“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #7) Breakfast Smoothie

For Smoothie #7 in our “Summer Smoothie Marathon”, we’ve got our healthy “Breakfast Smoothie”! This is a simple & delicious smoothie for when you need breakfast on the go; it’s packed full of nutrients, and is mighty hearty. Plus, check this: 20.1 grams of protein, 32% of your daily recommended intake of fiber, and VERY high amounts of Vitamins B6 & B12 for energy! Such a great way to kickstart your metabolism in the morning, and put you on track to having a food conscious day. After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 453 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

1/2 Cup Quick Oats

1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds

1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries

1/2 Cup Chopped Bananas

1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Low Fat)

1/2 Cup Milk (Low Fat) (Skim, Soy, Rice, or Almond)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1)

  1. Place all ingredients into container of electric blender; Blend on high.

  2. Blend until smooth; Serve immediately. (Smoothie may become thick if not consumed right away!)

  3. Drink & enjoy!

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“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #6) Low-Carb Smoothie

Smoothie #6 in our “Summer Smoothie Marathon” is one of our most sought-out creations: the “Low-Carb Smoothie”! It is what it is – low amounts of nutritious carbs, coupled with lots of protein; but make no mistake, it’s still a SUPER filling smoothie! 21.9 grams of protein, and 26% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C at a mere 269 calories per serving. After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 269 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

2 Tbsp. Honey

1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1/4 Cup Cottage Cheese (Low Fat)

1/2 Cup Mixed Berries

1 Cup Water (For best taste, use cold water!)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1)

  1. Place all ingredients, except the ice cubes, into container of electric blender; Blend on high until smooth.

  2. With blender running, add 2-3 ice cubes at a time through center opening in the lid, until all ice cubes have been added.

  3. Blend until smooth; Serve immediately. (Smoothie will become thick if not consumed right away!)

  4. Drink & enjoy!

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“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #5) Paleo-Power Smoothie

Week 1 of our “Summer Smoothie Marathon” comes to a close with our Smoothie #5, the “Paleo-Power Smoothie”! Cheers to a healthy & delicious paleo-themed smoothie for the 21st century; and check the stats: 31.7 grams of protein, an incredible 71% of your daily recommended intake of fiber, and it’s basically sodium-free! After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below, and we know you’ll enjoy it. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 460 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

1/4 Cup ground flaxseed

1/4 Cup frozen berries

1/2 Scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder

2 Tbsp. almond butter

1/2 Cup herbal tea

1/4 Cup ice

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1)

  1. Place all ingredients, except the ice cubes, into container of electric blender; Blend on high until smooth.

  2. With blender running, add 2-3 ice cubes at a time through center opening in the lid, until all ice cubes have been added.

  3. Blend until smooth; Serve immediately.

  4. Drink & enjoy!

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“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #4) Post-Workout Smoothie

We’re really excited for Smoothie #4 in our “Summer Smoothie Marathon”, our healthy & delicious “Post-Workout Smoothie”! This smoothie blend is the follow-up to our “Pre-Workout Smoothie” we featured yesterday, but it’s pretty amazing in it’s own rite; it jumpstarts muscle recovery, and helps to restore your electrolyte balance after the rigors of a challenging workout. Plus, check out this nutritional info: 22.6 grams of protein per serving, 32% of your DV of fiber, and 19% of your daily recommended intake of calcium! You’re gonna wanna down this bad boy within an hour or 2 of working out, to get the maximum absorption needed for recovery. After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below, because we know you’ll enjoy it! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 531 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1-2 Adults

 

What you need:

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

1 Cup Chopped Bananas

1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt (Low Fat)

1/2 Cup Milk (Low Fat) (Skim, Soy, Rice, or Almond)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1-2)

  1. Place all ingredients into container of electric blender; Blend on high until smooth.

  2. Serve immediately. (Smoothie will become thick if not consumed right away; refrigerate leftovers of your serving immediately!)

  3. Drink & enjoy!

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“Summer Of The Superfood”: Salmon (4 of 50)

We’re wasting no time; the “Summer Of The Superfood” continues with our selection #4: SALMON!

 

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 To understand the nutritional significance, we need to go a bit more in-depth than usual; but we promise, everything we say in this article will only make you better aware of how awesome salmon really is for achieving your best health! Not too long ago, people came to believe that fat was a horrible, murderous monster, and that the ideal healthy diet was completely absent of fat; we’ll call it, “the era of fat-free”. You know what we’re talking about… Salad dressings, cakes, casseroles, soups, even FRUIT JUICES proudly marketed themselves as being “fat-free”. Basically, we all needed an education in dietary fat and, bit by bit, we got one. In a nutshell, we learned that we derive four basic types of fat from food: saturated fat, trans-fat (partially hydrogenated oils), monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat. The news on saturated fat hasn’t changed a bit: saturated fat—which is found primarily in red meat, full-fat dairy products, and some tropical oils—has well-established negative health effects, such as increasing your risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and obesity. Trans-fats— which are listed on food labels as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil”—are also bad, probably even worse than saturated fat. Trans-fats were created by chemists seeking a fat that would store better than animal fats. (Avoid these whenever humanly possible!)

