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Smoothie Series WEEK 4-Great Smoothie Recipes from Fitness Bloggers

Welcome to WEEK 4 of the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series!! I've got some awesome Smoothie Recipes from other Fitness Bloggers to share with you! If you read WEEK 2 of the series, you saw my TOP 2 FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES, but now I am some awesome, original recipes from other bloggers, and these are way fancier than mine! 

So get your pallets ready and take a look at these great recipes!

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Here's some of my favorite recipes from some amazing fellow Fitness Bloggers: 

GINGER GREEN SMOOTHIE from Love Life Surf

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Ginger is such a great ingredient that can be used in many ways and offers a number of benefits including:

  • Aids in digestion and combats stomach aches and discomfort
  • Alleviates symptoms of motion sickness and nausea
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves your immune system and helps fight colds and sickness

Ginger Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 12 oz. coconut water
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger – sliced or crushed
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I use GNC’s vanilla egg protein.)

CRANBERRY CHIA SMOOTHIE from Getting' My Healthy On Cranberry-Chia-Smoothie

Cranberry Chia Smoothie is a fruity and super healthy smoothie recipe, using Greek yogurt, fruit, spinach, and chia seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • handful spinach
  • 1/2 c Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c cranberries
  • 1/3 c blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • optional: 3/4 c liquid of choice (water, juice, milk, etc)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

PEACHY GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 peaches (Mine were canned so I also added about 2 Tablespoons of the peach juice.)

1 banana

1-2 cups baby spinach

1 teaspoon flaxseed

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Designer Whey)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

6-8 ice cubes

Directions:

Layer all ingredients except for ice in blender. Blend on medium speed until well combined and smooth. Add ice cubes and blend again until thick and creamy. Slurp up!

SPOOKY SMOOTHIE: MACA CHOCOLATE + PUMPKIN ORANGE by Lauren Live Healthy

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Chocolate layer
  1. 1 maca chocolate bar (Vega)
  2. 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1 small banana
  4. 1/2 tbsp black chia seeds
Orange layer
  1. 2 pitted dates
  2. 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  3. 1 medium orange, peeled
  4. 1/4 c yogurt (try almond or coconut yogurt for a fun twist!)
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 2-3 dashes pumpkin spice
  7. Splash of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Make the chocolate layer. In a blender, pulse the chocolate bar until it's in fine pieces. Add in the almond milk, banana and chia seeds. Blend until smooth.
  2. Make the pumpkin layer. Soak the dates in warm water for 2-3 minutes to soften up a bit. Blend with the pumpkin puree, orange, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla.
  3. Pour the chocolate layer into a cup before the pumpkin layer. Stir together and enjoy!

CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SPICE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE by The Fit Foodie Mama

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 1 handful of ice
  3. 2 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
  4. 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used Puritan's Pride Vegan Chocolate with Quinoa & Oats)
  5. 2 tbsp cacao powder
  6. 1 scoop Superior Greens
  7. 1 bag pumpkin spice tea (bag ripped open, use leaves only)
  8. 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds for topping
  9. 1 tbsp cacao nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together except seeds and nibs.
  2. Pour into large glass and top with pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs.
  3. Enjoy! :)

Here's some other recipes for you to check out!

CHOCOLATE ORANGE GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

OATMEAL COOKIE DOUGH IN A GLASS by Sprint to the Table

CARROT CAKE BATTER SHAKE by Sprint to the Table

FRUIT-FREE LOW CARB SMOOTHIE by The Happy Health Freak

APPLE CRISP SMOOTHIE by Fitaspire

SENSATIONAL SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE by A Lady Goes West

APPLE PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE by Healthy Helper

BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE by Running with SD Mom

MINT CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE by Slim Sanity

 

Be sure to check out the posts from earlier in the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers

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Smoothie Series WEEK 3-Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

Welcome to Week 3 of our Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, which is all about the nutritious additives you can put in your smoothie!

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You are probably wondering, what can be more nutritious that a cup full of fruit!?!? Well today I'm going to tell you my TOP 5 NUTRITIOUS ADDITIVES when it comes to making smoothies!

