Zucchini Bread Smoothie

Zucchini bread in smoothie form? I was surprised by the amazing taste of this zucchini bread smoothie. Have you ever thought about adding zucchini to smoothies? Now you will!

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This smoothie literally does taste like zucchini bread. When I took the first sip of this smoothie, my tastebuds could identify every single flavor that was blended together.

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We pretty much have all heard of adding leafy greens to smoothies but have you considered veggies like zucchini. I recently started adding this vegetable to my smoothie with the plethora of zucchini I’ve been picking up from the farmer’s market.

Before I add zucchini directly to my smoothie, I chop, steam, then freeze them. Last week, when I was meal prepping, I made a little impromptu video of meal prepping my zucchini for smoothies along with a few other smoothie prep tips.

Smoothie Meal Prep Tips

Ps. Why does the freeze-frame shot always have to be so awkward! haha!

I’ve adapted this recipe with ingredients I had on hand and also making it a little easier to whip up quickly for any day!

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Healthy ingredients

Banana: rich in potassium and fiber
Zucchini: vitamins C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber
Spinach: potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9, and E, high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium
Walnuts: rich in omega-3 fats, protein, copper, manganese
Cinnamon: polyphenol antioxidants
Ginger: anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
Orange Zest: fiber, vitamins, and polyphenols

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Zucchini Bread Smoothie

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Zucchini bread in smoothie form, while adding in extra veggies!


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Ingredients

  • 1 small banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup zucchini (chopped, steamed, and frozen)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped (or 1 tablespoon Pamela’s Nut Flour Blend)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. For a thicker consistency, add ice. For a thinner consistency, add water.

Keywords: smoothie, drink

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Mango Berry Smoothie Parfait

Smoothie or parfait – which do you prefer? Can’t decide? Neither can I! Get these best of both with this Mango Berry Smoothie Parfait.

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Do you prefer smoothie bowls or parfaits?

Smoothie Bowls vs. Parfaits

Smoothie Bowls:

Making a smoothie bowl instead of an on-the-go drink can help practice mindful eating and encourage slower eating. It’s easy to suck down a smoothie in a few big gulps. By enjoying a smoothie bowl with a spoon it can help you slow down, be more aware of what you’re eating and pay attention to whether or not you are actually hungry. Plus you can add more toppings!

Parfaits:

A yogurt parfait is typically served in a tall glass with layers of several different ingredients. Yogurt is the star of the recipe, but many add-ins, such as fruit or granola, also make an appearance. I always prefer to make my own yogurt parfaits with ingredients and products I love. Be mindful when ordering a yogurt parfait out, as they are often loaded with added sugars. Also, sometimes if the glass is too narrow I am usually eating layer by layer until there is enough room to mix it all to get every flavor in one bite.

What about getting the best of both worlds create a smoothie parfait!

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Most smoothies have bananas as the base. But what if you don’t like bananas? (Hi, Steph – this recipe is for you!) I love bananas, but I often get requests from clients for smoothies without banana based on their preferences.

Banana is often used as the base because it helps create a creamy and smooth consistency of a smoothie. Using the frozen berries with yogurt help mimic that same creamy consistency, but I felt like it was still missing something. By adding a handful of KIND oats & honey clusters gave it a thicker consistency what I was looking for.

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This recipe is for anyone who can’t make up their mind what they want to eat. This happens often for me. I can never decide and tend to merge things together, which gave me the inspiration for this recipe.

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Mango Berry Smoothie Parfait

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: smoothie, snack

Description

Can’t decide between a yogurt parfait or a smoothie? You don’t have to with this Mango Berry Smoothie Parfait.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh mango, cubed (can use frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup mango orange juice (can sub orange juice)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup KIND oats & honey clusters with toasted coconut

(optional) toppings: unsweetened coconut flakes, KIND oats & honey clusters with toasted coconut


Instructions

  1. In a short glass, divide yogurt evenly in the bottom of two glasses.
  2. In a blender, combine raspberries, strawberries, mango, ginger, lime juice, mango orange juice, milk, unsweetened coconut, and KIND oats & honey clusters with toasted coconut. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour over yogurt and top with unsweetened coconut flakes and KIND oats & honey clusters with toasted coconut, if using.