 

 Now, let’s switch gears and remember that there are also GOOD fats. The good guys in the fat family are the monounsaturated fats—the kinds found in olive and canola oils. These fats not only protect your cardiovascular system, they also lower the risk of “insulin resistance”, which is a physiologic state that can lead to diabetes & possibly cancer. And to round it off, we come to polyunsaturated fatty acids. Both omega-6 & omega-3, are the so-called essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (EFA’s). Our bodies can’t manufacture these two fats, and therefore we have to rely on getting them from our diet to avoid being deficient in these fats that are essential for life. Omega-6 fatty acids are currently overabundant in the typical Western diet; we get them from corn, safflower, cottonseed, and sunflower oils.

 

Did you know… Salmon live in both freshwater & saltwater regions? Truly a highly adaptive, exceptional fish!

 

  Unfortunately, many of us are currently DEFICIENT in the omega-3 class of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids—the ones that help make salmon a superfood—haven’t been included in adequate amounts of our diet, partly because we’ve lacked knowledge, and also because they’ve been “processed out” of our modern diet. That’s why this superfood is so special, and is included in our “Top 10”, because salmon is one of the richest, tastiest, readily available sources of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids! Period. Tasty25 recommends including wild salmon in your diet 2-4 times a week, to achieve optimal protection against a multitude of diseases that have been associated with low intakes of these critical fats. Do this, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff

 

 Wanna know a few ways to incorporate salmon into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain salmon:

 

“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #3) Pre-Workout Smoothie

For Smoothie #3 in our “Summer Smoothie Marathon”, we’ve got our healthy & delicious “Pre-Workout Smoothie”! It’s really all in the name, well because, this is a great pre-workout smoothie. And the biggest benefit? IT’S EASILY DIGESTIBLE; and also, don’t forget about the 18.6 grams of protein, and VERY high amounts of Vitamins B6 & B12 for energy! Make sure you consume this one 30-60 minutes before you get in the gym, or hit the road for a run to get healthy energy for max performance. After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below, and we know you’ll enjoy it. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 281 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries & Bananas

1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Low Fat)

1/2 Cup Milk (Low Fat) (Skim, Soy, Rice, or Almond)

1/2 Cup Ice

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1)

  1. Place all ingredients, except the ice cubes, into container of electric blender; Blend on high until smooth.

  2. With blender running, add 2-3 ice cubes at a time through center opening in the lid, until all ice cubes have been added.

  3. Blend until smooth; Serve immediately. (Smoothie will become thick if not consumed right away!)

  4. Drink & enjoy!

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“Summer Of The Superfood”: Quinoa (3 of 50)

The “Summer Of The Superfood” moves along, with our selection #3 of 50: QUINOA!

 

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 Quinoa is a superfood that has become nutritionally renowned for its protein content; yet while it does have a decent amount of the good stuff, it’s not actually the amount of protein that’s so impressive. Instead, it’s the type of protein. Quinoa has the perfect balance of all nine amino acids essential for human nutrition. This type of complete protein is rarely found in plant foods, though common in many types of meats.

 

 This alone would make us consider quinoa as a premier superfood on our list; but wait, there’s more! One thing that people often overlook about quinoa, is that it contains almost TWICE as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation (yikes), and also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure & diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids, and may help you to lose weight. (Quick Tip: It takes a longer time to chew quinoa than does other foods, because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense,” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food)

 

Fact Time: There are 111 calories in each 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa.

 

 In comparison to cereal grasses like wheat, quinoa is much higher in fat content, and can provide valuable amounts of heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat. Quinoa can also provide small amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Given this higher fat content, researchers initially assumed that quinoa would be more susceptible to oxidation and resulting nutrient damage; however, recent studies have shown that quinoa does not get oxidized as rapidly as might be expected given its higher fat content. This finding is GREAT news from a nutritional standpoint! In a nutshell, the processes of boiling, simmering, and steaming quinoa do not appear to significantly compromise the quality of quinoa’s fatty acids, allowing us to enjoy its cooked texture and flavor while maintaining this nutrient benefit. Food scientists have speculated that it is the diverse array of antioxidants found in quinoa—including various members of the vitamin E family like alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocopherol as well as flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol—that contribute to this oxidative protection. At Tasty25, we recommend 1/2 cup to 1 cup of cooked quinoa, along with fresh veggies and/or a lean meat protein, such as chicken; do this, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff

 

 Wanna know a few ways to incorporate quinoa into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain quinoa: