Smoothies

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Mix up this delicious smoothie with dark chocolate, peanut butter, banana, Greek yogurt, milk, and oats. Tastes like dessert without the guilt.

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Between my adventures in Seattle and now LA I have not been eating all that healthy, not that I am complaining because it’s been delicious. To add to the food fest, last night my nephew Luke went trick or treating for the first time and I managed to sneak a couple pieces for myself (while adoring the cutest tool box on the face of the earth). And now today is college football-food day. I decided to mix up a slightly healthier peanut butter and chocolate recipe to balance out all the rest and feel slightly less guilty. I am also making up for the break in my gym work out schedule by lifting babies. Maybe some crunches with my newest nephew Griffin on my stomach or kicking my feet while big brother Luke sits on my feet. Quality time and a work out!

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One year ago: Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Two years ago: Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

Three years ago: Homemade Pumpkin Puree
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Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Not all healthy smoothies have to be green. Blueberries mask the green kale in this delicious smoothie.

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Well. Last night’s game stunk. I scared the cat with my cries of anguish as I watched the painful 4 hour game, losing to an unranked Virginia Tech. I have to say they played extremely well for an unranked team. And Ohio State made a lot of mistakes. Guess if you have to lose, better to do it at the beginning of the season. But anyway, this is s food blog not sports so I’ll get on with it haha.

Want to know the trick to making the green color from healthy green stuff magically disappear? Apparently all you have to do is add blueberries. Believe it or not there is a full, packed cup of kale in this smoothie and only 1/2 cup of blueberries, yet all you see is this pretty purple smoothie. If you look closely you can see little flecks of green but who gets up close and personal with their smoothie? Drink up and feel good about it.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie 2

One year ago: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Shell

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Jumbo Chocolate Pomegranate Quinoa Cookie

Three years ago: Baked Crazy Feta
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Peach-Mango Smoothie

Peach-mango smoothie made with fresh fruit, nectar and Greek yogurt. So good you’ll think you are having dessert.

Peach-Mango Smoothie

Today is the day before my interview in Memphis, so naturally I arrived to town a day early in order to run the Bardog 5K with Maggie this morning! In all the time I lived in Memphis I never managed to participate in this 5K, something always got in the way. But there’s nothing stopping me now and since I don’t like eating a heavy breakfast before running any distance lets make a smoothie.

This smoothie may be my new favorite. Unfortunately with peach season nearing its end it will have a short life unless I get desperate and use canned peaches. I bought both the peach and the mango fresh then cut and froze myself but of course you can buy pre-frozen. Blend them up with peach or mango nectar, honey and Greek yogurt and you’re done. I used peach Greek yogurt with mango nectar. Plain or vanilla Greek yogurt would work too if you want to tone down all that sweet fruit. I personally loved it.

One year ago: Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Oatmeal Cookie-wiches

Three years ago: Caprese Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie

Happy SSS! After a week full of ice cream, it’s time to share a smoothie that has spinach in it – but doesn’t look like it! Normally when I make smoothies I go for the vibrant green monster. But every now and then I try something new. This particular smoothie caught my eye because pictures of the original recipe still showed a pink smoothie despite having a little bit of spinach blended in. When I made it, it did not come out as pink but it isn’t green either. It was a good change from my normal routine and the addition of tropical flavors was perfect for the summertime.

Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie

Two years ago: Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets
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Spiced Pear Smoothie

When cooking for one to two people leftovers are usually inevitable and since it is Single Serving Sunday I have a question for you: how long do you think is it okay to still eat leftovers? It seems that everyone has different scales from one day to a week or more, and then some people never eat leftovers (blasphemy). And while we’re on the subject how to you feel about eating yogurt past its “sell by date”? I will honestly admit that I’ve had yogurt a month past that date. More than once. So long as it hasn’t been opened yet of course. Basically if it doesn’t smell, look, or taste weird I’ll probably eat it and have also survived years of eating raw cookie dough and cake batters.

But anywho, let’s focus on this smoothie and it’s demise. Sometimes I do dumb things such a moving my patio furniture around for better lighting while a cup full of smoothie sits on it. And then I watch as it teeters over and crashes onto the ground. As a result I am down 1 glass and had to remake the smoothie. Wiping away all that smoothie was such a horrible waste too because it’s quite good. Even though I love pears I usually don’t reach for pear flavored things. This smoothie is an exception as the addition of cardamon and ginger really give it an unique flavor. And no I did not make this with rancid yogurt :-P.

