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)

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.

Carrot Apple Ginger Smoothie & Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee) Workout

Carrot Apple Ginger is a popular juice recipe, so I figured I give it a try as a smoothie.  I used Flax milk for the first time as a liquid base, added some raw sunflower seeds for extra texture, cinnamon powder for a hint of sweetness and some kale for you know, health.  I enjoyed it, hope you will too.

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(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Sliced Organic Apple

3 Chopped Organic Carrots

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

2 Tablespoons Raw Sunflower Seeds

2 Cups Organic Kale

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon Powder

2 Cups Flax Milk

FOOD KEY

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

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

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

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

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

– Cinnamon: fiber, calcium, good for digestion

– Flax Milk: vitamins A, B12 & D, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and is lactose and cholesterol free 

Jeet Kune Do Workout

Today’s workout is a classic body weight only routine I found on the @JeetKuneDoAcademy Instagram page.  Jeet Kune Do was the martial art invented and taught originally by Bruce Lee.  If you’ve ever seen a picture of Bruce Lee, you know he was in pretty decent shape.  Now I’m not saying that drinking this smoothie and doing this workout will get you in Bruce Lee shape, but I am not saying it won’t :).  I went for 5 sets the first time I tried this workout.  Go for 10.

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Hawaiian Vacation Tropic Vodka Smoothie & Yoga Practice

Hey peeps.  I just got back from a family vacation in glorious Maui, Hawaii.  I found out the hard way that going on vacation with an infant is NOT the most relaxing way to travel.  Fortunately, Hawaii is still Hawaii, and it was as awesome as ever.  Our villa came equipped with a blender, so I was able to get my smoothie operations on in Maui.  Since I was on vacation, I decided to make this an adult smoothie and add some locally made organic vodka.  It’s organic, so that means it’s good for you, right?  I added some organic fruit from the local health food store for some tropic flavor and used good old almond milk as my liquid base.  Check it out.

PhotoGrid_1433810164339 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries

1 Banana

1/2 a Papaya

2.5 ml Ocean Organic Vodka (1/2 an airplane size bottle – use a whole bottle if you’re really feeling it)

1 Handful Ice Cubes

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

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

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Papayas: vitamins C & A, folate, fiber, magnesium, potassium & copper

– Vodka: reduces stress, relieves tooth aches, protects against heart disease (who knew?)

Yoga Practice

The only yoga I was doing after a couple of these smoothies was extended savasana (resting) pose :).  Aloha!

Dead Body Pose or Corps Pose at sunrise