Kale Berry Power Smoothie

This power smoothie is packed with nutrients! Kale is high in vitamins A, C, and K as well as manganese, the berries are a wonderful source of antioxidants, and the banana is a good source of fiber, vitamins B6 and C, and manganese. Aloe juice provides anti-inflammatory properties along with the flax oil’s essential fatty acids. I like the Raw Fiber brand because it includes a good dose of good bacteria so it does double duty for digestive health!

Handful of baby kale or Lacinato kale
5 oz frozen mixed berries
1 banana
4 oz aloe juice
4 oz water
2 tbsp flax oil
1 scoop Raw Fiber (or your favorite brand of fiber powder)

Blend until smooth and enjoy!!

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Juicing vs. Blending

Many people ask, “Should I be juicing or blending?” The answer depends on the benefits you desire.

If you are trying to get more produce in your diet, blending is a good option that provides an easy-to-consume way to get the whole fruit and veggie into your body, giving you all the nutrients AND the fiber. The fiber slows the impact of the sugars into your bloodstream and is essential for healthy digestion.

If you already consume a lot of produce and you would like a quick easy way to get a nutrient boost, juicing will provide a compact form of nutrients that your body can quickly absorb and use. To reduce the impact on your blood sugar limit quantities of higher sugar produce such as fruits and carrots and focus on greens, grasses, celery, cucumber and lower sugar veggies.

There are many juicers and blenders available and choosing one can be difficult. When it comes to juicers, invest in a good masticating juicer. Centrifugal juicers can build up heat which will destroy some nutrients and they oxygenate the juice more than masticating juicers which will cause the juice to break down more quickly (shelf life is much shorter). Also my experience has been that the masticating juicer gets more juice out of the produce resulting in much drier pulp.

For recommendations on juicers check this page: http://gerson.org/gerpress/gerson-guide-to-juicers/

The main concern with blenders, on the other hand, is how well it can break the produce down into a smooth drinkable form. The Vitamix is the ultimate blender of choice, but is a bit pricey. My peers have told me you can accomplish a lot of what the Vitamix can do with the NutriBullet, just in smaller quantities. The Ninja is another that I’ve heard good things about. The number one thing I look for in a blender is a good blade assembly with blades set at a higher angle (not flat). A deeper angled blade will create better movement, and better blending.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip “Ice Cream”

I’ve tried a few of the dairy-free ice cream alternatives out there, some good, some not so good… Then I figured out this simple little recipe! This one satisfies my sweet tooth every time! 🙂 I use my NutriBullet – I haven’t tried it with a regular blender – you may need more water to get it to blend.

3 small frozen bananas*
5 or 6 frozen strawberries*
4-6 oz. water
approx. 2 oz. dark chocolate chips (I use Sunspire organic 65% cacao chips)
*Use organic fruit if possible – it’s more flavorful!

Blend fruit and water until smooth. You may need to shake container a few times to get all the fruit to the blades to blend. It should be thick and creamy once it’s blended. Next add the chocolate chips (more or less as desired) and blend or pulse for a few seconds to break the chips up.

Makes 3-4 servings.

Enjoy!

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Tropical Green Smoothie

I’ve had several requests for this recipe. It’s packed full of nutritious green veggies with some tropical fruit to sweeten it a bit – it has a nice light flavor. This smoothie is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K and Manganese and it’s such a beautiful bright green! 🙂 I make this one in my NutriBullet.

1 handful chopped kale
1 handful broccoli florets
1 handful chopped celery
1 handful chopped cucumber
1 handful pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
1/2 handful mango chunks (fresh or frozen)

Add about 10 oz. water and blend until smooth.

*Tip: I cut my veggies up ahead of time so I can just grab a handful of each – saves on prep time!
**Use organic veggies and fruit whenever possible – much more flavorful!

You can also add a spoonful of chia or flax seed for an extra nutrient boost!

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Favorite Morning Smoothie Recipe

I like to start each day with a fresh deliciously sweet and flavorful fruit smoothie. This is my favorite and it is packed full of antioxidants and nutrients including vitamins C & K, manganese and potassium. I’ve made this in a traditional blender, with a stick blender, and in my NutriBullet:

1 med banana
5 oz frozen blueberries
5 oz frozen strawberries

Add about 8 oz of water and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

**Use organic when possible – it has more flavor!

You can also add your favorite protein or fiber powder to this. I usually use Raw Fiber.