Hemp seeds come highly recommended as a protein-additive by Jasmine Jafferali, lifestyle and wellness consultant and creator of the Snack Smart Solutions app. She tells us that hemp “contains all 9 essential amino acids, as well as all 20 amino acids,” which will give you the biggest protein boost possible.
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I'll start off by saying that I'm pretty lucky to have kids who eat their greens. But even if I didn't, I think this Spooky Green Smoothie would be irresistible to them. If you have a kid who avoids eating his or her greens, this drink treat (just in time for Halloween) may just be the answer to your prayers.
On a vegetable nutrition ranking, spinach is way up at the top in terms of vitamin and mineral richness. Packed with vitamins K and A, magnesium, and folate — just to name just a few — there's no doubt why Popeye ate so much of the stuff. It gives this delicious drink a beautiful green color as well as a mild, sweet flavor that will surprise you. With the added (healthy) sweetness from banana and agave, this smoothie will be the perfect Hallo-WEE-n treat for your kids and their friends this holiday. My hope is that they like it so much, you'll be making it year-round!
A new spin on a lunch classic. Include the whey protein if you are drinking pre- or post-gym. Unless you plan to or have exercised recently, the whey protein won’t really be a health benefit.See our best smoothie recipes.
As a veteran of several juice cleanses, I’m no stranger to drinking my beets. Not only is this smoothie packed with nutrients, but also it's sweet and easy-to-drink. My raging sweet tooth demands lots of honey, but feel free to cut back — or not include it at all. The hot pink hue means serving the smoothie in an elegant glass is non-negotiable.
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Watermelon has high water and magnesium content and bananas are chock-full of vitamins and minerals to help conquer a headache. Honey is also rich in many minerals that aid in blood vessel relaxation, which promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
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Peanut butter and banana smoothies have become a staple craving for me since my first ever trip to the Edgartown Bakery in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Their smoothies are enormously sized and packed with calories, not to mention $7.00 a piece, and so my diet and wallet didn't allow them to frequent my taste buds on a regular basis; however, the flavors and combination never left my list of wants. As it turns out, these flavors are not difficult to replicate, and the calories can be cut by more than half. Here is my rendition of the peanut butter and banana smoothie that can be done in 10 minutes, in your own home — as fatty or as skinny as you want it to be.
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We learned from Margaret D'Arrigo, of Andy Boy in Salinas Valley, California, that the most extensive cactus pear production in Europe is in Sicily, right from where the D'Arrigo Bros. founders, Andrea and Stefano D’Arrigo, emigrated and where there are close to 10,000 acres planted.
The fruit of the cactus plant has a number of different names: cactus fruit or cactus pear, tuna or Indian figs. The Indians use the juice of the cactus pear to make fermented drinks such as colonche wine and brandy. Today, mixologists nationwide are creating all sorts of new ways to use prickly pear in their cocktails (or smoothies). Cactus pear martinis, mimosas, margaritas, and daiquiris are just a few of the cocktails you can prepare but only your imagination limits what you can do with this delicious fruit.
To eat a cactus pear you should use a small sharp knife and slice off each end and make a single slice from top to bottom then peel back the thick purple-red skin to reveal the luscious fruit. The flaming fuchsia color is stunning and mouthwatering and you can even eat the small seeds inside.
The numerous antioxidants in all types of berries help the body fight oxidative stress, and this is crucial for the eyes. With age, many parts of the eye will degenerate, but berries can slow this process down and preserve good eye health. The more (natural) colors on your plate, the better!
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