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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

These chocolate dipped almond butter banana bites are a delicious and healthy treat perfect for any time of day!

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

You could make these using any nut butter you like. I made them using homemade coconut maple almond butter.

Ingredients
  • 3 large bananas
  • ⅓ cup nut butter of choice
  • ½ cup melted chocolate of choice (dark chocolate has anti-oxidants)
Instructions
  1. Slice bananas into slices about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  2. Spread a little nut butter onto a slice and sandwich two slices together.
  3. Place on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, at least an hour.
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler and remove frozen banana bites from freezer.
  5. Dip each banana bite in chocolate and place back on wax paper. Freeze for another hour.
  6. Transfer and keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana
Smoothie Recipe

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This delicious Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana Smoothie recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and with a simple tweak works for Paleo too!  Smoothies are a nutritious way to start the day and with the chocolate in this one, the kids will think they are having dessert for breakfast!

Smoothies are a super easy, very nutritious way to start the day! There are so many different options that it’s pretty much impossible to get bored with them. This dairy-free smoothie is made with avocado (which gives them an extra creaminess), banana, coconut milk, and cocoa powder!

Smoothies are a great way to sneak in some healthy options so easy when you have a picky eater! Children that wouldn’t consider touching an avocado or spinach are quick to drink it if you add chocolate or berries. The possibilities are truly endless!

Smoothies also work well as an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up after a workout. Stick with natural sweetness like raw honey, bananas, or maple syrup for a healthier smoothie than those made with sugar or sweetened yogurt.

Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ banana
  • ½ large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ice
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Water to cover all ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend avocado, banana, and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until desired consistency is reached.
Notes
Use carob powder instead of cocoa powder and omit the honey if you are following a paleo or AIP diet.
Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

This recipe is so delicious and easy!! You can make it as basic as you want or feel free to add orange puree, mango, and other ingredients to make your smoothie even more delicious!!

Preparation

  • Using the smoothie or ice crush setting on your Vitamix blender. Purée orange, banana, carrot, mango, coconut water, hemp seeds, honey, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, salt, and ½ cup ice in a blender until smooth.

A pinch of salt makes everything taste better, including savory smoothies.

Mango Carrot turmeric smoothieIngredients for your Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie

SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS

  • 1 blood or navel orange, peel and white pith removed
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of local honey (Benefits of Local Raw Honey)
  •  cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon shelled raw hemp seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
  •  teaspoons turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Vitamix 7500 BlenderThe most common Vitamix shopper’s question is some variant of, “I want a Vitamix to make smoothies, soups, and frozen desserts. Which model would be best for me?” The answer is that all Vitamix machines work great for those purposes; which one is best for you depends on if you want to pay for extra features.

If you’re overwhelmed by the choices and just want to know my preference, I’ve used all of the different types of Vitamix blenders, and the one I use on a daily basis is the 7500, with an extra 32-oz container for blending smaller amounts. (For the best deal, check out certified reconditioned.) All of the models are excellent, and I don’t think there is a wrong choice. (Plus, if you change your mind in the first 30 days, you can get a full refund, including covered shipping both ways.)



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Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Let’s face it. Some of the healthiest foods on the planet can cause some serious bloat. I’m looking at you, broccoli. Sorry lentils, I love you, but you aren’t doing my stomach any favors.

Now, I would never cut those healthy foods out of my diet just because they cause me to get bloated. I just am careful not to eat them before I’m going out on a date night with my hubby. Or any time I want to wear something that isn’t loose.

The good news is, just as there are foods that can cause bloating, there are also some foods that can fight the bloat. I stuffed a whole bunch of anti-bloating foods into a smoothie. Why? For those times when you need something to eat, but really don’t want a bloated stomach.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside this smoothie and why it won’t cause you to bloat.

Cucumbers: They are loaded with water, which helps fight bloating.

Banana: Bananas are high in potassium. Potassium helps regulate sodium levels, which prevents water retention. Too much sodium is a big cause of bloating, so that’s why bananas (and other foods high in potassium) help with bloating.

Coconut Water: Like bananas, coconut water is high in potassium.

Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory food as well as a digestive aid. It soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which keeps you from getting bloated. You know I love my ginger. Take a look at that huge hunk of fresh ginger in the picture below. I eat one of those per week.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I list this one as optional in the smoothie recipe because the smoothie absolutely tastes better without it. Apple cider vinegar, however, is a rock star for reducing gas and bloating. So if you are super serious about reducing your bloat, add this to your smoothie.

The taste of this anti-bloating smoothie is fresh. I love the cucumber and ginger together, and the banana sweetens it up just enough. The coconut water flavor is subtle, not overpowering. I really don’t love coconut water on its own, but do love it in my smoothies. It’s filled with electrolytes, so it’s a great naturally hydrating beverage choice. If you choose to add the apple cider vinegar it muddles the flavor a bit, but is still good.

May your days be bloat-free, friends!

Cucumber Coconut Water
The Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies
1/2 cup coconut water
1 banana
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
handful of ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!

Hardcore Version: Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to the mix.

 

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Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

It’s cold out which means I’m dreaming of the tropics!!! When the tropical craving hits, a trip to the frozen foods section of my grocery store can provide some beachy-inspiration in no time. My tasty 5-ingredient tropical smoothie is just what the doctor ordered!

I start with fresh bananas, then frozen pineapple, frozen mangoes, a fresh orange, and…the last ingredient… drum roll…

Coconut water!  I’m obsessed with the stuff, and always keep it on hand as a nice natural source of electrolytes to drink during and after workouts.  But as it turns out, coconut water is also the perfect light tropical liquid for blending up smoothies!

Just toss all of the ingredients into your Vitamix and puree to perfection.

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

I went to Whole Foods the other night after spin class and ended up ordering the best smoothie. It’s their Tropical Green Smoothie! It consists of spinach, coconut water, banana, pineapple, and mango.

I love getting smoothies from juice bars and markets when I’m low on time and groceries, but sometimes I don’t think their smoothies are thick enough. My recipe is a little bit thicker but tastes just like theirs! If you like thick smoothies, you are in the right place! But if you like your smoothies a little thinner, no problem, just add some extra coconut water to the recipe!

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie

1/2 – 1 cup coconut water
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
huge handful of spinach

Start with 1/2 cup of coconut water and add more if needed or desired. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Vitamix Blending Tips:
Some of you have asked me what settings I use on my blender.
Vitamix blenders can look intimidating, but they are so easy to use!

  • Start by placing all of the ingredients into the blender, followed by the lid, and plunger.
  • I usually start off on variable 5 as I jam all of the ingredients down with the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients have all been pushed to the bottom, I like to bring the variable speed up to 7 or 8 until it starts moving on it’s own without the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients start blending without the help of the trusty Vitamix plunger, I hit the “HIGH” switch and let it run until it blends super smooth and even!
Mango Green Smoothie Vitamix Recipe

Mango Green Smoothie Vitamix Recipe

My mango green smoothie recipe is one of my new favorites. Something about citrus in the morning just starts the day out right.

Ingredients:

1-2 tablespoons flaxseed
1 cup coconut water
1 whole orange, peeled
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 frozen banana
2-3 large handfuls of fresh organic spinach
Ice (until consistency you like)

Preparation Instructions:

Put all ingredients except for ice in blender and blend.
Add ice until desired smoothie consistency.

 

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Kid Friendly Lime Mint Sorbet

Kid Friendly Lime Mint Sorbet

This sorbet is one of those wonderful recipes which tastes delicious and you’d never guess what’s in it.  The beautiful green color comes, not from the lime, but from the spinach!   This is a kid-friendly recipe and a great way to sneak some extra greens into your families diet.  Also, this is dairy-free, so it’s a great frozen treat for people who are lactose intolerant.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Welch’s frozen grape juice concentrate (the one with the yellow lid and no added sugar), thawed
1/2 banana, peeled
1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
1/2 to 1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves ( I use about 3/4 cup)
1 small slice of lime with the peel still on
1 mint leaf
3 cups ice

Put all ingredients into your Vitamix in the order listed.

Blend on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute, pressing down with tamper to blend well.  When the machine sound changes and four mounds form, the sorbet is ready to serve.  Serve immediately.

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Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

If you are on a gluten-free diet, then you may miss out on some of your favorite holiday treats, including gingerbread cookies and other snacks. Luckily, with a Vitamix blender and the right ingredients, you can recreate the classic taste of gingerbread cookies in a refreshing smoothie.

