Smoothie Monday!

Hi Dolls! Happy Monday! I traveled to New Orleans this weekend and let’s say, it was difficult to pass up the Gumbo (with white rice), Beignets, and adult beverages. I worked out while I was there, but not enough to make up for what I’d eaten. That said, it was time to get serious this morning. On tap, Celery, Cucumber and Lemon Water and my smoothie of choice – the “Celery, Cucumber + Kale, Oh My!” Smoothie. Uber green and healthy. I’ve been sipping on both all day. Peep the mixology below.

“Celery, Cucumber + Kale, Oh My!” Smoothie

celery smoothie

The Ingredients

3 celery stalks

  • Excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes
  • Source of vitamins and minerals – Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Vitamin B6
  • Provides dietary fiber that boosts digestion and weight loss
  • Prevents dehydration and reduces bloating

1 cucumber

  • Helps with hydration
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Revives puffy eyes
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Refreshes breath
  • Smooths hair and nails
  • Soothes muscle and joint pain

4 kale leaves

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

1 apple

  • Helps in the production of healthy cells and reduces the chance of chronic diseases
  • High in fiber, fights hunger and aids in weight loss
  • Regulates blood glucose, stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • Promotes healthy teeth
  • Great source of Potassium 

1 lemon

  • Promotes hydration
  • Good source of Vitamin C
  • Improves skin quality
  • Supports weight loss
  • Aids digestion
  • Freshens breath
  • Prevents kidney stones

1 inch of ginger

  • Powerful mainstay against heart attacks and stroke
  • Combats indigestion and nausea
  • Helps strengthen compromised respiratory and immune functions
  • Prevents bacterial infections
  • Works to cure stomach ulcers
  • Anti-pain properties

The Mixology. Place all ingredients into your juicer. Remember to remove the rind of the lemon first and juice away!  If you don’t have a juicer at home and don’t want to buy green juices at the store, blend this recipe in your blender. Add water or coconut water to help liquefy. You may also want to add 1/4 cup of pineapple or another apple to slightly sweeten it. (I definitely added the pineapple.) Pour and enjoy!

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Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

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Smoothie Monday

Hey Dolls! Happy Monday! If you’re like me, it’s just harder to eat healthy during the weekends. I am working to improve – this weekend, turkey burger instead of hamburger, no bun or cheese, just sautéed mushrooms and onions. Even still, it’s challenging. That said, I use Mondays to reset from any weekend missteps. 

I’ve really been enjoying trying different smoothies, but am challenged in one area, most recipes include the use of bananas. I cannot over-emphasize how much I dislike bananas. I have become quite adept at searching for, and finding, smoothie’s sans bananas. 

My go-to’s, Pinterest and POPSUGAR. This week’s Smoothie Monday recipe – the Clear Skin Smoothie is compliments of POPSUGAR – one of my favorite lifestyle blogs.  

Th Clear Skin Smoothie is a “three-fer.” No bananas, good for your inside and works to achieve the glowing skin we all crave. Peep the mixology below.

The Clear Skin Smoothie 

The Ingredients.

2 cups raw spinach

  • Diabetes management
  • Cancer prevention
  • Asthma prevention
  • Aids in lowering blood pressure
  • Supports bone health
  • Promotes healthy hair and skin

1/4 avocado

  • Help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality
  • Promotes a healthy complexion and hair
  • Increases energy and overall lower weight

1/2 cup red grapes (fresh or frozen)

  • Slows or prevents many types of cancers
  • Works to fight heart disease
  • Helps to fight high blood pressure
  • Reduces risks associated with Type 2 diabetes

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

  • Supports healthy vision
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Works towards preventing arthritis and gout
  • Fights cancer and tumor growth
  • Supports healthy brain function
  • Effective and lowering blood pressure
  • Fights heart disease
  • Promotes weight loss

1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Source of Calcium & Copper – good for brain cell communication; nervous system and muscle functions; supports a strong skeletal system
  • Source of Vitamin E & Magnesium – promotes bone health; helps produce energy; supports health communication between cells
  • Healthy fats and fiber contributing to cardiovascular health
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels

1 teaspoon flax meal

  • Protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer
  • Significant blood pressure-lowering effects
  • Improves blood sugar levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces the intensity of hot flashes

1 cup water

The Mixology. Place all ingredients in a blender, and mix well. Serve and enjoy! 

