My Smoothie Bible

As we draw near to the end of our annual smoothie challenge I feel that it is important that I share with you guys some of my go-to resources whenever I am not feeling so creative and need a sure fire bomb smoothie recipe to add to my weekly meal plan. These five  sites are full of epic recipes that are genuinely healthy, easy, and budget friendly.  They are consistent in adding new goodies for you to try and are FitXBrit approved! Enjoy!

Incredible Smoothies

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Did I leave anybody out?! Drop some of your favorite sites for smoothies in the comments!

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month with Viki's Granola Banana Granola Pops

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Granola has been credited by many to be a food option that can not only satisy your tummy, but, also may help lower your cholesterol and prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. In an effort to provide you guys with some amazing healthy snack options, we have partnered with Viki's Granola to bring you a fun, heart healthy, recipe that the whole family will love!

 

Viki's Granola Banana Granola Pops

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Peel, cut bananas in half crosswise and insert Popsicle sticks.  Place on a parchment-lined tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 3 hours. Place Viki's Banana Walnut Granola into a shallow dish. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over low heat, constantly stirring. Pour the chocolate into a tall glass. Dip each banana into the chocolate and roll in the granola straightaway. Place on a parchment-lined tray. Serve immediately or wrap individually in parchment paper or plastic wrap in the freezer.

 

This seems easy enough don't you think? Do you plan on giving this a try?

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month with Carrington Farms' Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Image Carrington Farms

Image Carrington Farms

We are big fans of chia seeds in our home for several simple reasons;

  1. Chia seeds are a “whole grain” food and are known to be normally grown organically.

  2. They are non-GMO and naturally free of gluten.

That spells amazing in my book plus we all know that gluten and my mini Peyton do not mix so this dairy and gluten free recipe is a perfect fit! Don't let their tiny size fool you either chia seeds are jam packed with with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and a whole bunch of micronutrients, which basically makes it one of the most healthiest and nutritious foods on the planet. We are making serious attempts to heavily reduce the amount of meat and the type of meats we are consuming in our home so we will take our protein any way we can get it!

 

Carrington Farms' Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

1 banana mashed

2 cups coconut or almond milk

2 tablespoons honey or agave

1 cup Carrington Farms Organic Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Carrington Farms Organic Milled Flax Seeds

Directions:

In a sealable container, combine mashed banana, coconut or almond milk, and honey/agave.

Close the container and shake to mix all the ingredients well.

Add the chia and flax seeds and shake again.

Refrigerate for at 2 hours or up to 3 days.

Serve with cut bananas and a sprinkle of flax seeds on top.

So what do you think? Does this Banana Chia Seed Pudding sound like something you may add to your meal prep?

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Getting Geared Up For Smoothie Life with Green Blender

Can you believe how fast 2017 is going?! Maybe it’s just me because so many things are happening at once but, I already find myself preparing for our annual Green Smoothie Challenge. For those of you who are new to this, for one month we try to dedicate ourselves to incorporating one green smoothie into our day either as a meal replacement or as a snack. This way we get in the habit of incorporating more leafy greens into our diet and learn how beneficial adding more fruits and veggies into our diet can be for our mind, body, and soul. Some people can’t get down with the smoothie life because they think it is too time consuming. If that is you, I think I may have a solution for you!

I had the opportunity to try out Green Blenders smoothie subscription services for a week and I think it may be able to help some of you guys out. Basically, every week you will receive a box delivered straight to your doorstep that will highlight five smoothie recipes and ingredients to create two servings of each! This creates a situation where you don’t have to plan, you don’t have to prepare, you just have to do it! Convenience at it’s best!

I am sharing two videos of recipes that were included in my green blender box, so that you can see just how easy and convenient the process is! Also, these two were Peyton’s top two favorites out of the five. We use green smoothies as a meal replacement in our home and pair them with additional fruits and veggies on the side to create a full meal (note: both Peyton and I eat 5-6 times a day, grazing is what works best with her digestive issues and to be a team player I usually just follow suit)

Carrot Apple Protein Smoothie

Green Blender Taste Nirvana Pineapple CoCo Mint Smoothie

Loving the videos?! We are currently crushing on the Nuby 360 Plus Cup and Bottle Set that helps to ease colic and is offered in a set that you can grow with from birth to big girl status as well as the Nuby Bamboo Printed Bowl that was featured above which is super eco friendly, bpa free, dishwasher safe, and sturdy for all of those terrific two tantrums!


