Tina’s Cardiometabolic Protein Smoothie, and a Sale!

DSCN9310-2It’s the time of year where you want something quick, refreshing and satisfying. I combined dark cherries with Fit Food Complete and coconut milk with a added boost of quercetin to help with seasonal allergies. Why call it Cardiometabolic? It has the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat along with fiber to help stabilize the blood sugar and to make it heart healthy!

Quercetin became a popular and widely used remedy for sinus congestion, sneezing, and the pollen season. I have been using it daily and so far sneezing, nasal congestion and headaches have been low!

For the next two weeks (April 23rd-May 6th) we will be offering 10% off of Fit Food Complete. When you come into the office or call please mention it and we will gladly apply the discount!

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh spinach

2 scoops Fit Food Complete

1/2  cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 tsp. Quercetin (I use Designs for Health)

12 frozen cherries

Add coconut milk with 1/2 cup water to your blender. Add 1 cup fresh spinach and the quercetin and blend on high. Add protein powder and cherries and blend until you have a creamy smoothie.

 

 

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Green Coconut Smoothie

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Today Tina has for you, dear reader, a tasty way to sneak some veggies into your day.  We all love smoothies.  Not all of us love vegetables.  It can certainly seem daunting to eat the recommended amount of servings of something you don’t particularly enjoy.  Here’s what Tina writes about this challenge:

“As a Registered Dietitian I see plenty of people who really have a difficult time eating vegetables.  I also see people who love smoothies and will add kale or spinach to their drink to increase the phytonutrient value.  I’m a big believer in making sure that a person eats at least 4 cups of raw or 2 cups of cooked vegetables a day.  The antioxidant nutrients that are available in the vegetables as well as the vitamins and minerals will help not only your energy cycle run more smoothly, but also help with detoxification of toxins in your body.  In this smoothie I have added GreensFirst greens, which is a fantastic product that is loaded with spinach, kale, kelp, broccoli sprouts and many more vegetables and fruits and super foods.”

So drink up these veggies and enjoy this cold refreshing recipe!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut/almond milk
2 scoops Xymogen Whey Protein or Vegan Fit Food vanilla
1 scoop supergreens powder (I use GreensFirst)
3 frozen strawberries or cherries
2 cubes of frozen pineapple
1/4 cup frozen mango
Ice as needed

Directions:
Put into Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth.

 

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Enjoy!

 

Good Morning Papaya Smoothie

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In addition to being known for widespread colds, the second half of the winter season is also New Year’s Resolution time!  For those who are detoxing, that may mean no coffee.  In our experience, this is the biggest battle.  (We’ve heard so many clients say, “No sugar, I can do that.  No coffee?  What?!”)

This is the struggle Tina is facing now, and she’s found a great alternative for that boost in the morning.  Here’s her recipe for a papaya smoothie that will wake you up and prepare you for your day, without the crash later.  This smoothie is a good source of fiber, protein, carbohydrates and good fat.

Good Morning Papaya Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh papaya (Tina gets hers at Whole Foods)*
1/4 cup mango, frozen
5 strawberries, frozen
1/2 to 3/4 cup water (less water will make mix thicker)
2 scoops Xymogen Fit Food Vegan (made from pea protein)
8 whole almonds

*Immediately after buying the papaya, Tina placed it out on the counter near a window to allow it to ripen.  You’ll know when the fruit is ready because it becomes soft.

The frozen strawberries and mango make for a delicious texture and will wake you right up!

The frozen strawberries and mango make for a delicious texture and will wake you right up!

Directions:
Put water into blender and add fruit and Fit Food protein.  Start on low and increase speed to high until mix is smooth and creamy.  Turn blender back to low and add almonds.  Pulse; you’ll want the almonds to be a tad crunchy rather than completely blended.

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Throw this in a tumbler and substitute your morning coffee with it, you’ll feel awake and clear-headed the whole day through. Enjoy!