Green Zinger Smoothie

I made this smoothie as a light breakfast before a morning hot yoga class and it was perfect - I felt fueled enough to power through the class, but not weighed down or like my belly was overly full.

  Green Zinger Smoothie –   Emily Nachazel

Green Zinger Smoothie – Emily Nachazel

Green Zinger Smoothie vegan / gluten free / paleo

Ingredients:

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • Handful of greens (I used kale but spinach or any other mild green will work!)
  • About 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 spoonful almond butter
  • Scoop of vanilla protein powder of choice (I used this one but see this post for all of my protein powder recommendations)
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Small knob of peeled fresh ginger (gives it the ZING!)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • A few ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

  1. All all ingredients to your Vitamix or high speed blender and blend on high until smooth. You may need to add a little extra liquid or ice, depending on how thick you'd like your smoothie.
  2. Enjoy!

Homemade Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is hands down the easiest non-dairy milk to make at home! No soaking or straining required - just throw some hemp seeds in your blender with filtered water and one or two add ins and BOOM you've got "MYLK" in minutes.

Let's rewind for a minute - what ARE hemp seeds? Are they related to marijuana?

Hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) are the seeds of the hemp plant, or Cannabis sativa. Although marijuana comes from the same plant, hemp seeds only contain a trace amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, thus they will not get you high.

Hemp seeds are rich in protein and packed with healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids making them an awesome superfood to add in to you diet!

Hemp seeds (and thus hemp milk) have a distinctive, nutty taste. I think that this homemade hemp milk pairs particularly well with matcha (like in this recipe!), but try it anywhere you'd use almond, soy or coconut milk!

 Look at that creamy goodness!

Look at that creamy goodness!

Homemade Hemp Milk // vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw hulled hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • dash sea salt
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • optional sweetener: 2 pitted medjool dates, a few drops of liquid stevia or 1-2 tsp maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  
  2. Store in an sealed container (I use these giant mason jars) in the fridge for up to one week. Best served chilled!
 
Have you ever tried hemp seeds or hemp milk?
Share your experience with us all in the comments below!
 

Chocolate Cherry Acai Smoothie [+ surprising topping idea!]

I'm actually not a BIG chocolate smoothie person {shocking, right???}, but I love the combination of chocolate and acai.

This smoothie makes for a sweet breakfast, solid snack or a light dinner. It's pretty thick so I like to serve it in a bowl with lots of fun toppings like cacao nibs, granola, or (my most recent discovery) NewPop Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn.

I know what you might be thinking - popcorn on a smoothie? Are you nuts? But hear me out! NewPop is a NEW kind of popcorn (get it??!) that is skinless and popped under high pressure which locks in all the nutrients and flavor, without the annoying skin that always ends up stuck in your teeth.

NewPop tastes a little like puffed cereal, which is why I've been enjoying in on top of my smoothie. The only ingredients are non-GMO corn and a little bit of organic cane sugar (plus spices for some of the flavors!). No salt, oils, or butter.

I'll admit, I was a little skeptical when I opened my first bag of NewPop because it doesn't LOOK like popcorn. And honestly, it doesn't taste like traditional popcorn. BUT it is delicious in it's totally unique way.

The best part? This NewPop popcorn was WAY easier on my stomach. Often times the traditional stuff is hard for me to digest and leaves me feeling bloated. No issues with NewPop so that's a HUGE win in my book.

Learn more about NewPop + where you can buy here.

Now about that smoothie recipe... ;)

Chocolate Cherry Acai Smoothie // vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients (except toppings) to your high speed blender and blend until smooth. This will make a thick smoothie so you may need to add a bit more liquid to get it to blend up!

 

 

What's are your favorite smoothie toppings? Would you try popcorn on your smoothie?? Let me know in the comments below!

 

I was generously sent a variety of NewPop Popcorn products to sample, however all opinions are my own.

Peachy Oat Smoothie

You may have heard of chia seeds and wheatgrass, but here's a little secret: OATMEAL is also a superfood. Whole oats are packed with fiber (keeps you regular!) as well as a specific type of fiber called beta-glucan that helps lower levels of bad cholesterol. Plus, oats contains all sorts of minerals such as manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.

Did you know that you can put oats in smoothies? Not only does adding whole oats add nutrients and a nutty flavor, it also makes for a heartier smoothie.

Peachy Oat Smoothie // vegan, gluten free, soy free

- 1 cup almond milk (make your own!)

- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (certified gluten free, if required)

- 1 cup frozen peaches (or whatever frozen fruit you have on hand! I'm sure this would be amazing with frozen cherries, blueberries, etc)

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- dash nutmeg

- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

- scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

- 1 tsp maca powder (optional - for more on my favorite superfoods, watch this)

- pinch sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to your blender and give it a whirl! Pour into a tall glass and ENJOY! You can top with more oats or granola if you'd like (like I did in the photo above).

 

Have you ever tried oats in your smoothies? Let me know your experience in the comments below.

Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water

Wake your body up with this delicious spa water. Cucumber is hydrating and a natural diuretic (which means it helps flush toxins out of your system). Mint is calming and cooling, and the scent alone will boost your energy levels. Sea salt helps replenish electrolytes which are essential for proper muscle recovery.

Cooling Cucumber Mint Spa Water // vegan, gluten free, raw

Ingredients:

- 24 oz water

- 1 Persian cucumber, washed and sliced

- 5 mint leaves

- Dash high quality sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to a large mason jar or water bottle. This is best if you let it sit for a while - I love to make a big jar of this at night and keep it in the fridge to enjoy right when I wake up in the morning.