This gingerbread smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Anyone can enjoy this tasty, holiday smoothie.

Ingredients

This recipe uses almond milk. If you prefer, you can substitute this with coconut milk or even coconut water; though, the almond milk blends well with the other ingredients. Use the following ingredients, to whip together your own gingerbread smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh ginger (anti-inflammatory)

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Gingerbread Smoothie Directions

You may want to thaw the bananas slightly, before making your smoothie. Pour the almond milk in your Vitamix mix. Add the bananas and honey. Mix for a few seconds and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high for about thirty seconds, or until your mixture has a smooth and creamy consistency.

If you want, you can switch molasses for the raw honey; though, the raw honey is a healthier option. Using the ingredients listed, this 32-ounce smoothie has 210 calories, 53 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein. This drink is best when consumed immediately. If you need to store leftovers, store the extra smoothie in your fridge and drink within 24 hours.

Do not use this drink as a meal replacement – it should be treated as a snack. Reward yourself with a gingerbread smoothie after you get home from work or after supper. This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare – much faster than cooking a batch of real gingerbread cookies.

If you want to tweak the flavor of this smoothie, consider using a pinch of nutmeg or a little extra ginger. For those that find the taste of almond milk too strong, switch to coconut milk, this may help recreate the taste of the dough.

During the holidays, it can be hard to find traditional snacks and treats that you can eat while on a gluten-free diet. This gingerbread smoothie does a good job of simulating the taste of fresh gingerbread cookies, whipped together in a blender, without the added sugar that you would get from the real thing.

This recipe is essentially a basic banana and milk smoothie, which is one of the most common bases for a smoothie.  In this gingerbread smoothie recipe, the use of raw honey, vanilla, and ginger helps to replicate the taste of gingerbread. The raw honey is a great sugar substitute and can be used as a sugar substitute in a number of recipes.

As the holidays approach, do everything you can to stick to your diet plans. As tempting as fresh gingerbread cookies can be, there are healthy alternatives. In addition to this gingerbread smoothie recipe, look for other holiday smoothie recipes that you can easily make with a Vitamix blender.

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe

Coconut can be an acquired taste, but it is one of the best ingredients that you can use in a smoothie recipe. This includes the use of coconut as a fruit and coconut water or milk. The coconut flesh is not often used in smoothies, yet it provides the perfect consistency for making smoothies – similar to using an avocado or a frozen banana.

By combining coconut with other tropical fruits, such as mangoes or pineapple you can make a satisfying tropical smoothie. If you are put off by coconut, maybe it will help to look over some of the benefits of consuming coconut.

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Coconuts contain an abundance of minerals, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous. It also contains all your B vitamins – including folate. When you drink coconut water or milk, you will also get a healthy dose of electrolytes, which are commonly used in sports drinks, due to their ability to keep you hydrated.

Coconuts have been used for food and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. They have been used to treat diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and other ailments. Studies have shown that consuming coconut can increase your energy levels and rejuvenate your system. Drinking a green detox smoothie with coconut will help flush out your system and cleanse your digestive tract.


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Additional Nutrients

Coconut is not the only ingredient in this green smoothie that provides beneficial nutrients. Kale is included for its calcium, with over 300 milligrams per serving.

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • ¼ cup of fresh coconut
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 3 cups of kale (chopped)
  • ½ a lime

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Directions

To make your coconut-green smoothie, pour the coconut milk into your Vitamix blender. Peel the oranges and remove the seeds. Add the oranges and banana. Then add the kale and the lime. Blend the ingredients for about thirty seconds. Your smoothie should have a creamy consistency. If it remains chunky, blend for another thirty seconds.

If you absolutely cannot find coconut milk, you can replace it with almond milk. Coconut water could also work as a substitute, but your smoothie may not taste as rich and creamy.

This coconut-green smoothie works as a meal replacement, packing in 430 calories, 90 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fiber. The total serving size is 32 ounces. Some people may have trouble drinking this in one meal. If you find 32-ounces to be too much, store the leftovers in your fridge, but try to drink it within the next 12 hours.

Coconut is a beneficial tropical fruit that is often ignored. It provides a variety of minerals and is a good source of B vitamins. If you are looking to put a twist on your green smoothie recipes, try adding coconut.