Fuel for the Body: Groovy Fruity Smoothie

This is a third in a series of posts celebrating whole food – fresh food and creative ways to prepare it as fuel for your body.  


I have a confession to make, I\’m in love with my VitaMix. It is definitely the most used appliance in our household. My husband has this coffee drink that I\’m saving for a later post and I am addicted to smoothies. Why do you ask? Because you can pack all the nutrition you need in the blender zip it up in minutes you have a full meal that is so tasty that keeps you satisfied and helps recovery from any exercise that you may have just tackled that morning.


What goes in the smoothie:

Ginger – slice it up ahead of time and keep it in a freezer bag in the freezer and just pop in as much as you like. I am a ginger fan so this is a necessity and makes all the difference in the world to have that taste of ginger.

Coconut water: so much goodness in coconut water!  I love it!

Fresh Frozen Fruit: I Buy my fruit fresh and then freeze it in Tupperware containers.

Pineapple strawberries and even bananas frozen are great to add in. You can freeze grapes and blueberries and just about any fruit including watermelon that may be left over from some fruit bowl you made. I don\’t like to buy the frozen fruit in the store because they usually add sugar so be careful to read the labelsFresh fruit: I always toss in a banana and a whole apple, nectarine, or an orange.

Orange juice or Almond milk. If I don\’t use a whole orange in the vita mix are use orange juice. Or I use unsweetened almond milk.

Other fun food-stuff: I like to try Goji berries or kale or any other superfood. I am not a big green smoothie person so I throw in a little kale for the added nutrition.

Protein Powder: you can use vanilla protein and it doesn\’t change the taste of the fruit so it is my go to for protein. There are lots of brands to try but my favorite is… Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Vanilla Ice Cream Protein 🙂 

There you go! Whip it up in your vita mix add a stainless steel straw and it tastes like a strawberry shake! Amazing, tasty, replenishes your body with fuel you need to recover and feel good.  A great breakfast to start your day or a drink mid day to fight those afternoon lulls.

There are so many different things to try – different smoothie recipes out there – hope you try this one and share your version or favorite below in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by! 


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Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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