get your green on

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

Caroline's post about smoothie bowls last week inspired me, so I did a little experimenting of my own. In the summer, I like to start my weekends off extra healthy because between all the bbqs, rooftop bars, and beach trips, I'm craving greens on greens on greens by the time Sunday night rolls around. Smoothie bowls are a great way to pack in your green goodness fix for the day. For you green smoothie skeptics, as bright-green as this smoothie is, you'd never know it from the taste! Because I eat this for breakfast, I like to replace my morning cup of coffee with a pinch of matcha powder—matcha contains caffeine but doesn't leave me feeling jittery or anxious. Check out this article by Greatist to learn more about the matcha craze.

Insider scoop: even though it’s not on the Nutty Life website right now, you can order Matcha Vanilla Cashew mylk! Just place an order for Vanilla & add a note that you want it “matcha style.”

Ingredients (serves 1 hungry human)

  • 3/4 cup Simply Cashew mylk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 handful of fresh kale
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Toppings: blueberries, shredded coconut, granola

Instructions

Blend together the banana, kale, spinach, matcha, maca powder, and almond butter. Top with blueberries, coconut, and granola!

 

 

Kick-start your day with this nutritious, cacao-almond smoothie bowl

By Briana Menendez

Briana is a health food and fitness enthusiast who looks for simple ways to be healthy while navigating the demands of working at an ad agency. As part of her mission to make healthy easy, she will be guest blogging for Nutty Life! She's currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nutrition from Tufts Friedman School and has a BA in creative writing and art from Colgate University. Although she's now Boston-based, Briana grew up in Aspen, CO, where her love for a healthy, active lifestyle all began. Her favorite Nutty Life mylk is Choco Cashew.

We are going nuts for this Oh My Chai! almond mylk smoothie bowl. The creamy, rich, frozen yogurt-like texture is the perfect way to stay cool on a hot, summer morning. Not only is this delicious mix a high source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium, but it also has about 30% of your daily magnesium to help keep your immune system strong, your digestive system active, and your heart healthy. An added bonus? It’s vegan and gluten free… oh, and it will take you less than 10 minutes to make. If you prefer a savory breakfast, try it as a restorative post-workout snack—the potassium helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance and your muscles will thank you for the protein dose from the almonds and cashews.   

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Oh My Chai! almond mylk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut

Toppings

  • 4-5 Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/8 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut

Instructions

Blend together all ingredients until creamy and smooth. Pour into a bowl and have fun decorating the smoothie mix with the colorful toppings!