Mandarin Orange Almond Salad Smoothie & Quick Cardio Circuit

I often have mandarin oranges and almonds in my salads, so I figured why not make a smoothie with those same ingredients.  For extra goodness, I added some chopped carrots as well as some oats and protein powder.  Looked gross, lol, but was more tasty and satisfying than I expected.  Today’s quick workout comes courtesy of Mike Chang (Six Pack Shortcuts).  It’s a pretty intense cardio circuit that you can do anywhere and is ideal after a cheat meal or cheat weekend.

This will be the last post of 2014.  Thanks to all of my followers and lurkers who have followed and read this blog.  It has been fun to share my recipes and fitness tips with anyone who cares to listen.  I hope you had a great 2014 and wish you a safe, happy, healthy and smoothie New Year.

Sincerely Yours,

The Smoothie Operator 🙂

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3 Mandarin Oranges

1 Cup Chopped Carrots

I Cup Organic Kale

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein Powder

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Mandarin Oranges: vitamin C, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and flavanoids

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

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

10 Minute Fat Burning Circuit

Banana, Date & Broccoli Protein Smoothie and Quick Yoga Routine

GUESS WHO’S BACK!? Hey there everyone, sorry for the long gap in between posts. Being a new parent is a 24 hour/day job. Who knew, lol?  I’ve been more of the diaper operator for the last couple of months, but I have managed to get my smoothie on in between diaper changes and crying fits. You don’t hear about many smoothies with broccoli in them, and that’s a shame. Broccoli is super healthy and can be delicious when mixed withe right ingredients. I still don’t have much time to workout, so I keep my eyes out for great, quick routines to add to my rotation. The yoga practice below from Sean Vigue is excellent and moderately difficult, so you really maximize your ten minutes. Try the smoothie and the workout and let me know what you think.

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1 Chopped Banana

1 Cup Broccoli Florets

1 Pitted Date

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein Powder

1 Cup Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

– Dates: fiber, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

10 Minute Total Body Yoga Routine

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie & Functional Cardio Core Workout

SMoothie Apple Celery Cinnamon

 (Makes 2 Smoothies)

2 Sliced Green Apples

1/2 Cup Chopped Celery

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

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

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

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

– Cinnamon: fiber, calcium, good for digestion

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

Today’s quick workout is a great functional cardio workout from Mike Chang (Six Pack Shortcuts) that really blasts the core in just 14 minutes.  Get to work.

Powder Power Smoothie & Yoga/Abs Workout

Dessert is for breakfast today as this smoothie features food’s sexiest couple – peanut butter and chocolate.  I’ve raved about the Vitacost Slim Powdered Peanut Butter before, but chocolate has it’s own healthy powder version in the form of raw cacao powder.  Add in some bananas, almonds and of course some dark chocolate almond milk and you have a breakfast smoothie fit for dessert.  I also threw in a handful of spinach just because HEALTH.

Smoothie Powder Power

 1 Frozen, Sliced Banana

2 Tablespoons Vitacost Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder

1/4 Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Handful Spinach

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

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

– 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!!)

For today’s workout I combined a 12 minute morning Yoga Practice from Sean Vigue and an 8 Minute Ab Workout from Fitness Blender.  Get to work.

1) Morning Yoga 

2) Eight Minute Abs

Pear Almond Oatmeal Smoothie & Pilates Routine

I don’t often use pears in my smoothies, and honestly, that’s a crime.  Every time I’ve made a smoothie with pears, it’s been among the tastiest I’ve tried.  This one is no different.  Do it.

Smoothie Pear Almond

 1 Sliced Pear

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Tablespoon Dried Goji Berries

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Pears: fiber, potassium and copper

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

I continue my series of quick (15-20 minute) workouts that are ideal for new parents like me (or anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to get their fitness on in the mornings) with a great pilates for athletes routine from YouTube fitness guru Sean Vigue.

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

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