Almond Berry Smoothie

The warmer weather has inspired me to break out the blender and get back to making smoothies. I love hiding greens in my smoothies to add more protein, vitamins and fiber to my diet.

I have always loved the Health Nut smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, but 1. it has a lot of added sugar and 2. I don’t have TSC near me, here in Chicago.

I took it upon myself to create my own copycat version of this nutrient packed drink! Here is what you need:

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup frozen blueberries

3/4 cup frozen mango

As much spinach as you like (I use about 2 handfuls)

1/4 cup raw almonds

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Combine all your ingredients and blend to desired texture. I use a Nutribullet to make mine.

You can add almond milk or water along the way to thin it out a bit. All the frozen fruit makes it pretty thick, so it’s also great for a smoothie bowl! I like to add shaved coconut, more almonds and cut up banana on top to enjoy it as a meal.

This smoothie is so easy to make and will keep you full as a breakfast option, or after a workout. It tastes like blueberries, and the banana adds just a touch of sweetness.

Personally, I don’t use any type of protein powder, but I know at TSC most people order it with vanilla whey protein. The almonds and spinach add a lot of protein on their own.

I hope you all enjoy this easy and delicious smoothie. Let me know what you think!

Love, Leigh

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My Favorite Cauliflower Crust Pizza Toppings

As promised in the Trader Joe’s Haul post, I am here to share with you a few of my favorite cauliflower pizza crust combinations.

I make a few of these a month and have found both a vegetarian and a meat lovers recipe that are simple, quick and delicious!

For those of you who have never made/bought a cauliflower pizza crust, the frozen one from Trader Joe’s is my favorite. It’s gluten free, crispy and half a pizza has less grams of carbs than a bagel!

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A standard bagel has about 50 grams of carbohydrates. This WHOLE pizza has 96. That’s pretty impressive. A medium Jet’s Pizza (my favorite) has 224 grams of carbs…Not to say that a Jet’s Pizza shouldn’t be enjoyed with a FULL bottle of ranch, but once a week? Maybe not.

The point is that this pizza crust is amazing and you can’t tell it’s made out of vegetables. Let’s get topping!

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Veggie Pizza

I cook the crust as instructed on the box and then top it with the Trader Joe’s Fat Free Pizza Sauce and lots (and lots) of shredded mozzarella.

Next I add about a cup of sliced mushrooms, some dollops of ricotta, a few fresh basil leaves and thinly sliced tomatoes. I also like to add some sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

I broil it for about about five minutes and serve!

Meatball Pizza

Like the veggie pizza, I bake the crust as instructed, spread the sauce and cover in mozzarella.

For this one I add sliced tomatoes and basil (and sometimes bacon bits! NOM).

After I’ve broiled those toppings, I add my microwaved Trader Joe’s meatballs. You can find them in the freezer section. I don’t like to broil them because it makes them extra crispy, but to each his own.

I have tried a lot of combinations of toppings on this crust, but these two recipes are my very favorite.

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What do you add to your cauliflower crust?

I love to hear from you guys and I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do.

Love, Leigh

Going Bananas for Smoothies

If you thought my No-Bake Power Bites were easy, get ready for another quick and simple recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Behold the four ingredient smoothie I make at least once (sometimes twice) a day.

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Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 frozen banana (freeze peeled)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter (or PB2)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (2-3 dashes)
  • 1 tablespoon of your choice of milk (I use lactose free 2%)

Directions:

  • Put all the ingredients in a NutriBullet or blender and blend until smooth
  • Add milk or ice for preferred consistency
  • Enjoy

The first reason I love this smoothie is that it’s even better as nice cream. That’s right, if you freeze it for an hour it transforms into a creamy ice cream-like substance. It’s a great way to cut down on sugar and I swear it tastes like a frozen cinnamon roll. Amazing.

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I have never been one for protein supplements. I would rather get my protein from whole foods than processed powders. If you are looking for a post-workout snack, your search is over!

The peanut butter supplies healthy fats, protein and fiber, and the banana is rich in potassium and magnesium. Lots of health benefits without the kidney and liver damage that often results from protein powder consumption.

If you don’t like peanut butter, I highly suggest using chocolate flavored PB2 as a substitute. You mix the powder with water for a creamy chocolate flavored spread (with less fat calories than peanut butter). I use a little less cinnamon with the PB2 to highlight the chocolate flavor.

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Easy, filling and delicious: the three requirements for a LoveLeigh approved recipe.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Please let me know what other kinds of recipes you’d like to see on the blog!

Love, Leigh