Now if you are just joining in on the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, START HERE:

smoothie week 1

smoothie week 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protein Powder:

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 There are so many brands of protein powders out there.  When finding one, I would suggest finding a natural, or plant based powder, here are two suggestions from previous reviews we have done: Skoop & Manitoba Harvest Both are plant based, and have great flavors.

I personally use protein powder in my smoothies because I use smoothies as meal replacements, and sometimes, post workout nutrition.  When it is as a meal replacement, it's important for me so that I am able to stay full longer.  When I am using a smoothie as a post workout drink, the protein aids in muscle recovery.  (more about that HERE)

Green Veggies:

My two favorite green veggies to add to my smoothies are: 

KALE

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SPINACH

Spinach is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium, and omega-3-fatty-acids. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.39.59 PM

So basically, adding greens to your smoothie is AWESOME FOR YOU!!! So DO IT!!

And don't be afraid of them! Just a handful of greens and you won't even taste them, your smoothie just might have a hint of green color to it! I love adding a handful to mine just because that means a little more vegetable intake for that day, and a whole lot more of GOOD NUTRITIONAL VALUE in my smoothie!

Chia Seeds:

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Same seeds used to create a CHIA PET! You know those little grass heads sold on TV Info-mercials in the 90's! These seeds are FILLED with Omega-3-fatty-acid and are also dietary fibers.

Some people even let these sit for a while, because as they sit in liquid, they become little jelly capsules, so they thicken up your smoothie! Yum! Or add them to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal!

Flax Seeds:

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.31.32 PMFlax seeds are high in dietary fiber, micronutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids, and have about 800 times the amount of antioxidant lignans of any other plant.

I have used the ground version or whole seeds in my smoothies, but usually the whole seeds get grounded some by the blender anyways.

Peanut Butter

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A balanced source of energy, and supplies all three macronutrients. About 13% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 72% fats. Great to add in for an extra boost of protein, but also be careful not to add too much, and go overboard with it.

Be sure to get natural peanut butter though.  Many regular peanut butter brands actually have sugars added to them....why did they ever do that? I don't know, in my opinion, a natural peanut butter has plenty of sweetness to it! So GO NATURAL!

These are my TOP 5 most used Nutritious Additives in my Smoothies, but I asked fellow Health & Fitness Bloggers, and here's some others they often times add.

Others: 

-Almond Butter -Full of nutrients and vitamins, and has different nutritional values than peanut butter.

-PB2-a low calorie powder form of peanut butter

-Bee Pollen -claimed to be nearly 40% protein and contain all nutrients required by humans

-Maca Powder - a Peruvian root powder that contains many vitamins, aids in energy, and more.

-Cacao Nibs -crumbles from whole Cacao beans, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers, and adds a natural chocolate flavor!

-Coconut Oil -claims to be easy to digest, and to help boost metabolism.

So in your adventure to become a Pro-Smoothie Drinker, I hope this helps!!!

Pick a couple of these on the list that interest you or seem like they would benefit your body and diet the most and go with it! You don't have to do them all!

So.....

What's your favorite Nutrient Rich Additive to put in your smoothie?

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If you missed the first two weeks of the series, check them out! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers...COMING NEXT WEEK!

Smoothie Series WEEK 2-Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

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It's week 2 of our Smoothie Series, and I'm sharing my top two favorite smoothie recipes with you!

These recipes are both easy to make, super yummy, and in my opinion have totally different tastes, so you can change it up when you are looking for a different flavor! Plus, if you followed Week 1's tips on How a Smoothie Drinker Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen, then you should have everything you need to make both of these smoothies!

First I'll start with the smoothie that made me fall in love with smoothies! This is the smoothie that I drank for years and years, without ever changing it up at all! It works great as a meal replacement! And this is my go-to smoothie if I order one from a smoothie place.

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Second best smoothie, is an easy, throw all your fruit in with some almond milk and greek yogurt smoothie! And I love it! I have only been enjoying  this smoothie for the past 6 months, but it is great! I literally just use a base of Almond Milk and/or Coconut Water with Greek Yogurt, and put some fruit in with it. This is the one that is great for the frozen fruit that you always keep on hand, (like I mentioned in Week 1). This can be used as a snack throughout the day, or add some protein powder (I prefer vanilla or non-flavored for this one), and it can be more substantial and be used as a meal replacement!