So what do you think? Could Green Blender be something that you would be willing to try out in your household? Are you crushing on all things Nuby like we are? Be honest.

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Please Note: Some of the products mentioned in this post were sponsored. All comments about these product are my own and I have and will always remain transparent about my opinions. I will not endorse any products that I would not and do not use in my own household. 

Sunday Funday: Shepherds Pride Edition

Shepherd’s Pride Lamb from Mountain States is a Where Food Comes From® approved product. They take pride in producing premium-quality lamb that not only meets, but exceeds, the USDA criteria for natural meats. They require their ranching families to follow strict guidelines for raising lambs without the use of any antibiotics or added hormones

You can even meet the families that produce their lambs. I don’t know may companies that can offer that.

 

My household doesn’t really consume that much meat but, when I had the opportunity to try lamb (which I had never had before) I jumped at the chance. I was warned by many that there is a certain finesse that one must possess to properly execute lamb, and after two failed attempts I called in my Daddy to show me the ropes, and learned that lamb is really quick and easy to prepare.

 

Prep: Marinate with olive oil, chopped garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper

Cook: Sear both sides for one and a half minute and place in oven on 350 for 5 minutes

 

I paired this yummy goodness with yellow rice and fresh asparagus for a meal that took less than 30 minutes from start to finish and, yes, it was all kinds of awesomeness! I know some of you caught this fun prep day on my instastories but I wanted to make sure to share with the masses.

 

So, next time you are meal prep shopping give this heart healthy meat a try! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy lamb?

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Fall Into Smoothie Heaven: Apple Pie Smoothie

I love apples and I love pie, but more than both of those delicious things,  I love the way my body is transitioning into something I am not only proud of but comfortable with. However, we all know that I am not about depriving myself of much of anything that I crave. What I am about is creating a healthier option to satisfy those cravings.  So,  I figured why not experiment and come up with a fall-inspired smoothie that can help me feel and look great at the same damn time!

Apple Pie Smoothie

What You Need:

2 apples ( I used pink ladies)

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tbsp Honey

1 frozen banana

½ cup Plain or Vanilla Greek Yogurt

What You Do:

Add all ingredients in your blender and push blend. Easy peezy. If you desire a thinner consistency add ice and if you would like to make this a green smoothie add a handful of spinach and it still tastes great. As much as I love kale it does not belong in this smoothie! Sorry kale lovers! LOL.

So, what are some of your fall cravings? I’d love to challenge myself to create a healthier version for you!

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Jambalaya the FitXBrit Way

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I have been craving some filling comfort food. I wanted to make a jambalaya that was 1) health conscious and; 2) not soupy. This is definitely a dish that my heavy meat eaters will LOVE because it is jam packed with all the meats and flavor! You won’t be disappointed!

Jambalaya The FitXBrit Way

What You Need

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon of smoked paprika

6 ounces Andouille chicken sausage, diced

½ onion, diced

All the cayenne pepper you can handle (minimum a pinch but, I am definitely heavy handed)

½ each green, yellow and red bell peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes the small one (7.5-8 oz)

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 large chicken breast diced

1¼ cup uncooked brown rice

2½ cups chicken stock (low sodium, you can put more depending on how soupy you want it)

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

What You Do

Heat oil in a large pot and and add diced sausage and chicken.  Saute until brown about 5-6 minutes. Add bell peppers, onions, and garlic until tender. Add all seasoning and tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes. Mix in brown rice and let sit 1-2 minutes then add chicken stock and simmer on low. Cover and let cook for 45 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Add shrimp and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until shrimp is fully cooked. Add your cilantro on top as a garnish and you’re done.

 

Let me know how you liked it!  And, as always, what did and didn’t work or may have been unclear. I am definitely not a chef and just want to grow wherever I can.