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Smoothie Monday!

Happy Monday Dolls! After Champagne Sunday, Smoothie Monday is a must! Today’s Smoothie Monday recipe is the Flat Belly Smoothie! If the name doesn’t motivate you, I don’t what will. I tried it yesterday and it was so yummy. Sweet, but with ingredients that are super healthy for you, the Flat Belly Smoothie fights belly fat and bloating. Make it your Monday morning smoothie choice. Peep the mixology below.

Flat Belly Smoothie

Yep, I am putting my Nutri Ninja to good use.

The Ingredients 

3 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt

  • Promotes digestive health
  • Work to lower high blood pressure
  • Helps with weight management
  • Good for bone health
  • Lower in lactose

1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Source of Calcium & Copper – good for brain cell communication; nervous system and muscle functions; supports a strong skeletal system
  • Source of Vitamin E & Magnesium – promotes bone health; helps produce energy; supports health communication between cells
  • Healthy fats and fiber contributing to cardiovascular health
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

  • Maintains healthy bones
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Help manage diabetes
  • Wards of heart disease
  • May works to prevent cancer
  • Improve mental health
  • Support healthy digestion
  • Promotes weight loss and satiety
  • Fights wrinkles!!!

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

  • Immune system support
  • Promotes bone strength
  • Promotes eye health
  • Support digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Blood clot reduction
  • Reduces the symptoms of the common cold and sinus inflammation

1 cup kale

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

3/4 cup water

The Mixology. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

flat bellySource: POPSUGAR

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Smoothie Monday

Hey Dolls! I hope that you had a wonderful Fourth of July! In addition to the holiday, we celebrated my husband, whose birthday is also on the 4th. And celebrate we did! I recently started a run streak challenge.  At least one mile a day, every day for 31 days. I’m only on day 4, but have been faithful. Along with my daily runs, I have been extremely focused on healthy eating. I was good until yesterday. The holiday and hubby’s birthday took a Doll down! Burgers, bubbly and Fourth-themed cupcakes Oh My! But today brings a renewed commitment. 

I usually do an oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast – fresh strawberries and blueberries to sweeten the taste, as opposed to sugar, brown sugar or a substitute. But I’ve decided to switch it up. Smoothies it is! There are so many options and I like diversity, so I will be trying a new recipe weekly. First up, the Apple Kiwi Superpower Green Smoothie. Peep the mixology below.

The Ingredients 

1 apple, cored and cut into chunks

  • Extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber
  • May help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease

1 kiwi, peeled and quartered

  • High source of Vitamin C
  • Sleep inducer
  • Good source of dietary fiber 
  • Helps digestion 
  • Good source of Folate
  • Powerhouse of vitamins and minerals – Vitamins A, B6, B12, E, and Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium
  • Aids in producing beautiful skin

1 handful tender kale leaves, chopped (about 2 cups)

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

  • Low calorie, no cholesterol 
  • Good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils and dietary fiber
  • May help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood
  • Good source of minerals – Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron and Magnesium 
  • Rich in many vital vitamins – Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C
  • One of the richest herbal sources for Vitamin K, which supports bone health

1 1/4 inch slice of ginger, peeled and chopped

  • Supports digestive health
  • Reduces nausea, pain reduction and inflammation

1 cup of filtered water

The Mixology. Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more water if desired.

Makes 1 large (24 ounce) or 2 small (12 ounce) smoothies. Enjoy! 

I also purchased a Nutri Ninja hoping that this will be a better alternative to my blender for making smoothies. I will let you know my thoughts over the  next several weeks. 

Dolls, leave a comment and share your favorite smoothie recipe.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD