The Smoothie Operator visits Daily Harvest

World’s collided when my day job working with innovative food startups at Food-X took me to the Daily Harvest offices, where I got to experience the magic that is their flash frozen smoothies…3 times. A carrot cake-tasting smoothie that rivaled my very own was just one of three smoothies I indulged in all before 9 AM. Gluttony at it’s finest, but this was also field research as far as I’m concerned (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).

Daily Harvest was cool enough to give me a bunch of smoothies to try out. I’ll be sharing the experience on the blog, so stayed tuned. Peace.

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Green chill smoothie & home boxing workout

Don’t call it a comeback! What’s up peeps. I know it’s been ages since I shared some smoothie goodness with you, but I’m back and promise not to neglect you anymore 🙂

Today’s smoothie comes with my awesome daughter’s seal of approval. Not only does it taste out of this world, but t was a quick and easy way to get her veggies for the day. I’ve been coming back to this smoothie repeatedly to make sure my baby girl gets her greens.

I’ve also included another great at-home boxing routine I found. You can do this anywhere, and it’s a great, fun alternative to doing cardio at the gym or outside, which isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Enjoy, and I will see you again soon.

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1 cup frozen chopped spinach

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 Banana

2 tablespoons organic steel cut oats

2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter

1 cup vanilla almond milk

FOOD KEY

  • 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!!)
  • Celery: potassium, folic acid and vitamins C & B6
  • Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium
  • Oats: fiber and protein
  • Peanut Butter: protein, potassium, fiber, vitamins E & B6, and magnesium

Ultimate 20 Minute In Home Boxing Workout Round 2 (Click Link)

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One last smoothie for 2015…Kale, Banana, Blueberry, PB and Chocolate Smoothie, O YEAH!!

Hello smoothie lovers. I know I have been M.I.A. for a while now.  That whole life and being a father thing has kept me pretty busy. I could not, however, let the year end without dropping one more gem on you. With the help of my trusted Smoothie Operator Assistant, I whipped up this delicious smoothie that is delicious, healthy, and delicious (yeah, I said it twice). I also included a great boxing workout you can do from the comfort of your home. Enjoy the smoothie, and do the workout now or save it for your New Year’s Resolution to get back in shape or get in better shape..  Remember, it’s always summer somewhere.  See you in the One Six.

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1 Handful Lacinato Kale

1 Frozen Banana, sliced

1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries

2 Tablespoons Steel Cut Oats

2 Tablespoons Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder

1 Cup Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

  • Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)
  • Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium
  • Blueberries: vitamins K & C, manganese, fiber and copper
  • Oats: fiber and protein
  • Peanut Butter: protein, potassium, fiber, vitamins E & B6, and magnesium
  • Cacao: protein, copper, potassium, vitamin B12, fiber and iron (STACKED)

Ultimate 20 Minute In Home Boxing Workout (Click link)

Pineapple Tropic Smoothie & Quick Crunch-Free Core Workout

So I was shopping for smoothie greens the other day when I came across a local brand of Baby Asian Blend greens.  I just happened to be shopping with my Asian baby, so I took it as a sign that I should take a break from Kale or Spinach.  I mixed these greens with some pineapple, banana and almond milk, with a little chia seed love for good measure.  My baby and I loved it.  Try it out for yourself.

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1 Cup Baby Asian Blend (bok choy, mizuna, tatsoi and mustard greens)

1 Cup diced pineapple

1 sliced banana

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 Cup Organic Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Bok Choy: vitamins A,B(1,2,3, & 6),C and K, potassium, folate, calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, protein and zinc (STACKED!!!)

– Mizuna: vitamin C, folate, iron and antioxidants

– Tatsoi: vitamins A & C, calcium and antioxidants

– Mustard Greens: vitamins B(1,2 & 6), fiber, phosphorus, protein, iron, potassium, mangnesium and niacin (STACKED!!!) 

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

Quick Crunch-Free Core Workout

I put this together the other day.  I wanted a quick routine that worked the core without having to do the usual jackknifes, bicycle crunches, etc.  There’s only so many of those you can do :).

