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September 8, 2014

#MeatlessMonday: Tropical Bomb Pops and a Dirty Banana

Meatless-Mondays

It’s #MeatlessMonday!  So that must mean I’m Linking Up with The Fit Foodie Mama and Running on Happy.  Today my recipes revolve around Smoothies.  Smoothies can be a great complete meal with a little plant-based protein powder added in or a yummy, decadent afternoon snack.  Whether your smoothie is all veggies, veggies and fruits or a few special treat ingredients, you’ll still be better off than if you ate one of those high calorie breakfast sandwiches or that candy bar!

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Morning Sunrise Smoothie
Spinach
Kale
Celery
Cantagloupe
Strawberries
Mango

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Tropical Colada Smoothie 
frozen mango
pineapple
banana
almond milk

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My go-to Green Smoothie is something I call Popeye’s Punch.  Some days I drink it with just the veggies.  Other days I’ll add some protein powder to it for a complete meal.

Popeye’s Punch
Spinach
Kale
Cucumber
Celery

Now anyone who knows me knows that my favorite treat is Reese’s Pieces or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  So, I had to find a healthier way to enjoy those flavors – Enter my Chocolate Nut Butter Cup Smoothie!  This is that decadent treat that you just might need as your afternoon snack on occasion, but there’s no guilt with this one.

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Chocolate Nut Butter Cup
1 frozen banana
2 Tbsp nut butter (I use Barney Butter Bare Crunchy)
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
1 serving Protein Powder (I use Phood Vanilla)

For all you coffee drinkers out there, you can skip the lines at your favorite coffee shop and enjoy this no guilt Dirty Banana.  The Dirty Banana is a drink from Seacrets Bar and Grill in Ocean City, MD. It’s a yummy frozen concoction of banana and coffee liqueurs, cream and ripe bananas. The healthy, non-alcoholic version of this smoothie looks like this:

1 frozen Banana
1 cup Decaf Coffee (you can use caffeinated – Me, not so much! No one wants that!)
1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1 serving Vanilla protein powder

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I love whole food smoothies because they are quick, easy and pack a huge punch of nutrition.  In addition to the recipes above, you should also try my 3 Ingredient Smoothies.

Smoothies can also be a great breakfast or after school healthy snack for kids.  Mini Me loves to create versions of smoothies for herself.  Of course, she’s not into my green smoothies, but two of the 3 Ingredient Smoothies were based on flavors she loves.  Her newest creation is this Tropical Bomb Pop Smoothie.  She loves popsicles and her favorite fruits are mangos, bananas, strawberries and pineapple – pretty much in that order.  

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The layering of the glass didn’t turn out as perfectly as she would have liked, but the flavors are amazing!  First, she blended the mango layer using frozen mangos, a banana, ice and water.

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Next, she made the strawberry layer by combining frozen strawberries, fresh strawberries, ice and water.

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Lastly, she made the pineapple layer which was just fresh pineapple, ice and water.  Once all 3 layers were made, she poured the mango layer in the bottom of the glass.  Then, Slowly added the strawberry layer which slightly formed a layer.  Then, added the pineapple layer which formed a top layer.  It turned out looking more swirly then layered, but I’m telling you, this girl knows how to make a smoothie!  It was fantastic!  There was enough left to fill two mason jars which she can use in the mornings for breakfast.

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Don’t think you have time for whole food juices and smoothies in the morning?  Try these tips:

1) For weekday work morning shakes, clean and portion the raw ingredients on Sunday.  Divide up the ingredients among 5 mason jars.  Refrigerate.  Each morning, dump the mason jar into your Blendtec or other whole food juicer, add water (or whatever liquid you are using), and blend.  Pour the smoothie back into the mason jar and go!

2)  For smoothies that use yogurt, put 2 Tbsp of plain Greek yogurt in each of the slots of an ice cube tray and freeze.  

3) For smoothies that require frozen fruit, either use organic frozen fruit or freeze fresh organic produce.  If you freeze fruits with peels, peel the fruit first.

4) Make Smoothie Baggies.  Add 2 cubes of frozen yogurt (if required by the recipe) plus whatever fruits and veggies are needed to individual glass containers/baggies and keep frozen.  It’s always a good idea to mark these with a date and the name of the smoothie. When ready to use, put the contents of one container/baggie into the Blendtec with water, coconut water, or almond milk.

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5 Comments on “#MeatlessMonday: Tropical Bomb Pops and a Dirty Banana

Mari
September 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

Love the share!! I am looking forward to trying a few thanks. Just added to my must try folder 🙂

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Annmarie
September 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

All of those look yummy & I love nut butters in my smoothies- definitely have to try that recipe out!

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Nicole @ Fitful Focus
September 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

uh… YUM! that is all.

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Elizabeth
September 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

I love that picture of your mini me with the Tropical Bomb smoothies! Darling. Hope your SITS day is great!

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Queen
September 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I’m definitely going to try these smoothies, I have a blender that just sits and collects dust, I will put it to use, using these recipes

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