My {Not So} Green Smoothie

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Happy Thursday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m a little bit on the sore side. Last night me and a girlfriend tried Pure Barre for the first time. I hear my patients talk about it all the time and many of my friends and colleagues swear by it, including Chelsea from It’s a Wonderful Lifestyle. Other than it hurting to laugh, sit, lift, walk, and talk, I survived. I decided to sign up for their Breaking Down the Barre class later this week to get a better understanding about form and technique. With a monthly unlimited membership feeling like a car payment, I have yet to make a decision on continuing this fitness option. If you also swear by it, please let me know 🙂

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Skinny Girl Cosmo I had right after class…Please note I do not recommend this as a post-workout recovery beverage.

Ironically, my Nutribullet Pro had arrived by the time I got home from Pure Barre last night. I would not consider myself to be a smoothie aficionado but after watching a little too many infomercials lately, I thought I’d “bite the bullet” (pun intended) and get one. Since I’m not hardcore in the smoothie arena, I thought I’d wait before considering a Vitamix or Blendec blender. Speaking Blendec, have you ever seen their videos, Will It Blend? If something can blend an Iphone, well then surely it can blend anything else in my house including produce. 
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I was planning on making a smoothie for both me and my husband this morning but since he’s fairly adamant about his fiber cereal routine in the morning, I had the big cup all to myself. My mix had about 1 1/2-2 cups of spinach, one frozen banana, a half cup of frozen blueberries, two tablespoons ground flaxseed,two tablespoons chia seeds, and water.

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So….not exactly the beautiful green smoothies you’d find other people making. However, it did taste pretty good!

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As the day has progressed it has started to turn more green. Again, not a gorgeous pretty lime green, but I’ll attribute the army green color to the blueberries and black chia seeds involved. And honestly, I think I needed to blend it a little bit longer now that I think about it in hindsight. I will try again and keep you lovely folks posted!!

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I really am hoping to make a habit of using my Nutribullet often.  I don’t consider this to be a replacement for my fruit and veggie intake throughout the day; so many of the recipes I share with you all feature veggies as the superstar 🙂 For now, I’ll be looking to my friend Cindy at Newlywed Nutrition for all of her fabulous smoothie recipes— this girl is an expert in the smoothie arena!  If you’re feeling like joining the green smoothie bandwagon, July 1st is your chance!

Alas, now, it’s time for my lunch and as much as I’d love another smoothie, I’m pretty pumped about my Greek chicken salad from Zoe’s Kitchen. Yum! Bottoms up and Bon Appetit!

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Blueberry and Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie

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Let me start off by saying that I am generally not a smoothie person. My husband and I make them every now and again but overall, it’s not generally a “go to” item for me. I have nothing against them at all but I usually have trouble creating the perfect consistency, whether it be too thick, too thin, or too chunky to easily sip through a straw. Long story short, I just don’t find them convenient for me; perhaps with a little behavior/routine change I’ll have different thoughts in the future on this 🙂 However, earlier this week I decided to whip one up for me and the hubs as a drinkable breakfast. Based on my recent grocery trip and what we had in the fridge, I decided to go with a Vanilla Yogurt and Blueberry Smoothie as seen below:

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Yes, I did use NASCAR glasses for our smoothies… I am not ashamed at all  (okay, maybe just a little 😉 ). Overall it was pretty tasty and wasn’t as much of a hassle as I thought to make. Below I’ve listed the recipe. I’ve got a few other things in the fridge this week that could be used for some smoothies including kale, so if I can convince my husband to drink it, I would like to get in more of a habit of making them, especially after having such as positive experience with yogurt and blueberry one that I originally found on prevention.com.

Vanilla Yogurt and Blueberry Smoothie
(INGREDIENTS BELOW YIELD ONE SERVING— “DOUBLE” QUANTITIES FOR 2 PEOPLE 🙂 )

1 cup skim or soy milk
6 oz (80-calorie) vanilla yogurt
1 cup fresh blueberries
1-2 Tb ground flaxseed
Handful of ice OR 1 cup frozen blueberries

Combine milk, yogurt, and fresh blueberries plus ice OR frozen blueberries in a blender along with ground flax. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass.

For one serving

For one serving

After analyzing this recipe, the calories are a little higher than I typically have in a breakfast, but thankfully a lot of this comes from naturally occurring sugars. Calorie count could be reduced by using less milk and using a lower sugar content yogurt— I’ll probably make these adjustments this weekend. Overall though, fiber and protein content are great which I could tell from how well it kept me full that morning. 

If you try out this recipe, let me know what you think! Also, please feel free to share any smoothie recipes that you swear by so that I can join the smoothie band wagon 😉