Allergen-Free Tropical Carrot Smoothie

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Trust me on this one. It may sound like an interesting combination, but it’s delicious. It’s my second morning making it for breakfast.

Tropical Carrot Smoothie {Espinosa Kitchen}

Tropical Carrot Smoothie

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. If using frozen fruit, heat in microwave for about 45 seconds to soften fruit. Add to blender.
  2. Top with lime juice and protein powder.
  3. Finally, add carrot juice and coconut milk.
  4. Blend.

*I usually make my breakfast smoothies in the evening and store in the fridge so I can grab and go in the morning. Works really well!

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Allergen-Free Apple Pie Smoothie

It’s no secret that I haven’t written much on my blog in several months. To be honest, I have been struggling with some health issues and have been working closely with a dietitian (Dietitian Cassie) (as well as doctors) to try and find the cause. Needless to say, I have had other priorities than posting here. However, that does not mean I don’t miss writing, posting, and interacting with every single one of you who reads my blog. There are so many new things I want to share with you that I have learned in the last few months – but that will be a post in it’s own.

Today, I want to share with you a recipe I made this morning for my breakfast smoothie. As some of you know, I started an elimination diet last week (this means no nuts, no soy, no dairy, no eggs, no gluten). At first, this diet had me antsy and squirming – nervous that I wouldn’t be able to eat anything good: forcing me to gag down every meal for nutrients rather than enjoyment.

Good news: this is not true!

This smoothie recipe is so, so good! I’m totally making it again tomorrow.

Allergen-Free Apple Pie Smoothie (Espinosa Kitchen)

Allergen-Free Apple Pie Smoothie

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add enough water to cover the steel-cut oats and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. Add oats, applesauce, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract and protein powder to the blender.
  3. Blend.
  4. Top with nutmeg if desired.

Orange Cream Milkshake

Just so you know, the naval oranges on sale this week (at our local grocery stores) are just heavenly! We only bought 3 Saturday and I ate all 3 of them yesterday because they were that good. One I ate with breakfast and the other 2 I cut up and put into a post-workout milkshake. It tasted just like an Orange Julius.

Orange Cream Milkshake

Orange Cream Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh oranges – cut into pieces
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

Directions: Blend and sip.

The St-Germain Cocktail

This beverage is simply amazing. If you have never tried St-Germain, you are really missing out. We were first introduced to this by our friend Jenny. Now it is a treat (generally because it is expensive!). Carlos and I rented a movie last night and only made it through the first 39 minutes of it before shutting it off because it was so terrible. It’s a shame really, but I saved the day by suggesting we watch The Count of Monte Cristo. I love, love this movie! I have probably seen it 10 times. It surprised myself since Carlos hadn’t seen it yet. Shocking since I own it. I encourage you to check that out too if you haven’t seen it already.

The St-Germain Drink Cocktail: St-Germain, champagne, and club soda! so good! (www.espinosakitchen.wordpress.com)

The St-Germain Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • St-Germain
  • Champagne
  • Club Soda (we used raspberry-flavored sparkling water)

Directions:

  1. Add ice and combine.

Orange “Soda”

I took my mother out to lunch today for her birthday. It’s been a while since we have had the opportunity to do this due to busy schedules. Being the only girl growing up, my mom and I had to stick together – especially in a household full of men (I have 5 brothers if you didn’t know). Times like this remind me of the “soda” I was allowed to drink growing up. We rarely purchased traditional soda/pop products. Instead, we made our own. Lucky for me, my taste buds have adjusted and this “soda” is the only kind I like now. Traditional products are too sweet.

Orange "Soda:" using the ratio 4:1, combine juice and carbonated water for a healthier drink that traditional soda (www.espinosakitchen.wordpress.com)

Ingredients:

  • Orange Juice
  • Sparking water of club soda

Directions: Mix and enjoy.

I usually use the ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 juice and carbonated water.

We usually buy Klarbrunn black cherry flavored sparkling water and have found that goes with almost anything. Be cautious of the flavor – especially lime – as that doesn’t go with everything!

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I suppose I have Patrick to thank for some sore muscles today after Body Pump. Ouch! A whole slew of old tracks and I am feeling it. However, I am drinking a delicious smoothie to help my muscles heal, so it’s all good.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 bananas (if you like it sweeter, make sure the bananas have brown spots)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure it’s not crap like Jiff or Skippy – we use Smucker’s natural. The oils need to separate in order for it to be legit.)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup skim milk – more if you like it less thick

Blend!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

And another successful bodypump class is complete! Now if I could only move my shoulders without wincing! Here is the smoothie Carlos and I made after our workout to help our muscles recuperate.

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (frozen works best)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder (we use vanilla)

Directions: Blend and enjoy!

Note: to prevent chunks of fruit, it may be helpful to heat the frozen fruit for about 30 seconds in the microwave to soften it slightly.