Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

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Hey all! It’s that time of year again. No, no not Shark Week..But something even better- Berry Season!!

Strawberries are my favorite, but they are one of the fruits I ONLY buy organic, as 98% of strawberries have pesticide residues. Did you know that California growers apply 300 pounds of pesticides to each acre of conventional strawberries? Yuck!

I encourage you to find check out this year’s clean fifteen list to find out which produce you can save the extra bucks on and buy conventional. But sadly, strawberries is not on there.

In celebration of berry season, I’m featuring this berrylicious smoothie recipe created by my friend (and smoothie goddess) Andi Smith from Andi Smith Wellness.

I hope you enjoy!

 

Guest Recipe By Andi Smith:

Smoothies are a great way to incorporate your fruits and vegetables each day and to get a little creative in the kitchen!

strawberriesI had a few cups of strawberries left from the farmers market and I decided to whip up a new smoothie creation for your drinking pleasure. Strawberries are actually a really fragile fruit that can perish easily, so be sure to eat them up within a day or two of purchase. They pack quite a bit of health benefits into each red delicious heart shaped berry. Strawberries may help regulate blood sugar in some people, they have anti-inflammatory properties, and are full of vitamin C. So eat these red berries to your hearts content this season and don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen. The most important ingredient is to have fun!

Recipe: 

  • 1-2 cups strawberries (even the green tops, they’re edible!)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 1 -2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon bee pollen (great for vitamin B aka energy!)
  • 2 teaspoons flax seed oil
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • handful of ice (optional)

Directions: Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

Reference:

Health Benefits of Strawberries

About Andi Smith

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Andi Smith is a certified recreational therapist, wellness coach, certified culinary nutrition expert, and food photographer. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating new recipes, helping people meet their health goals, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Lucy. She educates people on how to implement realistic habits into their daily lives to increase their energy and overall health. Follow her onTwitter or check out her website at AndiSmithWellness.com.

Matcha Gotcha

Hey folks! My friend and fellow health coach, Andi Smith, has created this delicious smoothie recipe, and oh does it looks divine!

Enjoy 🙂

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Guest Post by Andi Smith Wellness:

Matcha is a powdered green tea with a smooth, frothy texture. It’s perfect as a warm drink on its own or a delicious ingredient in smoothies. What makes matcha stand out amongst other green teas is that the whole leaf is consumed, maximizing the amount of vital nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. A few of the amazing health benefits include lowering blood pressure, balancing blood sugar, boosting your immune system.

My Matcha Gotcha is the perfect thing for increasing your immunity in order to protect against colds this season.

 Recipe: (serves 1)

  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3-5 leaves of romaine
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (pea protein and/or fermented protein)
  • 1-2 teaspoon matcha
  • 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • handful of ice
  • top with goji berries

Directions:

Blend everything together, except goji berries, until smooth. Top with goji berries and enjoy!

About Andi Smith

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Andi Smith is a certified recreational therapist, wellness coach, certified culinary nutrition expert, and food photographer. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating new recipes, helping people meet their health goals, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Lucy. She educates people on how to implement realistic habits into their daily lives to increase their energy and overall health. Follow her on Twitter or check out her website at AndiSmithWellness.com.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

pgfudgePeanut Butter. Chocolate.  I really don’t think it gets much better than this. For those of you who have a sweet tooth like me, having healthy dessert options on hand means you are less likely to eat unhealthy sweets.

This peanut butter chocolate fudge, however, is the perfect combination of sweet and creamy, leaving your sweet tooth satisfied without all the refined ingredients. They are also a perfect dessert to make when having company. Simply prepare the fudge, stick it in the freezer, and whilst cooking dinner and dining, the fudge will be freezing! Your guests will thank you.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter ( the kind you have to stir because the oil separates)
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 4 ounces quality dark chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

1. Cream peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt in a bowl

2. Pour mixture into a 8×6 baking dish, lined with parchment paper

3. Top with chopped chocolate and freeze for two hours

4. Remove from freezer, carefully remove fudge by lifting edges of parchment paper

5. Cut into 1 inch squares and store in freezer separated by parchment paper

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