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Cucumber Mint Refresher

22 Aug

I can usually take or leave summer. I am one of those people who thrives in the fall. I don’t mind winter. Spring is pretty great. After about a month of the stifling hot summer weather, I’m ready for the cool crisp air of fall.

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Notice how I said “usually”. I think all of us here in the mitten state are still recovering from this past winter. After the below zero temperatures and record breaking snowfalls, I was ready to embrace all of the sticky, humid heat that summer had to offer. This cocktail helped me embrace summer nights. It is crisp and refreshing…perfect for sipping on with friends and family during a breezy summer evening.

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Cucumber Mint Refresher

The amounts below are to make one cocktail.

Note: I used this vodka infuser to make cucumber vodka but EFFEN Vodka makes a delicious cucumber vodka works as well.   

8-10 fresh mint leaves

1/2 lime

1/4 cup lemonade

2 1/4 ounces cucumber vodka (1 1/2 shots)

1/2 cup club soda

Ice

Cucumber slices, for garnish (optional)

1. Muddle together the mint and lime and a glass.

2. Add lemonade, vodka, club soda, and ice. Stir together. Garnish with cucumber slices (optional).

3. Sit back. Sip. Enjoy. 🙂

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Green Grapefruit Smoothie

28 Mar

How many servings of fruits and veggies can you get in before you walk out the door?

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Maybe it’s because I am a yoga-practicing dietitian, but I play a game with myself to see how many servings of fruits and vegetables I can get in each day. I consider it a personal victory each time I break my own record.

Yogis love sitting around bragging about the number of super foods they have in their cupboard while us dietitians feel superior when we can announce to the world that we were able to pack 8 servings of fruits and vegetables into our day…and it’s not even lunch time yet!

While I tend to fall back into the same smoothie routine during the week, I try to change it up on the weekends.

This past weekend I whipped up this concoction.

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Pair this baby with some oatmeal loaded up with berries and you can head to work or to the studio bragging that you were able to pack in your 5 a day before your day even started!

Green Grapefruit Smoothie

Makes about 2 cups

1 cup coconut water

1/4 grapefruit, peeled and seeds removed (about 1/2 cup)

1 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced

1 cup spinach

1 cup kale

4 frozen strawberries

1. Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Turn blender on at low speed and quickly increase to high. Blend for 1-1 1/2 minutes until smooth.

Go-To Green Drink

17 Mar

Another one of my favorite things: starting my morning with a refreshing clean green smoothie.

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Every now and then I decide to mix it up, but I have a new go-to smoothie that I can’t get enough of in the morning.

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Going along with the “green theme” for St. Patty’s Day, I found it appropriate to post this recipe today. Also, you might appreciate this smoothie tomorrow morning in case you have one too many adult green beverages tonight!

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Here’s the run down on the goods:

Almond milk: low calorie, flavorful source of calcium (as long as it’s fortified)

Banana: great source of potassium; perfect for getting rid of excess water weight from St. Patty’s Day!

Celery, Carrots, Cucumbers, Spinach: hydration, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron

Mango: Fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A

Fresh ginger: may help relieve indigestion

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Go-To Green Drink

Makes 2 servings (about 1 cup each)

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 banana, peeled

2 stalks celery, cut into 4 pieces

1 large carrot, cut into 4 pieces

1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and cut into large chunks (about 1/2 of a large cucumber)

2 cups spinach

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger

Place ingredients into blender in the order listed. Turn blender on, increase speed to high and blend for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until well blended. Add ice if desired.

 

 

 

Beet(le) Juice

18 Jan

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Since getting my Vitamix a couple years ago, I have made it a habit to have a green drink every morning. Sometimes I fall into a rut and make the same combo which is usually this. Recently, I have been wanting to “mix” it up a little (no pun intended ;).

Today, I decided to step outside of the green realm and into the intense fuchsia color of beets.

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I can’t get over the beautiful deep color that they have.

I decided to pour the smoothie through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of some of the pulp. When I make my drinks, I usually leave the pulp in for the added fiber. I was in the mood for a smoother drink today so I strained it. And I liked it.

I will warn you, beets have a very earthy flavor. I happen to love it but I know it’s not for everyone. The flavor of the beets stands out in this drink.