Spiced Pear Smoothie

Two years ago: Breakfast Burrito
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Strawberry, Mango, and Yogurt Smoothie & Red Jacket Juice Giveaway

Everyone’s had apple juice, but have you ever had FUJI apple juice?Leave it to Red Jacket to create an entire line of fantastic juices including strawberry apple, raspberry apple, blackcurrant apple, grape apple, tart cherry stomp, apricot stomp, apple cider, and even spiced apple cider. And their company is close to where I grew up, so it’s great to support a local company!

RJJ Logo

Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, Red Jacket was originally planted in 1917.  Today, the orchard and juice company is managed by the second and third generation of the Nicholson family, who have spent over 50 years mastering the art and science of quality fresh fruit and juice production.

But what makes their juice so special? It is 100% juice, never from concentrate, cold-pressed, unfiltered (so it retains the fiber of the fruit), 50% more antioxidant activity than clear juice, and made right on the orchard in Geneva, NY. It’s as close to eating the whole fruit as you can get! And I’m giving away a 6-bottle variety pack and the end of this post! (US residents only – but they cannot ship to CA.)

5 Bottles

After thoroughly enjoying drinking a couple juices straight up, I decided to make a smoothie using the Fuji Apple Juice. I make green monster smoothies almost religiously, so it was fun to change it up a bit. The tangy-ness brought by the Greek yogurt and mango was well balanced with the sweetness of the strawberries and juice. I may need to add some of their juice to my green monsters!

Strawberry, Mango, and Yogurt Smoothie

One year ago: More Fudge Less Pudge Brownies

Two years ago: Coconut Chicken Salad with Apricot Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
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Nutella Recipe Roundup

Are you ready to indulge this Sunday for the Superbowl? I bet you didn’t know that it will also be World Nutella Day!! In case your Superbowl party menu is lacking in this other fabulous food occasion this Sunday, I have taken the time to compile all of the recipes that include Nutella on my blog. You’re welcome :-).

And stay turned for a new Nutella recipe, to be posted on Sunday!

One year ago: Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

Breakfast

Appetizers

Desserts

Nutella Smoothie

Am I posting too many breakfast recipes lately? For some reason I have been splitting at the seams with things I want for breakfast and it definitely shows on here. Even with World Nutella day on the horizon (which is the same day as the Superbowl this year) the spirit of breakfast still has yet to cease. Let’s just compromise for this momentous holiday by pre-gaming with a Nutella smoothie, mmk? You really cannot argue with someone telling you to have Nutella for breakfast.

One year ago: Buffalo Chicken Nachos

NUTELLA SMOOTHIE

Serves 1

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp oats

1/2 frozen sliced banana

2 Tbsp Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup 2% milk

Directions:

  1. In a rocket blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie

If you haven’t yet, vote for my Funfetti Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes in the “So You Wanna Be a CakeSpy” contest! I’m not sure at what time, but a winner should be announced sometime today:

While we are on the topic of food contests, I entered a chili contest on Saturday and came in second by 2 votes! Want the recipe? It’s the spiced up version of my dad’s chili recipe, found HERE.

But wait, there have been other battles going on lately. As you know I’ve already tackled my fear of adding spinach to a smoothie with the berry detox smoothie, but next was the green spinach smoothie affectionately named the Green Monster – you cannot hide from the spinach-green color of this one! Despite the green-ness, my reaction to this smoothie may have even been better than to the non-green spinach-containing smoothie. It was creamy and slightly sweet without a single sign of spinach, other than the color.

This was the first combination I tried, with a little pineapple in there. Second time I tried with mango and couldn’t taste much of a difference. But I have seen many other additions floating around other blogs and I plan to test them out as well. For now I was very pleased with this one and plan on making it again. Spinach, for the win!

GREEN MONSTER SPINACH SMOOTHIE

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 frozen sliced banana

1/4 cup frozen pineapple or mango

1/2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Source: Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.

Berry Detox Smoothie

I’ve seen many variations of the green monster detox smoothie going around after the binge-eating holiday season. But I wasn’t quite ready to try out that green concoction despite many people saying they cannot tell there is spinach in it. Sorry for being a skeptic, but I had to try one that at least looked like it was still mostly fruit.

When I saw this recipe, I knew it would be my stepping stone. Strangely enough I could taste the single tablespoon of peanut butter more than the full cup of spinach in this. But the fruit was definitely the stronger flavor over all. I may be trying out that green monster soon after all!

One year ago: Salmon Florentine

BERRY DETOX SMOOTHIE

Makes 1 large or two small servings

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups frozen mixed berries

1 cup water

1/2 banana

1 cup spinach or baby spinach leaves

1 Tbsp natural peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp honey

Directions:

  1. In a blender or a food processor, add berries, water & banana.  Blend until smooth.  Add in spinach and blend.  Add in peanut butter, vanilla, honey and sugar.  Blend until incorporated.

Source: Macaroni and Cheesecake

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