Banana Sunflower Smoothie

We ran out of peanut butter the other day….I know tragedy! I threw together this smoothie and it was so good. You could easily substitute the sunflower butter with peanut butter but I love the taste it brings to it. I love making smoothies and they’re a great snack or for breakfast.

1 banana, frozen
2 Tbsp sunflower butter
1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1/3 cup or more skim milk

Blend all ingredients together. Add more or less milk depending on how thick or thin you want your smoothie.

The Secret Recipe Club: Orange-Pineapple Julius

It’s time for the monthly installment of The Secret Recipe Club.

This month my assignment was Angela’s Kitchen. Angela has been cooking and baking dairy and gluten free for many years and I was amazed at how she’s been able to transform everyday recipes to enjoy with her and her family’s dietary restrictions. I guess I’ve been blessed and the only real food allergy I need to worry about is my husband’s allergy to crab. It’s not good for me since I love crab, but I still enjoy it when I’m traveling for work.

After browsing through Angela’s recipes, I decided on a drink – mock Orange Julius. I’ve never had a real Orange Julius before so I can’t compare, but this was so tasty and perfect to cool down on a very warm spring day! I threw in some pineapple since I had just cut one up and the combination was perfect!

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 1/2 Tbsp powdered sugar
handful of ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. I used a hand immersion blender and it worked perfectly. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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Berry Banana Smoothie

I’ve been drinking green smoothie most mornings during the week after my workouts. It’s definitely helping keep me full and not to snack mindlessly, which is especially hard since I work at home. I’m playing around with flavors but this one has been my most favorite one so far. I have less spinach in this one than the other varieties I drink and I might even be able to get Madeline to drink it. She likes spinach but isn’t a fan of it in drinks. I guess that’s better than not liking it at all!

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 small banana
1/2 cup lowfat kefir (I’ve been drinking Lifeway Lowfat Blueberry)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup baby spinach.

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

It’s that simple and easy to make!

Mango Smoothie

We’re all big fans of mangos here. I love fresh ones, but they are quite expensive and I feel like I never get enough fruit out of one to last more than a couple of minutes.  A couple weeks ago during a trip to Trader Joe’s, I found they had bags of frozen mangos…PERFECT! Plus, they were the perfect price!

My husband has been adding them to his greek yogurt, but I wanted to use the rest of the bag for smoothies. Both he and Madeline loved the smoothie. I didn’t even get to taste it! See what I mean about mangos quickly disappearing in our house.

Sorry for the poor quality picture. This is what happens when we’re all tired and it’s ready for bedtime.

1 cup frozen mango
½ cup skim milk
½ cup ice
¼ cup plain, fat free greek yogurt
1 Tbsp honey

In a blender, puree all ingredients to the desired consistency. Pour into cold glasses and enjoy!

Slightly adapted from: Real Simple

Beergaritas

Everyone needs to try this drink! It’s perfect for those hot summer nights when you need to unwind a little! Thanks for Jenessa for sharing this recipe with my online mom’s board. Bottom’s up!

8 oz frozen limeade concentrate
1 bottle light beer
1/2 can tequila (using the limeade container)
can of water
ice

In a blender, add the limeade concentrate, beer and tequila. I started with a 1/2 can of water and 2 cups of ice. Blend until all ice is crushed. Add more ice if you want it slushy. The husband and I like it on the watery side, more like a traditional margarita on the rocks. Garnish with a lime and sit back and RELAX!