Tropical Green Smoothie

I’m new to this whole “green” obsession.  The green drinks, smoothies, Kale chips, etc.  I just can’t fully commit to it.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love green veggies but I just can’t get myself to remember to put kale in my smoothies or my zucchini in my brownies.  It just isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I’m thinking with my sweet tooth.

It's not easy being green!

It’s not easy being green!

In my second or third attempt to jump on this green bandwagon, I made Dave and I smoothies for breakfast and finished them off with a pop of green.  And as it turns out, a little green will do the trick.  (It’s so pretty too!)  This one even got the good ol’ Dave Stamp of Approval so we might have to make this one a habit.

Tropical Green Smoothie

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 6oz contanier of Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt

1-2 Cups Spinach

1/2-1 Banana 

1 cup Frozen Peaches

1/2 cup  Frozen Mango Chunks

1/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon Ground Flax (optional)

Directions:  Place everything in a blender and let it whirl until smooth.  Garnish with some fresh peach if you’d like!

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Tropical Green Smoothie

My blender tends to get gunked up pretty often so if that happens, take a rubber scraper and try to mix it around.  Add more almond milk if it’s looking too thick.  The best part of it all is that your don’t taste any “green”!  The spinach flavor is completely covered by the sweet and tangy peaches and mango.  This smoothie is sweet, delicious, and packed with nutrients!

You could even be braver than I am and try this recipe with Kale?

 

 

“Green” Spinach Smoothie

Okay I finally gave into the “Green” Smoothie madness.  Everyone everywhere has been all over Green Smoothies for a while now, and I have been way too intimidated and freaked out by them to try.

Oh yeah… I’ve also been too freaked out by Kale to give that a whirl too.  My boss’s wife convinced me to try to make Kale Chips (if he eats it I know it has to be good)… which was a huge disaster.  They were either burnt or wet and not crispy.  They tasted bitter and chewy.  I think I actually gagged on a piece before I tossed the entire tray.  Gross.

Fresh Kale! My failed attempt at Kale Chips.

For now, a Spinach Smoothie will have to be Green enough for me.  While Kale has these Top 10 Health Benefits:  

Low in Calories/High in Fiber/Zero Fat, Iron, Vitamin K, Antioxidants, Omega 3’s, it can lower cholesterol, it’s high in Vitamin A, C, and Calcium, and finally… it is known to be a great “detox” food.

Spinach has these 11 Health Benefits:

Good for your diet, prevents cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidents, lowers blood pressure, it is good for your immunity, skin, bones, and vision, and the Vitamin K in it helps the process of calcification and brain and nervous functions.

 

Whew!  All of this healthy green talk has got me wanting more now!

 

My First Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 Kiwi

1/2 cup Frozen Mango Chunks (Trader Joe’s… great purchase)

1 HEAPING Tablespoon Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt 

1/4 Cup Juice (any kind!  I used apricot-peach because we had some in the house)

2 cups or handfuls of Fresh Spinach

Directions:  

I like to put my fresh fruit first (banana and kiwi) into the blender.  Then, I put the frozen fruit, yogurt, and juice.  Top it off with the spinach.  It took about 30 seconds or a minute of blending for the spinach to make its way down into the smoothie.  Blend for another minute or two or until the spinach is broken up in the smoothie.  Enjoy!

Smoothie Sunday… I think I will!

Sippin’ my smoothie and readin’ my Rachael Ray… LOVE Sunday Mornings.

MMMM!

 

Okay, so the results were great.  I really liked it!  I like to surprise myself sometimes when I try things I think I’ll hate but end up liking them.  This was one of those times… now I know why everyone’s doin’ the Green Smoothie thing.  It’s great!

While I’m talking here, my co-worker Lori came in and shared a sip of her Kale Smoothie with me… I like those too! 🙂  Thanks Lori!

 

 

Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Smoothie

So, I am VERY into making smoothies lately.  I love drinking them as a snack or breakfast after working out.  They’re so refreshing!  This weekend, I made a really awesome smoothie that was much different than the last two i’ve made… here and here.

Peach-Mango Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Peach (fresh), peeled and sliced off of the pit

1/2 Cup Frozen Mango Chunks

1 Tablespoon Ground Flax

1 HEAPING Tablespoon Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt

1-2 Tablespoons Kefir (drinkable yogurt… I use Trader Joe’s Strawberry 1% version!  Or use 1/4 cup Juice or Milk)

Directions:  Blend until smooth and enjoy!

I actually really liked this flavor combination!  Typically, I always throw a whole banana into whatever smoothie I’m making… this time I was all out, so from the start this smoothie was different than the others.  I also have never tried using a fresh peach… it was really yummy and tart because of this, which went really nice with the mango.  It was also really nice not having to chew the seeds from berries I normally use!  🙂

Blackberry-Watermelon Milkshake

So, I bought a giant watermelon last week from Wegmans, against my better judgement.  I LOVE watermelon but no one else in my family will eat it.  Sure enough, I cut up half of it (only 1/2 because I ran out of Tupperware!), ate it all, and now was left with a whole other half of a watermelon.

Not having any immediate use for it, I decided it was a smart idea to cut it up and freeze it.  SO… I guess I wasn’t thinking because I froze it all in a huge gallon freezer-bag… and it all stuck together!  DUH.

After hacking at the watermelon brick for a few minutes with the end of a knife, I separated some of the pieces and made this milkshake/smoothie for myself after the gym on Wednesday.  I really enjoy smoothies while I am cooking dinner, since I’m always so hungry when I get home.  I know it’s healthy and I know I’ll still have an appetite when I’m done.  The other good thing about it is that there is an end to it… as opposed to snacking on a big bag of pretzels or chips or even crackers… I just keep going!

BlackberryWatermelon Milkshake

Recipe by:  It’s Good to be the Cook
Serves 1
Ingredients:
1 Cup Watermelon, frozen, chopped
1 Banana, frozen, chopped
Handful Blackberries, fresh or frozen
2 Tablespoons Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Skim Milk (or more depending on your thickness preference)
1 Tablespoon Ground Flax 
Directions:
1.  Combine everything in a blender and ICE CRUSH!  – or any other speed… I just like that one!
2.  Add more milk if it needs to be thinned out.  I started with a Tablespoon and had to add more.  Also, I had to stop and stir it up a few times before the blender got goin’. 

This recipe was yummy but the watermelon flavor wasn’t as strong as I was hoping.  I think this is because the actual watermelon wasn’t as sweet as they normally are.  I’d really like to try to add frozen watermelon next time to see if that would help!