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7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

Monday, July 11th, 2011

 

 

Healthy and delicious fruity milk shakes are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants- these smoothies will keep your energy up all summer long…without the caffeine!

7 DAYS OF REFRESHING, HIGH ENERGY SMOOTHIES WITHOUT CAFFEINE

Nothing beats an ice-cold drink on a hot, lazy summer day.  Colas and “energy drinks” might temporarily give you that extra power boost you need in the middle of the afternoon, but that’s only because they get their fuel from caffeine.

One 16-ounce can of SoBe’s No Fear contains 141mg of caffeine; that’s about as much as an 8-ounce cup of coffee, which can have anywhere between 100-150mg of caffeine.

So, what’s wrong with a caffeine buzz?

Nothing, if it’s an occasional cup of coffee.  But if you’re banking on a can of Diet Coke or a tall Frappuccino to get you through your morning workload or afternoon gym class on a regular basis, then you should consider the health risks involved.

Caffeine and your health

Besides guaranteeing a “caffeine crash” a few hours later, which defeats the whole purpose of drinking an energy drink, excess caffeine intake causes the following side effects:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Nutritious, energy drinks just make more sense

Why risk all the ill effects of caffeine addiction, when you can get a vitamin-packed power boost from heart-healthy ingredients that your body loves?

Whip up a high-energy smoothie for a quick, refreshing breakfast, snack, or frozen dessert. 

Dairy ingredients such as yogurt and low-fat milk provide protein and vitamin B12, for long-lasting energy and metabolic performance throughout your day. 

Individuals on special diets can substitute soy milk or soy ice cream for a vegetarian milk shake. 

Fresh fruits of the season deliver maximum vitamins and antioxidants.

Try some of these healthy, summertime smoothie recipes for yourself; listed below is one for each day of the week!

Sunday: Tea-Licious Smoothie

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

This frosty drink gets it vavavoom from peppermint tea, lemon sorbet, and vitamin C-rich citrus fruits.  It’s an excellent alternative to caffeine-laden Southern sweet tea.

Monday: Apple à la Mode Smoothie

7 Days of Refreshing, High Energy Smoothies without Caffeine

You’ll start loving Mondays if you make this apple pie smoothie a part of your morning ritual.  The apple pectin provides high fiber, so you won’t get hungry by the time 10:00 am rolls around.

Tuesday: Creamy Date Shake

Dates add natural sweetness and filling fiber to this low-fat milk shake.

Wednesday: Banana-Yogurt Smoothie

Martha Stewart recommends this naturally wholesome and delicious banana drink, which also contains flax seeds, honey, and plain yogurt.

Thursday: Watermelon Yogurt Mint Smoothie

7 DAYS OF REFRESHING, HIGH ENERGY SMOOTHIES WITHOUT CAFFEINE

Are you ready to try something refreshingly different?  If you love crisp watermelon, then you’ll flip for this cooling summer treat, made with fresh watermelon, mint leaves, honey, and lemon yogurt.

Friday: Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie Recipe

7 DAYS OF REFRESHING, HIGH ENERGY SMOOTHIES WITHOUT CAFFEINE

You don’t have to wait until October to enjoy antioxidant-rich pumpkin pie! Just crack open a can of pumpkin puree, and add banana and almond milk.  This recipe also contains two cups of baby spinach, but you can substitute your favorite leafy greens.

Saturday: Avocado-Pear Smoothie

Avocado and silken tofu add a smooth, creamy texture to this protein drink, and pear juice and honey give it a naturally sweet taste.

Other great healthy recipes:

10 Most Tempting Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Crohn’s Disease Suggested Dinner Menu, plus Recipes

8 Rockin’ Meatless Grill Recipes for Memorial’s Day

Ten Ultimate Super Bowl Snacks That Are High in Vitamin B12

Sources:

Too much caffeine – Caffeine crash – TheSite.org

Caffeine Fuels Most Energy Drinks

The Daily Meal

Health.com

Food.com

Incredible Smoothies

Whole Living

My Recipes

zoyachubby

8 Rockin’ Meatless Grill Recipes for Memorial’s Day

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Fresh BBQ Recipes- Desserts, Too!

There’s no need to stick to the boring, tried and true grilled veggies this Memorial Day weekend. Here are some delicious, healthy vegetarian recipes that will rock your weekend and amaze your friends! Try these quick and easy dinner recipes tonight.

