Heavenly Sesame Chocolate Banana Smoothie

May not feel right having this smoothie for breakfast since it tastes so much like dessert, but The Smoothie Operator lives by his own rules and so should you, so FIRE IT UP!!!

Smoothie -Sesame

 (Makes 2 Smoothies)

2 Cups Frozen, Sliced Bananas

1 Handful Raw Almonds

2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Organic Tahini

2 Cups Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Food Key

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

– Cacao: protein, copper, potassium, vitamin B12, fiber and iron (STACKED!!)

– Tahini: protein, fiber, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, folate and copper

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A Couple of My Favorite People Smoothie

I’m following my favorite things smoothie from a couple days ago with a smoothie dedicated to a couple of my favorite people – my brother Phil & his lovely new bride Gatisa. They got married over the weekend and yours truly was the best man (or The Groomsmen Operator). Not only was it a fun-filled weekend set in the beautiful backdrop of Santa Cruz, California, but the newlyweds also gave out what is likely to be the best, most-used wedding favor in history (by me anyway) – a large-and-in-charge monogrammed mason jar! I wanted to make sure the first smoothie I drank out of my new favorite glass was a winner, and to be honest…I CRUSHED IT!!  Check it out and see for yourself.

Smoothie - P&G

 

1/2 Cup Chopped Banana (Frozen if you’re cool like that)

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple

1 Cup Baby Spinach

1 Handful Raw Cashews

1 Tablespoon Goji Berries

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

 

Food Key

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Pineapples: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid

– Spinach: vitamins A, B1,2,3 &6, C, E & K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, fiber, phosphorous, zinc, protein and selenium (SUPER STACKED!!)

– Cashews: copper, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, zinc and protein

– Goji Berries: amino acids, fiber, vitamin C, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium (STACKED!!)

– Oats: fiber and protein

 

 

A Few Of My Favorite Things Smoothie

Today’s smoothie has pretty much all of my favorite ingredients in it.  Just like in life and poker, sometimes you gotta go ALL IN.

Smoothie - Everything

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein Powder

1/2 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon Goji Berries

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Nibs

1 Sliced Banana

 (Got all that?)

Food Key

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

– Oats: fiber and protein

– Goji Berries: amino acids, fiber, vitamin C, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium (STACKED!!)

– Peanut Butter: protein, potassium, fiber, vitamins E & B6, and magnesium

– Cacao: protein, copper, potassium, vitamin B12, fiber and iron (STACKED!!)

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

 

Blueberry Pineapple Oatmeal Smoothie

I wasn’t sure how well blueberries and pineapple would mix, but they blended better than I ever would have guessed.  This turned out to be one of the simpler oatmeal smoothies I’ve made, but it certainly isn’t lacking in the flavor department.  Enjoy!

Smoothie - Bluberry Pineapple

 

1 cup Mixed Frozen Pineapple and Blueberries

1 Handful Cashews

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Almond Milk

Food Key

– Pineapples: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid

– Blueberries: vitamins K & C, manganese, fiber and copper

– Cashews: copper, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, zinc and protein

– Oats: fiber and protein

Sweet Green Broccoli Banana Smoothie

Broccoli Smoothie…sounds delicious, I know.  Seriously, though..mix a bunch of broccoli florets with some almond milk, bananas, almonds and most importantly some pitted dates, and you have yourself a surprisingly awesome smoothie.  The dates add just the right amount amount of sweetness to bring the bananas and broccoli together and almonds just hook any smoothie up (and among the healthiest of nuts).  Check it out.

Smoothie BrocBanana

 1 Cup Broccoli Florets

1 Sliced Banana

1 Handful Raw Almonds

4 Pitted Dates

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

– Broccoli: vitamins C & A, potassium, folic acid, magnesium, iron, beta-carotenes and phosphorus (STACKED!!)

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

– Dates: fiber, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants

Hawaiian TropiKale Smoothie

Hawaiian TropiKale Smoothie

 1 Cup Kale

1 Cup Frozen Pineapple/Mango Mix

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

– Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)

– Pineapples: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid

– Mangoes: vitamins A, B6, C, & E, antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, potassium and copper

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

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Very Veggie Ginger Smoothie & A Tip About Warming Up

Today we get our vegetable on with an all-veggie smoothie. There’s really no better way, in my opinion, to get all the vegetables you need for a day than by throwing them all into a smoothie. Of course, that’s pointless if it tastes gross and you don’t want to eat it. This is where the liquid base can make all the difference. I used coconut water to add just a hint of sweetness to the smoothie. Ginger also adds a nice kick to any smoothie, which makes this great for a morning pick-me-up when you don’t feel hittin’ the caffeine first thing after waking up.  Enjoy!

Smoothie - Veggie

1 Cup Kale

1 Cup Celery

1 Cup Carrots

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 Cup Coconut Water

Food Key

– Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)

– Celery: potassium, folic acid and vitamins C & B6

– Carrots: vitamins A & B6, folic acid and magnesium

– Ginger: stimulates digestion, combats flatulence (NICE!) and is effective against colds 

– Chia Seeds: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium

– Coconut Water: improves digestion and metabolism, supports immune system

WARMING UP – My advise about warming up is simply to DO IT before any strenuous workout.  I know this and of course, I still decided to jump into a workout over the weekend without warming up even a little.  My body was cooler than the other side of the pillow and I just got right at it.  I was doing a HIIT workout and right around burpee #8, I felt my hip tweak, and down I went.  I’ve mentioned my history with lower back and hip injuries, so I knew right away my workout for the day (and the rest of the weekend) was over.  As I type this a couple of days later, I’m still convalescing.  Warm ups are simple, yet effective ways to get your body ready for more rigorous activity.  Weather it’s 50-100 jumping jacks, running in place or shadow boxing for 5-10 minutes, make sure you get a little something in before getting into a heavy weight training session or bootcamp or HIIT workout.  Injuries suck, so do what you can to avoid them.

I often use mini workouts like the one below as a warm up.  Do each exercise for 30 seconds, resting 15 seconds in between exercises.