Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

True story: One week I spent $120 on smoothie bowls. One hundred and twenty dollars. Seven days. Ummmm…

Horrified, I’ve been much better at making my own at home lately. I’ve also decided to write a blog post highlighting all the best smoothie bowls in Boston so that I can justify my habit as a tax write-off (lol).

My latest homemade success was this matcha fruit smoothie bowl. One of my favorite nutrient booster powders from MegaFood, their Daily Energy blend, contains green tea so it’s perfect for pairing with matcha powder in smoothies. Add in some greens, frozen fruits and milk alternative and boom–you’ve got yourself a breakfast winner. I’ve been using both mango and pineapple, but if you want to keep the recipe list down, just go with one or the other–it’ll still be delicious!

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

In addition to organic green tea leaf, the Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder contains beet root, B12, and herbs specifically selected for their ability to support energy levels, healthy metabolism and your body’s stress response.* It’d go well in just about any fruit smoothie because the flavors aren’t overpowering at all when you toss a small scoop into the blender. Matcha though … it’s a perfect pair. This recipe tastes as refreshing as it looks!

MegaFoods Daily Energy in Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl (or drink)

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 frozen mango (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple*
  • 1 big handful spinach
  • 1/2 c vanilla almond milk (coconut milk works well, too!)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 scoop Daily Energy
  • You choose your toppings:
  • Coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • Granola

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a blender until smooth.
  2. You pick the toppings! I'm using more pineapple, granola and toasted coconut flakes.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/07/31/matcha-green-fruit-smoothie-bowl/

Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Especially during summer months, when I come across perfectly ripe fruit at the grocery store, I stock up, purposely getting more than I can eat right then so that I can peel, chop and freeze the excess for smoothies. My freezer is packed with little baggies like this:frozen fruit for smoothies Matcha Green Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Do you love matcha? Ever put it in your smoothies?

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* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with MegaFood. While I’m being compensated for my time, all opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

In my mind, summer runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend so it’s officially smoothie season. Not that I don’t slurp smoothies all year long, but it’s now finally warm enough to enjoy them. 😉 I’ve got a yummy citrus turmeric concoction for you today but first …

I’m excited to announce I’ll be working with MegaFood over the next several months! Based just north of me in New Hampshire, they make supplements delivered in whole foods (vitamins, nutrient powders, etc.) from ingredients grown on farms they’re partnered with around the country. As in their Vitamin C is made from oranges grown on an organic farm in Florida. What?? That is so rare in the supplement industry! As I was reading up on the company and browsing their website, I kept thinking it seemed like they produced food, not supplements. But wait … isn’t that the basic idea of a supplement? A concentrated amount of nutrients from a food source? Food science shouldn’t be villainized–it’s not all bad by any means–but I couldn’t help but be excited to see how close to food’s literal roots MegaFood has stayed.

In a few weeks I’ll be heading up for an on-site visit to get an even deeper understanding of how they operate–so I’ll save the details about the company for that post–but for now here are a few of the highlights that got me excited about this brand:

  • They have traceability from ingredient suppliers all the way to finished product–“farm to tablet.”
  • They’re dedicated to transparency.
  • They use Non-GMO ingredients. Many of their products are also gluten-free, vegan, kosher–the list goes on.

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

MegaFood has a wide range of products, but I wanted to focus on their Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder today. I’m no nutrition expert, so to explain it on par with my basic level of knowledge: our body can absorb and utilize nutrients more readily when said nutrients are in the presence of certain other nutrients. One pairing you hear a lot about is Iron and Vitamin C. Taken together, your body is going to be able to utilize a larger portion of the iron*.

Turmeric and black pepper extract are another such pair. If you’re thinking “Black pepper extract in my smoothie?? No thanks!” then you’re not alone (haha). I was like hmmm how the hell am I going to make a blog-worthy juice if this stuff has pepper in it?! Don’t worry! Its presence is a small enough portion that you don’t even taste it–I promise it won’t throw off the smoothie or juice.

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

The first question I get asked in the comments when I post a juice recipe is: “Can I use a blender?” So I went ahead and made this tropical turmeric drink two ways: juicer and blender. Both are delicious and pack a nutritional punch, but if you’re looking for the more filling option, obviously go with the smoothie. Personally, I like to go the juice route with turmeric so let’s start with that recipe!

Citrus Turmeric Juice

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash and prepare the ingredients. Cut off the root ends of the carrots. Remove the orange and lemon peels (but keep as much of the white pith on there as you can--it’s nutrient-dense). I personally don’t peel the ginger root before juicing since it’s such a small amount.
  2. Push everything except the turmeric through your juicer.
  3. Stir in the turmeric thoroughly and enjoy!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/06/01/tropical-turmeric-carrot-juice-smoothie/

Tropical Carrot Turmeric Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ⅓ c orange juice
  • 2 carrots
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ½” ginger root
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 heaping cup pineapple chunks
  • ¼ – ½ tsp turmeric (I used a scoop of Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder)

Directions

  1. Wash and prepare the ingredients. If you have a heavy-duty blender, you may be able to just toss the carrots (chopped) and ginger root in as-is. If not, use a grater to shred the carrots and ginger before adding to the blender.
  2. Put everything in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Are you Team Juice or Team Smoothie? (I’m both–depends on the ingredients!)

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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with MegaFood. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!Happy Labor Day! I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend.

This smoothie is made up of just four ingredients and is so delicious. If I have leftover dates (usually from making protein bars or some other snack recipe), I’ll put them in my smoothies as a natural sweetener. They’re especially handy if you’re using unsweetened acai in your smoothies, which can be a little blah without some fruit (or dates!) to compliment it. Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Yield: 1 glass

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 10 strawberries, stems removed
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I use unsweetened)
  • 1 pack frozen acai OR 1/2 cup of frozen berry of your choice (I use Sambazon acai smoothie packs)

Instructions

  1. Put the dates and coconut milk in a blender until fully combined.
  2. Add in the strawberries and acai (or frozen berry of choice) and continue to blend until smooth.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2015/09/07/strawberry-date-smoothie/

Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!

Have you ever tried putting dates in a smoothie?

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