So, this was one of those mornings where I was filling the blender up with the ingredients, and the jar of tahini caught my eye and I ended up with a really delicious concoction.
It so happens that sesame seeds – the main ingredient in tahini; contain important B Vitamins…B1, B2, B3, B5, as well as a great supply of calcium. They also have beneficial trace elements like copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and manganese, as well as both omega 3 & 6 that improve the health of the brain. And let’s not forget zinc, a powerful immune strengthening nutrient that can be added to smoothies to fight colds and flus.
Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in immune function. It is a nutrient that many people are bordeline deficient in. Zinc deficiency increases susceptibility to infection.
So check out this tahini smoothie recipe. It’s just what the doctor ordered for the winter season!
Many people ask me should they go with Blendtec or Vitamix when choosing an blender.
The two blenders are in tight competition for the green smoothie makers market :-). Although many people may choose a more affordable option (such as Omni , Ninja, or other) I found that a cheaper blender just wasn’t doing the job when it came to blending tough greens and veggies (and nuts, and seeds…).
The flu season is coming, and -like it or not- it will last up till the end of spring. So it’s time for the Anti-Flu, Immune-Boosting Super Smoothie recipe.
I may have said it before but if you want to beat a cold, you need to add more the fruits, vegetables, and leafy to your diet. It’s also common knowledge that less processed (preferably raw) is better – especially when it comes to vitamin C, since it begins to degrade with heating (above 70-75˚), so what better way to eat it than in a green smoothie?
So, instead of stocking up on tissues, cold medication and cough syrup, I recommend that you If you’d rather stock up on fruits and greens. <Here’s what you need to know about using green smoothies to avoid flu and cold this winter season.
Since I started experimenting with nut butters in smoothies, I find myself craving them more and more as the weather gets colder. After this banana-almond butter smoothie, I’m trying all kinds of nut and seed butters, including sunflower, cashews, tahini, and – of course – peanut butter.
This may sound counter-intuitive, but adding peanut butter to a smoothie (and other nut butters) may actually help you lose weight. Even though they contain up to 200 calories per serving, all the fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) will fill you up and keep you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall. Plus, there’s nothing more decadent than licking peanut butter off a spoon–and indulgence helps us fight cravings and stay on track.
For a super simple chocolate variation, use chocolate soy-milk, or try this simplified version of the chocolate peanut butter smoothie.
When I first heard of green smoothies, I was already sold on the need to eat lots of raw, green foods. That’s why raw green smoothies made perfect sense to me from the get-go.
More than that, they provided an easy solution to my pressing problem, namely: how to consume lots of leafy greens without spending whole day chopping and chewing veggies.
However, I know there are people who heard a mention of a green smoothie and wanted to gag. For some people green smoothies is something they have to ease into …
If you are in this category, keep reading. I’m going to provide you with a few simple recipes to make that “easing into” really EASY.
When shopping for a kitchen appliance, obviously price is always a factor, but it shouldn’t be the main decision point. Even though you pay a premium price for Vitamix or Blendtec, you will get not just the smoothest smoothies, soups and ice-creams, but also unmatched durability. In other words, if you need to buy several cheap blenders over the years, then you may not be saving any money after all.
For a well-rounded machine that won’t break the bank, consider the top-rated Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004, $60. It does practically everything well, including smoothies and icy drinks, and it’s also very quiet. Its brand mate, the Ninja Professional NJ600, also delivers excellent versatility for $100. Omni Blender may also be a good choice.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any time now, you know that Vitamix 5200 is the blender I use and my favorite kitchen appliance. It is definitely a top brand to consider. The original uber-blender is priced at the high end, with models starting at $530; but you get consistent performance, including the ability to make hot soups when cooler weather comes. The new Vitamix Professional Series 750 for $650 is several inches shorter than the $450 Vitamix 5200, so it can slide under the upper cabinet while sitting out on your counter.
Breville also makes excellent blenders, including the Breville Ikon BBL600XL for $200. Smoothies and icy drinks were both very good in our tests and it was excellent at pureeing. Plus the Breville is more sleek looking than a lot of other models, thanks to its glass jar and die-cast aluminum base.
Have you already tried a green smoothie recipe with kale?
Kale —and other greens, including collard, chard, spinach, bok choy, dandelion, parsley, turnip and beet leaves — are true superfoods. They deliver a bonanza of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are loaded with calcium, essential for strong bones and healthy. They provide stress-fighting B vitamins and help our eyes with vitamin A. They even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats. But when was the last time you had a bunch of kale?
The fact is kale (and other greens) is often neglected when it comes choosing your ingredients. It’s certainly not most people’s first choice when it comes to preparing salads or vegetable side-dishes.
Especially in winter, when there are fewer in-season vegetable choices — kale and other dark, leafy greens that thrive in cooler weather are a great addition to the menu. Plus, they are great for boosting immunity – so a kale smoothie recipe may be just what the doctor ordered ;-).
OK, if you read any of my previous blog posts, you know by now that you should be drinking lots and lots of fresh green smoothies every day.
So today, I’m going to talk about my favorite smoothie maker that I use at least 3-4 times a day to prepare green smoothies for myself or my family.
If you are searching for best blender for smoothies, keep reading and your search will soon be over
It’s been over three years now that I’ve been using a Vitamix blender for my smoothies, and – wow – it has made my life so much easier, healthier and more enjoyable to boot.
Prior to buying the Vitamix, I’d been using a different blender – I will not mention the brand here, as it does not matter. It was doing an OK job blending fruits and soft greens, such as spinach, but as it comes to making smoothies with tougher plants – kale or celery, for example – it was awful. It could not handle the tougher jobs, resulting in a chunky texture that was not very palatable. Also, I was afraid to run it for too long, as the engine was overheating quickly.
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Let’s face it – with our busy schedules, we don’t always have time to sit down and eat a healthy salad or prepare proper healthy dishes that the whole family would enjoy. But, do not despair! The quick and easy solution is pick up a quick spinach smoothie recipe and to whip up a quick green smoothie for yourself (and your family) that will give you energy, fill your belly, and fuel your tank with all the right foods.
This is a simple smoothie recipe that ups the protein content a bit. The result is a smoothie with a more “staying power,” so it will fill you up for longer.
I used tofu, but you can add any protein powder to your smoothie, or add some chia seeds, or hemp seeds. Blend all ingredients, pour into a glass, sip and smile!
This delightful pumpkin smoothie recipe is like chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, but without the unhealthy fats and excess calories.
This thick and creamy smoothie makes a delicious and filling liquid breakfast, snack or dessert. By the way, this recipe works beautifully with a squash puree too. (It will provide a nice break from all the green smoothie recipes for those of you who need it ;-). )