Feeling the need for a late-summer, nutrition reboot? My avocado, banana and pear smoothie will have you feeling and looking refreshed and revived in no time.…
This gorgeous latte makes me feel like I am drinking a mug full of sunshine, regardless of whether the day is grey or golden. It is a perfect way to sip-start the day, but equally enchanting when savored mid-afternoon or in the late evening.
I hope this post finds everyone happy and well!
Too often, New Year’s resolutions feel like cruel tricks: exercise in the snow? Salads in mid-winter? Closet organization with a headcold? Crawling under the covers with a beloved book, hot cocoa on the bedside table, has so much more immediate appeal.
So give yourself permission to rest this month, especially if and when your body (or the weather forecast) is giving unequivocal signs to take it easy. It is just as important, if not more, for keeping resolutions for a happy, healthy, balanced you in 2016!
And while I am on the subject of happy, healthy and balanced, might I suggest paying extra attention to post-workout nourishment once you head back to the gym, trails, or basement treadmill? It will ensure that you get the most from your physical efforts.
This simple post-workout drink is ideal. Frugal, delicious and easy, it contains bananas (packed with potassium and magnesium for healthy muscle function), milk (hello, high protein), and a heaping spoonful of oats (complex carbohydrate perfection).
Go ahead and throw oats into almost everything you can this month–really! They are also rich in vitamin B1, a key nutrient for converting carbs into energy for better workouts and performance. I, for one, need all the help I can get in January to perform in any capacity, so bring on the oats! 🙂
To you, and a wonderful 2016!
- 1 cup chilled nonfat milk (or nondairy milk of choice)
- 1 medium banana, peeled, cut into pieces, and frozen
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 3 raw almonds
- Optional add-ins for flavor: ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or drop of almond extract, 2 teaspoons cacao nibs or unsweetened coconut flakes (or both), stevia
- In a blender, process the milk, banana, oats, almonds, and any optional flavorings until completely smooth.
- Serve immediately OR store in a covered container and refrigerate for up to 8 hours (shake well before serving).
Did I grab your attention with my title post? Good! Because in addition to a great smoothie recipe that incorporates humble, yet mighty, peas, I have a GREAT giveaway for not one, but TWO Nutribullet 12-Piece Blenders (one orange, one green).
You can read all of the details, as well as reviews, for this mighty little blender right here.
Instructions for entering are at the bottom of the post.
Now about my smoothie. I finally did it: I added peas to my smoothie. I had to. Hence the naughty title. I know you’ve added all kinds of vegetables to your smoothies, including kale, carrots, spinach, cucumbers and pumpkin, so nix the squemishness. Frozen peas are inexpensive, convenient, naturally sweet, and loaded with the nutrition you need to power through your day and your workouts.
Specifically, green peas are:
- Very high in dietary fiber (4 grams per 2/3 cup)
- High in protein (about twice the amount of protein found in most vegetables–5 grams per 2/3 cup)
- High in folate (this is the B vitamin that helps make red blood cells and aids in the prevention of neural tube defects).
- Very high in vitamin C (great for a strong immune system and beautiful skin)
- Low calorie (65 to 70 calories per 2/3 cup) and fat free
- Decent amount of calcium (helps with muscle contractions), iron (helps carry oxygen all over our bodies) and vitamin A (promotes a healthy defense system: skin, stomach, intestines, and respiratory tracts)
Why haven’t I added peas to my smoothies sooner???
Well, I can think of one reason: if you, like me, are a zealot when adding vegetables to smoothies, you won’t be happy. Trust me when I say you want to ere on the side of caution, not abandon, when adding green peas. On my first trial, I added a full cup of peas. Heaven help me. I attempted many forms of salvage before accepting that it was a lost cause.
A scant 1/4 cup was the ideal amount for me, adding a sweet, spring freshness that is a delicious departure. You can experiment with your own fruit combinations to complement the peas, but I strongly advise adding citrus of some kind (juice or whole fruit). I used lime and orange (technically tangelos, which were on sale and out of this world), but lemon or grapefruit would be great, too.
Now pardon me, but I am feeling the need for another smoothie. I think I need to pea again 🙂
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED–Winners were contacted by email and posted on my the powerhungry facebook page
***Here’s How To Enter for your Chance at Winning 1 of 2 NutriBullet 12-Piece Blenders!!!***
1. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me: What is your favorite, wacky or perhaps unusual addition to smoothies? (my current one is, you guessed it, frozen peas!)
2. “Like” Power Hungry on Facebook (NOT this post–the PAGE 🙂). See the facebook “Like” box on the left-hand margin. (If you have already “liked” Power Hungry, thank you!)
3. Giveaway ends April 11, 2014 at midnight PST.
4. Only one entry per person please
5. Only one winner per household.
6. US Residents only.
7. Winner Selection: The two winners will be chosen via Random.org. I’ll post the names here and notify the winners by email. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email.
- 1 medium-large navel orange, peeled
- 1 cup water
- 1 loosely packed cup spinach leaves
- ¼ cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ¾ cup frozen mango, pineapple or banana
- Optional: stevia or preferred liquid sweetener to taste
- Place everything except the optional sweetener in a blender. Blend on High speed until completely smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if desired.