter, and strawberries to create a variety of flavors. Again, I’m telling you this shit is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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Step 1: chop up 5 bananas and lay them out on a cookie sheet. Freeze over night.

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Step 2: throw the frozen nanners in the blender and blend. Note: you may need to push the bananas down towards the blade with a metal spatula or spoon while the blender is on (don’t use plastic…I’ve may have had a few chunks of plastic in my ice cream a time or two…). Also, you do not need a fancy schmancy blender to make this. I would normally use our Blendtec, but it was at my bf’s when I made this. I have a $30 blender and it worked just fine!

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Step 2.5 : if you want to make the chocolate banana ice cream, simply add a little bit of cocoa powder to the blender.

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Step 3: If you are more of a soft serve fan, eat the ice cream as soon as it is blended. Otherwise, if you’d rather it taste more like regular ice cream, pour it into a container and stick it in the freezer for a few hours (it will keep up to a week).

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Step 4: Indulge without the bulge. (And without the dairy! I’m allergic to dairy so this is a great treat without having to take 3+ lactose pills)

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Enjoy!

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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