Green Sunrise Smoothie

 

 

Green Sunrise Smoothie

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So, I know I promised that the next time I tried to do a green drank, I’d be brave and use Kale instead of Spinach… but this recipe just sounded too good to ruin!  I’m sorry!  I lied.  But it’s okay because now I have another awesome spinach smoothie recipe for you that is SO YUMMY.  I promise.  I actually think this is my favorite one.  Thank you, Rachael Ray!

And I guess I should warn you…

If you’re all like WHOA what is up with the super healthy green smoothie?!  I should definitely tell you that as of MONDAY, Dave and I are starting our back to healthy eating habits/lifestyle.  We had a few months off track and now we’re back on!  I made this yummy smoothie for us for breakfast and it will definitely be in our rotation.

Green Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (fresh or frozen) Mango Chunks 
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 3/4 cup Apple Juice (I used organic, no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) Baby Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice (I used 1 packet True Lemon)

Directions:

1.  Put ingredients in a blender and blend for two minutes until everything is combined.

Slightly adapted from Rachael Ray

Trader Joe's frozen fruit is my favorite.  It's so cheap too!

Trader Joe’s frozen fruit is my favorite. It’s so cheap too!

This stuff is awesome.  Dave's Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it's great to have in the pantry!

This stuff is awesome. Dave’s Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it’s great to have in the pantry!

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Avocado Smoothie : BA Cleanse 2014

Anyone who isn’t living under a rock probably knows all about how the East Coast got slammed with another snow storm this week.  Dave, the doggies, and I got snowed in for two days!  Snow days just aren’t as fun as they used to be- both of us had to work 😦

I just had to do something to warm us up and remind us of the summer.  For our snack, I decided to make this awesome smoothie that I had tried during our Food Lover’s Cleanse.  This avocado smoothie is light and refreshing, and I loved using Coconut Water instead of milk or yogurt.  It might sound weird, but try it!  It’s delish and even dairy free!

Avocado Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 ripe Avocado

2 cups Coconut Water (original, not flavored or sweetened)

1-2 teaspoons Agave Syrup

2 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice 

Directions:

1.  Combine ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.  Add extra lime juice to taste.

Recipe from:  Bon Appetit

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Try some of my other smoothie recipes!

Kiwi-Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

Kiwi-Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and October’s SRC Reveal

THANK GOD it’s October!  I am so super ready for Philly’s amazing falltime weather with low humidity, crunchy leaves on the ground, and of course lots and lots of PUMPKIN recipes!!  I’ve already had it in cookies, in my coffee, even pumpkin pie martinis.  Loving it!  I was super excited to have found this new Pumpkin Pie SMOOTHIE recipe on my Secret Recipe partner’s website this month.  How good does that sound?  and more importantly, why haven’t I thought this up yet?!

Secret Recipe Club

The Secret Recipe Club is a really cool group I joined last winter.  Every month, we are assigned a new blogger.  This month, I was paired up with Chris & Rachel’s blog called “The Keenan Cookbook“.  We get to pick ANY recipe that blogger has written about and cook it up ourselves.  We can make adjustments according to our tastes too.  All of the bloggers post their results on the same day and we all get to see who had who and more importantly, what delicious dishes were made!

It was seriously so difficult to choose just one recipe for this month.  Chris and Rachel’s recipes are all so amazing!  They have the cutest family and I also loved reading all of their stories.  I ended up absolutely having to pick the pumpkin recipe since it’s October and all… and because it just sounded SO GOOD!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Skim Milk
  • a dash of cinnamon to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or a packet of Truvia/Splenda

Directions:

Put all ingredients into a small blender and blend until smooth.  Add a tablespoon at a time of skim milk if it is too thick.

Recipe adapted from The Keenan Cookbook

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So- this recipe tastes amazing.  I mean what could be bad?!  Honestly, I ended up making it every single day last week for breakfast.  Tee Hee Hee!  The only thing I would do for the next time I make it is to maybe try to do it with some Greek Yogurt or Vanilla Protein Powder? This recipe is definitely missing some protein if you’re trying to eat it for breakfast.  If you want it as dessert (what a great idea!!) you should probably keep it as is.  YUM!

Check out these other amazing recipes from this month’s SRC Reveal!

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!