Pina Colada Smoothie

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I have another great smoothie recipe to share with you all today! It combines two of my favorite tropical fruits: pineapple and coconut. The pineapple provides lots of natural sweetness, and the coconut milk adds a thick, creamy texture. Think of it as a virgin pina colada…. with protein powder.

This is a more high-calorie smoothies than I usually featured, and would not be helpful for those of you looking to lose some weight. The coconut milk contains a lot of fat (which is why it is soo delicious). If you want to slim this recipe down a little bit, substituting coconut water for the milk would still provide a subtle coconut flavor without all the calories. Coconut water is a great source of hydration, and is packed with potassium. However, I personally do not love the taste and somewhat slimy quality of coconut water. I will be sticking with my fatty coconut smoothie or nothing at all 😉

Pina Colada Smoothie

1/4 cup coconut milk

3/4 cup water

1 banana, frozen

1/4 cup cubed pineapple, frozen

1 scoop protein powder

Add the liquids and then the solids to a blend. Blend until smooth.

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***In case you were desperately wondering when my camera will arrive as much as I am (which I’m guessing no one is), it officially left Miami yesterday at 6pm. I will be continually refreshing USPS in search of its latest location!

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Mocha Berry Smoothie

I have been a smoothie fanatic these past couple of weeks. The mixture of the blazing hot weather and the fact that I can take breakfast on my way to work, has definitely added to the appeal of smoothies. I usually make 3-4 each week, and try to vary the flavors a little bit each day. My regular rotation of flavors include: bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and coffee. If I want something a little heartier, I will also throw in some oatmeal or spinach. Every once and a while I will try a new combination. Sometimes it’s not a combination I would ever replicate: banana chocolate coffee-I thought it sounded good, but it wasn’t! And occasionally it is delicious enough to make again and again. Until I realize that I really should blog about my success! Today’s flavor is Mocha (blue)Berry, and it is perfect as a fruity treat with a little caffeine kick!

  

 

Coffee is becoming more of a smoothie staple as I become addicted to caffeine (I blame the K cup machine in the office), but I rarely want to sit down and drink a cup of coffee. I usually workout in the mornings, and freshly brewed coffee does not help me cool down and stop sweating enough to put on make up. However, I have gotten in the habit of turning off the warmer and letting the java cool while I work out and shower. When I am ready to make my smoothie before heading out the door, the coffee is room temperature and great as a smoothie addition. Obviously if I had an espresso machine I would use it in a heartbeat, but coffee is working just fine for now! I actually got the idea for this flavor combination from a coworker who ordered a raspberry mocha from Starbucks (on the sad sad day that the K cup machine broke). I sampled his drink and was surprised how well the coffee and berries blended.

Mocha Berry Smoothie

makes 16 oz

3/4 cup cooled coffee

3/4 cup almond milk

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop protein powder

Pour the liquids and blueberries into the blender. Top with protein powder and blend until smooth!

***No camera yet, so Flickr pictures will have to suffice for a while!

Watermelon Mint Smoothie

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!

Some friends and I headed to Carowinds on Saturday and rode lots of roller coasters! I love pretty much any thrilling activity, and cant get enough of the feeling of my stomach flipping over. My favorite ride was probably the Intimidator,  it was long, smooth ride with lots of drops. We were able to get in the front car for one ride, which was so awesome! The weather was perfect for being outside all day, and the thunder clouds stayed away until just after we left.

On Sunday I played around with the following recipe a bit in order to get the best ratio of watermelon, yogurt, and mint. I love this simple flavor combination; it is so fresh and light. The watermelon I bought was incredibly sweet and juicy, so I did not need to add any extra sweetener.

Watermelon Mint Smoothie

makes 20 oz

1 cup of watermelon, seeded and cubed

1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt

a couple drops of peppermint extract

stevia, to taste

Directions: Freeze the watermelon cubes. Blend all the ingredients together.

This was one instance in which my Magic Bullet was not adequately powerful to blend the frozen cubes of watermelon. I defrosted the cubes in the microwave for about 30 seconds which was sufficient to soften

Also, today is the last day to enter the slow cooker giveaway!

PB & J Smoothie

After posting mostly pictures the past few days, I decided to actually write a blog post today 😉

Honestly, Day of Dance pretty much killed my weekend. I was not able to go to my Saturday morning cycle class, and all the dancing left me super exhausted with a small mountain of work to get through. Not many fun eats or exciting work outs going on! But this week I am really motivated on the exercise front, because SPRING BREAK IS NEXT WEEK!! (shouting is really the most appropriate way to talk about a 5 day cruise with 14 great friends, clearly).

Here are my workout goals of the week: running 3 miles twice, cycle class twice, yoga once, the last week of the Hundred Push Up challenge (these are so hard now), and 2-4 dance rehearsals depending on whether I have Friday evening rehearsals

On the eating front: As I have mentioned, I am attempting to eat mostly low sugar foods to prep for all that beach time :). This week’s meals will consist of a lot of the usual: Greek yogurt, smoothies, eggs, frozen veggies, as well as

Swai

Salads

Egg Muffins (recipe in tomorrow’s post)

And of course, several spoonfuls of pb (topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon)

On the subject of peanut butter, I made a PB & J smoothie this morning that was delish! It is inspired in part by my dad, who can eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at any time for days on end, and also by this milkshake.

PB & J Smoothie

Ingredients:

3/4 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup milk

1 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter

1 scoop protein powder

Blend it all up and enjoy lunch for breakfast!

Look out for my blogger book club review of The Paris Wife sometime this afternoon/tonight/whenever I want to procrastinate school work

Thirsty Thursday: Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Happy Thursday!!

The weekend is sooo close, which means that Spring Break Slimdown is also starting soon! I have been working like a crazy person (who doesn’t know anything about technology) to get three printable workouts ready, and I am really excited to have them finally published. 🙂 I am planning on doing individual sets of exercises for abs, arm, and legs. I might try and do a HIIT workout after week two as well.

Today I am sharing a recipe for my first green smoothie!! I have been really nervous to put spinach in my smoothies, because it seemed weird-like drinking a salad :/. Over break I tried to put frozen spinach in a smoothie, but it didn’t blend all the way so there were chunks of spinach in my drink. bleh. But today’s smoothie uses some fresh spinach I picked up from Trader Joe’s and it turned out amazing. You can’t even taste the spinach! What you can taste is mint chocolate deliciousness!!

Green Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients

3 handfuls spinach

5 drops of peppermint extract-this stuff is potent!

1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 frozen banana

1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder

1 cup water

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Blend up and enjoy

yum!

NOTES: I tried the measure the amount of spinach but it got complicated because I didn’t want to totally smush down the leaves, and my bag was only 6 oz. total anyway. I would say I used about 1/3rd of the bag

Have a great Thirsty Thursday 😉