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.

IMG_0616

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)

Advertisements

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!

PhotoGrid_14413052270471 Acai Berry Superfruit Pack (Available at Whole Foods and other dope grocers)

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.

superman-returns-2006-logo-01-g

Throwback Thursday Smoothie & 10 Minute Yoga Meltdown Workout

Today’s smoothie is a twist on the very first smoothie I ever made – Bananas, Mixed Berries, Peanut Butter & Almond Milk.  It’s pretty much the “Same Script, Different Cast,” with Powdered Peanut Butter and Almond Coconut Blend standing in for the originals.  Before you get your smoothie on, get a nice, quick yoga session in with another great practice from Sean Vigue Fitness.

PhotoGrid_14310125206591 Banana

1 Cup Frozen Organic Mixed Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries

2 Tablespoons PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Cup Almond Coconut Milk Blend

FOOD KEY 

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Strawberries: vitamins C & B5, potassium, folic acid and magnesium 

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

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

– Raspberries: vitamins C & A, potassium, magnesium and fiber

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

10 Minute Yoga Meltdown Workout

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!!

wedd

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

Peanut Butter & BRRR-y Breakfast of Champions Smoothie

Today’s smoothie is not only ridiculously delicious and nutricious, but also makes a great post-workout protein shake.  I put a nice, moderate workout together using three YouTube Videos from the peeps at Fitness Blender.  I took a brutal kickboxing class at Title Boxing Club earlier this week that is still whipping my ass, so a moderate workout is all I could handle this morning.  It’s low impact, but really hits the core nicely and then cools you down with a little yoga/pilates remix.  The whole thing takes about 30 minutes.  Try the workout, enjoy the smoothie.

1. No Impact Cardio Workout

2. Killer at Home Chest Workout

3. Yoga Pilates Stretch Workout

and now the reward…

Smoothie - PB & Brrry

1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries (Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries & Raspberries)

1Sliced Banana

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

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

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

– Strawberries: vitamins C & B5, potassium, folic acid and magnesium 

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

– Raspberries: vitamins C & A, potassium, magnesium and fiber

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

The Everything Bagel of Smoothies

I was having a bit of trouble deciding what ingredients to put into today’s smoothie, so I just put everything in it. You got your fruit, your nuts, your oats…you got it all. Tastes delicious, too. Enjoy.

Smoothy - Everything

 1 Cup Mixed Frozen Fruit (Mangoes & Bananas)

1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

1 Handful Raw Cashews

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

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

– 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

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