“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”: #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 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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Homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

Take one good look at the picture below, and you’ll definitely be hungry for this new Tasty25 creation! This Homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe submitted by Andie Evans of Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, is a 25-minute meal that yields up to 10 servings of warm, creamy broccoli soup. Each 108-calorie serving is packed full of amazing nutrients, such as 5.7 grams of protein, 47% DV of Vitamin A, and a whopping 107% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C! Lunch or dinner, summer or winter, this healthy & delicious vegetarian meal is sure to satisfy your body, and your taste buds. Make sure to leave a rating & comment below once you’ve tried it, and we know you’ll enjoy! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

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Every recipe has a story! Andie shared hers with us: “I’m a huge broccoli cheddar soup fan: the creamy mix of cheese and fresh veggies just gets me every time. But store-bought soup is usually packed with preservatives and low on nutrients — not exactly conducive to my healthy eating plan. So unwilling to give up one of my food favourites, I set out to make a delicious broccoli soup that cut the calories, yet retained the flavour. And let me tell you, the results surprised even me!” –Andie

 

CALORIE COUNT: 108 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 188 grams

 

What you need:

8 Cups fresh broccoli florets

1 Cup carrot (shredded)

2/3 Cup sweet onion (diced)

2/3 Cup light cheddar cheese (shredded)

2 Cups 2% milk (May substitute for almond, coconut or soy milk)

4 Cups low-sodium chicken stock

1.5 Tbsp. olive oil

Seasoning (To taste)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 25 minutes; Servings: 8-10.)

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium-high heat, and add onions to sauté; Cook until onions are soft. (Andie’s Tip: “To increase the flavour, you can add in your favourite seasoning; I love garlic & italian seasoning!”)

  2. Next, add your chicken stock and milk to the pot; Simmer for 3-5 minutes on medium-low, until milk becomes frothy.

  3. Then add the carrots and broccoli to pot, letting the soup simmer uncovered on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until broccoli becomes soft.

  4. When broccoli becomes soft, turn off the burner, and stir in cheese; Serve hot.

  5. Eat & enjoy!

 Thanks Andie for sending in this wonderful arrangement to Tasty25 Magazine! What’s your Tasty25 creation? Send in your recipe, and be featured on Tasty25 by going to the “Submit Your Tasty25 Creation” page.

“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #2) Muscle Builder Smoothie

We continue our “Summer Smoothie Marathon” with this healthy & delicious “Muscle Builder Smoothie”! We designed this smoothie specifically for those doing strength training; it’s a really great mix of ingredients to aid in recovery, while also helping to build muscle. This 279 calorie smoothie is full of  fiber, lots of protein, calcium, iron, and Vitamins A & C, and for MAXIMUM results, make sure to consume within 2 hours of working out! (We also topped ours with yummy hemp seeds, which is natures highest source of essential botanical fatty acids, and also contains ALL 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAA’s) our bodies cannot produce; add these if you can!) Give this smoothie a try, and leave a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 279 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

1 Scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder

1 Cup chopped bananas

1/2 Cup of 2% chocolate milk (Soy, Rice, or Almond milk also work!)

1/2 Cup water

1 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 Smoothie Marathon”: #1) The Classic Weight Loss Smoothie

Our “Summer Smoothie Marathon” has begun! Each weekday in June, we’ll be releasing a new healthy & delicious smoothie from our archives; and let us tell you, they’re all AMAZING. To kick things off, here’s “The Classic Weight Loss Smoothie”! This is one of our classic smoothies for weight-loss; really low in calories, but extra-filling. It’s great to have in place of lunch or dinner as an aid to losing those unwanted pounds; and at a mere 219 calories per serving, it’s not difficult to see how. This yummy mixture is also jam packed with fiber (50% of your DV), protein (15.5 grams), calcium and Vitamin C! 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: 219 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 2 Adults

 

What you need:

1/4 Cup Chia Seeds

1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1/2 Cup Chopped Bananas

1/2 Cup Mixed Berries

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

1/2 Cup Ice

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 5 minutes; Servings: 2)

  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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Tasty25’s Nutrition Tip #5: Finding Calcium Outside of Milk!

And we’re back with another great nutrition tip for our food conscious community! Most of us know that milk is a great source of calcium; however milk and milk made products are not the only sources of getting calcium. For Tasty25 Magazine’s Nutrition Tip #5, we look inside the basics of finding natural sources of calcium outside of milk!

 

 

 Calcium is essential for healthy & strong teeth and bones, and according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “Calcium plays an important role in building stronger, denser bones early in life and keeping bones strong and healthy later in life.” So, what are some other good food sources of calcium that we can sneak into our diets outside of milk? Suprisingly, you’ll find it where you least expect! Kale, collard greens, bok choy, broccoli, and oranges are all great natural sources of calcium, along with whole grain pastas & cereals.

 The following chart comes to us from the University of Arizona’s “Bone Builders” website, a community based osteoporosis prevention education program for women and older men in Arizona. This charts gives us a look into the nutritional values of some alternative foods sources for calcium:

Black Beans
1 cup, 120 mg calcium
Navy Beans
1 cup, 130 mg calcium
Fortified Cereal
1 cup, 300 mg calcium
Soybeans, cooked
1 cup, 180 mg calcium
Spinach, cooked
1/2 cup, 130 mg calcium
Bok Choy
1/2 cup, 80 mg calcium
Kale, cooked
1/2 cup, 90 mg calcium
Corn Tortilla
1, 6 inch, 50 mg calcium
Greens, mustard
1/2 cup, 100 mg calcium
Fortified Orange Juice
1 cup, 300 mg calcium
Canned Salmon w/bones
3 oz, 180 mg
Fortified Cereal
1 cup, 300 mg
Waffle, fortified
1, 150 mg
Soy milk, fortified
1 cup, 400 mg
Greens, mustard
1/2 cup, 100 mg
Tofu
1 cup, 40 mg
Almonds
2 oz., 150 mg
Oysters
3 oz., 80 mg

 Below we’ve also included the recommended daily intakes of calcium, along with the ago bracket associated with each one. Make sure to get the proper intakes of calcium daily to avoid deficiencies & to ensure maximum absorbance!

 

Recommended Daily Calcium Intake (Age)

Calcium (mg/day)

0–6 months

200

7–12 months

260

1–3 years

700

4–8 years

1000

9–18 years

1300

19–50 years

1000

51–70 years (male)

1000

51–70 years (female)

1200

71+ years

1200

For more information, visit the University of Arizona’s “Bone Builders” website at:  http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/fcs/bb/nondairy.htm

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