Two Chicks and A Blender-by Mar

What do you get when you take two smoothie mixing ladies, loads of fresh, organic produce, and a Vitamix?  Two Chicks and a Blender!

WE ARE the two blend-happy chicks!…as evidenced by the quantity of blending opportunities we’ve had over the past month!  From a few of our recent events, we now have specialty smoothie recipes to share.  First, we want to update you on some of The Kitchen Remix’s recent happenings.

Earlier this fall, we had the pleasure of hosting a smoothie pop-up in Lululemon Athletica Naperville during a kid’s yoga class.  Julie Mackey, yoga master, led a huge group of little ones through a fun, hip-hop dance and yoga session.  There was great music, vibrant enthusiasm, and contagious energy.  The Kitchen Remix handed out 50 smoothies to parents and guests of the little yogis.

We also participated in another Lululemon Athletica Naperville community event.  Caroline Yasuba, runner/coach/extraordinary human being, led a group on an evening run through downtown Naperville, IL. The Kitchen Remix brought smoothies for the participants and shared some quick, easy health ideas. Caroline talked about injury prevention, and I led the runners in a post run stretch and a few core strengthening planks.  It was a synergistic combination of some of our favorite things: smoothies, running, planks, and Lululemon Athletica.

What a thrill for The Kitchen Remix to be filmed for a TV show, Chicago Healthy Living on WGN!  Recently, one of our amazing clients, Kessie Bratko, let a film crew interview us in her very clean kitchen and organized pantry.  The topic discussed centered around how making changes in the kitchen dramatically improves one’s health.  We will let you know when the show will be aired.  (When you watch it, please check out our great hair day – compliments of celebrity stylist, April Warren).

Another highlight of September was setting up a smoothie bar for a client’s baby shower.  The lovely Jenna Coghill started her party with an exercise class at The Dailey Method, Wheaton and then had over 40 guests sampling a variety of smoothies.  We enjoyed this eclectic, open-minded group of ladies.  Though some of them started with wine before lunch, we convinced ALL of them to give the green smoothies a try. They even made requests, and we adapted a few of our recipes to include (go figure) a chocolate smoothie.

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Fall’s Best Smoothies:  Each of the following recipes will make two 18 ounce smoothies.  Place recipe ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.  Enjoy both or share with a friend.

(From the Lululemon Kid’s Yoga Event)

Kid Power Smoothie

2 cups water

1 cup spinach

2 cups romaine

1 peach

5 strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blueberries

1 large carrot

1 banana

1 cup ice

 

Energizing Bliss Smoothie

2 cups water

1 cup spinach

1 cup kale

1 cup collard greens

1 cucumber, chopped

1 green apple, chopped

1 cup zucchini, chopped

1 cup squash

2 stalks celery

1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup ice

Stevia to sweeten (if desired)

 

(From Dash and Dine Running Event)

Autumn Immunity Booster

2 cups water

2 cups spinach

1 cup romaine

5 strawberries

1 honey crisp apple

1 pear

2 clementine oranges

1/2 lemon

1/2 lime

1 cup ice

 

Antioxidant Recovery Smoothie

2 cups water

4 cups mixed greens

2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries)

1 cucumber, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 lemon slices

1 cup ice

 

(from Jenna’s Party)

Daily Renewal

2 cups water

2 cups spinach

1 cup kale

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1 cup mixed berries

1 apple

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 packets stevia (optional)

 

Fatigue Fighter

2 cups water

3 cups mixed greens

1 orange, peeled and chopped

1/2 lemon

1/2 lime

3 cups strawberries

1 cup ice

 

Detox Power

2 cups water

3 cups mixed greens

1 carrot

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1 green apple

1 pear

1/2 lemon

1/2 lime

Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

 

Momma Loves Chocolate (baby does too!)

2 cups water

3 cups spinach

1 cup romaine

5 strawberries

1 tablespoon raw, organic cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 packets stevia

1 cup ice

(I often make this smoothie with a scoop of almond butter).

 

MY FAVORITES THIS MONTH:  These are some of the ingredients I having been adding to my daily green smoothies.  Be creative in your mixing.

*Pumpkin puree, sweet potatoes, and squash all give a smoothie an interesting fall twist on flavor.  I prefer to cook these veggies first before blending them, as the flavor is more mild.  Try them raw, too, if you are game. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or all-spice for variety.

*Fresh ginger adds a little zing to a basic smoothie, aids in digestion, and eases PMS symptoms.

*Try substituting 1 cup of the still water with sparkling water.  It makes the smoothie refreshing and more like a cocktail.  Add a twist of lemon or lime.

*Add citrus fruits, such as oranges or grapefruits, to your smoothie as we enter cold and flu season.  One of our readers suggested adding a packet of Emergen C (can be found in the vitamin aisle in your local grocery or pharmacy).

*Add a couple tablespoons of coconut oil or flax oil to your smoothie.  Coconut oil harnesses the antiviral and antibacterial properties of the coconut.  It also has fat-burning power.  Flax oil can help you absorb the minerals from greens better and is rich in omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.  Research has shown that flax oil’s benefits include strengthening the immune, cardiovascular, reproductive, nervous and circulatory systems.  Flaxseeds can also be blended into your smoothie to give a thicker, nuttier flavor.

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Wishing you a happy, healthy fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Caroline Yasuda
    October 16, 2012

    This is full of awesomeness!!! Two amazing women who are truly inspiring and I love that they have a blender and so much creative healthy knowledge to share. Bless you! Thank you!

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  2. Noor
    October 16, 2012

    Wow! Thanks for all the great recipes! I love how you could find a smoothie just right for you and your taste buds! I especially love the hints as we move into colder weather! I can’t wait to see you guys on the news! Congrats on all of the success and thank you for always inspiring me to try something new and make myself healthier! 🙂

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