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

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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

Peanut Butter Banana Date Smoothie, HIIT Workout & A BABY!

Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t posted any smoothie goodness in the last few weeks. Been kinda busy…WITH MY NEW DAUGHTER!!! Mrs. Smoothie Operator gave birth to my beautiful baby girl a few weeks ago, and I have been enjoying fatherfood ever since. Finding time to make and post smoothies and exercise has been tricky, but I have a great one for you today.  Enjoy!

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1 Cup Spinach

1 Chopped Banana

1/4 Cup Organic Steel Cut Oats

2 Pitted Dates

1 Tablespoon Natural 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!!)

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

– Dates: fiber, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants

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

Since we brought the baby home,  I have much less time to myself in the mornings, so I’ve had to adjust my morning workouts.  I’ve searched for the quickest (15-20 minutes), most efficient workouts I could find and will be sharing them with all of you.  First up is a great 15 minute HIIT workout from Fitness Blender.

OPEN SESAME Banana Kale Smoothie & Bodyweight Exercise Routine

Smoothie - Open Sesame

 1 Sliced Banana (Frozen if you’re cool like that)

1 Cup Organic Kale

1 Tablespoon Tahini

1 Cup Celery

1/4 Cup Brazil Nuts

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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

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

– Brazil Nuts: magnesium, potassium and zinc

 

It’s become increasingly apparent to me that I don’t need a gym membership in  order to stay in shape.  This is good news since I got a baby smoothie operator princess coming in a few weeks (YEAH!).  Cardio, Yoga, Pilates, even resistance training – you can do it all at home or better yet outside.  Here’s a great bodyweight exercise routine from HASfit that you can do anywhere.

Slim PB & J Chocolate Smoothie

While Mrs. Smoothie Operator was re-upping on vitamins and snacks on Vitacost.com, she came across an item that she thought I would love…PEANUT BUTTER SLIM Powdered Peanut Butter!  I generally subscribe to the idea that anything “lite” or “diet” tastes gross, or is just loaded with artificial sweeteners or other crap that  lowers the calorie intake but is otherwise awful for you.  Still, I had to see for myself.  I checked the ingredients, and there is nothing in it but roasted peanuts, a little salt (90 mg/serving) and a pinch of sugar (1g/serving).  I was super-psyched to try it with some of peanut butter’s best friends (bananas, berries and CHOCOLATE!!!).  Unsurprisingly, results were fantastic.  Check it out!

Smoothie - Slim PB

 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Sun Dried Goji Berries

1/4 Cup Organic Blueberries

Handful Raw Brazil Nuts

1 Sliced Banana

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Food Key

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

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

– Brazil Nuts: magnesium, potassium and zinc

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

Here’s a side by side nutritional fact comparison of Vitacost Powdered Peanut Butter and Trader Joe’s Unsalted Peanut Butter.  

PB Comparison

 Thanks again Mrs. Smoothie Operator!!

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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 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