Monday, December 19, 2016

Yet another smoothie recipe

Because you needed another one, right?
Actually a work friend asked for my recipe and since I typed it up for her and I'm the laziest blogger in the world, I'm making it into a post. Lucky you!

6 nuggets of Target Market Pantry frozen spinach (each bag comes with 12 nuggets of chopped, frozen spinach in them)
½ cup frozen cherries (I like the Costco organic ones, market pantry ones are fine too)
1 cup Target market pantry mixed fruit (peaches, pineapple, mango, strawberry mixture – 1 bag makes roughly 8 smoothies)
Tart cherry juice (either Cheribundi or whatever Costco has – must be NO ADDED SUGAR 100% juice)
Coconut milk or coconut/almond milk 
2 Tablespoons milled Flax seed
2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast flakes 
½ tsp maca powder 
1 tsp ground turmeric

Put it in your blender and blend. If you put it in all frozen still, you don’t have to add ice. I pre-portion everything out in freezer bags and put one in the fridge to thaw right before I go to bed. If it’s frozen, you have to use more liquid to blend. If it’s thawed out, you have to add ice but use less liquid. Cherry juice can get expensive, so I'm all about conserving it. 
I have a Nutribullet and use the bigger cup it comes with. Put the thawed fruit and spinach in there first. Add ice. Fill with cherry juice to just below where fruit/spinach hits. Add in splash of coconut milk so liquid meets solids. (any more liquid and the texture is weird) Add in powdered mixture (I pre-portion all of this too so all I have to do is dump it in). Blend until it’s the consistency of a milkshake and you can’t see spinach leaves/chunks. Add more ice if it’s too liquidy. Ends up making just over 16oz of smoothie when you’re done. 

All of this is just over 500 calories, but it gives you for full days’ worth of B vitamins, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. And most of your Calcium, Iron, and fiber. (That's according to punching in all these ingredients on

I cannot stress enough how easy it is to portion these out ahead of time. I think it takes me about a half hour to make 2 weeks worth of smoothie packs and powder packs. I think drinking these has helped reduce a lot of inflammation, and it has certainly helped me lose weight. If you're concerned about the amount of spinach, don't worry - the protein powder and fruit pretty much cover it all up. Experiment and see what you like. 

What did I miss? What do you add to your smoothies that works for you?

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