Posts tagged ‘pineapple’

July 25, 2013

Green Superfood Smoothie

A go to combination of mine. The pineapple adds all the sweetness you need and you will have boundless energy after blending. I am a self professed coffee addict, there is nothing like coffee that gets my gears running after a night of restless sleep, but this green smoothie competes with how much it wakes me up.


2 cups spinach, baby leaves, or 1 cup frozen spinach, lightly thawed

2 tablespoons of chia gel (chia seeds soaked in water or coconut water for several hours, good to have on hand in the fridge, and lasts a week!)

3 pineapple rings, or 1 cup pineapple chunks

1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh

1 teaspoon spirulina

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons goji berries


Blend well and enjoy!



May 21, 2013

Kale Mint Smoothie

With the help of pineapple, this little guy is refreshing and sweet.


1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup pineapple juice or coconut water

1 cup kale, stems removed, washed and torn into pieces

A couple sprigs of mint, depending on how minty you like your smoothie

2 pineapple rings, I usually use the canner version for convenience

1/2 cup blueberries


Blend and adore the minty sweetness of this green smoothie!




May 14, 2013

Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen

May 7, 2013

The All Fruit Smoothie

Just the power of fruit and this smoothie will have you at your fruit limit for the day. If this one gets to thick, a couple tablespoons of water should do the trick.


3 rings pineapple, I use canned but I am trying to limit the food I buy in cans, so fresh would be ideal here

1 cup frozen or fresh berries

3 tablespoons water

1 banana, sliced

1 clementine, skin removed, sliced into small pieces


Blend and enjoy! Top with chia seeds for some added wow.

April 8, 2013

Blueberry Pineapple Green Pops

A pop you don’t need to feel guilty for.


1 cup spinach

1 up blueberries, frozen

1 cup pineapple juice

2 pineapple rings

1 tablespoon chia seeds


Blend all ingredients and freeze mixture in popsicle molds. Freeze for 3 hours minimum.



March 27, 2013

The Black Swan

This one is inspired by a cocktail, but hey this is the most antioxidant filled juice I have come up with in a while. There’s a smoothie version to for all of you guys that like smoothies over juices or for those who don’t have a juicer!


2 cups fresh blackberries

1 wedge or 2 wedges lemon, depending on how much you love lemon

1 beet, skin removed, washed 

1 apple


JUICE ME. Best when you drink this as soon as possible after it’s made but put in a mason jar filled to the top if you want to keep it for a day. I would drink this within 24 hours.


1 1/2 cups coconut water

3 tablespoons almond milk, unsweetened

5 almonds

1 cup frozen blackberries

1 tablespoon coconut oil. melted

1/2 cup pineapple chunks


Blend me.



March 26, 2013

Quinoa Polenta Pizza Bites

This is the fastest dinner for those days you just want to do something other than cook. From start to finish, these are ten minutes. Great with a kale massaged salad or spinach and some nice shavings of Parmesan Reggiano and tomatoes, with a touch of balsamic. These work better on a stove than baked, and most students have access to a kitchen in their dorms, so hopefully these let you do the whole easy eating on a budget and quickly thing. I feel the pain of the college student. As someone who loves to cook, it wasn’t very realistic for me to prep meals throughout the week, and using a meal plan quickly backfired. It was extremely difficult to find healthy choices. Even the salads were extremely processed and low quality. For someone who didn’t have  car, I had to rely on other people going to the grocery store to pick up something healthy, and even then the easiness of a green smoothie or a green juice in the morning wasn’t always realistic.

Cooking has been a learning process for me, and there have been many mistakes along the way. My tastebuds have changed throughout the years as well, which has inspired me to cook more with veggies I wouldn’t normally give a chance to. I am happy though that I had this revelation at a young age, rather than waiting till I was 42 and realizing I was giving my body, the only one I have, the worst treatment.

From the melty cheese to the tangy tomato sauce, to the precut quinoa polenta slices, these soak up all that cheesy pizza flavor that screams comfort and nostalgia. I don’t know what it is about pizza, but it is one of my favorite foods. Maybe it is because it is the perfect vessel to showcase beautiful veggies covered in a light blanket of awesome sauce, or maybe it is because it is a childhood staple, but these do not disappoint.


Serves 2

1/2 package quinoa polenta, I found this prepackaged, which is why it is such a fast meal

1/2 cup tomato sauce, (I used a jar for this mostly because I don’t love anything drenched in tomato sauce, but please adjust according to your tastes)

1/2 cup low fat mozzarella, or regular shredded mozzarella (Get the block and shred yourself if you have the time, always tastes better)

1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 3 fresh basil leaves

Turkey bacon, optional

Sautéed mushrooms, optional

Turkey pepperoni, optional

Pineapple chunks, optional

Sliced sautéed ham, cold cuts, optional

Soy chorizo or turkey sausage, optional

Freshly cracked black pepper

Parmesan cheese, optional


Pan saute the quinoa polenta, sliced.If you don’t want to use oil to sauté them, feel free to wet sauté with some veggie or chicken broth. After you have a good sear on both sides, about three or four minutes on medium heat, top with warmed tomato sauce and your desired toppings. This can be really fun because you can make individual polenta pizzas and make this for a crowd if you want. Everyone is different about pizza, but if you ask me, the best way to have this is margarita style. But I am a mushroom fan as well and that also settles a craving like no other.




February 5, 2013

Green Glowing Juice

Another winner! This one is crisp, clean, and oh so refreshing! I wish my juicer did not take so much time to clean because it makes my hectic mornings a bad time to make a freshly prepared juice! I have been sticking to my blueberry pineapple raw almond butter spinach combination and it has served me well! There is nothing like some great freshly pressed juices after work and yoga and now some classes I have been taking. My whole family has been benefiting from it and we have had a lot of fun trying new juices together. It is my new goal two make as many as possible so that I don’t get bored with them throughout the week. In other useless accomplishments that make me very happy, I have nailed my makeup routine to 10 minutes or less and I wear way less of it, and I can sleep in in the morning (for me sleeping in is maybe 7:15am) because I got a to go smoothie cup. I simply blend and pour and then I am out to the door to catch my train. Hope you guys like this juice as much as I do!

Green Glowing Juice

1 bunch dinosour kale

1 apple

1 pear

2 springs mint

2 pineapple rings


Juice and rock your life.








February 1, 2013

Blueberry Pineapple Green Smoothie

This is hands down one of my favorite breakfast smoothies, I have had it for the last three days. I think I saw a pin on Pinterest about how good blueberries and pineapples are together and I had to try it for myself. This is delicious! The coconut water adds a great, refreshing taste and the color is a pretty indigo.


1 cup baby spinach leaves

2 pineapple rings (I used canned because it’s easier and I like the juice)

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 tablespoons unsweetened soymilk

1 cup coconut water

1 tablespoon raw almond butter


Blend and enjoy!


January 11, 2013

Green Tea Green Monster Smoothie

This is your basic green smoothie with the punch from green tea, that you will notice but in a subtle way. I am rushing in the mornings most of the time so I take mine to go.


1 cup green tea, chilled (great to do this step the night before)

1/2 cup chopped apple

1/2 cup pineapple, diced

1/2 cup pear, diced

1 cup baby spinach leaves or 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed

Herbs, for toxin detoxification (parsley is a safe bet and so is cilantro)


Blend and pour into your container of choice or drink it immediately! Try to consume within two hours if you are taking it to go.