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Celebrate National Salad Month with Energizing Breakfast Smoothies

Written on May 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm , by

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.

May is National Salad Month, so there’s no better time to bust out the salad bowl. But ditch the boring garden varieties and try some new and exciting ways to eat your salad—on nachos, blended into pesto or even as a smoothie. We’ve got some creative and delicious ideas for you to try!

With the help of DOLE Salads and in honor of National Salad Month, I am going to do a weekly salad post on The Fit Stop. Each Monday in May, I’ll give you simple salad recipes loaded with flavor and energizing nutrients. On the final Monday of the month, I’ll pull all the recipes together into an easy 5-day meal plan, complete with a shopping list.

Week 1 kicks things off with five energizing breakfast smoothies. Each recipe serves 1 (16 ounces).


Power Up Green Smoothie 

Calories: 310

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Power Up Greens Baby Kale (or other Power Up Greens blend)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1.5 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 small banana, chopped
  • 5 green grapes
  • 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 310 calories, 17g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 18g sugar, 9g protein, vitamin A 45%, vitamin C 35%, calcium 45%, iron 10%

 


Carrot Clementine Bliss

Calories: 290

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Butter Bliss lettuce
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1.5 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 clementines, peeled
  • 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 290 calories, 17g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 19g sugar, 9g protein, vitamin A 220%, vitamin C 130%, calcium 35%, iron 8%

 

Green Gingerade 

Calories: 310

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 25 green grapes (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 310 calories, 12g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 32g sugar, 8g protein, vitamin A 25%, vitamin C 30%, calcium 10%, iron 20%

 

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9 Add-Ins for Super Smoothies

Written on October 16, 2013 at 9:25 am , by

Toss in one of these add-ins to supercharge your smoothie. (Photo courtesy Lisa Shin)

Written by Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D. and Jamba Juice Healthy Living Council Member

As delicious and good-for-you as smoothies can be, it’s possible to make them even better with some interesting add-ins that intensify flavor and boost nutrition. Customize smoothies to suit your needs by mixing one or more of the following surprisingly nutritious ingredients with your favorite drink for meals and snacks.

Greek yogurt: With double the protein of regular yogurt, going Greek has some serious benefits. Add a half-cup of the fat-free plain variety to smoothies for 10 grams of protein, and more calcium, too.

Protein powders:  Wondering whether it’s worth it to hop on the protein powder train? Whey and soy powders provide essential amino acids your body needs to repair and build lean tissue including muscle.  It’s also an easy way to include the 20 to 30 grams of high-quality protein experts suggest at every meal.

Oats: Oats fill you up and can help give you the energy to stay active and take on the day. Add oats at home, or when you’re out, mix in a Quaker Whole Grains Boost at Jamba Juice for additional fiber and at least 16 grams of whole grains – one of the three to five suggested daily servings of whole grains.

Chia seeds: Tiny but mighty chia seeds supply alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which your body can’t produce and must get from food. A diet rich in ALA is linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease.  Chia seeds also supply fiber to slightly thicken smoothies and also aid in digestion. Read more

Two Must-Try Brunch Recipes From Rocco DiSpirito

Written on April 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm , by

Last week, FITNESS advisory board member and super chef Rocco DiSpirito made me breakfast. This was strictly (delicious) business, though! He hosted a group of editors to teach us how to make a low-calorie, well-balanced morning meal with ideas from his Now Eat This! Diet book and new recipes created with Coffee-mate’s recently-released Natural Bliss creamers.

It was all really tasty (and a huge step up from our usual weekday grab-and-go), so we asked DiSpirito to share two of his favorite recipes so we can all recreate them at home.

This dish is so delicious, it's worth the extra effort. (Photo courtesy of Coffee-mate Natural Bliss)

Vanilla Ricotta-Stuffed Crepes With Orange Maple Syrup

  • 6 tablespoons Natural Bliss Low-fat Vanilla
  • 4 teaspoons egg white powder
  • 8 ounces light ricotta cheese
  • 1 navel orange, 1/2 teaspoon of zest removed with fine grater, then peeled
  • 1/2 cup calorie-free pancake syrup
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint (about 8 leaves), torn into small piece
  1. Preheat the over to 350° F. Pour all but 2 teaspoons of the Natural Bliss in a small mixing bowl and whisk in the egg white powder until fully dissolved; set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with the remaining 2 teaspoons of Natural Bliss and 1/4 teaspoon of the orange zest set aside.
  3. With a sharp knife, cut the sections of orange flesh out from the white membrane that encases them in the orange. Place the orange sections, remaining 1/4 teaspoon orange zest and the pancake syrup in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high until the mixture simmers, about 2 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic wrap on one side to vent but keep warm, and set aside.
  4. Spray a 10-inch nonstick skillet with one second of cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour one-fourth of the Natural Bliss and egg powder mixture into the warm pan and swirl the mixture so it forms a thin even layer on the bottom of the pan. Put it over the heat until you can see browning at the edges, about 20 seconds, and then place in the oven and bake about 30 seconds or until it has full cooked. Pull the crepe out of the pan, cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper and set aside. Repeat these steps to make three additional crepes.
  5. Place a dollop of the ricotta mixture in the center of each crepe and spread it out evenly over the crepes. Fold crepes in half and then in half again and place one crepe each on four plates. Spoon the warm orange syrup over each crepe and garnish with mint leaves.

Nutrition information per serving (one crepe): 108 calories, 4 g fat

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Freebie Alert: Jamba Juice Holiday Treats

Written on November 28, 2011 at 11:50 am , by

One staff member thought this tastes like apple pie in a glass! (Photo courtesy of Jamba Juice)

Sharing presents is one of the best parts of the holidays, but our bank accounts don’t always agree! (Especially today after that Black Friday shopping and the Cyber Monday spending sure to come this evening.)

That’s why we were pumped to hear about a delicious deal going on now at Jamba Juice. Now through January 3, the shop is offering a coupon for one free smoothie when you purchase $25 of gift cards. One of our current favorites: the Apple Cinnamon Cheer smoothie, which packs 20 percent of your daily value of vitamin C. It’s made with juice, soymilk, frozen yogurt, fruit and cinnamon, and is reminiscent of a tasty holiday dessert!

And grab that smoothie to go: as reported in our November/December issue, walking at a pace of 3 miles per hour for 15 minutes per day—like while shopping—can extend your life up to three years more than those who are sedentary! Bonus: Walking to and from the store can save transportation money as well.

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Now tell us: What’s your favorite way to save during the gift-giving season?