Thank you guys for trusting me and remember you do not have to deprive yourself to get the body you want or to just be healthy.  You do, however, have to make smart choices.

Progress not perfection.

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Protein Pancakes: It's What's For Dinner

I could eat breakfast foods all day! Why? Because, I love easy meals and in my experience breakfast is the easiest meal to prep (except for that whole coming up with fresh ideas part).  When I was given the opportunity to try Bob’s Red Mill’s nutritional line of protein powders I a) saw they had a chai flavor and b) immediately  knew what I had to do - make protein pancakes.  After several failed attempts, my kitchen was starting to look like a crime scene! But, I am not one to quit anything and on the third try we had a winner that will melt in your mouth as well as looked appealing visually.

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52ndWitness

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52ndWitness

FitXBrit’s Bob’s Red Mill Chai Walnut Protein Pancakes

What You Need:

1 scoop of Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Powder

2 tsp of baking powder

⅓ cup of  chopped walnuts

½ cup of egg whites

½ cup of Gluten Free Rolled Oats

1 banana

1 tsp of agave or honey

What You Do:

Take your uncooked oats and blend them until they are a powder like substance.

Add ½ of your banana, eggs, baking powder, agave or honey, and Bob’s Red Mill Chai protein powder to blender and blend until smooth

Add walnuts and mix with spoon into batter.

In a heated skillet add approx 2-3 tbsp per pancake

Cook for 1 minute and then flip and cook for an additional 30-45 seconds.

Use the other ½ of banana as topping and enjoy!

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52nd Witness

Image Juan Carlos Puebla of 52nd Witness

So what do you think? If you get a chance to try this recipe out please let me know what worked and didn’t work for you.Also, enter below for your chance to win your own package of Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder! I’ll even let you pick the flavor!

Get a coupon to try Bob's Red Mill for yourself! http://www.bobsredmill.com/get-a-coupon.html

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Fruit Bomb: Watermelon Splash Smoothie

As we get into these summer months, you’ve got to prepare yourself to beat the heat!  And sometimes, all you need to combat that summer weather is a little dose of watermelon! Watermelon is a summertime staple and it is packed with so many health benefits that there is no reason why you shouldn’t indulge.

Read: 5 Things You Didn’t know About Watermelon


You know I love my smoothies so, I’ve prepared a fruity smoothie recipe that is sure to help cool you off! Enjoy!

Image Oscar Lozada

Image Oscar Lozada

Watermelon Splash Smoothie

What you need:

9-10 cups of cut up watermelon (seedless)

⅓ cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ cup of fresh squeezed lime juice

About 2 cups of strawberries (frozen, add more to create  a thicker smoothie)

Optional: A pinch of mint or ½ cup of frozen mango,handful of spinach to make it a”greenie” or splash of vodka.

If this doesn’t make you feel like you are drinking an entire glass of summer then I don’t know what will. While this drink is perfect for patio weather, don’t forget: moderation is key.


What are some of your favorite “summertime” smoothie recipes? Drop the links!

Smoothies In a Bowl - Yay or Nay?

Honestly, you’d think I’d be completely in the know when it comes to health trends, but there are so many that I can barely keep up myself! However, the smoothie (no matter how you dress it up) has and will always stand the test of time.  Of this I am 100% sure!

Smoothie bowls have been flooding my timeline for the last 2 years and I have just recently decided to give them a try within the last couple of months.  Before I did, though, I had to uncover exactly what a smoothie bowl was and why I’d switch up my routine for smoothies in bowl vs. a cup.

After extensive research (because you know I consider myself a smoothie connoisseur, right?) I came up with these 3 reasons why smoothie bowls are kind of dope!

 

 

1. Because we are eliminating the need for a straw, you can really go all out and make your smoothie as thick as you want without any limitations! I don’t know about you, but with so many “limits” in my life knowing that my smoothie can be whatever I want kind of makes my heart smile!

2. Smoothie bowls are fun! Largely due to social media, I have a new respect for how creative people can get with their smoothie bowls.  You need only take a second to search #smoothiebowl on Instagram to see all of the dope creations. People are really getting artistic with it!

