Tropical Delight Smoothie

This smoothie is the consistency of a Wendy’s frosty so it works well as a beverage but is also thick enough to be eaten with a spoon and could easily be a dessert. It will stay extra cold if you serve in a frosted cup.  

Tropical Delight

 

Tropical Delight Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup of liquid (a mixture of filtered water, coconut water, unsweetened almond milk)
  2. 1/4 cup of frozen pineapple
  3. 1/4 cup of frozen mango
  4. 1/4 cup of frozen banana
  5. 1 serving of a good quality vanilla protein powder
  6. 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
  7. 1/2 tsp of pure coconut extract
  8. 1/2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  9. Ice cubes as needed to thicken
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients until smooth and you reached desired consistency.
Notes
  1. Frozen fruit adds flavor and a thick consistency.
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 I purchase frozen fruit at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts.  

This post shows how I prep bananas and organize my smoothie supplies for making smoothies.

Hope you enjoy this beach-inspired smoothie.  It is even the same color as sand – definitely didn’t plan that :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness.  The process creates a natural caramelization and works well with a variety of vegetables to use as a snack, on top of a salad, with eggs, etc.  I like to prepare 2 different pans – one with the faster cooking vegetables and another with root vegetables.   You can change up the flavoring by switching up the spices. Here is one idea.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables
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Ingredients
  1. Assortment of Vegetables (I like to use red potatoes with the skins on)
  2. Olive Oil (depends on amount of vegetables but start with 2-3 Tbsp)
  3. Salt & Pepper
  4. Oregano
  5. Cumin
  6. Tumeric
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut in appropriate sizes for even cooking.
  4. Mix olive oil and seasonings in large bowl.
  5. Add in cut vegetables.
  6. Using hands coat all vegetables with oil mixture.
  7. Spread on prepare pan.
  8. Cook for 20 minutes and turn vegetables. Cook for another 20 minutes.
  9. Vegetables should be browned but not charred.
Notes
  1. I have left the amount of spices off - start with small amounts and add more to taste.
  2. Quarter brussel sprouts, leave mushrooms bigger than carrots.
  3. I like to do two pans - one for faster cooking veggies and one that has root vegetables (potatoes with skin on, beets, onions, carrots.
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Roasted Vegetables - Root
Here is a picture of the root vegetables – these may take a little longer to cook.

Roasted Vegetables - dual
Both pans ready to go into the oven.

My favorite product when making this dish – Precut Parchment Paper Sheets  They come in a package of 100 for around $16.00 and come in so handy when using baking pans and sheets.  They are also good for using on top of  your counter to prep food or cooking fish and veggies.

These vegetables also freeze well for future use.  I like to divide them up into smaller portions so I have available for lunches at work.

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Smoothie Freezer Organization

This morning I was given a bag of fresh cherries.  Since I already had cherries in the refrigerator I decided to use the gift for smoothies.  So I sat watching a cooking show on Channel 8 and took the pits out.  I then laid them out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and placed them in the freezer.  Several hours they were ready to add to my smoothie freezer basket. 

smoothie organization 2014

Smoothies are my “go to” breakfast. I have my freezer smoothie items stored in a basket from the Dollar Store that easily stores on a freezer shelf and slides out so I can place on the counter while I decide what type of smoothie I want to make. I also keep small containers of chia, hemp and flax seed in this area with a set of measuring spoons. It is such a timesaver to have the items together and allows me to easily see what I am running low on. Using even 1/2 cup of frozen fruit will not only add flavor but acts the same as if you were adding ice cubes to thicken. One of the best dollars I’ve spent.

Cherries-Freezing
Freezing Cherries

Freezer Cleanup
Smoothie basket on shelf in freezer – can you tell my husband likes Van’s Gluten Free Waffles?

Bananas - Freezing
Freezing Bananas

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My Favorite Items for Making Smoothies

Bella Rocket – a small personal size.  I’ve owned two of these over the years and think they work as well as some of the more expensive products available.

Waring Blender – my blender is an older model of this one – love it.

VitaMix  - This is king of blenders and has the power to make nut butters, soups and of course smoothies

Here are my favorite protein powders:

Vega Vanilla

Vega Chocolate

Sun Warrior Vanilla

Sun Warrior Chocolate

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