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Creamy Watercress Smoothie

Hey, friends!

How are you tonight? I’m doing well! This mornings workout was another HIIT workout. I did a similar tabata warm-up to Tuesday’s, then followed it with a quick 12 minute workout. I was in a time crunch…

12 rounds of 50 second intervals with 10 second rest:

dive bombers

-heavy bag high kicks

-lunge and forward kick

boat to low boat [<—legs & upper body hover 2 inches from ground]

I followed that with a quick triceps workout.

-overhead rope triceps extension

-single arm cable press-down

^3 sets of each to fail

I finished up on the decline bench for some seated abdominal twists and a few roll-ups, stretched and called it a day.

Let’s talk about watercress today…

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(photo source)

Watercress is the superfood that typically gets the shaft. We don’t talk about it enough! This amazing little leafy veggie (in some places they consider it an herb) is loaded with cancer fighting antioxidants and heart disease fighting nutrients! Its rich in iron, calcium, iodine, sulfur, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamins C and A, folic acid and other phytonutrients. Watercress is a natural antibiotic and it also is works wonders for thyroid health!

I like to try and rotate my greens in my smoothies, but have never thought to add watercress, until today. I have used it in soups or on sandwiches in the past and I like it. I wasn’t sure how it would do in my post-workout beverage but it was delicious!

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Oh, and as per Alisa’s recommendation I made CASHEW MILK! I followed the same method I do for all my nut milks, almost identical to the walnut milk method but I used 4 cups of water, not 4 1/2. Cashews make much less pulp than almonds or walnuts, or brazil nuts. It’s SO creamy, delicious, and it’s now a close second with hemp seed milk. I think cashew milk is winning though. Amazing!!!

So I decided to use my fresh batch of cashew milk in today’s smoothie…

 

{it was really gloomy today so I struggled to get the best shot}

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Creamy Watercress Smoothie

The Fitness Dish

ingredients:

-1 bunch of watercress

-1 frozen banana

-scoop of vanilla protein (I used Jay Robb egg white protein)

-1 1 /2 cups cashew milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)

-2 TBS hemp seeds (or 1 T ground flax, optional)

-a couple of ice cubes

method:

place all ingredients in a blender on high, serve and enjoy!

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Have a great night!!!

Do you use watercress? What’s your favorite way??? Recipes welcomed!

 

xo

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply Lisa@Healthy Diaries

    I’ve had watercress before, but don’t normally purchase it! Thanks for explaining why it’s so go for you. It definitely sparked my interest!
    That cashew milk looks so good. Cashews are my favorite nuts so I know I would love it. Going to make some this weekend!!

    January 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply laury

      You girls HAVE to make it in your Vita you will looove it!

      January 27, 2012 at 12:08 am
  • Reply The Delicate Place

    love watercress, i used to use it in soup! random story: i had a plant taxonomy class in college and our labs would be to go out to reserve or park areas and collect and identify foliage. we harvested a crap ton of watercress off a pond, came back and cleaned & ate salads of it haha. it was cheap eats!

    January 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      That’s so cool! Ha! Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

      January 27, 2012 at 12:09 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Your workout looks harder than mine 🙂
    I am not a huge fan of watercress—but I do love the nutritional aspect, so the smoothie I make with it has grapes, and watercress together.

    I wanna make cashew milk!!!

    January 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes you couldn’t even taste it in this smoothie. I don’t mind watercress, and usually like something more when it’s really good for me…never thought to mix it with grapes!

      You will love cashew milk!

      January 27, 2012 at 12:10 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Watercress definitely doesn’t get enough recognition! I usually just use it in salads …but not enough! Usually bc it’s pricey. But yes, SO so good for us!

    January 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Krystle {Fierce|Fabulous|Fit}

    Interesting!! I should try watercress… what does it taste like??

    btw- just started following you via bloglovin and I like it here!! 🙂

    January 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Kat

    NEVER tried that one before! It doesnt sound like itd be very appetizing, but then again Im judging it based on its name. Maybe I shouldnt do that 😉
    Great workout!

    January 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    this reminds me i have not had watercress in months. i do like but it is so expensive for just a little. 🙁
    love making different types of nut/seed milks. my fav is pumpkin seed milk!

    January 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Kris | iheartwellness.com

    Oooo I’ve never had watercress before, but this sounds amazing!!!!! Girl, if I could eat banana’s right now without my skin hating me, I would rock this!!

    How do you keep your skin so glowing?! Skin Care tips or Routine…spill the beans!!

    xxoo

    January 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Kristi Rimkus

    Watercress is so affordable around my neck of the woods. I would never have thought to add it to a smoothie. Thanks for the tip!

    January 29, 2012 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Oh my goodness I made a smoothie this morning really similar –

    1 frozen banana
    1 scoop vanilla protein
    few icecubes
    spoonful of flaxseeds
    some soy milk
    1 avocado
    and

    a WHOLE BUNCH of watercress.

    Now I am used to using spinach or maybe kale in my smoothies so I put loads of greens but this one with the watercress is SO WEIRD I felt like I must have made a big mistake!!! – it’s like a pleasant banana taste at first then morphs into this intense peppery green watercress taste, so odd. I wondered if anyone else had made something like it. Now I see you have, and I wasn’t crazy!! But I just must have gone way overboard on the watercress.

    Anyway you’ve encouraged me to stick to my guns and try to down it – I’ll just pretend its a medicinal ritual!!
    Thanks!

    September 16, 2014 at 6:58 am
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