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Recipe: Green Smoothie Round 2

I made another green smoothie and this time it turned out a hell of a lot better than the first attempts I had. A few things I changed from last time were the addition of Almond Butter, Protein Powder, Flaxseed Meal, Wheat Germ, and a Kiwi. Give this a smoothie a try and if you have ideas to improve it let’s hear them! Next one I am going to play with the fruit I use, I’m thinkin’…..pineapple and strawberries need to be thrown in the mix.

flaxseed meal, wheat germ, kale, spinach, chia seeds, orange, banana, greek yogurt, protein powder, celery, apple.

Ingredients:

  • Bunch of Kale
  • Bunch of Spinach
  • 2 Celery Sticks
  • OJ
  • Milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Honey
  • Almond butter
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed meal
  • Wheat germ
  • Scoop of protein powder
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Mango
healthy goodness in a smoothie drink of green awesomeness healthy goodness in a smoothie drink of green awesomeness

As you can see the recipe tends to make more than a large glass full. If you have someone you can share it with that’s what I would suggest to do. Mmmmm Green Smoothie!

Recipe: Green Smoothie Madness

Every where I look lately I see everyone drinking these electrifying, neon green smoothies that look more space drink than something you’d drink for a cleanse, or simply to get your veggie intake in for the day.  But that’s exactly what these drinks are and what they do. They feed your body with nutrients that often our diets neglect. Today the plate is often composed with all the wrong proportions of the food groups you need to form a healthy diet (and no we are not talking some fad used to get skinny; diet: n. – selection of food.).

Fruits and vegetables rarely make it into a typical American diet, what with all the carbs and protein people seem to have forgotten about the most essential of nutrients that are bodies can ingest. It’s maddening, really. The solution for many, like all American solutions, combines a lot of veggies and fruit, ya know the nutritious stuff, with some other things, dairy, to make this fast drink that can be gulped down (trust me you’ll want to gulp this down).

Let’s recap real quick, the green smoothie delivers nutrients in a fast, fairly efficient, manner. Little clean up is needed and the recipe ideas can be endless if you have just a little bit of creativity in your bones. After seeing all kinds of recipes and not really knowing which I would like or what I should try first I decided to do things my favorite way possible, my way.

Gathering all the knowledge I have received from Pinterest and Facebook shares, and recipe blogs I was fairly confident I could come up with something, if not with a little trial and error.

Ingredients:

  • Bunch of kale
  • Bunch of spinach
  • Stick of celery
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Banana
  • Honey
  • Blue Agave
  • Chia Seeds
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Orange Juice
  • Milk

It’s not rocket science to make something healthy, but to make it tasty… that’s another story.  Listed above ^ are all the ingredients I wound up using in my super awesome mega green monster machine smoothie. I started out with placing in my blender the kale and spinach, after that I dropped in the mango, apple, celery, chia seeds, greek yogurt, and a little milk. Once all that blended itself into a liquified state I added in the blue agave and honey. Gave the blender a quick whirl and poured myself a test glass. Let’s just say if you’ve ever eaten a few blades of grass when you were a kid you’d know exactly what this tasted like.  What did I do? I added some orange juice and a banana. Those two simple additions made the drink completely tasty and bearable…for the first 3 or 4 sips.

green smoothie health food drink healthy veggies vegetables veggie fruit mango apple banana This is a health drink, it’s meant to cram a lot of nutrients into a simple, easy to consume, glass of awesomeness.  It does just that but of course like most things that are good for you it lacks the taste to keep you coming back for more. So I am reaching out to all of you, how would you improve this drink? What would you add to it to make my tastebuds dance with joy?

Share your recipes, let’s make the most awesome green drink ever!

Protein Bars Experiment Round 1

I found this recipe a few weeks ago and have been wanting to toy with it ever since. I finally got around to making a trip to the store (I hate going grocery shopping, takes too much time away from working out, hehe). I picked up all the things I was missing, wheat germ, flax seed meal, dried fruits, etc. This recipe is extremely easy to make, I personally love cooking food in general but when it comes to “baking” I don’t usually go there…but this, this was UBER easy. I made a few modifications from the original recipe and it turned out great.

Protein Bar Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for coating the pan
  • 2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut halves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries, and plums
  • Pans Used: Handi-Foil Eco-Foil Cookie Sheet and iChef Square Cake Pan
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with butter; set aside.
  2. Place oats, almonds, walnuts, wheat germ, chia seed, and flax seed meal on a rimmed baking sheet, toss with your hands to combine, and spread in an even layer. Bake, stirring halfway through, until walnuts are light golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
  3. Place honey, brown sugar, measured butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until mixture is smooth and combined and brown sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and immediately add oat-nut mixture and dried fruits to the saucepan, stirring until combined. Transfer to the prepared baking pan, spreading the mixture evenly with a spoon.

    Fresh out of the Oven!

  4. When the mixture is cool enough to handle but is still warm, dip your hands in water to prevent sticking and press the mixture evenly and firmly into the pan. Bake until aromatic, about 10 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Remove the granola slab from the pan. Cut it in half to form two rectangles, then cut each rectangle widthwise into 5 bars to form 10 bars total. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks; let frozen bars come to room temperature before eating.

Giant Slab of Protein Bar Goodness

Original Recipe Courtesy of Chow: http://www.chow.com/recipes/28749-cherry-power-bar

Next round I plan on adding a little more honey and cinnamon. Play with it and tell me what you come up with!