Strawberry Banana Apple Smoothie

strawberrybananapplesmoothieThis smoothie is so simple but so delicious. It only takes four basic ingredients to prepare, but it’s one of the best fruit smoothies I’ve ever had. Sometimes the best things in life are simple.

Strawberry Banana Apple Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1/2 red apple

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

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Fun, Fresh Fruit Salad

The warm weather is right around the corner, and there’s nothing that screams “sun and fun” to me more than a delicious fruit salad. Look tasty? It takes only minutes to make, and even the kids will dive right in with no complaints.

Fun, Fresh Fruit Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

2 kiwi, peeled and cut into half-moon slices
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup raspberries
1 cup purple grapes, sliced in half
1 cup green grapes, sliced in half
1 orange

Directions:

1. Combine all of the fruit in a large serving bowl.

2. Drizzle the juice from 1 orange over top of the salad.

This two-step fruit salad is not only gorgeous to look at and super easy to prepare, it’s also full of vitamins and nutrients like dietary fiber, folate, vitamin C, manganese, and potassium. Enjoy!

Delicious Kiwi Mango Fruit Smoothie

I usually focus on veggies for my morning post-workout drink, but I like to make fruit smoothies sometimes too. This one is a new personal favourite, and it actually turned out perfect on the first try (usually it takes at least a couple of adjustments before I get a recipe just right and am willing to share it with you guys).

Delicious Kiwi Mango Fruit Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond milk
1 mango, peeled and pitted
1 kiwi, peeled
1 green apple, peeled and cored
1 frozen banana

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

This super yummy smoothie only takes 5 ingredients to make. Try it and let me know what you think!

Kale Cucumber Shake

kaleshakepicAs one of the healthiest foods you`ll ever eat, I always make sure I fit kale into my weekly meal planning at least a few times. Often it`s with this delicious kale cucumber shake, usually right after a killer cardio session in the AM. It only takes 5 ingredients to make this shake and it will help you start your day feeling energized and healthy.

Kale Cucumber Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 cups destemmed kale
1/3 English cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 apple, peeled and cored (any kind will do)
1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

This shake is so tasty, and you can even add a couple tablespoons of flax seed if you want for a boost of fiber.

Almond Sticks

almondsticks2We know how important healthy snacking through the day is. Well, this is a quick, easy snack that`s perfect for keeping you feeling full between meals, so you can eat a proper portion size instead of feeling like you want to gorge at dinner.

Almond Sticks

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

2 celery stalks, each chopped into 2 pieces
1 tablespoon peanut butter
12 raw almonds

Directions:

1. Fill the celery pieces with peanut butter, then add the almonds on top.

Next time you’re trying to think of an easy, nutritious snack, you should definitely give these a try.

Oven-Baked Tofu Sticks

Filled with protein, calcium and iron, these tofu sticks are a great addition to your collection of favourite recipes, especially if you’re a vegetarian or vegan. In many cases, when you choose to not eat meat (although this does make you a super awesome person) your body ends up lacking in essential minerals, such as iron. Just 100 grams of tofu gives you 30% of your total daily requirement for iron, which is really quite impressive.

Oven-Baked Tofu Sticks

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1/2 package firm tofu
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cut the tofu into sticks, about 1/2-inch wide each.

3. Line your counter with a couple layers of paper towel, place the tofu sticks evenly across the top, then add paper towel over the tofu sticks as well.

4. Press down on the paper towel so you’re pushing down on the tofu, with any excess liquid being soaked up by the paper towel.

5. Lightly brush a baking sheet with the olive oil, then line the baking sheet with the tofu sticks.

6. Sprinkle the salt over the sticks and cook for 15 minutes on one side, before flipping them carefully and cooking for another 10-15 minutes, until the tofu is lightly browned and crispy on the outside. Serve immediately.

They taste extra delicious with a bit of tomato sauce on the side, for dipping. Because of the need to drain the tofu before baking, it’s good to make these puppies ahead of time – throw them in before a workout at home and they’ll be the perfect post-weights meal, full of protein AND carbs, both which are vital to the body’s recovery process after an intense training session.

Superpower Green Fusion Shake

greenfusionshakeIf there were one shake to give you superpowers, it just may be this one. I wanted something super green, super nourishing, super refreshing. You get all of that with this baby.

Superpower Green Fusion Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1/2 cup water
1 green apple, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/3 English cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 kiwi, peeled
2 cups spinach
2 ice cubes

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

This super-green shake offers loads of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Even if you don’t actually get superpowers, you’ll definitely feel pretty badass drinking this goodness.

Cucumber Mint Twist Shake

The cucumber and mint combo is really nice. It’s cooling and refreshing, not to mention full of nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and fiber. With just a few basic ingredients, you can whip up this shake for yourself.

Cucumber Mint Twist Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup water
1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon honey
2 ice cubes

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

I especially love this shake in summer, when you want something minty and refreshing to cool down, but it’s great any time, and super healthy to keep you on track and in shape.

Cucumber Apple Shake

Cucumbers are one of my favourite ingredients to use in shakes and smoothies, not just because they add so much great flavour, but also because they’re so darn good for you. These amazing green veggies are a great source of pantothetic acid, as well as copper, manganese, biotin and vitamin B1. Cucumbers help fight inflammation, contain numerous antioxidants, and even contain phytonutrients which have anti-cancer properties.

Cucumber Apple Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green apple, peeled and sliced
1 D’anjou pear, cored and sliced
2 ice cubes

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

This shake is so simple and easy to make, you’d be amazed at how jam-packed of health it is. Add it into your smoothie schedule at some point and you’ll be glad you did.

Cinnamon Spice Apples Dessert

I don’t really post a lot of desserts, because I don’t come across that many healthy dishes that offer a sweet treat and could be called a dessert. This is definitely one of the few though. It’s simple but so delicious and it’s the perfect treat to satisfy a sweet tooth after a nice meal. You can eat it cold, or warm it up.

Cinnamon Spice Apples Dessert

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

2 McIntosh apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

1. Rinse the apples with water and toss them with the cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl, so all the pieces are evenly coated.

2. Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

3. Add the apples to the saucepan and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

There is something so enticing about the combination of apples and cinnamon. Add a splash of almond milk or coconut milk to add a punch of flavour.