3. Bowls are definitely more filling! I love my smoothies in a cup and the convenience is undeniable, but on a day when I am a little more hungry it is good to know that I can still get my everyday smoothie goodness and add some granola, fresh fruit, chia seeds, or shaved coconut. The possibilities are endless!

Even though I am still a beginner when it comes to smoothie bowls, I didn’t want to leave you without a recipe for my favorite combination this week.

 

 

Acai Berry Bowl

1 /2 or 1 avocado (depends on how thick you want your bowl to be)

½ cup strawberries

1  Sambazon Acai Superfruit Pack

½ cup blueberries

1 handful of kale

1 handful of spinach

½ cup pineapple

¼ cup raspberries

Blend all ingredients in your blender

Top with: Manitoba Hemp Hearts and New England Naturals Unsweetened Berry Coconut Granola

 


Are you a fan of the smoothie bowl craze? If so, what are some of your favorite combinations?

Green Smoothie Challenge...You In?

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It’s April and all of my loyal FitXBrit readers know what that means…GREEN SMOOTHIES! I absolutely love incorporating smoothies into my diet to help curb that sweet tooth.  If I can add a little more nutrition by making it a greenie then, heck, why not?!

 

Every April we dedicate ourselves to adding a green smoothie each day( we will officially start April 4th and end May 3rd), either as a meal replacement or a snack. During the month, I provide all of my email subscribers with 2 unique green smoothie recipes that they can file away for later or use as they prep their smoothies for the week! I also encourage everyone to post their smoothies a couple of times a week to help you stay accountable to the process. This year we even have some pretty dope PRIZES to giveaway for those that post their smoothies on Instagram tagging @FitXBrit and using the hashtag #FXBMeanGreenSmoothie. So are you ready for the challenge? I promise it will be fun and you do not even have to use my recipes. I just want you to commit to enjoying one green smoothie a day...deal?

What is a green smoothie?

They do not have to be green but they do have to be blended with avocado or fresh leafy green vegetables, such as collard greens, kale, rainbow or Swiss chard or spinach.

 

For the first week I will be posting the two recipes on the site but, for every week after you will have to be signed up for our mailing list in order to get these goodies, so make sure you do that NOW.

 

 

Green Perfection

I call this one my “Green Perfection” because it is PERFECT for beginners who may be a little weary of adding leafy greens to their smoothies. You can barely taste any vegetables at all in this one.

1 cup of pineapple chunks

1 cup of lemon juice

1 banana

1 mango

1 apple

1 cup of kale or spinach

Add either ½ cup of water, almond milk, milk, or plain yogurt for your base. I suggest starting off with ½ cup and increasing based off of the consistency you are trying to achieve.

 

Avocado Bliss

1 banana (I prefer frozen)

1 ½ cup of milk (any type)

1 cup spinach

½ avocado

½ teaspoon of almond extract

½ cup of pineapple or mango

 


Can’t wait to see those pics guys! April is going to be great!

Smoothie Fun with Manitoba Harvest

Image courtesy of Manitoba Harvest

Image courtesy of Manitoba Harvest

Many people associate the hemp plant with marijuana, not realizing that the amount of THC in hemp seeds is super microscopic and has 0% of the “feel good” effect that marijuana is known for.  HOWEVER, the beauty in hemp is that it is jam packed with nutritious goodies that are hard to resist.


My first time trying hemp hearts was about two years ago when I added some to a salad and the rest is history! I then started incorporating hemp as a topping for my yogurt, smoothies, and a variety of other snackables.  You name it - hemp was going in it.  Ironically, Manitoba Harvest has always been my go-to brand so, you can only imagine how excited I was when I found out I was going to get the opportunity to try out their new protein smoothie! Last month I began incorporating protein shakes into my daily regimen and with Manitoba now offering protein smoothies in 3 different flavors I felt like I had hit the jackpot.  The many varieties that can be created with this are limitless and the flavors offered can enhance any smoothie or smoothie bowl recipe that you’re already obsessing over.

