Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

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smoothie fest

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Here’s a throwback post that is certainly appropriate for this October weekend.  This smoothie matches the season and will be a great way to start the lovely fall day.
Thanks to Smoothie Queen Amy for this great recipe
I can’t wait to make this Pumpkin Chai smoothie! It’s like the marriage of all my favorite things.  It’s around 400 calories, so it’s definitely a meal replacement at this serving size. Here’s the recipe.

Blend the following:
1 1/2 cups milk, or milk alternative (I use almond or coconut because the protein is kickin’)
3/4 cup cooked pumpkin

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla bean
1/2 banana
If you’re a person who likes to know the calories in something you can add them up in no time flat using this FitClick’s “how many calories” link. Just type the food you’re wanting to know about in the search area. And from there you can choose specifics. It takes less than 5 minutes to add up a smoothie’s worth of ingredients.

http://www.fitclick.com/how_many_calories

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Day #2 Menu

 

Kicking off the day with this beet strawberry smoothie. Very simple and clean recipe. I’ll throw in some hemp seeds for a little protein. http://www.refinery29.com/beet-recipes?page=4   Warning:  This could turn your pee RED (sorry, I mean urine).  So don’t call the Doctor’s office thinking you have a urine infection or kidney stone.

Emma –the Smoothie Ninja

Lunch

So I got a mango in my Green Bean Delivery Bin this week and I realize this wasn’t on the Smoothie Fest shopping list but I thought I would post it for any of you Green Bean customers that had no idea what to do with it–like me.  This was pretty easy and one of the least difficult smoothies to make!

 

2 cups ripe mango chunks (from 1 to 2 mangoes)
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cups unsweetened coconut water
Pinch of cayenne powder

Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.

Serves 2. Per serving: 159 calories; 1 g saturated fat; 0 g unsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbs; 256 mg sodium; 3 g protein; 6 g fiber.

 

 

Dinner-Recipe for kale and broccoli with caramelized onions! What’s your favorite way to prepare kale?
http://greenbeandelivery.com/healthytimes/recipes/kale-and-broccoli-with-caramelized-onions/

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Cranberry Smoothie

Here’s another great recipe for this week!  I want to remind everyone that I am posting the smoothie posse recipes and experiences from last week because I leave for a nutrition conference this week so I can’t participate.  The one major note that I will tell you before starting the fest is to not forget to drink water!!!  By day #2, I was cranky, tired, and really hungry!  Also, (spoiler alert) that the beet juice recipe from day #2 will make you pee red!
Very happy with my cranberry smoothie this morning. Fresh cranberries. ’nuff said.

1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries

5 frozen whole strawberries
1 ripe banana
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup brewed green tea, cooled (i’ve brewed a bunch and it’s chillin’ in my fridge for upcoming smoothies).
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Day #1 Menu

I’m going to have to confess that I’m only going to do 2 meals daily with smoothies considering that I have a 13yo and a 5yo at home that I will have to cook for this week and will be greatly tempted by the real food they are eating.  I will however make a whole food paleo based dinner for the family and will share that with you.   I will post any weight loss at the end of the challenge and am planning to go as long as I can in this endeavor.  I know Amy plans to do a full 10 days—I am planning on taking it one day at a time as that is our philosophy here.  Baby steps!  Remember-we are all in this together and are human!  So here we go with day one!

Breakfast:  Mixed in my NINJA—-5 strawberries, 1/2 banana and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

Lunch:  1 stalk kale, 1 cucumber, 3 apples with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds—all juiced in the Omega 3 rather than the NINJA

Dinner:  1 pkg grass fed chicken breast sautéed in butter and olive oil with 1 stalk broccoli, 1 zucchini, 1 cup (cooked) whole grain rice and 1 egg–

All the cool kids in the back of the bus!!!!!!

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Smoothie Posse Shopping List

Ok guys—we have 3 days to start preparing menus for the Smoothie Fest–Here is a basic shopping list created by Amy our Smoothie Posse Queen—-Start composing your lists and I will be reposting juicing information as well although you don’t have to juice for this.  I am planning on using my Ninja and I know Amy used her Nutribullet.

 

Liquid bases

unsweetened soy milk (GMO free) unsweetened oat milk unsweetened yogurt- greek or soy green tea- decaf or regular pomegranate juice

Frozen produce

mango, all types of berries, pineapple, kiwi, cranberries

Fresh produce

fresh fruit- bananas (cut them up and freeze them), pomegranite greens- spinach, kale, and/or beet (this will turn your pee red)
pumpkin (or use canned but fresh is better)
fresh ginger root

Pantry

chia seeds
hemp seeds
unsweetened shredded coconut
nut butter(s)- peanut, almond, and/or cashew. shoot for unsweetened pumpkin (or use fresh)–we determined last week that fresh is better!

Spices and things

turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla bean if you want to be fancy. None of these are necessary.

 

Game on guys!!! Let’s do this Marines!

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