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So make sure you have the ingredients and try one of my favorite recipes! Then let me know what you think about it!! 

WHAT ARE YOU FAVORITE KIND OF SMOOTHIES TO MAKE!??

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little-signautresWeek 1: How a Smoothie Drinker Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen

Week 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

Week 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

Smoothie Series Week 1--How a smoother drinker Shops & Stocks their kitchen!

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WELCOME to Week 1 of our October Smoothie Series: How a Smoothie Drinker Shops and Stocks Their Kitchen! 

If you didn't know, I LOVE SMOOTHIES!

I try to have a smoothie in my meal plan at least once a day, sometimes two!

I love them because I am able to get so many nutrients but through a drink!  Some may wonder why I would choose to drink fruits and veggies rather than eat them. I mean once you take the time to chew the food, you would for sure get more full.  For me, I enjoy smoothies because they are quick, easy, and light.  Rather than eating a bowl of fruit, yogurt, and almond milk, I can mix a smoothie and take it on the go.  PLUS, the biggest part for me is being able to add in protein powder.  You can read about the importance of using protein powder post workout at our Skoop Protein Review, and at our Manitoba Harvest Protein Review. Although some choose to mix their post workout protein in water or milk and drink it, I enjoy adding it to a good smoothie!

So, if you are looking to add a smoothie to your daily meals, then let's start with....

How to shop and stock your kitchen for making smoothies!

To create a good base for general smoothie making, here's what you will need:

YOUR LIQUID

I use almond milk.  Some people prefer to use a juice, like orange juice, others use just water.  I think using water makes a smoothie more like an icy than a smooth drink.  If you made one with water and one with milk, you could definitely tell the difference.  I have bought coconut water and mixed it half/half with almond milk before, and that worked great.

YOUR PROTEIN

Choose your source of added protein.  When using a smoothie as a meal  replacement, I would highly recommend using a protein powder added to your smoothie.  It will help the smoothie be more filling, and nutritious, and last you longer.  You do have to consider what flavor of protein powder you get.  You may start with one, and once you have been drinking smoothies for a while decide you would prefer something else.  I started with chocolate protein powder early on, but over the years I have come to enjoy more varieties of fruits in my smoothies, so I prefer a vanilla, or non-flavored powder these days.

You can also add in other sources of protein like Greek Yogurt and/or Peanut Butter.  I almost always add a tablespoon or two of Greek Yogurt to my smoothies.  It adds to the smooth factor of the drink, plus adds more protein.  I also have a go-to smoothie recipe that calls for Peanut Butter! (You will get that smoothie recipe in WEEK 2's post: "My Favorite Smoothie Recipes")

YOUR FRUITS

When buying fruits, I highly recommend buying FRESH! Although, I will admit that I do keep some frozen bags of fruit on hand, just so I always have fruits if I need a smoothie.  Here's a list of some go-to fruits:

-Bananas

-Strawberries

-Blueberries

-Other Berries (blackberries, raspberries)

-Pineapple

-Mango (these are the fruits that I usually buy in a frozen bag)

Remember, these fruits are for "general smoothies." I will be sharing some more gourmet style smoothie recipes in Week 4's post: "Smoothie Recipes from Fitness Bloggers." For now though, we are just building a base for smoothie making in our kitchen, so these will do.

YOUR NUTRITIOUS ADDITIVES: 

For now I will keep this brief, since WEEK 3's post is: "Way's to Make Your Smoothie More Nutritious," but you may want to grab some of these items as well:

-Spinach leaves, or any greens...I use mixed greens and sometimes kale

-flax seed

-chia seed

KITCHEN PREP:

Once you get all of these goodies home, take time to wash your fruit, and put them in containers that you will put in the freezer.  For strawberries, take the stem off.  For large fruits like pineapple or mangos, cut into small cubes.  For bananas, peel and cut in half.  I have found over my years of smoothie making that using frozen fruit is so much better! It makes it where I never even use ice anymore. Plus the frozen fruit makes it nice and frothy, in a wonderful and yummy way!

Alright, so now that you know the facts about everything, it's time to head to the grocery store! Then come back next week to get the recipe for MY FAVORITE SMOOTHIES! 

Oh, and don't forget...you will need a blender!

Week 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

Week 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

 

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