6 Must-Eat Foods for Die-Hard Vegans

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH1) Barbecued Pizza

If you haven’t tried grilled pizza before, now is the time to start. You can buy pizza dough at most supermarkets. Feeling adventurous? Knead your own pizza bread dough to your liking. If buying frozen, take your ready-made pizza dough out of the freezer about 20 minutes beforehand, to allow time to rise. Now, oil the grill, slap your pizza pie on there, and when it looks like it’s almost browned, spread sauce, cheese and favorite toppings.

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH2) Charred Hearts of Palm

Grilled heart of palm has a wonderfully mild, nutty flavor that adapts well to most seasonings. Hearts of palm is easy to find in most supermarkets. Canned varieties come whole or chopped up; remember to get the whole stalks. Marinate with your favorite spices, some oil and a pinch of salt. Grill for a few minutes on each side. Excellent with yogurt on the side.

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH3) Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Whoever discovered that grilled lettuce could be this yummy deserves a medal. You can try this with romaine lettuce, or experiment with mustard greens or kale. Oil the grill and cook on low for a few minutes per side. Word to the wise: Don’t use bagged or tossed lettuce! Only use whole, crisp heads. The charcoal imparts a wonderful, smoky flavor and aroma.

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH4)Green Tomato Focaccia

Green tomatoes don’t have to be fried. Try barbecuing them for a delicious main meal! Season thick tomato slices with salt, followed by a brush of oil. Grill on medium heat for 3 minutes per side. Next, lightly grill Focaccia slices. Assemble with favorite sandwich fillings.

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH5) Rosemary Green Beans in Foil

No need to buy a grill pan for this one. Using two squares of heavy-duty foil, fill center with 2 cups of fresh green beans, 1/3 cup of butter, a few teaspoons of chopped onions and celery, one small sprig of rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon of basil and garlic powder to taste. Wrap it up carefully and place on the grill, seams facing upwards, for about 1/2 hour on medium heat.

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH6) Seared Avocado

You’ll want to eat this with a spoon, but save some for guacamole dip. Better yet, toss some grilled avocado with your barbecued hearts of palm for a tantalizing appetizer. Take a firm, ripe avocado. Cut in half. Season with salt and pepper. Brush with oil and lemon juice. Place on grill, cut side down. Cook for 1 minute, or until soft to touch.

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH7) Grilled Fruit Salad

What! Yes, you heard right. Try cooking up some juicy grilled watermelon: Slice some thick slabs of pink or yellow watermelon. Brush with olive oil. Grill directly on clean surface for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool. Cut into chunks and toss with a sweet, balsamic vinegar dressing of your choice. Great topped with feta cheese!

8 ROCKIN’ GRILL RECIPES FOR MEMORIAL'S DAY,B12PATCH8) Roasted Pound Cake

You can have your cake, and grill it too! Here’s a recipe for gourmet grilled peaches ‘n cake: Get your grill good and hot, then turn down to medium. On the stove, melt 5 tablespoons of butter. Whisk 2 tablespoons of sugar into 1 cup of crème fraîche.  Take 3 ripe, firm peaches and cut them in half. Take 6 thick slices of pound cake. Brush each side of cake slices and cut half of peaches with melted butter. Grill peaches for 2 minutes, uncovered, until brown. Toast cake slices on grill for about 1 minute per side. Slice grilled peaches, and place a few pieces on top of cake, topped with crème fraîche. Bon appetit!

More good reads:

On Becoming Vegan: Avoiding Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Others

Oprah Pledges 7 Days to Vegan Challenge

Fast Food Felonies, Part I: the Anatomy of a Chicken Nugget

Sources:

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/grilled-peaches-pound-cake-creme-fraiche.aspx

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/grilled-watermelon-salad.aspx

http://www.joyofbaking.com/CremeFraiche.html

http://powerpeoria.com/unusual-foods-to-cook-on-the-grill-jasons-top-5/

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/347137

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-meal/unlikely-grill-foods_b_867464.html#s284195&title=Pizza

http://www.thedailymeal.com/grilled-hearts-palm

http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/grilled-green-tomato-focaccia-sandwiches–2277

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1750,154188-247193,00.html

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