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Making healthy smoothies are easy! And, the best part is, you already have the ingredients to make one in your kitchen!

Over the years my wife and I have gone through several morning rituals. We went through a toast and jam phase, a coffee phase, we bought an expensive juicer and did the juicing phase, but the one that’s stuck around and stood the test of time has been making healthy smoothies with our blender every morning. It’s the easiest and the healthiest way to start your day off right.

I’ve included a few of my favorite recipes below but feel free to get creative! Anyone can make a healthy smoothie with three simple ingredients. Here is a list to get you started, but again, feel free to experiment with different combinations and add to this list as needed.


Step 1: Add a Liquid

The base of your smoothie is the liquid. Liquids like milk and Coconut milk are great options because thy add an extra boost of protein.  You should avoid juice if possible because of all that added sugar. Milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Fruit Juice, and Vegetable Juice are great ways to start off a healthy smoothie.

Step 2: Add Produce

This is where the majority of your vitamins and minerals will come from so the more ingredients you can pack in the better. Raw and fresh is the key here but purchasing a bag of frozen berries or kale is a sure way to have smoothie ingredients on hand when you need them.

Kale, Spinach, Blue Berries, Strawberries, Black Berries, Mango, Banana, Orange, Tangerine, Cucumber, Beats, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Coconut Pulp, Avocado, Carrots, Fennel, Sea Vegetables, Zucchini, and Tomatoes are loaded with nutrients and break down well in blenders.


Step 3: Add a Protein

Adding protein to your smoothie will help you feel full and keep you from snacking a half hour later. Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Coconut Milk, Flax Seeds, Seaweed, Oats, Chia Seeds, Milk, Yogurt (unsweetened is best), Pumpkin Seeds, Quinoa, Raw Egg, Soy Milk, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Nibs, along with a mile long list of available protein powders.  

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Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Here is a shortlist of some of my favorite smoothies.   Banana Ginger 1 Banana, sliced ¾ c (6 oz) Vanilla Yogurt 1 Tbsp Honey ½ tsp Freshly Grated Ginger   Morning Sunrise 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Strawberries 1/2 Banana Pulp of 1 Avocado 1 Cup Low-fat Milk Honey, if desired   The Blue Banana 1¼ Cup Light Soy Milk ½ Cup Loose-pack Blueberries ½ Banana, Sliced 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract   Banana And Almond Butter My favorite one is also the simplest. 1 Banana 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) 2 cups of milk [post_title] => Healthy Smoothies To Start Your Day Off Right [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => healthy-smoothies-to-start-your-day-off-right [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-03-19 14:49:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-03-19 21:49:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.ecocaters.com/?p=9000 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )
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Eco Caters, your Los Angeles wedding catering and event design team, kicked off our first wedding of 2015! Take a looksy!

Cortney and Alec tied the knot in style with a soft pallet of pink and violet colors, finished with elegant details. The bride stunned guests with her backless wedding dress, designed by Katie May, while the groom could have made the cover of a men’s fashion magazine in his dapper suit and unique cufflinks by Steampunk Luxury. The wedding was a relaxing affair with infectious dance music by DJ Haute Mobile Disco and delicious locally sourced food by our Los Angeles wedding caterers.

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During cocktail hour our Head Chef, Rob, served a fun and savory parade of finger-foods fresh from the kitchen. Our Los Angeles wedding catering team tray passed our crowd-pleasing Grass Fed Beef Sliders with smoked cheddar and our special house cured bacon. Guests also raved over our Seared Tuna with Citrus Slaw and a yummy Chicken -N- Waffle drizzled with sweet maple syrup.

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Cortney and Alec, thank you for choosing Eco Caters as your Los Angeles wedding caterer, and for sharing your special day with our team! We would also like to give a special thanks to B&G Photographer for sharing these beauitiful wedding photos with us. If you’d like to see more photos from Cortney and Alec’s wedding or to see more weddings from B&G Photography please visit their website B&G Photography.

If you are interested in having Eco Caters at your next wedding or special occasion, we encourage you to reach out to us!  Our friendly team can create a custom menu for your budget and your tastes. Everything we serve is made with love, using the freshest locally sourced and organic ingredients.