Keywords: smoothie, drink, snack, yogurt parfait

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Watermelon Mojito Kombucha Mocktail

Sip on this refreshing Watermelon Mojito Kombucha Mocktails and set up a fun drink station to wow your guests this summer.
Watermelon mojito in a clear glass with ice
I’ve come to really enjoy kombucha.

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea that naturally contains probiotics. These probiotics are actually good bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness.
With its health benefits, I wanted to make it into a fun mocktail instead of just drinking it straight. Kombucha comes in many flavors, which ranges in many colors to create a variety of colorful mocktails.

What’s a better way to enjoy your Kombucha Mocktail than with a perfectly styled drink station? A bar cart makes the perfect base for your drink station along with being a great conversation starter. They’re easy to move around your house or even outside for entertaining. The best part is that there really is a bar cart out there to match any design style or budget. You can find a glam rose gold cart with leather accents or more rustic wooden piece that’s perfect for housing all of the accouterments for fixing the perfect mocktail. Pick your favorite cart and you’ll have no problem creating a fun drink station in your home.

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Large glass beverage dispensers are perfect for making a statement atop your bar cart. The bright fun color of your kombucha along with any floating fruit slices or herbs will become a tantalizing focal point for guests! This dispenser from Crate & Barrel has a trendy wooden stand or if you’re looking for more variety this set has two dispensers with cute chalkboard labels to tell your drinks apart. You can supplement your beverage dispensers with elegant carafes of juices or fizzy drinks for plenty of customization.

Next, add a few fun touches to really bring your station to life. There are practical additions like printed napkins or bright straws that are always sure to be a hit. A stack of books is a great way to show off your personality and can be a fun conversation starter for guests. In their post on bar cart styling tips, the professional designers at Havenly suggest hanging a piece of art above your cart to give the area a finished look. No matter how you decide to accessorize your drink station, adding thoughtful touches of your personality will elevate it from a simple beverage center to a stylish focal point in your home.
Oregon Glass Drink Dispenser with Brooks Wood Stand Crate and Barrel

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Accenting your station with a small potted plant atop your cart gives it a perfect touch of vibrancy and life! From succulents to bouquets of fresh flowers, plants are a great accessory for any style of decor. For extra fun, use a small herb planter set to showcase live garnishes for the drinks you’re serving, like some fresh mint for my Watermelon Mojito Kombucha Mocktail. Include a small pair of scissors so guests can snip their own fresh herbs for adding to their beverages.
Finally, when styling a drink station, your glassware is more than just functional. Pick out some fun glasses that match your personality and show them off on top of your bar cart like a decor piece. Cut crystal glasses are always a classic choice for some sophisticated sparkle or just grab some cute mason jars if your style is more casual. Varying the sizes and shapes of your glassware will add some fun diversity to the look of your station.Overhead shot of Watermelon Mojito with salt rimmed edges
Put it all together atop your cart and you’ll have a perfectly adorable station for showing off your kombucha mocktails in style!
Design style tips provided by Havenly. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Watermelon Mojito Kombucha Mocktail

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington RD
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Sip on this refreshing gut-healthy kombucha mocktail.


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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. watermelon kombucha
  • 8 oz. seltzer or club soda
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup mint, muddled, plus more for garnish
  • salt, to garnish the rim of the glass

Instructions

  1. Using a mortar and pestle crush the fresh mint leaves to release the flavor.
  2. In a shaker, add the kombucha, lime juice. and mint. Gently shake. (Be careful, the kombucha is carbonated.)
  3. Pour in a glass with ice with the ridges lined with salt (optional).
  4. Top with seltzer. Garlic with a mint leave and/or lime wedge.