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This juice is jam packed with nutrition. Beets are a great source of antioxidants and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are what make a food a “super food” because they are components that can only be found in whole foods, not in supplements. They provide protective benefits against many chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease. And lets face it, they are just pretty to look at!

Beet(le) Juice

Makes 2 cups

1 medium beet, trimmed and cut into large chunks

2 celery stalks, trimmed and cut into large pieces

1 small granny smith apple, cored and quartered

1/2 inch piece of ginger

1 lemon, peeled and seeded

1 cup water

4-5 ice cubes

1. Place all ingredients in blender. Blend on high for 1 1/2 minutes.

2. Pour through a fine mesh strainer. Sip and enjoy 🙂

Purple Monster Smoothie

13 Sep

My sister is the best. Knowing that I don’t always keep up with the hottest trends in fashion, she graciously got me a subscription to Allure magazine. My closest is full of “basics” and “essentials” and totally lacking in the fun trendy items that pop up every season. I’ve got everyone out there beat in the number of well-fitting jeans and black and white tees. Not for much longer, the other day I actually debated purchasing a pair of camo skinny jeans (what?!).

So what does any of this have to do with this amazing purple smoothie?

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Apparently, since I’m all fashion savvy now, I know that purple is the hot color of fall. So me, being me, decided to make a healthy treat out of it instead of going out looking for a cute purple top to pair with my army jeans 😉

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Here’s what you need to know about this smoothie…it’s LOADED with all the good-for-you ingredients that will keep you glowing throughout the cool fall weather that’s approaching. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants to help repair free radicals. Flaxseed and almond butter up your daily dose of omega-3s and fiber. By starting your day with this, you can rest assured that you have gotten at least 2 servings of fruits and veggies out of the way before you walk out the door in the morning.

Purple Monster Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 banana

1 cup frozen blueberries

1-2 handfuls of spinach or kale

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

1 tablespoon almond butter

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious taste of

Mango Spinach Smoothie

17 May

I always tease my husband when he goes out of town that I’m going on the “scrambled eggs and oatmeal diet”. I love cooking and having dinner together when we’re both home. When he’s traveling for work, I have to admit that I get lazy when it comes to cooking. I find myself living on pb&j’s for lunch and scrambled eggs and oatmeal for dinner. After a day or two of this, I am seriously lacking in my usual intake of fruits and vegetables. Luckily, this smoothie is chock full of vitamins and minerals and tastes delicious.

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If I can squeeze one or two of these in a day, I’m well on my way to the recommended 9 servings per day of fruits and veggies. I have come up with a few favorite fruit and veggie combos for my smoothies but wanted to share this one first since it’s one of my favorite. Enjoy 🙂

Mango Spinach Smoothie

Serves 1

1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1/2 banana, preferably ripe

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1-2 cups spinach

1 cup ice

Place all of the ingredients in your blender in the order listed. Turn the blender on low and quickly increase to high speed. Blend for 1 1/2-2 minutes until smooth. Depending on your blender, you may need to add a little water during the blending to keep things moving.

Fresh Fruit Margaritas

5 May

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Did you know that it actually is possible to have it all? Delicious fresh fruit, healthy dose of fiber, minimal added sugar, and the refreshing taste (and buzz) of a margarita. This, dear friends, is how we celebrated our Cinco de Mayo.

Don’t mind the alarming orange color of these margaritas. The beauty of this drink is that it takes on the color of whatever you put in it. The oranges I found were very vibrantly colored The simple ingredients are lemons, limes, oranges, a little bit of sugar, tequila (obviously) and triple sec. You can adjust the amount of sugar in these depending on how sweet or sour you like your margs and depending on how sweet or sour your fruit is. I used a Vitamix blender for these which is an extremely high powered blender. I can’t guarantee the same smooth consistency with other blenders. ImageImageImage

Cheers!


Fresh Fruit Margaritas

Makes 4

1/4 cup water

1 medium orange, peeled and halved

1 medium lemon, peeled and halved with seeds removed

1 lime, peeled and halved

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup (6 ounces) tequila

1/4 cup (2 ounces) triple sec

6 cups ice

Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Turn on blender, quickly increase speed to high and blend for 45 seconds.

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