A Greener Smoothie? Avocado, Spinach, and Lemon

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Dec 132016
 
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Looking for a tasty and greener smoothie recipe to add to your collection? You won’t get much more green than this smoothie recipe:

2 cups of chopped spinach (or kale if you prefer)
1/2 avocado
1 large banana, peeled and sliced
Lemon juice equal to the juice in a single lemon
1-2 cups filtered water
1 Tbsp Chia seed

Everything goes into your blender at once and gets mixed until you get the consistency you prefer.

If you prefer a colder smoothie, use ice cubes or cold water and freeze your banana the night before. Just be sure to peel and slice it BEFORE FREEZING!

A Greener Smoothie?

How to Make a Smoothie – Its Easy

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Dec 122016
 
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Good read about how to make a smoothie from www.livingintherealworld.net

Let the blender run for a longer amount of time after your green smoothies is already well-blended. It will make it frothier and increase the volume! There’s something very satisfying about a really big smoothie that’s all nice and frothy.

  1. Start with sweetness. Begin drinking green smoothies with a higher ratio of fruit to greens. Use ripe fruit (browning bananas are the best), and even consider adding some honey or maple syrup if you find that your smoothie is too bitter. Over time you can decrease the sweet fruits and increase the greens, but you should let your taste buds adjust before making that move.
  2. Get creative. Anything that can be blended can be turned into a smoothie! I even added champagne to my green smoothie one day (admittedly, that wasn’t the greatest idea. Green champagne is not exactly the most appealing thing in the world). I like using tofu, fruits, leafy greens, nut butters, ground flax, chia, protein powders, honey, cocoa powder… have fun with it!
  3. Go for variety. This is very important if you want to make green smoothies a mainstay of your diet. Not only does variety offer more nutrients, but it also is more exciting in terms of taste. I’ve been really enjoying chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and mango flavors in my smoothies lately, and it keeps the whole nutrition challenge interesting and enjoyable.
  4. Make your smoothies in bigger batches. Use two to four cups of water (and adjust your other ingredients accordingly) rather than one cup of water. The reason for this is that when the blender gets going, it likes to kick up the ingredients all over the place. This means that if you only have one cup of smoothie in there, little bits of spinach and lettuce are going to get kicked up by the blade and will fleck the sides of your blender with green. That’s no fun, because then you’re missing out on valuable greens and you might wind up getting little chunks of green in your smoothie. There’s nothing much more gross than drinking a tasty smoothie and then suddenly finding a chunk of kale unexpectedly in your mouth. Make a bigger batch so that the ingredients don’t get kicked up as much. And hey, you might just find that you’ll be drinking more green smoothies, too!
  5. Take macro and micronutrients into consideration. Macronutrients are water, protein, carbs and fat. Micronutrients are all minerals and vitamins. If you’re drinking lots of green smoothies every day, it’s best to use various ingredients to ensure you’re getting adequate macro and micronutrients. Play around with avocadoes, seeds, nut butters, tofu and protein powders in addition to your fruits and veggies. Add some lemon or lime for zest. You can even sprinkle in various spices – I like adding a nice dose of cinnamon to my chocolate smoothies.
  6. Be careful with the ingredients you choose. Spinach is a fantastic green because it breaks down super easily into a blender. Unless you have a high-tech fancy blender, you might not want to use something like kale in your smoothies because it doesn’t break down smoothly and you’ll likely be left with little bits of green. Bananas are a great choice for thickening a smoothie and for adding sweetness; choose browning bananas at the store, and then peel them when you get home. Break each banana into about six pieces and put it into a container before sticking it in the freezer. This way you’ll have them ready to add to smoothies at any time, without the frustration of trying to peel the frozen banana (I’ve been there. Peeling frozen bananas is maddening).

How to Make a Smoothie

Pineapple OJ Smoothie – and Spinach?

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Dec 102016
 
pineapple oj smoothie

The case for making green smoothies is usually that the ingredients used are higher in nutritional value than is the case for other recipes. While an argument can be made on both sides of that particular issue, the fact remains that “green smoothies” are very popular and are very healthy. The pineapple OJ smoothie below is but one example.

As an example, this recipe mixes both fruits and vegetables into a single mix that offers a great deal of nutrition and a surprising amount of taste. I like that it calls for Spinach rather than Kale as Kale can be a bit harsh in some recipes. However, if you like Kale by all means feel free to substitute it.

The recipe can also deliver even more nutrition simply by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia offers a great deal of nutritional value including antioxidants and cholesterol fighting, heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Even better, unlike flax, Chia has no taste of its own so adding it won’t change the tasty results.

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • Medium apple, quartered (your choice of type, just core and peel)
  • 1 previously frozen banana (peel and slice before freezing)
  • Cup Orange Juice (fresh is best but any will do, just watch the sugar content)
  • Tbsp Chia seed

Put everything into your favorite blender at the same time and blend until you get the consistency you prefer.

Pineapple OJ Smoothie

Dec 092016
 
green smoothie

Most of us need to reduce the amount of fat and sugar in our diets and a green smoothie is a healthy and tasty meal replacement.

Here is a wonderful example of how much nutrition a green smoothie can provide. A mix of carrots, tomatoes, celery and onion is easy to make and a delight to drink.

For even more nutrition, this recipe optionally includes Chia seed. Chia is a nutrient rich natural seed that brings a whole range of vitamins and minerals to your green smoothies including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Even better, Chia has no real taste of its own so adding it to the recipe won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

1 medium or 2 small ripe tomatoes cut in chunks
Cup of carrot juice (or V8 if you don’t have carrot juice)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or lemon concentrate juice)
Two stalks of celery
2 scallion onions
A few sprigs of parsley if you have some in the refrigerator
2 or 3 sprigs of fresh mint (it adds wonderful flavor-and is very healthy too!)
1 tbsp of Chia seed

Blend until smooth. If your veggie smoothie is too thick, just add a little more juice. Also, if you like you can add a dash of Tabasco or even a touch of seasoned salt….just a touch, enough to add a little zing!

Great Green Smoothie Recipe