Orange Strawberry Green Smoothie

I recently discovered how delicious it is to add orange to a green smoothie. Especially now that the weather is warm, it lightens up the smoothie and adds that refreshing, sweet citrus taste. I’m excited to release a few orange smoothie recipes, starting with this one below. I hope you all enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 large orange

5-6 large frozen strawberries

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup almond milk

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PB 2: The Best Invention Since PB (according to me)

Alright as you may or may not know by now I am a peanut butter addict. I can actually eat entire jars of pb with a spoon in a few sittings. For this reason I avoid buying PB because for lack of better reason it’s just too good and I can’t control myself.

Plain and simple, I would be morbidly obese if I kept peanut butter in my apt.

As some of you may also know there is a company called Bell Plantation that produces “peanut butter” with 85% less calories… WAIT WHAT!? Yes…you read correctly, peanut butter with 85% less calories. Here’s the deal, the peanuts are slow roasted and then pressed to remove all oil (the main source of fat and calories). They are packaged in powder form, and when the user adds water turns into what is comparable to traditional creamy peanut butter. The fat and calorie count of PB2 is 85% lower than regular peanut butter. The noticeable downside is one serving of PB2 has about 40% less protein than regular peanut butter. photo (2)

After doing a little digging I’ve found some criticism of PB2 saying that during the pressing process it is stripped of many of the essential nutrients found in natural peanut butter. The most notable are the monounsaturated and ployunsaturated “good fats” and vitamin E.

Here’s my take on it: (in bullet form for efficiency)

-It tastes just like peanut butter (especially if mixed into a smoothie)

-It has protein in it

-It is low in calories and fat

-It is NOT bad for you it just isn’t as nutrient dense as regular PB

Taking all of the above into consideration I think eating PB2/ using it in recipes in moderation is fine. I’m looking forward to making some awesome new PB themed recipes and sharing them with you all!

What is your take on PB2? Do you think it’s safe/good to eat?

Low Cal Coffee Coolata

Coffee lovers rejoice! Now you can make the perfect coffee coolata without all the calories or the trip to Dunkin Donuts!

While this recipe is insanely easy it does require a little bit of prep. The night before you plan to make it freeze roughly .5 ounces of almond milk. I recommend using a 1.2 ounce tupperwear to freeze the almond milk in for convenience and easy measuring. You also will need an entire tray of ice cubes.

Ready for how simple this is to make? Here it is:

Using a coffee maker brew 5- 6 oz of coffee (the smallest cup size option on the Kuerig)

Let the coffee cool so it is no longer steaming

Add all of the ice cubes from the full tray and the frozen almond milk

Blend

And that’s it! You can also add sugar for sweetness if needed.

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My First Kale Green Smoothie

image photoI decided to give kale a try since I’ve been hearing all about how nutrient dense it is. Turns out I don’t like kale but, I made a few #greensmoothies with it that came out well. Below is the first one I made that I liked. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1 cup honeydew melon
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Back Bay Yoga

If there were an equivalent to an oasis but instead of a pool of water in a desert it was an escape from the city and the stresses of life; it would be Back Bay Yoga

Every time I step into BBY I get this feeling of automatic calm. Maybe it’s the yogis with their tattoos of moons and buddhas and trees. Maybe its the dim lights. Maybe it’s the open space and cool, calming colors. Honestly I don’t know what it is about that place but you walk in from a long day, after shuffling around and maneuvering the T to get there, and its like BAM— calm.

I started going to BBY a little over a year ago because my body was riddled with illness and I had heard yoga can help the mental and physical healing process. And while this post is not about yoga and it’s effects on the mind, body and soul, I have to at least comment for anyone struggling with a mental or physical ailment, I found yoga to be extremely positive.

BBY is not just any studio, and I honestly consider myself fortunate to have happened to stumble upon it. The reason it is outstanding is that it’s not a fitness center, it’s not a yoga and pilates place, it’s not owned by a chain or someone who bought a yoga studio to be trendy. BBY is owned, operated, decorated, staffed and attended by people who live their lives around yoga principals. That’s not to say that you can’t be a normal 9-5 working person and stop in for a class now and then, you most certainly can, but the aura at BBY is one of comfort, acceptance and tranquility. Things that are normally embarrassing (like wiggling your body in weird ways, or breathing heavy, or vocally saying om) are so commonplace there that nearly everything feels safe and natural.

All of the classes at Back Bay Yoga are in vinyasa style but of them all (click here for their class schedule) my favorite class is hip hop yoga. It is so fun and it’s the one I feel gives me the best cardio work out. Anyone in the Boston area I really highly recommend checking it out!

Dairy Free, Nutrient Rich Chocolate Milk Shake

If you love milk shakes but don’t want all the fat, empty calories, and sugar here is a perfect solution. This recipe gives you a thick, sweat chocolate taste with few calories and tons of nutrients!images

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of almond milk, frozen

1 1/2 tbsps natural cocoa powder

1 and 1/2 bananas

Freeze 1/2 cup of almond milk over night or until completely frozen. When ready to make the shake, place the frozen almond milk in your blending cup with 1 1/2 tbsps of all natural cocoa powder. Next add 1 and a half bananas and blend all together. For an even thicket shake increase almond milk to a few cup.

Let me know what you guys think!