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Looking to add more fruits and vegetables in your day? This Banana Berry Smoothie is a simple (and delicious) solution to help you meet the recommended amount of fruits and vegetable each day.
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The recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern, of the 2015-2020  edition of the Dietary Guidelines, is 2 cup-equivalents of fruit and 2½ cup-equivalents of vegetables per day. (source)
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Reading those recommendations, it may not seem that hard, but on a regular basis, Americans are not meeting that target goal.

Why not start the day with a smoothie packed with fruits and vegetables? If you’re not used to adding vegetables to a smoothie, this recipe is a great one to start off with. The flavors of the berries and bananas take over and you won’t even know the spinach is even in there!

Once you start feeling a little more comfortable with adding vegetables into your smoothie, start trying new variations. Smoothie aficionados are adding vegetables like cauliflower, kale, cucumber, carrots, and even broccoli to their smoothie mix.
What vegetables do you add to your smoothie? 

Time-saving tip:

Save time in the morning and make smoothie bags. Pre-measure the fruits, veggies, and mix-ins (like chia, flax, peanut butter powder) of your choice in a ziplock bag. Now in the morning, all you have to do is drop the smoothie contents in the blender and add milk (or liquid of choice) for a smoothie ready in under a minute.

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Banana Berry Smoothie

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink

Description

Looking to add more fruits and vegetables in your day? This Banana Berry Smoothie is a simple (and delicious) solution to help you meet the recommended amount of fruits and vegetable each day.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup wild blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • water or ice, as needed, for desired consistency

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine milk, banana, raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds, and spinach. Blend until smooth.
  2. For a thicker consistency, add ice. For a thinner consistency, add water.

Keywords: smoothie, drink, beverage

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Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl

When breakfast sounds and tastes like dessert, this Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl it worth waking up for.
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Cookie dough for breakfast.

Yup, you heard that correctly. I love making cookie dough desserts with chickpeas. I had some leftover chickpeas in my refrigerator, but not enough to make one of my signature desserts, cookie dough bites.
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I never thought I would be adding pulses to breakfast, but this fun creation adds a fun flair to breakfast, plus packs in extra fiber and protein. Remember cookie crisps? I feel like this is the adult version. Make a larger batch and enjoy these mini cookie dough bites when craving a sweet treat.
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The smoothie.

With the extra addition of these little cookie dough bites, keeping the smoothie bowl simplistic is key. Just banana, almond butter, milk, and vanilla protein powder. The protein powder creates a fluffy texture to the smoothie bowl and adds satiety to feel full throughout the morning.

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Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 1 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chickpeas, skins removed
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1 small banana, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice

Instructions

  1. For the cookie dough bites: In a small bowl, combine chickpeas, maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon almond butter. Mash to combine. Fold in mini chocolate chips. Roll into small balls. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or overnight.
  2. For the smoothie: In a blender, combine banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter, vanilla protein powder, and milk. Blend to combine.
  3. For a thinner consistency, add water. For a thicker consistency, add ice.
  4. Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with chickpea cookie dough bites.

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Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl

Start your morning with this Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl. 
Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl
I haven’t had the best luck lately. When I was bringing groceries into my apartment, my canvas bag strap broke and the eggs in my bag ended up all over the floor of my kitchen. Back to the store I went because I was shooting a video for my Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins that day.

