Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

I am typically not the biggest fan of pineapples. To me, like bananas, the flavor of pineapple overpowers everything else you put with it. So when I set out to make a tropical smoothie, I wanted to use pineapple sparingly, in order to bring out the mango and kiwi flavors, and I think this ratio was a success, at least I drank the entire thing! Smoothies are also a great way to use the core of the pineapple, that is often discarded.  The core of the pineapple contains the substance Bromelin, which may help reduce inflammation.

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

And now this… personally, I prefer to put whole foods in my smoothie and skip the extra like protein powder and collagen etc. I know everyone has a different view on this but everything I have learned in school and from what I understand of evidence based science, you can get all the nutrients you need from whole foods, so I prefer to stick with that. And as a side note. who else is absolutely loving Last Week Tonight this season? Why is it only on once a week!

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie
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Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

transport yourself to a tropical island

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 kiwis skin removed

optional

  • pineapple, mango, and kiwi to garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut the fresh pineapple. If you want to use the skin to hold the smoothie, carefully cut the pineapple out of the center. (I have no advice on how to do this...I just cut small pieced out). 

  2. In a food processor or a blender, add the pineapple chunks, mango, spinach and kiwi. 

  3. Pulse until smooth. 

  4. Pour into the hollowed out pineapple, bowl, or glass. 

  5. Optional: Top with extra fruit. 

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

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Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

I have love chocolate, sweets, and candy as much as the next girl, but beautiful smoothie bowls make me just as happy.

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I have had a pitaya (or dragon fruit) smoothie bowl on my list of recipes to develop for a long time, but hadn’t fit it into my ingredient of the week scheduling. But when I started to think about what treats to make for Valentine’s Day, I knew the bright pink color of dragon fruit would be perfect!

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So this Valentine’s Day, ditch the chocolate for a pretty in pink smoothie bowl, just kidding chocolate and flowers are always a good idea.

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Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
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Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

because Valentine's Day doesn't only have to be about chocolate!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup frozen pitaya
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 4 tbsp nonfat greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • fresh raspberries

Instructions

  1. In a blender or food processor, add the frozen pitaya and frozen raspberries. Add the yogurt and milk one tablespoon at a time until its the consistency you want.

  2. Pour the smoothie into a bowl.
  3. Add granola, chia seeds, pomegranate seeds, and raspberries to the bowl.

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Cherry Acai Bowl

Acai has been praised has a superfood, packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavanoids. However, Acai has been found to have no more nutritional benefits than similar fruits like blueberries. Acai do however have mono and polyunsaturated fats which makes them more filling than traditional fruits. And regardless of all that they are delicious!

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Acai is perfect to continue to celebrate the Rio Olympics because the berry is harvested from the rain forests of Brazil and is unique to that habitat. I heard they even have an Acai bowl station at the Olympics!

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I first had an Acai bowl when I visited San Diego and fell in love with the delicious flavor (and eating outside in February). Slowly but surely, Acai bowls made their way to the east coast and now you can find Acai frozen packets at the grocery store! So now you make your very own Acai bowl no matter where you live! I served mine in a hollowed out watermelon after all my watermelon recipes!

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Cherry Acai Bowl

Summer in a bowl!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Sambazon Acai (100g)
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla soy milk
  • fruit for topping, (cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • empty watermelon rind

Directions

  1. Run the acai packet under warm water, until the acai breaks up a little.
  2. Add the acai, frozen cherries, and soy milk into a blender/food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Pour into a bowl.
  4. Add fruit as you wish!

I used these individual packets from Sambazon and found them at Yes! Organic Markets! 

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Blueberry Ombre Smoothie

Layered smoothies have been taking over instagram this summer, so naturally i had to join in on the fun! I wanted to stick with my theme this week so today I am sharing a blueberry ombre smoothie. By changing the ratio of blueberry to yogurt I have changed the color (and texture) of different layers.

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It has been so so hot in DC this week! Making a smoothie is truly the only way to get through it! Smoothies are a great make ahead breakfast or snack that can be enjoyed all week long. Definitely use plain unsweetened yogurt in this recipe! It’s plenty sweet without the added sugar. I highly recommend making a few smoothies ahead of time to ensure delicious healthy breakfast/snacks all week!

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Green Pear Smoothie

Looking to detox after a sugar overload this weekend? Start your morning with this delicious and sweet green pear smoothie. This smoothie is naturally sweetened with pears and figs.

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This green drink is a smoothie and not a juice. Smoothie’s blend whole ingredient whereas juice leaves a by product known as pulp.

Over the years I have read and researched about the benefits of juicing: the main takeaway is always the same. Juicing fruits and vegetables removes all of the fiber. Fiber keeps you full. If you remove all the fiber, the minute you finish your juice you are likely to still be hungry. Proponents of juicing believe that a juice cleanse will detox your body, however your body has this organ, known as the liver, which detoxes your body, specifically your blood of harmful chemicals.

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My personal preference has always been smoothies. They keep me full longer and are a better breakfast or snack for me than a glass of fresh pressed juice. That’s not to say I wouldn’t drink fresh pressed juice, but I am more likely than not going to share smoothie recipes with you.

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Smoothie recipes can still be dairy free and refined sugar free! This recipe uses almond milk instead of regular milk or yogurt. One trick is to freeze almond milk in ice cube trays so you don’t have to add additional ice that waters down the flavor. The smoothie is sweetened with pears and figs and doesn’t require any additional sugar. I would recommend adding one fig at a time. I think the sweetness from one dried fig will be plenty!

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I promise you won’t even tell that there are 2 cups of spinach!

Green Pear Smoothie

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