“The Meryl Streep”

This light smoothie, much like Meryl, is versatile, delicious, and a universal crowd pleaser. Also like Meryl, it’s my mom’s favorite. I personally love it for breakfast,(paired with a green tea,) but it makes for a great poolside snack as well. Tastes best when paired with a bowl of watermelon and a tiny umbrella ūüôā

The Meryl Streep

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1 cup frozen peaches

1/4 cup filtered water

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup your favorite pure fruit juice (I use Ceres Boisenberry.)

If you happen to have mango on hand, ADD IT. Swoon. Not a necessity but SO GOOD. 

Sprinkle finished product with pomegranate seeds or 1 tsp of chia seeds for a little crunch.

stay badass ‚̧

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“The Mindy Kaling” -Sweet Tooth Smoothie

Much like what my parents say about me, this smoothie was the best accident that ever happened. I was out of ingredients for my usual sweet tooth stopper, so i decided to just scavange around my house for whatever i could find. What ensued was possibly the second best thing i ever did by accident, (the first best thing ¬†was this one time, while i was trying to find the newest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, i accidentally clicked on “The Mindy Project,” and stumbled upon my Guru.) Actually, much like Mindy this smoothie is sweet, quirky, and dressed in a smokin shade of pink-purple. It also couldn’t care less about convention (the ingredients get weird.) Try reaching for this as a dessert option instead of that bowl of ice cream, and your system (and abs, actually,) will be singing your praises.

So without further ado, i present to you, dolls, the Mindy Kaling (Omg, celebrity named smoothies? I feel a theme coming on…)

The Mindy Kaling

Handful Frozen Strawberries

(BIG) Handful Frozen blueberries

Half a Banana

Pure 100 percent Pomegranite Juice

As much kale as your brave heart desires

Half a Cup Ceres- Litchee Pear Juice**- If you don’t know what this is, close the laptop you’re on right now and smack yourself over the head with it. This is the best line of juices ever to be created, as they never ever add sugar and its just fresh fruit purees and juices. No added anything. They are swoon-worthy alone, and UNREAL when artfully used in a smoothie.

**If you don’t have access to this, i would use fresh pear or maybe a pure mango juice. Something with a high natural sugar content.

Top with Unsalted Slivered Almonds for a little craving-smack-down protein kick.

Try not to pass out from the sugary perfection.

Stay badass,

Leah

“The Beyonce”

One of my most favorites, i call this smoothie “The Beyonce,” due to it’s timeless, simplistic elegance and it’s ability to make you feel like the Queen Bee herself. One sip of this and you won’t care whether or not there’s a ring on it…smoothies are the only love you need. ¬†This is my go to breakfast or post gym snack, and even my junk food junkie friends lap it up.

The Beyonce:

About one cup liquid base of your choice ( I use coconut water, but almond milk, regular water, or really whatever floats your boat will do. It’s a really flexible recipe.)

One cup Kale (You won’t taste it, i promise.)

1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries

1/4 avocado- (You wont taste it, but it makes this TO DIE FOR creamy consistency and adds a little calorie-good fat value.)

One cup frozen mixed berries (Try to get the ones that the ONLY ingredients are frozen mixed berries.)

Half a fresh banana (I usually eat the other half during smoothie prep. )

A drizzle of honey

Optional add ins:

Chia seeds- (for protein, usually my after-gym add in.)

Extra ice- (For more of a slushie, less of a smoothie consistency. Not my cup of tea but little kids seem to prefer it this way.)

I usually top it with pomegranate seeds and fresh raspberries for a little crunch and antioxidant boost. Swoon.

Stay badass!!

Screw Diamonds, Smoothies are a Girl’s Best Friend

Ohhh smoothies. Revered by all as the ultimate “fit girl food,” these low cal, high nutrient, dessert-like masterpieces are something i might be just a little bit TOO passionate about. They also happen to be the ¬†unsung heroes of nutritional value. No matter how much credit they get, no matter how many instagram accounts are dedicated solely to the purpose of worshiping them, they will always be underrated to me. As someone who, to put it lightly, sucks at eating, i will be forever in the debt of these lovely little nourishment super drinks. Because of the blending process, the nutrients are all ready to be absorbed by your body, without you poor gut having to do any of the dirty work. They also have the benefit of giving you all the energy of a full meal (when done right,) without any of the belly ache or time consumption. Don’t get me wrong, i am a TOTAL foodie. I love food. I’ve had romantic feelings towards chocolate before that far surpass anything i’ve felt for another human. But on those days when i want to feel like a rockstar, hit the gym, ace the exam, and come out swinging, it’s all about the blend for me. SO, without further ado, i present to you the section of my blog dedicated to my one true love. Smoothies. I intend to add new recipes on the daily, (as i discover them,) and also post my classics for specific symptoms or goals. Whether it’s curing a headache, shedding a few pounds, shedding more then a few pounds, gaining a few pounds, fixing a mood, a little detox or just a craving, there’s a smoothie for it. And i intend to master them all.

Every day (hopefully,) you’ll see a new smoothie recipe added to the drop list. ¬†Explore away, sparklemice. Revel in that smoothie feeling.

Stay badass,

Leah