Then, you may have seen on Instagram that I ended up with 3 stitches on my finger this week.
@RDeliciousKitchen InstagramThursday, I was at Living Plate getting ready for a cooking class and washing a mandolin and accidentally sliced my finger. I headed to urgent care while two interns continued to prep for the class. These dietetic interns just started working with me and with my little accident, they saved the day! I got stitched up, headed back and the class was ready to go. The interns were rock stars! The class was ready to go and the class was a success!
Green Goddess Smoothie BowlSo maybe it really wasn’t a bad luck week, more like a clumsy week. Yes, I may have had my kerfuffle moments, but one thing that was consistently great this week, was breakfast. This Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl was enjoyed all week. I’ve been on a total smoothie kick lately and have been making this exact combo daily. I really do enjoy the act of eating smoothie bowls with a spoon. It helps practice mindful eating and you get to enjoy it for so much longer.
After every storm is a rainbow because I am now sitting on Lake Champlain with my bff’s in Vermont for the weekend. Girls weekend!
Lake Champlain, Vermont
What is everyone doing this weekend? 

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Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mango, frozen
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 small banana [frozen is best for creaminess]
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • (optional toppings): hemp hearts, sliced strawberries, unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.

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Blackberry Lime Fizz

Sip on a refreshing beverage to cool off this summer.
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With plenty of graduation parties, BBQ’s, and other outdoor activities coming up, this Blackberry Lime Fizz is definitely a refreshing crowd pleaser.

It’s important to stay hydrated in the summer heat, but why not add a flair of flavor into your glass.
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Tips to stay hydrated this summer:

1. Always carry a water bottle with you. You will most likely never see me without one! When you have a water always on hand, you are more likely to mindlessly sip throughout the day. Want your water to stay nice and chilled all day? Try one of these water bottles: Camelbak, S’well, or Corkcicle.
2. Sip on a mug of herbal tea or unsweetened ice tea in the evening. Making this a habit will add an extra cup of fluid to your day. Plus, it can help curb mindless late night snacking.
3. Eat whole foods. Eating water-rich foods like fruits and vegetable will automatically increase your fluid intake.
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I’ve been loving sipping on La Croix lately. La Croix is a sparkling water. The main difference between sparkling water and seltzer water is the bubbles. Sparkling water has smaller bubbles that are naturally-occurring from the carbonation due to gasses while seltzer water has larger bubbles due to added carbon dioxide.

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Blackberry Lime Fizz

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 1 1x

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Ingredients

  • 5 blackberries
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • ice
  • 1 can LaCroix Curaté Muré Pepino (blackberry cucumber)
  • fresh blackberries and thin slices of lime, for garnish
  • (optional) to make it a cocktail 1.5 oz vodka

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add the blackberries and lime juice. Muddle blackberries in the lime juice. Strain juice to remove the seeds. Pour blackberry lime juice in a tall glass.
  2. Fill the glass most of the way with ice. Top with LaCroix.
  3. Garnish with slices of lime and blackberries.

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Prickly Pear & Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Start your morning with a simple smoothie with an exotic twist. The mix of prickly pear and wild blueberries adds a burst of flavor while packing in antioxidants to start your morning off right.
Prickly Pear & Wild Blueberry via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenDisclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Did you know there are two different kinds of blueberries? The two different varieties are regular, cultivated blueberries and Wild Blueberries. While they may have a few similar qualities, they are quite different.

Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants grow wild and are genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading naturally across fields called barrens. It’s this diversity that gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor — an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet.
Prickly Pear & Wild Blueberry via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenI wanted to highlight Wild Blueberries’ unique flavor profile with another unique fruit – prickly pear! I was recently asked what my strategies were to add plenty of produce into my daily eating habits. My response was, make it fun! Try adding unique and exotic new produce to your regular routine so it never gets boring.
An item like Wild Blueberries, you won’t find in the fresh produce section. You can find Wild Blueberries in the frozen fruit section of your local grocery store; just make sure the package says “Wild”. The Wild Blueberry crop (99% of it) is frozen. These potent little berries are individually quick-frozen (IQF) at harvest, locking in their nutrition and taste.
Prickly Pear & Wild Blueberry via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenWild Blueberries have twice (2x) the antioxidant capacity of larger, cultivated blueberries. A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries including gut health, diabetes, cancer and brain health.
It’s a no-brainer that I now always have Wild Blueberries stashed in my freezer.
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Prickly Pear & Wild Blueberry Smoothie

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 2 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 prickly pear, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • Ice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Serve immediately.

