May The 4th Be With You

Earlier today my friend Alex told me that today was “National Star Wars Day”, and then proceeded to say “may the fourth be with you.”  Now mind you I was clueless at first until he explained, because I am not into Star Wars what-so-ever.

Ever since he mentioned this, all I have heard or seen has to deal with Star Wars.  So todays post has to do with Star Wars.

I was looking for fun and creative treats to make so you can celebrate today and I think I came upon some pretty good recipes.

1) May the Fourth Be With You Push-Up Pops

2) Skywalker Smoothie

3) Jedi Juice Pops

4) Wookie Cookies

5) Yoda Soda

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Superfood Smoothie

Smoothies!  An easy way to get your daily recommended fruit fast, also a good nutritious drink that just taste amazing!

I came across a superfood smoothie that sounded interesting, so I had to taste it.  To my surprise the smoothie was amazing!!

Superfood Smoothie

Click here for a printable recipe!

Ingredients:
2 handfuls spinach and 1 handful kale
1/2-3/4 cup orange juice
10-12 baby carrots
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
1 cup frozen mixed berries

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yields: 2 Smoothies

Method:

1. In a reliable blender, puree spinach, kale, and oj in a blender until only flecks of green remain.

2. Add all other ingredients.  Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.

St. Patty’s Day Smoothies

St. Patty’s day Smoothies

I do realize most people are way more excited to get wasted off of green beer on St. Patrick’s day over drinking green smoothies. HOWEVER… for those of you who are on the health tip OR just want to try and beat that nasty hangover the day after? These delish green detox smoothies are for you:

Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • ½ apple
  • ½ lemon
  • 1/2 inch chunk fresh ginger (optional)
  • 2 cups of kale, spinach, chard, or beet greens

DIRECTIONS:

Add the water. Then fill your blender half way with fruit and the rest of the way with greens. Depending on the power of your blender, you may need to add slowlywhile blending. Blend for 1-2 minutes, or until very smooth.

**Filtered water and organic fruit and greens are best – but again, do the best you can with what you have. Apples and berries are more important to select organic than are peeled citrus and bananas. Chop the fruit and ginger – a stronger blender can take larger chunks. The orange and lemon can be juiced or just peeled with seeds removed. Apples and ginger can be left unpeeled for extra nutrients.**

Basic Kale Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup coconut water (or milk)
  • 1 whole orange peeled
  • 2 cups of Kale
  • 3-4 large strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients. Blend until rich and smooth.

*This recipe contains over 30% of your daily calcium needs*

Leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll, a plant compound in all green vegetables that is believed to purify the blood and cleanse the body. When you combine the purifying power of greens with the cleansing power of citrus fruit (or low sugar berries) in a green smoothie, you’ve got a natural detox shake that will cleanse and nourish you better than any high-priced detox system on the market.

So which green is the king of cleansing greens? Most experts recommend dandelion greens for their ability to cleanse the liver and support kidney function. Kale & Beet greens are also very high contenders.

Green Smoothie with Peanut Butter

If you have been thinking about trying a green smoothie, this recipe is a great one to get you started on your path to loving green smoothies. Learn more about the health benefits of green smoothies here.

Green Smoothie with Peanut Butter

Serving Size: 1 (16 ounces) ~300 calories

 Ingredients:
1 banana -peeled, frozen
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 cup spinach
1 cup water
ice cubes (3-4)  depending on how slushy you want it to be
Belnd, then enjoy!
Happy St. Patricks Day!