Simple Green Smoothie

Smoothies are usually the last thing I recommend in the winter - they’re cooling and typically the ingredients are not in season this time of year. But for some reason this simple smoothie is really working for me for breakfast right now. So I’m GOING WITH IT! And loving every sweet sip.

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SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen

  • Large handful of baby spinach

  • 1 tsp spirulina powder

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla (into this alcohol free vanilla right now)

  • Dash cinnamon

  • 1 small piece of dulse (optional, great for detoxing)

  • 1- 2 cups filtered water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds (until smooth and creamy). Use 1 cup water for a thicker smoothie (more like banana nice cream) or 2 cups for a more sipable smoothie.

  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Do you love your smoothies for breakfast? I go through phases with em!

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!

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.

Berry Avocado Beauty Smoothie

Despite its murky color, this green smoothie tastes GREAT and is packed with all my favorite beauty foods. Coconut water and leafy greens hydrate your cells, berries provide anti-aging antioxidants, and the healthy fats from avocado keep your skin soft (I promise, you won’t taste it in there!). Tocos is an incredible superfood, the "Ultimate Skin Food" as it contains bio-available vitamins D & E. But probably the most potent (and maybe weirdest) beauty food is collagen protein. Collagen is what is responsible for giving skin elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. It’s pure protein so you will stay satisfied and energized for hours. Isn’t that beautiful?

Head over to The Any Magazine for the recipe!

Image via The ANY Magazine

Image via The ANY Magazine