Broccoli Strawberry Banana Nut Butter Smoothie

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Woo-hoo!  Another smoothie recipe, and this one is SO great, because it’s so tasty, and guess what?  There’s broccoli in there!!!

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Oh my gosh!  There’s a reason why your mom always told you to eat your broccoli growing up!  All those awesome benefits!  And what’s great is that if you’re not a fan of broccoli, then this smoothie is perfect for you.  You get all the great benefits of broccoli without the taste!  This smoothie is delicious!

BROCCOLI, STRAWBERRY, BANANA, NUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 raw broccoli florets
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 6 ounces plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/2 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice (I used almond butter – it was AMAZING)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup almond milk
  • pinch of stevia (optional)
  • 3 ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.  Transfer to a glass and serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Banana Triple Berry Smoothie

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This smoothie just screams “DELICIOUS”!!!  I was making a berry smoothie, and then I realized I had some more room in the glass, so I decided to make a bit of banana smoothie, and then poor it in there.  Which resulted in two things:

1.) An insanely tasty smoothie, and

2.) A really cool looking smoothie

Turns out if you poor one on top of the other, it gives it a marbly look, and that reminds me of berries and cream…mmmmm – YUM!  Anyway, I wanted to touch on one of the ingredients in this smoothie – the mighty little cherry!  These morsels of goodness are packed full of health benefits, and the fact that I use a bit of tart cherry juice in this smoothie helps too!

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All that just from ONE of the ingredients in this yumminess!  The fact that it contains blueberries, strawberries, and banana just adds even more wonderful qualities!

BANANA TRIPLE BERRY SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

For the berry part:

  • 6 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • pinch of stevia (optional)

For the banana part:

  • 5 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • pinch of stevia

Directions:

1.) Add the ingredients for the berry part to the blender, and blend till smooth.  Pour into a glass.

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2.) Rinse out the blender, then add the ingredients for the banana part and blend till smooth.  Pour into the same glass that has the berry part in it.

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3.) Enjoy with a straw or just drink straight out of the glass.

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Yu-uh-uh-uh-ummmm!  Enjoy! 🙂

Strawberry Banana Shake (With Two Full Servings of Veggies!)

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There is no way you would ever guess that this shake has anything healthy in it, let alone two full servings of veggies!  But, I can assure you, it does!  This is a simple shake, but the nutrition this thing contains is anything but simple!  With the three main ingredients being cauliflower, strawberries, and bananas, this should come as no surprise!  Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of these three amigos!

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So there you have it, this thing is basically a cup full of health and wellness!  Now, you may be thinking that cauliflower is delicious, but in a shake?  Seriously though, you don’t taste it, and because it’s frozen, it actually gives the shake a nice creamy texture!  Just try it!  You won’t be disappointed!

STRAWBERRY BANANA CAULIFLOWER SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower (bagged frozen or steamed then frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste

Directions

Place the banana, cauliflower, vanilla, stevia, and 1 cup of almond milk in a blender.  Blend till smooth.  Add the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup almond milk.  Blend till smooth.

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Pour into cups to serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Butternut Squash and Banana Breakfast Mash

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Get ready for the yummiest breakfast ever!  I love this stuff – it’s got a great autumn vibe to it, and it tastes like a little piece of heaven!  What a great way to start your day!  The two main ingredients in this dish are butternut squash and banana, both of which are REALLY good for you!  Check out these pins listing some of the health benefits of each of these foods.

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All this in a breakfast?!  Yes, please!!!

Another plus when it comes to this dish is that when it is baking in the oven, it makes your house smell AMAZING!  The pumpkin pie spice makes your kitchen smell like a bakery in the middle of fall!

I topped mine with dried cranberries, coconut, and chia seeds, but there are SO many possibilities!  You could top it with raisins, chopped nuts of your choice, nut butter, blueberries, dried fruit, goji berries, strawberries…like I said, the possibilities are endless!  Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BANANA BREAKFAST MASH

Ingredients (makes two servings)

  • 1 large butternut squash, seeded, peeled, and chopped into cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • Toppings (I used shredded coconut, dried cranberries (apple juice sweetened), and chia seeds)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the butternut squash on the baking sheet and sprinkle with the pumpkin pie spice.  Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

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2.) In a bowl, mash the banana with a fork.  Add the baked butternut squash and vanilla.  Mash again with a fork.

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3.) Top with your toppings.

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Now your house smells as amazing as this breakfast will make you feel!  Enjoy! 🙂

Blueberry Smoothie With Hidden Veggies

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Well, I’ve found a new favorite!  Wow, this smoothie is SO SO YUMMY!!!  The best part?  It’s got veggies in there that are so good for you, but totally tastes like a fruit-only smoothie!  Yum.  That is all.

The main ingredients in this smoothie are blueberries, banana, red cabbage, and carrots.  Know what that means?  It means you are getting slammed with loads of antioxidants when you drink this thing!  On top of that, there are tons of other great health benefits that each of these ingredients provides.  Take a look at the following pins explaining some of these awesome benefits!

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All that in one glass of delicious.  Without further ado, let’s get to this recipe!

BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE WITH HIDDEN VEGGIES

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1/2-3/4 cup baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (optional, but it makes it super creamy – yum!)
  • small chunk of ginger
  • stevia, to taste (optional)

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Pour into a cup to serve.

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YUM, and believe me, your body will thank you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Carrot Apple Cake Smoothie

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This is an extremely healthy smoothie that tastes like an extremely unhealthy cake in a glass!  No kidding!  I saw the following pin for a recipe for Apple Carrot Cupcakes.

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That sounded delicious, but of course, the recipe called for sugar and glutenous flour, etc. So, I decided to make a smoothie inspired by this recipe. The result?  AMAZING!  Gluten free, veggies, fruit, power foods all in a glass of delish!  Believe me when I say you need this smoothie in your life!

CARROT APPLE CAKE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 3/4 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 honey crisp apple, cored
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of stevia, or a bit of honey (optional)
  • small handful of walnuts (optional)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

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YUMMY!

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Now you can have your cake and drink it too! 🙂  Enjoy! 🙂

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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These muffins are the easiest to make muffins ever!  They are gluten and grain free, and they are absolutely delicious!  They make for a wonderful breakfast food, or just as a snack that satisfies throughout your day!  I got the idea from the following pin.

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After getting the idea from this pin, I made a bunch of adjustments to make these gluten and grain free and to make them a bit healthier (using honey instead of sugar, nut butter instead of butter, etc.).  They turned out fantastic.  Nice and fluffy and so so tasty!

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Just look at those yummies!

Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond butter (you can use any nut butter you would like here)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2-3 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • pinch of stevia (optional)
  • Chocolate chips for topping (I used semi sweet chocolate chips)*

*Note: I didn’t add chocolate chips into my batter.  I only used them as a topping.  If you would like these to be more chocolatey, you can stir in 1/3 – 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips to the batter after you have blended it smooth and use them as topping as well.

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil.

2.) Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender.  Process until completely smooth.

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3.) Poor the batter into the prepared muffin tin.  This can make anywhere from 6-12 muffins depending on how large you want your muffins to be.  I made 7 with my batter, and the muffins were big enough that one would suffice for breakfast.  After filling the muffin tin with the batter, sprinkle the tops with chocolate chips.

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4.) Place in the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick poked all the way through the center comes out clean.

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5.) Use a knife to remove the muffins from the tin.  They should come out very easily.  Allow to cool to desired temperature.

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Oh my goodness!  Heavenly!  Enjoy! 🙂