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.

Post-Workout TropiKale PrOATein Smoothie

I woke up this morning and decided it was Mega-Burpee or “Man-Maker” Day (still cringe at that ridiculous name).  Forgot what Man-Makers are?  Let me refresh your memory.

Man Maker Demo

I advise using anywhere from 5 lb to 20+ lb dumbbells depending on how Hulk-Mode you’re feeling.  I used 10’s for 5 sets.  10’s may sound light, but trust me, they feel like 20’s by the last set.  Once you’re done, nothing better after a strength workout than a nice protein shake.  Today’s smoothie is a refreshing and filling oatmeal protein smoothie.  It’s got a bit of everything from greens to fruit to oats and then some.  DO IT.

Smoothie - PrOATein

1 Cup Frozen Chopped Pineapple/Mango Mix

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Scoop Soy Free Vegetable Protein

1 Cup Organic Kale

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

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

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

– Oats: fiber and protein

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

Ron Burgundy Beet & Berry Smoothie

HEY EVERYONE!  Come and see how good I look….

Smoothie - Burgundy

(Makes 2 Smoothies)

I Cup Chopped Beets

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

2 Cups Organic Kale

1/2 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (in each smoothie)

2 Cups Coconut Water

Food Key

– Beets: potassium, vitamins A, B6 & C, magnesium, riboflavin, iron, copper, calcium, thiamine, folic acid, zinc and niacin (SUPER!!)

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

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

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

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

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

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

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

Neymar, This Smoothie’s For You

Today’s yellow and green smoothie is dedicated to Neymar, the Brazilian Futbol Star who suffered a back (and heart) breaking injury in the World Cup Quarterfinal match against Colombia.  I suffered a similar injury myself (fractured cervical vertebrae) 2 years ago, so I can imagine what he must be going through.  Ironically, I sustained the injury training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu .  While the Semifinal Smackdown Germany put on Brazil undoubtedly added insult to injury, I wanted to offer my well-wishes for a quick and full recovery.  A broken back sounds like the end of the world, but as I found out, a positive attitude and top shelf surgeons can get you back on your feet and doing what you love.  On the far off chance this message finds Neymar, and since I don’t think he speaks English, here’s some Portuguese for you.  If the message is  lost in translation, blame Google Translate.

Smoothie de amarelo e verde de hoje é dedicado a Neymar, a estrela brasileira Futbol que sofreu uma volta (e coração) quebrar lesão na partida da Copa do Mundo dos Quartos contra a Colômbia. Sofri uma lesão semelhante a mim mesmo (vértebras cervicais fraturado) 2 anos atrás, então eu posso imaginar o que ele deve estar passando. Ironicamente, eu sustentava a formação lesão Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Enquanto a Semifinal Smackdown Alemanha colocou sobre o Brasil, sem dúvida, insulto acrescentado à injúria, eu queria oferecer aos meus desejos de melhoras para uma recuperação rápida e completa. A parte traseira quebrada soa como o fim do mundo, mas como eu descobri, uma atitude positiva e cirurgiões prateleira de cima que você pode obter de volta em seus pés e fazer o que você ama.

Smoothie - Neymar

 

(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Cup Mixed Greens (Baby Kale, Chard & Spinach)

1 Cup Chopped Pineapple

1 Chopped Pear

2 Cups Coconut Water

Food Key

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

– Chard: vitamins A, B1,2,3 & 6, C, E & K, magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, protein, zinc and selenium (MEGA-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!!)

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

– Pears: fiber, potassium and copper

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

GET WELL SOON (Fique bom logo!)

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Classic Kale, Apple, Carrot, Ginger Smoothie

I call this classic because it’s one of the first smoothies I ever made with my Vitamix.  You will also see this “formula” in just about every smoothie bar anywhere.  Why not make it yourself and save some coin?

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(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Cup Organic Kale

1 Cup Chopped Organic Carrots

1 Organic Sliced Apple

1 Piece Organic Ginger

2 Cups Organic Water 🙂

Food Key

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

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

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

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

You Can’t Do That To Oatmeal!!

Just for the hell of it I decided to add kale to my oatmeal smoothie today.  While it had pretty much zero effect on the taste, it did manage to turn my oatmeal a shade of green reminiscent of the slime they used to dump on people on Nickelodeon’s “You Can’t Do That On Television.”  The kale may not have effected the taste, but the apples and sunflower seed butter definitely hooked it up.

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1 Cup Kale

1 Sliced Apple

1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

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!!)

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

– Sunflower Seed Butter: vitamin E and iron

– Oats: fiber and protein

Aloha Pineapple Smoothie

This smoothie reminds me of one of my favorite places on earth, Hawaii.  Nothing beats actually being there, but drinking this can at least bring your mind and taste buds there.  Aloha.

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(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Cup Chooped, Frozen Pineapple

2 Cups Chopped Kale

2 Bananas

1 Handful Raw Almonds

2 Cups Coconut Water

Food Key

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

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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