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Power Food Fruit Smoothies

Here’s to 2017! What changes do you plan to make in the next year? Some of the best advice I’ve received is to focus on changing my daily habits. Over time, these daily changes will add up to a lifestyle change! This said, a great way to make an attainable change is to start the year off with healthy choices. For you, this may look like replacing your grab and go granola bar in the mornings with a  power food filled Fruit Smoothie. Half Baked Harvest has compiled an excellent guide to smoothie making that will jumpstart your resolutions. Happy New Year!

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Strawberry Acai Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red beet (1 small), peeled and roughly chopped (or grated if you have a weak blender)
  • 1 cup frozen (or fresh) strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen (or fresh) raspberries
  • 1 ripe fresh (or frozen) banana
  • 1 teaspoon acai berry powder*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use coconut, almond or goat milk)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (use coconut yogurt if vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon dried goji berries (optional)

Optional Toppings:

  • plain Greek yogurt
  • bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds or ground flax
  • granola
  • fresh fruit and or goji berries
  • almond butter or other nut butter

To find full preparation instructions, visit the original recipe on Half Baked Harvest. Want more healthy recipes from Half Baked Harvest?  You can follow Half Baked Harvest on social media: FacebookTwitter, and  Instagram.


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Gluten Free and Vegan: Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

Cool off with a naturally gluten-free and vegan smoothie that also features this year’s starring superfood ingredient: matcha. If you’re a little cautious to try matcha, this is a great way to be introduced to the green tea’s powerful antioxidant benefits. Paired with coconut in this smoothie, the matcha finds a great balance in taste and texture. If you’re not already on the matcha bandwagon, you may surprise yourself in not only loving the endless health benefits of the green tea but also the taste. With only one teaspoon of matcha, it already has 60 times the antioxidants than a comparable amount of spinach leaves. Now that’s what I call a super food! Serving more than two? Be sure to double or triple this recipe to suit your summertime entertaining needs. Enjoy and happy summer!

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Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. can light coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 2-3 tsp. matcha
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. agave (or maple syrup, honey, etc)
  • Small handful ice

For detailed directions on how to prepare this smoothie, you can find the original recipe on The Garden Grazer. 

Kaitlin, of the blog The Garden Grazer is a self proclaimed vegetable enthusiast who enjoys making recipes that complement her passion for veggies. Her blog features recipes that are a creative and delicious take on eating fresh. For more from Kaitlin and all things The Garden Grazer, connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.


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Tropical Sunshine Smoothie

Add some sunshine to your day! Once you taste this tropical smoothie, you’ll be immediately transported to sunny days by the ocean. More than anything, in the summer I crave tropical fruit that’s so fresh that it could’ve been plucked from the vine that morning! Eating fresh means eating seasonally right? You’ll find that the ingredients for this smoothie are fresh and ready to be blended into a tropical concoction! Enjoy poolside or indoors to perk up a gloomy day.

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Tropical Sunshine Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen mango cubes
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

For detailed instructions, you can find the original recipe on Lovely Little Kitchen. While you’re there, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


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Mango Kiwi Avocado Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are a great option for those that wish to add extra fruits and veggies into their daily diet, but prefer to do so in an on-the-go fashion. I particularly love this recipe because it’s abundant with vitamin C, fiber and really everything wonderful for you! The combination of kiwis, avocados and mangoes balanced out by 2 cups of spinach make for a concoction that is not overly sweet, so it acts as a great mid-day refresher. All you truly need to make this recipe a reality is to be in possession of a blender– so have fun and try to mix things up a little bit! Comment below and share your favorite green smoothie combination.

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Mango Kiwi Avocado Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 kiwi, sliced and skin removed
  • 1/4 medium ripe avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice, if necessary
You can find detailed instructions for this recipe on the blog Ambitious Kitchen. Enjoy!
Monique is the face behind the healthy-eats blog Ambitious Kitchen. Her recipes are a creative and delicious take on eating fresh. For more from Monique and all things Ambitious Kitchen, connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

 


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Holiday Sangria

Glass with Hot red mulled wine for winter and Christmas with orange slice, anise and cinnamon sticks isolated on white background,The most anticipated holiday month is finally here, bringing social gatherings with delicious treats and cocktails that are hard to resist. These Holiday celebrations can translate into lots of extra calories from drinks you don’t normally consume such as White Russians, Hot Buttered Rum and Eggnog.

The general recommendation from health authorities is to indulge in a maximum of 1 alcoholic beverage per day (women) and up to 2 alcoholic beverages for men. If you do choose to imbibe, why not skip the sugary, calorie-laden holiday drinks and celebrate your health with a festive fruit-laden red wine?

Red wine, a heart healthy food,  is packed with cardioprotective antioxidants and has been proven to boost your “good” cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and lower blood pressure–which will improve your cardiovascular health. Now that’s a holiday celebration!

Liven up your typical red table wine into Holiday Sangria with seasonal ingredients such as cranberries, pears, apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks!

Yield: 8 servings (5 fl oz per serving) – not including the optional seltzer water—which adds 0 calories

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 cup of 100% orange juice
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Optional: flavored seltzer water (cranberry, grapefruit, pear, etc.)

Directions:
In a pitcher, mix all the ingredients together (except the optional flavored seltzer water). Let sangria sit in the fridge at least 4 hours or overnight. The longer the mixture sits, the more the wine will absorb the flavors from the fruit! Pour sangria into glasses and top each glass with an optional ¼ cup of seltzer water.

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories: 167 kcal,

Fat: 0 g,
Cholesterol: 0 mg,
Carbohydrate: 18 g,
Dietary Fiber: 2 g,

Protein: 1 g,
Sodium: 5 mg

This recipe is compliments of Dr. Janet Brill.  Nationally recognized nutrition, health and fitness expert and published author Dr. Janet Brill is the director of nutrition for Fitness Together, the world’s largest organization of personal trainers. Dr. Janet specializes in cardiovascular disease prevention and has authored three books on the topic; the most recent is Prevent a Second Heart Attack (Three Rivers Press, Feb 2011.) Prevent a Second Heart Attack  follows the bestselling book, Cholesterol Down (Three Rivers Press, 2006). Her third book, a sequel to Cholesterol DOWN, titled Blood Pressure DOWN (Three Rivers Press) was released on May 7, 2013.


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Canyon Ranch Eggnog

Everyone loves eggnog, but not everyone has been lucky enough to have had a homemade healthy eggnog recipe handed down to them from their family or friends.

We are pleased to present an eggnog recipe, compliments of Canyon Ranch, a wonderful complement to your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

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  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced fat milk 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine cornstarch, egg yolks and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk with a wire whip until egg yolks are lemon colored.
  2. Combine milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and nutmeg in a medium sauce pan. Scald milk mixture, stirring occasionally.
  3. Slowly add hot milk to egg mixture, whisking constantly, using wire whip. Pour back into sauce pan and continue to whisk 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat or until mixture thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to an ice bath. Add cinnamon and extracts.
  5. Cool completely.

Makes 4 (3/4­cup) servings, each containing approximately:

170 calories; 24 gm. carbohydrate; 5 gm. fat; 152 mg. cholesterol; 7 gm. protein; 82 mg. sodium; Trace fiber