PB&J Smoothie

So, I started making smoothies with regular vanilla yogurt.  Then, I experimented with vanilla Greek yogurt and soon after plain Greek yogurt.  Then I did the whole cottage cheese thing.  All of these were successful!  I’ve been happy with almost every smoothie I’ve made and will continue to use those proteins in my smoothies.  Today I tried something new.  PEANUTS!  I tried a couple of different recipes today…one a little “safer” and another more adventurous.  I liked them both.  Here they are:

PB&J Smoothie

1/3-1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (I put mine in my blender and pulsed them until they were powdery.  I’ve read that you can use a coffee grinder as well.)

1-15oz can pears (in 100% fruit juice)

1 cup frozen raspberries

This was really good.  It really made me think of peanut butter and jelly.

Now, if you’re feeling adventurous, make that smoothie and add:

about 1 handful of kale (remember, I have small hands)

1 banana

2-3 tsp flax oil

Mmmmmmm…I have some of the “adventurous” one set aside for my kids’ after school snack. It will be interesting to see what they think.  I’m planning to experiment with other nuts as well…stay tuned!

*Although nuts are known to provide a variety of cardio-protective benefits, many avoid them for fear of weight gain. A prospective study published in the journal Obesity shows such fears are groundless. In fact, people who eat nuts at least twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat nuts.

* http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=101 

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Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

Rarely do I make the same smoothie more than once.  Not because I don’t like one, more because I want to try a new recipe each time.  This smoothie, however, I’ve made three times in a very short amount of time.  Because it’s THAT GOOD!  My son and nephew tried it and really liked it too.

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

15 1/4 oz can crushed pineapple

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 avocado

1 banana

1 cup cottage cheese

Mix it up…slurp it up.  It’s pretty thick…but thick in a good way.  You could eat it with a spoon if you’re into that.

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*Avocados mean Better Nutrient Absorption Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.

*http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-avocados.html

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Lemon For A Sore Throat

Suck on a lemon wedge to help a sore throat.  10-year-old tested!  She was very resistant at first, but happy with the results.  No more sore throat!

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Cranberry Zucchini Smoothie

If you’re looking for a smoothie that is a little more tart, this one’s for you!

Cranberry Zucchini Smoothie

15 oz can pears (in 100% juice)

1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 banana

1 cup cottage cheese

1 small/medium zucchini

I didn’t peel my zucchini but did slice it.  Toss all this in your blender, mix it up and enjoy!

 

*Cranberries have been found to decrease production of cavity and plaque producing bacteria in your mouth.
*http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cranberries-little-powerfood-with-a-big-punch.html

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Blue-peary Smoothie

I’m loving this cottage cheese in my smoothies!  You’d never know it’s in there but you still get the nutritional benefits from it!  Hope you like this one as much as I did.

Blue-peary Smoothie

1-15 oz can pears (in 100% juice…not the kind in heavy syrup)

2 heaping handfuls of baby spinach

2 cup frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 cup cottage cheese

Blend well and enjoy!  This made about 4 1/2 cups.

*Blueberries keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good anti depressants. You also need not spend a lot on medicines, neither are there any side effects. Remember, the deeper the color of the Blue Berries, the more they are rich in anti oxidants and other medicinal values.

*http://www.womenfitness.net/blueberries.htm

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Fruit Cottage Smoothie

Remember a while back when I promised you I’d try making a smoothie with cottage cheese?  Well, that’s all I use now!  I love it!  Even my son, who does NOT like cottage cheese, likes my smoothies!  See what you think of this recipe I whipped up today.

Fruit Cottage Smoothie

1 1/2 cups canned mandarin oranges (with juice)

1 cup frozen cherries

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 large handfuls baby spinach

1 cup cottage cheese

1 banana

I started out making this with only the cherries but thought strawberries would be a  nice touch.  YUM!  It’s not the prettiest thing to look at but it’s very tasty!

*Cottage cheese is known to enhance blood formation, strengthen the liver and facilitate absorption of nutrients.

*http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/cottage-cheese-nutrition.php

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Zucchini Strawberry Smoothie

One of the perks of summer is gardening.  And I happen to know a wonderful gardener!  I get the fresh veggies but don’t have to do the work!  I grew up thinking the only thing zucchini was good for was making a sweet bread out of it.  Which is delicious!!  But I decided to see what else I could do with it so I threw some in the blender.

Zucchini Strawberry Smoothie

1 cup Minute Maid  Pomegranate Blueberry Juice

1/2 zucchini

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 banana

3/4 cup-1 cup plain Greek yogurt

First, add the juice and the sliced zucchini to the blender and mix it up a bit.  Then add the rest and blend until it’s smooth and creamy.  This wasn’t exceptionally sweet  so if you need a little more sweetness, use vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain.  I’m sure that would be delicious!

This made about 4 1/2 cups of smoothie.  Divide that up how you like…or just drink it all!!  If we ever have extra for the day, I put it in a glass bottle and stick it in the fridge.  We save and wash our Snapple bottles…they’re perfect!  It should be ok if you drink it within a couple of days.  It’ll need a good shake first!

Another perk to summer for us is sleeping in.  Therefore, my kids are still in bed so I haven’t gotten their opinions yet!  This is a very pretty smoothie though.  I have a feeling they’re going to love it!

*Both protein and fiber are good for your diet.  Dietary fiber helps to bond vitamins and minerals for the best nutritional delivery, and protein gives you energy for the day. Both of these are in zucchini in significant amounts.

*http://www.3fatchicks.com/7-health-benefits-of-zucchini/

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