The Blender Girl Smoothies App I am so delighted to be launching The Blender Girl Smoothies app for iPhone and iPad today in the app store. I have been working on this for a year with the team at Ten Speed Press and Random House to offer a comprehensive smoothie-making tool that will help you find your perfect blend. You can learn more about all of the features of the app here or at the app store. Green Breakfast Bowl I had planned to start the year with a post about cleansing. But since I just shoved down two of David’s Almond Butter Cookies, that somehow wouldn’t feel completely honest. Although if you don’t count those cookies, I have actually started the new year pretty clean and healthy. Obviously I’m not on a juice cleanse, but I have tried to minimize my intake of sugar, gluten and dairy products even more. This week we have therefore had some delicious and light dinners. We will share a few of them with you soon, but today we focus on the first meal of the day.
5 Delicious and Nutritious Smoothies You Should Try At Home - Butterbin You’ve all heard the advise that incorporating green and leafy vegetables in your diet is beneficial for health. Not only does it give you the much-needed fiber requirement, which helps in digestion and increase your energy, it also aids in improving blood circulation. Adding leafy greens to your diet, which are easy to digest, helps your body concentrate more on eliminating harmful toxins. This results to a lean and energetic physique, which allows you to enjoy other activities better. But what if you’re the type who does not like to munch on their veggies? What should you do?
Coffee Smoothie This delicious and nutritious smoothie recipe was concocted for all the coffee and smoothie lovers out there. Health experts can’t seem to agree on whether coffee is healthy or not. I believe in bio-individuality, meaning for some people coffee is great, while for others it’s not so good. There’s a reason many indigenous cultures across the globe have sought out caffeine bearing plants. Caffeine, like alcohol, has been shown to extend lifespan, but only when consumed in moderation.
Scratch Mommy – Life, From Scratch 5 Tips For Kidney Health (& A Dandelion Smoothie Recipe)! When my son was in the NICU, just a mere 24 hours after he was born, I heard the doctors tell me he had “acute hydronephrosis and kidney failure.” I had no idea what hydronephrosis meant, but I could assume kidney failure was tragic. How could my little man already be diagnosed with this? He wasn’t even 24 hours old and the doctors were giving me that look of “I’m sorry, there might not be much we can do.” Over the next nine months and two surgeries, his kidneys stabilized to an acceptable level of function. The Healthiest Smoothie Ever I’m making a bold claim with the title of this smoothie, but hear me out. In my quest to have the best day ever, the alchemist in me came out as I threw every superfood in my kitchen into the blender. The result, a delicious, creamy, and outrageously healthy superfood smoothie.
Today is...Fava Beans!: Cacao (Theobroma cacao) Cacao or cocoa? Ask the chocolate cognescenti, and they will tell you cacao (the tree species name), and that cocoa is likely an anglicized pronunciation. Still, cocoa has stuck, and you will likely never be corrected if you refer to the whole beans as cacao and the products made from the beans as cocoa. While we have long delighted in eating chocolate (and have recently discovered its many health benefits), raw cacao beans as a snack food has only recently appeared on grocery shelves. Which is ironic, considering Central and South American cultures consumed cacao beans for centuries. (Cacao beans were so prized in pre-Columbian Meso-American cultures that they were actually used as currency!)
Chocolate Frosty Smoothie One of my favorite treats growing up was a chocolate Wendy’s frosty. I can’t remember the last time I had one (at least 5 years), but still secretly crave them :) This smoothie is my best healthy approximation of that naughty fast-food frozen dessert. Bananarama Superfood Smoothie I admit it, I’m addicted! Addicted to superfood smoothies. I like to think of it as a healthy addiction :) Not only do I love the taste, how I feel after drinking, and the health benefits, tossing a variety of superfoods into my blender is flat out fun. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who share’s this passion. Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl Move over acai bowls, there’s a new superfruit in town that makes bright and beautiful smoothie bowls with a lovely pink hue. The fruit I’m referring to is dragon fruit and despite it’s name it has quite a mild and sweet flavor. I don’t know what it is about acai, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the frozen acai smoothie packets.
Kiwi Green Smoothies I love using kiwis in smoothies because they are low in natural sugar and have a delicious flavour. You can throw them into your blender peeled or unpeeled (a lot of nutrients are in and under the skin). However, even if you peel them, they do have some texture that can add a grittiness to smoothies which is not always desirable. Antioxidant Chia Smoothie Recipe Chia seeds offer an easy source of plant-based protein, anti-inflammatory omega-3s, and antioxidants to your diet. If you find their crunchy texture a little off-putting on their own, try tossing them into this refreshing morning smoothie. High in vitamin C and boasting more than 10 grams of fiber, this antioxidant breakfast blend gets an extra lift with some chia power. Ingredients
Melon Green Smoothie I have got a delicious smoothie today from my friends Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson at Super Healthy Kids. I met them at Driscoll's University in Monterey last year and we had so much fun. I just love what they're doing to help mothers make healthy food for their kids. There are so many wonderful healthy recipes, tools, and meal plans to get more fruits and vegetables into children on their site. This fabulous melon smoothie recipe comes from Amy's book 201 Healthy Smoothies & Juices For Kids.
How to Make a Green Smoothie with Avocado Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan. Today: Take the dairy out of your smoothie, and add in some green. Smoothies are a no-brainer breakfast for vegans: many recipes are vegan as written, and if they aren’t, it’s easy to veganize them using plant-based milks and yogurts in place of regular dairy.