Strawberry Basil Smoothie + Green Blender Review [Part 1]

Green Blender Strawberry Basil Smoothie

Okay, first off, yep that's a spinach leaf for garnish instead of basil, but hey - I needed a sprig of green for the pics and didn't think to save a basil leaf until it was too late.  What can ya do?  =P Second, smoothies!  That exclamation point is sincere, but let me tell you, I'm not really a do-it-yourself-er when it comes to smoothies.  Sure, I like the occasional protein shake or fruit smoothie at home, but I don't really make that many smoothies for myself on a regular basis.  I never know what to put in them, and I also don't want to buy a tremendous amount of ingredients only to have them go bad a week later because I shoved them in the fridge drawer and forgot about them (please tell me that happens to you too...?).  Well, insert Green Blender.

Green Blender is a weekly smoothie delivery service that provides you with all the produce, vegetables, and inclusions to make 5 different smoothies per week.  Most of the ingredients are labeled (see picture below) and come in pre-portioned baggies or containers, complete with a little recipe guide for each one.  For my review, I'll be posting about each smoothie individually, and today's smoothie is Strawberry Basil.  As you can see from the ingredients below, there are way more ingredients in this one than just strawberries, basil, and ice.  Walnuts added in some healthy fats and the goji berries (which I've never actually seen in person before!) are rich in beta-carotene.  The pineapple and tomatoes added a bit more tartness, too.

Green Blender ingredients

The smoothie was DELICIOUS and super easy to make.  Seriously, Green Blender takes all the guess work out of making a smoothie.  Since everything is pre-portioned for you, all you do (after washing the produce) is place it all in a blender, add in the right amount of liquid and ice, and bam!  Smoothie.  All the ingredients for this one fit nicely in my single-serve blender, too, which is handy for whipping up a quick snack and taking it on the go.  Keep reading for the recipe and a special DISCOUNT on Green Blender deliveries for blog readers!

Green Blender Strawberry Basil Smoothie

Strawberry Basil Smoothie Recipe

Green Blender Strawberry Basil Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 oz grape tomatoes
  • 3 oz strawberries (about 5-6 small ones)
  • 4 oz pineapple chunks
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp goji berries
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Wash and prepare all fresh produce
  • Combine all ingredients in blender, add water and ice, and blend on high until smooth.  (Note: Green Blender recommends blending liquids and greens together for 1 minute, then adding remaining ingredients and blending until smooth.  I just combined everything in the order listed, which worked fine as well.)
  • Enjoy!

Special DISCOUNT for blog readers!

Yep, that's right!  You guys are all getting a 20% discount on Green Blender orders using this link, or the code INFITNESS at checkout.  A week of Green Blender will run you $49, so I'm super pumped to give you this discount (that's a free smoothie right there!).  I think Green Blender is a pretty awesome service, especially for people like me who want to jump on the smoothie bandwagon, but don't have the time or recipe creation abilities to do so.  I hope you take advantage of it and stay tuned for 4 more delicious smoothie recipes in the coming weeks!

Readers: chat with me!  Are you on the smoothie (or smoothie bowl) bandwagon?  What are your favorite combinations?  Have you ever heard of Green Blender?  Have you ever tried a food delivery service like this before?  If not, is it something that interests you?

Disclosure: I was gifted a smoothie box from Green Blender to review here on the blog.  All opinions (as always!) are my own.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ambronite Dessert Smoothie

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ambronite Dessert Smoothie

Chocolate + peanut butter = dessert made in heaven (right?!  Who's with me?).  A lot of dessert smoothies and chocolate-PB combos are chock full of sugar, though, and don't pack much of a nutritional punch.  Enter this Ambronite Dessert Smoothie.  Ambronite is a meal replacement  powder that I've recently discovered and have been loving as an addition to shakes and smoothies.  (Read my first review here, and second Ambronite smoothie bowl recipe here.)  

