Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts®. The opinions and text are all mine.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or how cold it is outside–smoothies and smoothie bowls always sound like a good idea to me for breakfast. The trick is to switch up the flavors a bit (less fruity) and … wear something warm while consuming. 😉 I have Raynaud’s so I’ll cuddle under a blanket or literally wear gloves some winter mornings while drinking smoothies or iced coffees so that my fingers don’t freak. Now that’s dedication. Or insanity. Ta-may-toe, ta-mah-toe.

My building shares a wall with a Dunkin’ Donuts (I’m a born and bred New Englander so, as the stereotype would lead you to believe, this is a dream come true haha) and when I’m not stopping in for a morning coffee, I’m brewing my own cup at the apartment. Dunkin’ Donuts is also available in the coffee section at Walmart, which is convenient when Joe and I head down to New Jersey for the holidays, which we’ll do in a couple weeks for Thanksgiving. Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

I cherish any time we get to spend with his nephews and niece, and by about day three of hanging out with the little crazies … I equally cherish caffeine. That morning cup of coffee before they wake up and the nonstop activity commences for the day is heavenly. It seems to whisper lovingly into my ear with every sip, “Jumping on a trampoline for four hours isn’t that bad. What’s one more day of pretending to understand Minecraft? Maybe today’s the day the four-year-old realizes she’s not a dog. You got this, Aunt Nicole.”

True story: The four-year-old thinks she’s a dog named Fifi and insists on drinking water out of a bowl on the floor. Cutest. Thing. Ever. Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

This iced coffee smoothie contains only five ingredients and is your morning caffeine boost and breakfast all in one. I’m using Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend but hazelnut or any other flavor would work well, too. You’ll want the coffee to be chilled, so ideally brew a pot the night before and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. The leftovers can be used for a regular iced coffee. I typically only drink coffee in the morning, but if you need an afternoon pick-me-up and a snack … boom. Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

 

Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup chilled coffee
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (I'm using unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. After brewing the coffee, pour it into a container (like a mason jar) and place it in the refrigerator and let it completely chill. If you do this the night before, you'll have some on hand for the smoothie as well as iced coffee ready to go!
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This is for a single serving so I just use the bullet attachment to my blender to save on clean up.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can add in any boosters you want: a small scoop of protein powder, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, etc. **Another way to make this smoothie is to use frozen coffee and a regular (non-frozen) banana. Brew a pot of coffee and pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight. Coffee ice cubes are also great for keeping iced coffees cool without watering them down.

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Iced Coffee Banana Smoothie

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Any other year-round smoothie and iced coffee drinkers out there?? If you’re Team Hot Coffee and not looking for a smoothie this Thanksgiving, still try adding cinnamon to your morning cup of joe. Whether cold or hot, I think coffee + vanilla almond milk + cinnamon is one of the best combos going.

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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.
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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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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!
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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.