Sunday, January 20, 2013

Going GREEN


Green smoothies are definitely on trend right now. Especially with the New Year and summer right around the corner. I recently just got a little busier and I felt like fast food was going to slowly be creeping into my life and it would be harder for me to get a home cooked meal.

When I looked at the fruit basket so full of fresh fruit just waiting to be eaten, I remembered how easy it was just to throw it into a blender and drink. That way I could get it all in right before I head out of the house or as a snack at night. This also eliminates fruit waste. Sometimes when Nick and I grocery shop, we tend to get a bit out of hand on the fruits and veggies because we love them so much, but find ourselves not getting around to all of it before it goes bad. We hate to waste food but we also don't enjoy brown bananas and brown avocados or mushy fruit.

I got a bit excited about making smoothies, why hadn't I just done this to start with? It was nothing new to me but I had just simply forgotten.

So we gathered up our fruit that night and made a smoothie. It was delicious and filling. Just what I want for the morning. Because we wanted to start keeping these in our daily routine, we decided to shop for a bit more of a variety to mix things up a bit.

Our first ones were more or less just fruit and spinach. We started to think of all the possibilities and decided to add other things that we wanted to eat more often, but often forget to eat like nuts and dairy products.

Here is what we have created so far.

I named this one blackberry almond because it was the flavors I tasted the most in the smoothie. I liked that the blackberries gave it a slightly purple color and made it look more like a fruit smoothie. I also had some left over drinkable yogurt about 1/4 c that I added to this smoothie which gave it a great creamy texture. 

Ingredients: 7 Blackberries, 2 strawberries, 1/2 banana, 1/4 c mango, 1/4 c raw sliced almonds, 1/4 c organic spinach,  and 4 ice cubes blended until smooth.


Did I ever tell you I love chocolate? This particular smoothie was a late night snack. I was getting the craving for chocolate but I wanted to have my smoothie as well, and then it dawned on me that I had nutella! For this smoothie I wanted to have more of a banana and chocolate taste so I used a whole banana to mask the other fruits and the leafy taste of the spinach. It was quite the treat. Even Nick smiled when he had a taste.

Ingredients: 3 strawberries, 1 kiwi, about 1/4 c raw sliced almonds, 1/2 c of spinach, 1 whole banana, 1 tbs nutella and 4 ice cubes blended until smooth.



These smoothies can be made in so many ways with so many things. I have already thought of so many possibilities.

For my future recipes I thought of a few things I would like to add such as:
Raw oats, almond butter, peanut butter, lemon juice, grapefruit, oranges, pomegranate, papaya, honey, green tea, avocados, flax seeds and yogurt.

My next attempt is to make some with fruit and other veggies such as tomatoes and carrots, I really hope I can get down a good mixture.

There are so many different things I want to try and I would LOVE to hear any good recipes that you might have! If you leave your recipe below, I will pick the one I like the most and post it in my next update on Green Smoothies, so get creating and let me know!

13 comments:

  1. those are amazing =)
    celery is a bit bitter but it's supposed to be really good. try to add oranges. it turns out really good =)

    and the layout. well i just emailed you like a crazy person about it so you know what i think ;)

    Bea =)

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    1. I had some celery but I used it in my soup! But I thought about adding some. I do love celery actually. And yes, oranges sound great. I have to buy some soon!

      Hhahah got the e-mail. Thanks Bea. Sorry I have been late on response!

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  2. Wow! I do smoothies every day for breakfast and lunch but your recipes look so yummy! Please share your future favorites too. I use the same recipe every day. I could use a little spice!

    Sheree
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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    1. Awesome! And I will be sure, I am trying out so many different ones, I can't wait to share them.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  3. My kind of girl! I am from the blog hop, my blog is about healthy living tip, and I have smoothies also, something for everyone, find me at http://fitandbeyond40.com

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  4. Those all look amazing! I'm big on smoothies, especially green smoothies!
    Newest follower!

    Jessica
    ncgrown.blogspot.com

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  5. Onhhhh yum I am a huge fan of nutella so I will absolutely have to try this!
    I have a green smoothie every day! I just wrote up my recipe a couple of days ago!
    sarahsspecialmoments.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/green-smoothie.html?m=1
    You will have to try, it is so delicious!
    Enjoy!
    Sarah x

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