10 Smoothie Recipes for More Energy Every Morning

Most of us who need an extra jolt of energy in the morning, stumble into the kitchen and head straight for the coffee pot. While a great cup of coffee is always a treat, most of us need something more nourishing to start our days.

Smoothies are a quick, easy way to get vital nutrients into your diet, and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I thought I’d offer some of my personal favorite recipes that help me have more energy every morning!

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  • Green Power Smoothie
    • This smoothie recipe is brought to you from Terri, a vegetarian cafe in New York City. Full of banana, pear, kale, almond butter, and soy milk, this drink is full of vital nutrients and protein– it also just so happens to be the number 1 selling item on their entire menu. This delicious drink will keep help you start your day with amazing energy, leave you feeling fuller for longer, and is even a great way to sneak in fruits and veggies for picky eaters.

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  • Chocolate, Chia, and Banana Smoothie
    • This smoothie has some amazing nutrients with properties that are rich in omega-3s, protein, fiber, essential amino acids, antioxidants, Vitamin C, and stimulants that will keep you fueled for your day! When all these powerhouses are combined, you’re left with a smoothie that tastes like a chocolate milkshake, without the guilt inducing calories and sugar crash.

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  • Green Tea Smoothie
    • If you’re looking for a lighter smoothie that is super refreshing, this is the one for you! With green tea, honeydew, banana, almond milk, and honey, this will leave you feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to start your day.

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  • Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie
    • Who doesn’t want to start their day with a delicious and nutritious drink that tastes like everyone’s favorite popsicle? This tasty treat is the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein, and electrolytes, making it the perfect breakfast to start your day. It will be difficult to only drink one.

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  • Strawberry Spinach Smoothie
    • Spinach is a great addition to any smoothie. Not only does it change the color to a fun green tint, it also adds in veggies and iron! This smoothie contains plenty of vitamin C, helping you start you day with energy while simultaneously boosting your immune system- a win win situation.

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  • Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
    • High in fiber, low in fat, full of protein, and absolutely delicious, this smoothie makes the perfect meal to start your day. Everyone loves a great peanut butter and banana sandwich, and this smoothie is a drinkable version of just that. With yogurt, milk, banana, peanut butter, oats, and honey, this will leave you feeling full and able to face the day ahead.

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  • Rise and Shine Coffee Smoothie
    • For those of you that love starting the day with a cup of joe, here’s a smoothie recipe that lets you do that, while also being packed full of nutrients. This blend of coffee, banana, coconut milk, and coconut flakes is absolutely delicious. For added protein, toss in a scoop of your favorite protein powder or some greek yogurt!

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  • Super Energy Smoothie
    • Loaded with healthy fruits and vegetables and packed with electrolytes, this smoothie is light, refreshing, and incredibly energizing. Even kids will love to sip this smoothie. The best part about this recipe is that it makes a big batch, so make several to freeze for later on in the week, or feed the whole family a nutritious breakfast in one easy step!

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  • Raspberry Avocado Smoothie
    • While avocado might sound strange in a smoothie, trust me, they are the perfect addition. The creaminess of the avocado enhances the smoothie while loading it with good fats. This combination of raspberries, orange juice, raspberry juice, and avocado will give you the boost you need to feel energized, while pumping your body full of great nutrients to keep you stronger, longer.

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  • Breakfast Energy Smoothie
    • This simple recipe includes fruits known to boost energy, strengthen the immune system, and taste delicious. For some added nutrients, throw in a handful of spinach. The vanilla extract gives it the perfect note of sweetness, while keeping it light and healthy.

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Sip, enjoy, and have a blessed day!

25 Verses Men Need to Read

Men. Put down your phones. Turn off the TV. Grab your Bible.

Did you know that it’s predicted that this year, an average American will consume 15.5 hours of media per day? Smart phones, tablets, television, radio, the Internet… there are so many avenues speaking into our lives.

Through these we learn what to eat, what to wear, what to look like, how to act, how to speak, you name it.

What’s worse, is that just because you think you have it figured out one minute, all of these questions and their answers can, and will, literally change within minutes. One minute the media is portraying manhood as soldiers rescuing refugees, the next it’s handing out awards to Caitlyn Jenner.

What men need, is a firm base that tells them WHO they are, and WHOSE they are. They need an unwavering, pure, infallible, place to rest their heads and seek truth. They need scripture to tell them how to act, how to speak, and how to love.