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Los Angeles Wedding Catering: Eco Caters

Los Angeles Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe

Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: B&G Photography

Los Angeles Wedding Flowers: Oak & the Owl

Los Angeles Wedding Gown and Veil: Katie May

Los Angeles Wedding Pearl Halo: Handmade by Sara Kim

Los Angeles Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Los Angeles Wedding Reception Dress: John Zack

Los Angeles Wedding DJ: Haute Mobile Disco

Los Angeles Wedding Cake: Eat Cake Cafe

Los Angeles Wedding Lighting: Stage Lab

Los Angeles Wedding Photo Booth: Paper Moon Vintage

Los Angeles Wedding Hair & Makeup: Mandy Perez

Los Angeles Wedding Groom Suit: District Homme by Deborah Sabet

Los Angeles Wedding Wedding Band: Christian Bauer

Los Angeles Wedding Cuff Links: Steampunk Luxury

Los Angeles Wedding Shoes: Boss by Hugo Boss

Los Angeles Wedding Bride and Groom Gifts: Little Okins
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Fruits-and-veggies

While March brings forth Women's History Month and the Youth Art Month, it also offers our first burst of fresh and in-season fruits and vegetables of the year.

Why the importance on "seasonal" fruits and vegetables?

While one can can always find tomatoes, leafy greens, and essential fruits at the local grocery store, it does not always mean that it's "fresh." That limp head of lettuce may not have been grown nearby.  It may have traveled thousands of miles across the globe and picked over a week before landing in your fridge.  By this time these delicate living organisms have diminished in nutritional value, and flavor.

The main benefit of eating local, in-season produce, is the gift of maximum nutrition. In addition, you are investing in, and supporting, your community by purchasing from local farmers. Lastly, you drastically reduce your carbon footprint by not having your food shipped across the continent.

Lastly, purchasing in season fruits and vegetables just taste better!  They are fresh so they are typically riper and more crisp than products that sat in a crate for days on end.  Some of the best places to pick these in season fruits and vegetables is at your neighborhood farmers market.  It'll give you a chance to compare freshness from different farms, and also give you the chance to talk directly with the growers.

Here are a list of 20 in-season fruits and vegetables you should add to your grocery list for the month of March.

1.  Carrots 

2.  Brussels Sprouts 

3.  Pears

4.  Artichokes

5.  Grapefruit

6.  Oranges

7.  Tangerines

8.  Lemons

9.  Celery

10.  Apples

11.  Cabbage

12.  Strawberries

13.  Asparagus

14.  Broccoli

15.  Spinach

16.  Greens

17.  Potatoes

18.  Beets 

19.  Cauliflower

20. Radishes

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Local, Organic Catering

At Eco Caters we strive to produce the most flavorful cuisine for every event while upholding very high standards with regards to quality and eco-consciousness.  We do so in many ways but primarily by catering organic food bought directly from local organic Southern California, Virginia and Maryland farms, depending on the location of your event.  In addition to organic catering we try to minimize our impact on the earth by composting our scraps and using that compost to grow organic herbs and vegetables.  We also use hybrid cars for delivery, reuse scrap paper, refer our clients to other “green” minded vendors and we never waste any food.  We specialize in weddings, corporate functions and private events of all sizes.  Our cuisine is a blend of California fresh mixed with French, Cajun and Southern flavors to bring to your senses a new experience that we know you will love.

Although we are extremely environmentally conscious and waste very little, we believe that we can always do more.  That is why we have plans to build out a completely green kitchen in each city that we offer catering, purchase bio-diesel vans for delivery running off of our own used vegetable oil and go 100% paperless.  In addition we are involved in community projects that will plant organic gardens throughout Southern California, Virginia and Maryland and educate the public on growing and eating organic food.  Catering organic food for community events will be our way of giving back and raising awareness for the necessity of local organic farms.  Please contact us for more information on upcoming community events in which we would appreciate your involvement and support.  Organic catering is only the start and we hope that you will join us in our journey to support our local organic farms and our community.

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