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Hello everyone! This post will hopefully be relatable to healthcare workers and anyone who has an affection for smoothies. I have been drinking smoothies for several years now, but I started while I was working night/rotating shifts in my ICU job. Night shift was horrible for my overall health, but particularly bad for my GI system. When I started, I lost almost ten pounds from nausea, reflux and other issues (I’ll spare you the details) related to never sleeping. Then as I continued to work nights, I re-gained those ten pounds because the only food I craved was sugar and caffeine related to never sleeping, once again.

Thus, I present to you, my arsenal of smoothie recipes. I have tried hundreds of recipes, read about more, but stuck with the following for several reasons. None of these recipes irritate my stomach, they keep me full for hours, and provide me with more nutrients than most of my other meals can offer. Additionally, many of the ingredients are interchangeable and once you collect them, you will have even more options. Finally, they are convenient for me since I don’t have much time to cook and at least one of them will fulfill whatever craving I am having.


FYI/Disclaimer:

  1. I am not a dietician, a food scientist, a body builder or anyone who knows anything. This is only my experience.
  2. I do not use any artificial, non-organic ingredients or dairy products, but you are always welcome to substitute, there are no rules here.
  3. I am fairly active and not on a low fat diet, so if you are concerned with nuts and seeds, you’ll have to modify. I suggest, subbing ½ the milk for water (plain, maple, or coconut water), cutting back on the nuts and/or omitting the protein powder. Of note, these are all meal replacement recipes, not meal supplements.
  4. I am allergic to avocados, but desperately wish I could add them to several of these recipes. So, have at it!
  5. I frequently add handfuls of spinach and kale to these puppies and blend it right in; you can barely taste a difference.
  6. I soak all of my nuts and grains overnight in a little filtered water before blending them in the morning if I have time.
  7. I do not use cow’s milk or sweetened milk in my recipes, but sub whatever milk you want in any of them. Some possibilities: coconut, almond, rice, soy, walnut, flax. Watch out for pesky added sugars in any of these milks.
  8. I pre-freeze my bananas and add ice cubes if they are a little runny.
  9. I use medjool dates for sweetness in almost all of these, but occasionally sub raw honey or maple syrup.
  10. My favorite protein powder is from the Clean Program and can be purchased here. I also highly recommend their detox program.
  11. I transport my smoothies in Talenti gelato containers. They are the perfect size and can be frozen for a week’s supply. Also, something about putting a smoothie in a gelato container doesn’t make me feel so guilty for eating the gelato.
  12. I am also not a food photographer… I’m trying so bear with me.

ENJOY!

 

Peanut butter + No Jelly on Yo’ Belly

1 cup frozen mixed berries of choice

2 tbs. organic peanut butter (sub PB2 powder)

2 tbs. chia seeds (soaked overnight)

10 walnuts (soaked overnight)

2 medjool dates, pitted

1 serving vanilla protein powder of choice

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2-4 ice cubes

 

Georgia Peach Pie

¾ cup frozen peaches

2 tbs. flax seeds (soaked overnight)

10 pecans (soaked overnight)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. maple syrup

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2-4 ice cubes



Aloha Love

1 cup frozen pineapple

2 tbs. hemp seeds (soaked overnight)

10 macadamia nuts (soaked overnight)

2 tbs. coconut

Grated, fresh ginger to taste

2 medjool dates, pitted

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2-4 ice cubes

 

Almond Joyous

2 tbs. chia seeds (soaked overnight)

10 almonds (soaked overnight)

2 tbs. coconut

1 tsp. maca powder

1 tsp. cacao powder

1/8 tsp. almond extract

2 medjool dates, pitted

1 serving chocolate protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

5-8 ice cubes

 

Seriously Green Machine

¼ frozen pineapple

½ frozen banana

½ cup spinach

10 almonds (soaked overnight)

1 tsp. matcha powder

10 drops chlorophyll

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

3-4 ice cubes

1 tsp. bee pollen on top (optional)

 

Chocolate Covered Cherry

½ cup frozen cherries

2 tbs. chia seeds (soaked overnight)

10 almonds (soaked overnight)

1 tsp. cacao powder

2 medjool dates

1 serving chocolate protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

3-4 ice cubes

 

Not So Chunky Monkey

½ frozen banana

2 tbs. organic peanut butter (sub PB2 powder)

2 tbs. chia seeds (soaked overnight)

1 tsp. cacao powder

1 serving chocolate protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

3-4 ice cubes

 

Mocha Por Favor

10 almonds (soaked overnight)

2 tbs. chia seeds (soaked overnight)

1 tbs. cacao powder

2 medjool dates, pitted

1 serving chocolate protein powder

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup brewed coffee

5-8 ice cubes

 

Not So Basic White Chick Pumpkin Lovin’

3 tbs. canned pumpkin

10 pecans (soaked overnight)

2 tbs. flax seeds (soaked overnight)

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Grated, fresh ginger to taste

2 medjool dates, pitted

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

5-8 ice cubes

 

Time for turmeric! 

10 almonds (soaked overnight)

2 tbs. chia seeds (soaked overnight)

2 tsp. turmeric powder

½ tsp. cardamom

Grated, fresh ginger to taste

2 medjool dates, pitted

1 serving vanilla protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

5-8 ice cubes

 

Finally, some other flavor combinations I like are cashews and peanut butter, cranberries and lemon, and blueberries and almonds. Please share your modifications! I love to try new recipes! We get each other, as always. xoxo



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