This smoothie is full of nutritious and delicious ingredients like chocolate almond milk, banana, greek yogurt, and the Ambronite powder.  It's high in protein, fiber, and potassium, low in sugar, and has no artificial sweeteners.  And for anyone out there following a gluten-free diet, it's a perfect dessert for you!  Keep reading for the recipe, and get ready for drinkable dessert heaven. 

Dark Chocolate PB Ambronite Dessert Smoothie

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ambronite Dessert Smoothie

Dark Chocolate PB Ambronite Dessert Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and cut into segments (for easier blending)
  • 1/2 packet Ambronite
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 5.3-oz vanilla greek yogurt (I'm a huge fan of Dannon Oikos Triple Zero - much less sugar than other brands)
  • 2 spoonfuls peanut butter (I used Teddie Smooth unsalted - obsessed!)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate almond milk
  • 4 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Combine all ingredients in blender in order listed above
  • Blend on high ("smoothie" setting if you have one) until smooth and ice cubes are crushed
  • Pour into glass and top with shaved dark chocolate or peanut butter swirl
  • Enjoy!
  • Note: this recipe makes about 2 large servings.  If you have extra, store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a day (after a day, it starts solidifying and isn't as smooth).

Plus a reader discount on Ambronite orders!

Use code INFITINHEALTH10 to get 10% off all orders of Ambronite!  That's a free packet of the good stuff right there.  Enjoy!

Readers: chat with me!  Are you a huge fan of the peanut butter and chocolate combo?  Do you make dessert smoothies often?  What ingredients do you use?  What are some of your favorite healthy desserts?

High Fiber Coconut Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

High Fiber Coconut Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

Delicious breakfast alert!  Who out there LOVES muffins, particularly blueberry muffins??  I'm a sucker for a fluffy sweet-yet-tart blueberry muffin every now and then, but the ones you get at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts are loaded with fat, added sugar, and preservatives - not an ideal healthy breakfast. 

This homemade version uses coconut flour for a sight coconut-y flavor, and flaxseed meal as a vegetable oil replacement for more fiber and less fat.  They also use delicious ripe blueberries that are the perfect combo of tart and sweet.  I got these bluebs at Whole Foods the other day during their blueberry sale (50% off now through 2/9!) and I honestly think they're some of the best store-bought blueberries I've tasted in a long time.  I have quite a few left over after making these muffins, so I think another blueberry recipe is in order (or maybe another batch of these?).  In the meantime, I'll keep snacking on these muffins for breakfast.  (Delicious idea: warm them up in the toaster oven or microwave with a little butter... yum!)

High Fiber Coconut Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

High Fiber Coconut Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

High Fiber Coconut Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups skim or low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 6 Tbsp water (combined)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Truvia sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • GF OPTION: substitute 1 cup coconut flour (or GF flour of choice) for pastry flour
  • DAIRY-FREE OPTION: substitute soy, almond, or cashew milk for skim milk, and same flaxseed meal recipe to replace the egg

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400˚.  Grease bottom and sides of 12-count muffin tin, or use paper muffin cups
  • Combine flaxseed meal and water together and let sit for 2 minutes (this serves as your substitute for 2 Tbsp vegetable oil)
  • While flaxseed meal is thickening, combine milk, applesauce, egg, and vanilla into a large bowl
  • After flaxseed meal has set, combine into wet ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder, Truvia, and salt
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined
  • Gently add blueberries into the batter
  • Pour batter into muffin cups, leaving about 1/2" room to rise
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden and knife comes out clean

Readers: chat with me!  Do you like blueberry muffins?  What other blueberry recipes do you make?  Do you like your blueberries on the tart side or sweeter?  (I like mine tart.)  Do you shop at Whole Foods often?  If you do, what are your must-haves? 

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, however I did receive a gift card from Whole Foods Market Albany in order to purchase ingredients for this recipe.  As always, everything stated here, including this recipe, is my own.