My favorite part about this protein smoothie powder was that I was left feeling full and fulfilled. The mixed berry version was PERFECT for my acai smoothie bowl and the vanilla was a great addition to any smoothie recipe I already had. My least favorite part would have to have been the chocolate smoothie in general. To me it lacked flavor and the only time I or my mini Peyton enjoyed it was when I used it to make chocolate banana ice cream.  Alone it just wasn’t doing anything for me, which was disappointing.

Photo courtesy of Juan Carlos Puebla of 52nd Witness Photography

Photo courtesy of Juan Carlos Puebla of 52nd Witness Photography

At this point you may be asking yourself, “How can hemp benefit me? What’s the point? Is this just another health trend?” By the time you finish reading this, you will have all of the information needed to determine if Manitoba’s Protein Smoothies are right for you.

Benefits of Hemp

Hemp is rich in protein and fiber which is great at slowing down your digestive system.  Why would you want to slow down your digestive system? Well, a slow digestive system will allow for your body to be able to sustain its energy a little bit longer and I don’t know about you guys, but I could definitely use some added energy in my life.  This will also result in keeping you fuller longer which can prevent unnecessary and unhealthy snacking. Did I mention the Omega 3’s and 6’s in hemp?! All of these fatty acids can help your hair and skin, metabolism, brain function, and muscle control.

 

 

What’s The Point?

On top of all of the nutritional benefits, hemp just tastes good. It is closely associated with sunflower seeds as it relates to it’s nutty consistency and is perfect on top of salads, smoothies, blended into nut butters, or garnished on top of your favorite yogurt.

Trend?

 

Honestly, yes - but I hope it is one that does not go away anytime soon. Hemp can not be grown in the United States because of its close association with “mood altering cultivators” but between 2008 and 2015 sales have increased 285%!

 

The only thing left for you to do is grab some Manitoba Harvest Protein Smoothies for yourself and see what yummy concoctions you can create! If you do, make sure to enter the contest and post your pictures on social media using the #hempproteinsmoothie and tagging Manitoba Harvest. Participants will be entered to win a case of their favorite flavor of Hemp Protein Smoothie. How fun is that?

Photo courtesy of Manitoba Harvest

Photo courtesy of Manitoba Harvest

 

 

Please Note:  This post is sponsored. All comments about this product are my own and I have and will always remain transparent about my opinions. I will not endorse any products  that I would not and have not used  on my healthy living lifestyle journey.

 

 

Tropical Salad with a Honey Balsamic Vinagarette

I absolutely love a great summer salad! Summer salads are light yet filling, colorful, and just freakin awesome! But not all salads are created equal and I think it is about time that people realize that. I’ve been with friends at a restaurant where they inform me on their goals to a cleaner lifestyle and how they are just going to “get the salad.” Great mindset to have but, it’s important to be equipped with the facts. For example, the nutritional value of Iceberg lettuce is low in comparison to other leafy greens.  That bacon you add for flavor? No bueno. That cream-based dressing? Probably not the best choice. So what can you eat?!  Salads do not have to be “BLAH” -  they can be full of beneficial ingredients that can help you stay energized and not leave you feeling unfulfilled.  This recipe is proof of that. Enjoy!

Photographed by Oscar Lozada

Photographed by Oscar Lozada

                                   

Tropical Salad

   1 cup of grilled chicken or shrimp

3-4 cups of spring mix greens

2-3 strawberries sliced

⅓ cup of fresh pineapple chunks

⅓ cup of fresh mango chunks

¼ cup of unsalted sunflower seeds

 

Directions: In a bowl throw in all of the ingredients mentioned above. Like, literally - there is absolutely no science to this. Make sure your bowl has a lid.  Place lid on bowl and shake it up. I usually grill about 5-7 chicken breasts every Sunday so that I can have some on hand for any recipe I am prepping for the week. This is also a good practice because if you do not feel like cooking, you can always heat up some veggies and you already have a meal ready to go.

 

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

⅓ tsp of pepper

½ cup of olive oil

1 1/2 tbsp of honey

1/3 cup of white  balsamic vinegar

Directions: Throw in a bowl and whisk.

 

 

Let us know what works and did not work for you with this recipe. What are some of your favorite summer salads?

 

 

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