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Let the Word of God shape you and mold you into the man God desires for you to be. Build your foundation on the rock of scripture, not the sand of the world.

  1. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. -1 Corinthians 16:13-14
  2. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. -Titus 2:6-7
  3. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
  4. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. -1 Timothy 6:11-12
  5. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17Depositphotos_26725747_original
  6. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. -James 5:12
  7. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13
  8. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. -Ephesians 6:4
  9. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. -Colossians 3:19
  10. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. -Proverbs 21:3Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.
  11. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. -Jeremiah 29:13
  12. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:58
  13. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. -Psalm 23
  14. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. -Ephesians 5:23
  15. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro Brazil South America The statue stands 38 m (125 feet) tall and is located at the peak of the 710-m (2330-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, overlooking the city. As well as being a potent symbol of Christianity its open arms seen by many as a testament to the warmth of the Brazilian people.
  16. Blessed is the one  who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,   and who meditates on his law day and night. -Psalm 1:1-2
  17. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. -1 Corinthians 11:3
  18. How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart;do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:9-11
  19. The Lord makes firm the steps  of the one who delights in him. -Psalm 37:23
  20. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8beach, wave and footsteps at sunset time
  21. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
  22. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. -Philippians 2:3
  23. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. -Colossians 4:6
  24. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. -1 Peter 3:13-17
  25. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. -Proverbs 18:10Depositphotos_9000768_original

Don’t Surf Naked: A Guide to Using Public Wi-fi

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Free Wi-fi is awesome, plain and simple. More and more cities are installing it, allowing their citizens to access the web at the park or local pool. It is truly a great and wonderful thing. Of course, we all know where it started… the coffee shop. There’s nothing better then wandering into your favorite coffee shop, scoring a latte, sitting down with your laptop, and freely surfing the net. Continue Reading

When the Grid Goes Dark: A Family Disaster Plan

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When it all goes down, you want to make sure that you and your family don’t go down with it. Chances are, when the grid goes dark, zombies won’t come looking for you in search of food, nor will your neighbors turn on you in an instant.

With recent commentary about Russia’s capabilities and other US threats, including our economy, it’s important to have a plan.

You could be without power for several days, if not weeks, and as such, you need to be prepared.Continue Reading

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With all the Christianity stuff being thrown around social media over the past couple of years, I wanted to clear up a few general and widespread theological misconceptions.Continue Reading

7 Easy Things Parents Should do with Children to Make Them Feel Loved

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Kids grow up quick. You don’t want to look back and realize you have missed out.

At times, it seems like you are hanging on by a thread.

For example, you take one kid to practice, and pick another child up from practice. Then there is homework to contend with, they have to be fed, and you have to play mediator when disputes arise with brothers or sisters.

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What does it Mean to be a Man? (And Happy Father’s Day!)

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I want to give all of you dads a gift in honor of you on this day that we come together as a band of brothers – but you gotta work with me a bit.

We all want to be appreciated, respected, and celebrated – especially on a day like today. But sometimes it seems so superficial and empty because the message we get the rest of the year is that we’re not good enough, we need to be fixed, and we aren’t relevant – even when we fight our hearts out to provide, protect, and lead.Continue Reading

10 KILLER Gifts Every Father Really Wants for Father’s Day…

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Fuel Your Body and Mind…With Classical Music

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If the music heard overhead at your gym isn’t help you get in shape, you’re not alone. While science has proven time and time again that music helps you get the most from a workout, the type of music that makes your workout most effective could surprise you!

Studies suggest that classical music may actually produce the best results in the gym.Continue Reading

Step Up Your Productivity Game With These 22 Efficient Apps

Let’s be honest: technology has given us a wide range of opportunities to stay idle and procrastinate. Distractions are everywhere and sometimes you can’t fight the urge to give into them. At the same time, our routine is more hectic than ever and requires us to somehow classify all those daily tasks.

Otherwise we just won’t cope with the workload.

Being productive hits the nail on the head.

  • You not only get rid of the dreaded idle habits, but also approach your to-do lists in a systematical, efficient way.
  • Productivity goes well beyond the sense of only “getting it done”.
  • It improves your overall self-esteem – after all, completing tasks leaves a feeling of accomplishment.
  • It is exactly this personal fulfillment that leads to a better communication with other people around you, including your relationship with yourself.
Here is my list of 22 productivity apps that will bring order to your life. 

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