17 April 2012

Green Goodness

I made a green smoothie.
"Green"
Okay, it wasn't really green.

I've been wanting to make one for awhile
but have never made the time,
or had the guts--
to do so.



That changed this past weekend when I decided I was
going to make a different experimental smoothie
each day this week.
Today we began with something that looked a bit
like it had already been eaten.
Ugly, oh yes.
But deceivingly delectable- at least compared
to what I was expecting.



After some extensive health-driven research,
I found a few spinachy recipes I thought I could stomach-
(That's right, folks, I don't like spinach. I'm still seven, evidently.)
and combined a couple of them.

Dare to try my experiment?

Day 1 Green Smoothie:

1 frozen banana
4-5 strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups packed fresh spinach
1 heaping tablespoon plain greek yogurt
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1/2 english cucumber
splash of agave nectar
water to blend



This is admittedly probably nowhere near as good
as most of the recipes out there-
however, I was thrilled.
No spinachy taste.
No spinach in my teeth.
A bit on the seedy side thanks to the berries but
overall I'd say it was really tasty.
And I felt good starting my day off this way.



The Monkey liked it too . . .
{after some thoughtful consideration.)



He even thanked me for making "The best thing ever!"
What?
Who knew?






Not a bad start to the smoothie kick.
Tomorrow I have big plans for an apple addition.

Oh.
Suggestions are welcome.
. . . um, please.

Cheers,
JJ

12 comments:

  1. Yum! I shall try your smoothies!! I think I could live off of smoothies (7 year old me still lives too). <3

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  2. Is that blonde peeking out from your brunette????

    Heavens, you are a looker.

    xoxox,
    A

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  3. My favourite smoothie is kiwi and apple ~ yum ~I'm scared of vegetables in my drink .....

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  4. Yum! Fab idea, I don't like spinach either!!

    Your little monkey is SO cute x

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  5. Sounds really good! I love Spinach, but I love smoothies! I gotta have my family try it.:)Thanks for the recipie.

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  6. You are brave to throw spinach in there : )

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  7. My favorite is just peaches and spinach. Frozen peaches aren't great because they aren't juicy enough. Canned (minus the liquid) will do in a pinch. Fresh, in-season peaches are the best! I use 1 -1.5, depending on the size. Throw them in the bottom, shove a ton of spinach in there and add a bit of water. Start with just a little. You'll know if you need to add more. I'm not a fan of spinach either but I crave this when peaches are in season.

    As much as I like blueberries, adding them to this smoothie throws the taste off.

    It's best to have a bit of healthy fat before or with your smoothie to absorb the nutrients from the spinach.

    Enjoy your experimenting!

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  8. yum yum
    you are awesome
    love the little monkey's thumbs up...too cute!
    and by the way lady
    your hair is rockin' it!!!

    love and light

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  9. Ahhh, thanks for inspiring me to get back into the smoothie groove now that the fruits of summer will soon appear. I will be brave and try some spinach and other vegetables.

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  10. I knew there was something I was going to do with that leftover spinach in the fridge. This is happening in the morning! Yay. Does it count as a smoothie if you add Carnation Instant Breakfast? A package of the chocolate CIB, a few frozen strawberries and chunked frozen banana, a splash of soy milk, and you have a great post-workout treat. Just don't add peanut butter. It throws everything off.

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  11. Excellent advice and feedback. Kim, that sounds amazing. Miz, that too. Jo, I don't blame you one bit. After the one I made this morning, I might not be able to do veggies again for awhile. Can you say broccoli?? Um, YEAH.

    Thank you for the comments, everyone. <3

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  12. I'm obsessed with smoothies! I make mine with oranges, a lime with the skin on it, frozen strawberries, kale, spinach, wheat grass and chia seeds. I feel superhuman afterwards! :) The lime really covers up the taste of the greens. The one I make for the kids has berries, a banana, greek yogurt, agave nectar, spinach and kale.

    I'm trying to work up to an apple and carrot smoothie with ginger, but carrots taste yuck to me. I haven't found a palatable way to disguise their carrottness!

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