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It was Victoria Boutenko who put Green Smoothies on the map in her terrific book, Green For Life (I HIGHLY recommend reading it). Drinking a big luscious smoothie can be the perfect meal replacement or snack during this 11 Week Total Health & Weight Loss Initiative. They are super easy and delicious. Your Rehab Director gives them 2 Green Thumbs UP!
Luvin my Smoothies! One i had this morning.
2 large handfuls kale
1/2 pint strawberries
2 cups homemade almond mylk
Blend in Vitamix
I am what I call a refrigerator cook. I look inside and see what I can throw together fast. Here's a smoothie that came out of one of those refrigerator adventures. It was quite tasty and hydrating.
Cucumber Citrus Smoothy (makes 2 smoothies)
1 cup organic cantaloupe
1- med banana (one frozen, one not)
1- small organic orange (entire orange, peel and all)
1- juice from small organic orange
1/2 large organic cucumber (with peel)
1 inch fresh ginger (with peel)
1 cup water
Rough chop (I usually only chop stuff in half so my puny blender doesn't have to work so hard).
Place all in the blender and blend until a smoothness you like.
Here's a breakfast smoothie I made up as I went along today, using what I had in my fridge. I am naming this my own personal version of:
1 peeled Kiwi
2 juiced Oranges
1 cup (maybe more) filtered Water
dropperful of liquid Stevia
1/3 cup? Coconut Oil
1/4 cup? raw Honey
(not sure on the last 2 measurements - I just poured straight into the blender)
Blend together. (I blended the cantaloupe in stages so it wouldnt clog up my little blender)
I started out with just cantaloupe, kiwi, coconut oil and water but it just didn't have enough sweetness for me. Then I added the oranges. Still not sweet enough, so added the Stevia and Honey.
The end result was a full 4 cups - filled up a quart jar to the brim (I already drank a little before taking this picture.)
This is absolute DELICIOUS! The faint taste of coconut is heaven to me!
P.S. - these are my new purchase of a case of quart Mason Jars found on sale at Big Lots. I am loving them! Now I can stop using my glass canisters that you've seen in my other pictures.
I like the idea of keeping things simple. Because it makes life easier, I can't really afford to buy alot of ingredients and I am essentailly a bit lazy and disorganized. So with that in mind I looked around my kitchen to see what I had and bingo I made this smoothie and it was amazing :))) enjoy :)))
BANANA KIWI SPLENDOUR
3 Bananas (the bigger the better ...makes it creamier)
3 Kiwi Fruit (peeled)
500 ml Filtered Water
If you fancy something even thicker and creamier then kick it up to 4 bananas and 4 kiwi :)))
I also add 2 tbsp of flaxseed but that's optional and really doesn't have any effect on the taste if you use it or not. I add it to all my smoothies for extra protein and nutrition :)))
Once it's blended it makes up 1 litre of smoothie..perfect for breakfast :))))
I made this new smoothie this morning when I found out I was out of my usual staple of frozen berries AND greens. It turned out BETTER than I expected:
Spicy Apple Pie Smoothie
3 apples (I used 2 granny smith and 1 Fuji)
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1 1/2 T chia seed
Ginger juice (I juiced 2 inches of ginger root - use as much or as little as you want)
2 tsp cinnamon
Start by soaking chia seed in the almond milk and water (about 15 minutes).
Add all ingredients to blender, blend well and enjoy!
I also ALMOST ALWAYS add the following to my smoothies:
2 T raw cacao powder
2 t spirulina
1 t maca powder
1 T dried almond pulp (I've gotta get rid of it somehow!)
1 t bee pollen
TIP: When I add dried supplements or spices to my smoothies, I start by blending a few of the solid ingredients first (like the banana and 1 apple in this recipe), along with a bit of the liquid. Then while it is blending, I pour in the dry ingredients. I find that if I pour in the dry ingredients while the blender is stopped, they always end up flying up when I start the blender and I end up with a fair amount of unmixed dry ingredients stuck to the sides of the blender.
1/4 fresh pineapple
2 handfuls of wheat grass (the whole grass and not just the juice)
1 bunch of parsley or a big handful of carrot greens
1 small chunk of fresh ginger
3 or 4 small dates
water to blend
I have also dehydrated this to make a smoothie leather - I did like it better as the smoothie
I drink this in the winter when these are the only fruits in season. Very yummy
Citrus Creamsicle Milkshake/Smoothie
" 2 grapefruits
" 1 orange
" ½ frozen banana
" 1 tsp-1 TB. raw honey
" ¼ c. coconut cream(milk), or greek yogurt
1. Juice the citrus. Reserve ½ c. of the juice for the drink, and save the rest for drinking, smoothies, etc.
2. Add the ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy.
This is a delicious hot weather refresher. I did not juice or add ice. It put all in my Vitamix and blended it up with 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (since it makes enough for 2 people).
Because I added 2 scoops of protein powder, I also had to add just a tiny bit more coconut milk. Be cautious not to use too much, as it will detract from the purposed taste.
I also used clear Sweet Leaf stevia rather than honey.
The first time I made this I had a tangerine, it was almost more flavorful than the orange.
Adapted from The Diva Dish