Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Super ( Paleo ) Smoothie Recipes!


Fall may be here, but the cooler temperatures cannot deter me from a cool and creamy smoothie. I even have a perfect-for-Fall Pumpkin Blueberry Protein Smoothie recipe that I posted a few weeks ago. Smoothies can be a quick and tasty way to get in a few of your daily servings of fruit. They are a great breakfast on busy mornings and perfect as a post-workout recovery treat. 

When using frozen fruit in smoothies, I always check the label to make sure there is no added sugar. If you buy a bag of frozen pineapple, the only ingredient should be pineapple. For that same reason, I only use coconut milk in my smoothie recipes. The coconut milk I use is from Trader Joe’s and the only ingredients are coconut milk and water. No additives and no weird ingredients that I can’t pronounce. It makes me feel good to know exactly what I am putting into my body.

The smoothie recipes that I am going to share with you today each have a hidden ingredient that takes this icy treat to the next level. You may not even notice these little extras when you take your first sip, but they bump up the nutritional profile and pack an added “punch” that will leave you feeling happy inside and out.

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* Chocolate Cherry Smoothie with Cinnamon

Chocolate and cherries go together like peas and carrots...hmm, that was not the best analogy. Peas and carrots would not make for a very good smoothie. What I meant to say was that chocolate and cherries are a delicious combo! This recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder, which brings out the rich, sweet flavor of the cherries without any added sugar. 

The nutritional booster here is cinnamon! Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar so you can say goodbye to mid-afternoon blood sugar crashes that send you running for the vending machine. Studies have even shown that cinnamon can lower LDL cholesterol, boost cognitive function and reduce cancer risk. 


Chocolate Cherry Smoothie with Cinnamon
Serves: 2

Ingredients
1 banana
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cherries (if frozen, look for cherries without added sugar)
4 ice cubes
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup cup coconut milk
¾ cup water

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender.

Blend until smooth. If needed, add additional water until desired consistency is reached.

Divide evenly between two large glasses and enjoy!

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* Pineapple Citrus Smoothie with Turmeric

During the summer months and after a tough workout, I often crave bright and refreshing citrus smoothies. This smoothie is flavored with pineapple and orange, with just a hint of lime for a tart twist!

This tropical treat gets supercharged with turmeric, which is often found in Indian cuisine. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties - perfect for both workout recovery and disease prevention, as many diseases stem from inflammation in our bodies. 

Your taste buds probably won’t even notice this spice, but your body will thank you for the addition of this medicinal powerhouse!


Pineapple Citrus Smoothie with Turmeric
Serves: 2

Ingredients
1 banana
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
1 orange, peeled and quartered
Juice of one lime
4 ice cubes
1 tbsp ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
2 tsp turmeric
½  cup coconut milk
¾  cup water

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender.

Blend until smooth. If needed, add additional water until desired consistency is reached.

Divide evenly between two large glasses and enjoy!

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*Banana Berry Smoothie with Molasses

Bananas and mixed berries are a classic combination. Potassium and fiber-filled banana, mingled with antioxidant-rich berries make for an already healthy treat, and the addition of molasses takes this drink right over the top! 

Molasses is much more than just another sweetener. Unlike table sugar and corn syrup, molasses isn’t refined and retains its mineral content. Molasses is chock full of iron and it is also a good source of calcium. It doesn’t take much (just a couple of teaspoons) to reap the benefits of molasses, which makes it super easy to get all of the benefits without adding many calories.

Banana Berry Smoothie with Molasses
Serves: 2

Ingredients
1 banana
1 ½ cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen
4 ice cubes
1 tbsp molasses
½  cup coconut milk
¾ cup water


Directions
Add all ingredients to blender.

Blend until smooth. If needed, add additional water until desired consistency is reached.

Divide evenly between two large glasses and enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. Haha we have the same glasses! Crate and barrel

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    1. Funny! I really only get the nice glasses out for photos :)

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  2. Why do you use "light" coconut milk and not full fat coconut milk

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    1. That is just the only kind they have at Trader Joe's! :)
      I would use full fat if they had it, but I do like that this coconut milk is only coconut milk and water.

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  3. Nice recipe! It tasted great.

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