Apple Pie Green Smoothie

I’m baaaaaack!!! I feel terrible when I leave my blog unattended for several days, but I’ve got a good reason. I finished my 200 hour yoga teacher training! Ahhh… that feels good to say.

IMG_7006I’ll do a full recap as soon as my brain starts working properly. Right now I’m sleep deprived, physically exhausted, and I’m coming down from an emotional roller coaster I’ve been riding for the last 5 days. Give me a minute before I start re-living it.

So how about another smoothie recipe?

DSC_9457As you can see, I’ve got a pattern going here. Banana Bread, Apple Pie…I’m obviously craving dessert! But when am I not craving dessert? That’s the real question.

DSC_9482I made this smoothie almost every morning before teacher training. I would usually eat around 7:30 or 8 a.m., and then we wouldn’t break for lunch until 1 or 1:30 p.m. Thankfully, the addition of the oats kept me full for hours!

DSC_9459Cast of Characters:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large handful of greens
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ sweet apple (Fuji, Gala, etc.) or ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Once everything is blended, turn that thing on high! The oats and raw apple need to be blended into oblivion for a smooth texture.

DSC_9471If needed, add a few ice cubes to cool it down.

Notes: I have used raw apple and unsweetened apple sauce in this recipe and both have turned out great. I usually don’t have sweet apples laying around (I’m more of a tart apple kind of girl), BUT I do always keep individual servings of apple sauce in the pantry for baking. The apple sauce was a perfect addition to this smoothie. Also, If you don’t have a high speed blender (Vitamix, Blendtec, etc.), the apple sauce will give you a much smoother texture.

Happy Blending, Y’all!

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Banana Bread Smoothie

If there is one thing I like about cold weather, it’s that it forces me to stay inside and work on things I’ve been putting off: cleaning bathrooms (I avoid this chore like the plague), organizing my closet, installing baseboards, you get it…

The Carnivore and I have had a productive couple of days. We have baseboards! Probably the least expensive thing we’ve done, but man – they have a BIG impact.

IMG_6490We also removed 1982 from above the island…

IMG_6337…and added this rail lighting to give me light EVERYWHERE! When we first installed this fixture, I only had 60w bulbs in the house. You should have seen it – a plane could’ve landed in our kitchen.IMG_6344In other news, the cold weather also has me in a dilemma.

Green smoothies are my favorite way to fuel in the morning and if I don’t get one in my system first thing, my day is turned on its head. Problem is, it’s 20 degrees outside. So I sit underneath my blanket in front of a space heater and sip my green drink. This is a problem.

The cold temperatures have me craving warming spices, so I’ve been playing with a series of cold weather approved cold drinks. Does that make any sense at all?

This banana bread smoothie gives me the nutrients I need to get goin’, and the comforting spices to take me away from the space heater. I’m not giving up the blanket just yet.

FullSizeRender(2)Banana Bread Smoothie

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I’m currently using Spiru-Tein)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp. walnuts

Now when I make this smoothie, I load it up with greens. It’s not going to look much like banana bread with the added greens, but it’s still delicious! Close your eyes if you need to, or in my husband’s case… use a solid colored cup with a lid.

Add your spinach, protein powder, spices and vanilla to a blender. Blend until smooth. Then add your frozen banana. By using a frozen banana, you shouldn’t need ice (or not much!). Ice will water your smoothie down slightly. Blend until smooth. Finally, add in your walnuts. I don’t blend them for long, I like a little crunch in my smoothie. 😉

FullSizeRender(3)And there you have it… banana bread in a cup. Enjoy!


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Mama Needs Iron.

A few months ago I was hosting/attending baby showers left and right – well now all those friends are having babies! I’ve snuggled more babies the last 6 weeks than I have in years. I’m not complaining.

Baby Paisley - born June 25, 2014

Baby Paisley – born June 25, 2014

Snuggle ’em when they’re happy, and give ’em back when they cry – it’s perfect.

A good friend of mine, Paige, had her baby girl (Olivia) less than 2 weeks ago. I was able to get my fill of newborn baby snuggles in this last week. Paige had a really tough delivery and as a result, had become very anemic. Her husband texted me to see if I had any good smoothie recipes with iron and of course I jumped at the chance to make her a few of my favorites!

Iron SmoothiesHere’s what she got:

I chose these smoothies for a few reasons:

  1. Wheat grass is rich in iron. Iron regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.
  2. Raw cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g.  This compares to beef at 2.5mg per 100g. Just another reason why you should never give up chocolate. 😉 Or that’s my reasoning anyway…
  3. Plant-based iron is more easily absorbed when paired with Vitamin C – hence the lemon and cherries.        

Yogi Smoothie (wheatgrass)                                 Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Yogi Smoothie (Wheatgrass)Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

 

These smoothies are Baby Olivia approved!

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