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Tropical Green Smoothie

Trying to add more fruits and veggies to your daily eating habits? Add both first thing in the morning with this Tropical Green Smoothie.
Tropical Green Smoothie via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenIt’s February 1st – how is everyone doing on their New Year’s Resolutions so far? I saw a funny post on instagram that January was just a “practice round”. The problem setting big resolutions or goals, is you have to refine them in the beginning and make small habit forming changes to help you get to your end goal.

Tropical Green Smoothie via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenOne goal that I have been discussing a lot lately this path month is simply including more fruit and vegetables within meals and snacks. Just simply go back to the basics. Are you really getting in the minimum recommendation of 5 fruits and vegetables a day? If the answer is no, this should be your starting point.
If eating healthier or maintaining a healthy weight is your goal for 2017, start here. Try to add a serving of fruit and/or vegetables at every meal and snack. If you are typically consuming 3 meals and 2 snacks per day (and now you are adding a fruit and/or vegetable to each) – BAM! You just reached the minimum daily recommendation for fruits and vegetables for the day.
Tropical Green Smoothie via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenSmoothies are a fantastic way to add both fruit and vegetables in one meal! The secret to this smoothie is the frozen avocados. Now, of course, you can freeze them yourself, but now Welch’s prepackages them in the frozen aisle. Now, you won’t have to worry about the other portion of your avocado turning too quickly. The frozen avocado makes this smoothie so creamy, almost like a consistency of a milkshake.

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Tropical Green Smoothie

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 1 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen avocado (or quarter fresh avocado)
  • 1 cup kale (or spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add water for a thinner consistency or add ice for a thicker consistency.

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Black Forest Smoothie Bowl

Imagine the sweet indulgent taste of black forest cake, but a healthier version for breakfast. This Black Forest Smoothie Bowl will feel like an indulgent treat, but healthy for delicious and filling breakfast.
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I will be the first to admit, sometimes these pretty looking bowls end up in a tumbler cup as I am rushing out the door. It’s so important to take the time to sit down and enjoy a breakfast. I personally am trying to be more mindful of that myself.
Black Forest Smoothie Bowl via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenI know I’ve talked about this before, but enjoying a smoothie bowl vs. a smoothie drink (even with the same exact ingredients) can help practice mindful eating.

Making a smoothie bowl instead of an on-the-go drink can help practice mindful eating and encourage slower eating. It’s easy to suck down a smoothie in a few big gulps. By enjoying a smoothie bowl with a spoon it can help you slow down, be more aware of what you’re eating and pay attention to whether or not you are actually hungry.

Black Forest Smoothie Bowl via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenI never used to be a fan of protein powders, because majority of them have a lot of weird sounding ingredients and additives in them and even have a weird after taste, but now there are more options out there from real food ingredients. I always promote real food first, but sometimes protein powders can be a great supplement to the meal. Key word = supplement. Protein powders alone shouldn’t replace a full meal. Take this smoothie bowl for example, it contains three food groups with a balanced mixture of carbs, fats, and proteins, coming from it’s wholesome ingredients – fruit, almond milk, yogurt, almond butter, and chia seeds. The protein powder is supplementing the meal to add that extra little boost of protein.
img_1742I was intrigued about Kura with it’s grass-fed dairy protein and probiotic blend. Again, the protein powder is meant to supplement the meal with adding an additional 14g of New Zealand grass-fed dairy protein, which is proven to have higher levels of omega-3s than grain-fed dairy protein. (source)
Have fun with the toppings and add your favorite healthy options!

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Black Forest Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup Siggi’s black cherry yogurt (or plain/vanilla yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Kura)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup ice
  • (optional toppings) cherries, banana slices, chia seeds, cocoa nibs, almonds, etc.

Instructions

  1. Simply place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour in a bowl and top with desired toppings.

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