-30 Seconds Mountain Climbers

-10 Bird Dogs (each side)

-30 Seconds Cross Body Mountain Climbers (knees to opposite elbows)

-30 Seconds Swimming (Pilates, not in actual pool)

-30 Seconds Mountain Climbers

-10 Bird Dogs (each side)

-30 Seconds Cross Body Mountain Climbers (knees to opposite elbows)

-30 Seconds Leg Scissors

-30 Seconds Mountain Climbers

-10 Bird Dogs (each side)

-30 Seconds Cross Body Mountain Climbers (knees to opposite elbows)

-30 Seconds Plank Pushups

DONE

Drink the smoothie, do the workout…Hunter is watching you.

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Acai Super Smoothie & Power Yoga Workout

The term “Superfood” gets thrown around a lot, but the acai berry is truly deserving of the label.  It has numerous health benefits that will be listed in the Food Key below, but there are a lot of products out there looking to capitalize on the hype surrounding acai berries.  Don’t get conned into thinking that acai is some kind of weight loss miracle.  Acai berries are good for your overall health, but if you want to burn fat, just keep coming back to The Smoothie Operator, and get your fitness on with any of the various workouts I share.  Now on to more important things…here’s the recipe!

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1 Banana

1/2 Cup Blueberries

1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Raw Sunflower Seeds

1 Cup Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Acai Berries: vitamins A, B(1,2,3), C & E, calcium, magnesium, zinc copper, fiber, amino acids and is LOADED with Antioxidants!

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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

– Sunflower Seeds: vitamins B(1,3,6) and E, copper, selenium, phosphorus, folate and magnesium

Power Yoga Workout w/ Sean Vigue

This yoga routine from YouTube Fitness Boss Sean Vigue is great for building strength, improving balance and increasing flexibility.  Do it.

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Apple Watermelon Jolly Rancher Smoothie & Advanced Core Burning Yoga Flow

Hello peeps! Long time no see.  I hope all of your summers have been amazing.  Personally, I think the summer weather is gonna last through October (wishful thinking).  I know it’s been a while since I dropped some smoothie goodness on you, but today I come correct with an Apple Watermelon Jolly Rancher Smoothie inspired by one of my favorite childhood treats.  I wasn’t exactly sure how the watermelon and almond milk would mesh, but the results were outstanding.  I even got the thumbs up from my little Smoothie Operator Assistant.  This recipe is simple and delicious.  Enjoy!

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1 Sliced Organic Apple

1/2 Cup Diced Watermelon

1 Cup Baby Spinach – Locally Grown if possible 🙂

1 Cup Organic Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Apples: potassium, vitamin C and pectin (helps control cholesterol and blood sugar)

– Watermelon: vitamins A, B6 & C, lycopene, antioxidants & amino acids

– 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!!)

Core Burning Yoga Flow

Here is a great, challenging yoga routine from Tyler McCoy.  I had admittedly gotten a little lazy with my yoga, but this routine had a great combination of moderately advanced poses and speed that really challenged me.  Hope you like it.  Namaste.

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Banana Pear & Kale Smoothie + All Everything 15 Minute Body Weight Workout

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1 Banana

1 Organic Pear

1 Cup Organic Kale

1 Tablespoon Organic Steel Cut Oats

1 Tablespoon Raw Sunflower Seeds

1 Tablespoon Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Cup Coconut Milk

FOOD KEY

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Pears: fiber, potassium and copper

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

– Sunflower Seeds: vitamins B(1,3,6) and E, copper, selenium, phosphorus, folate and magnesium

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Coconut milk: vitamins B(1,3,5,6), C & E, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and is lactose free

ALL EVERYTHING BODY WEIGHT WORKOUT

I put this workout together last week and I’m not gonna lie…it’s awesome.  It hits the entire body, with extra attention to the abs (because summer), and only takes 15 minutes.  Do each exercise listed below for 1 minute straight, resting 15 seconds between each exercise.  Do each exercise at the highest intensity you can muster for maximum cardio.

1. Jumping Jacks

2. Dragon Flags (click here for demo). These are brutal, so I did them early to get them out of the way.

3. Sliding leg curls. (click here for demo)

4. Burpees

5. Bicycle Crunches

6. Levitation Squat (click here for demo and go to 3:22 mark)

7. Cross-Body Mountain Climbers (click here for demo)

8. Extended Arm Push-ups (click here for demo)

9. Sliding Jackknifes (click here for demo)

10. Running in place (click here for demo)

11. Dive Bomber Push-ups (click here for demo)

12. Jumping Mule Kicks  (click here for demo)

A few of these exercises are kinda nuts, so if you can’t do one, substitute a similar exercise you can do for a minute straight.  The goal is to get a great, quick workout, not kill yourself.