Dec 292016
 
green carrot smoothie

Carrots are one of those veggies that are available throughout the year which means you can enjoy this green carrot smoothie anytime you want. And I mean “green” in the nutritional sense, not the color of the carrots!

All that said, it is true that “going green for locally grown carrots which are in season during the summer and early fall are most often more flavorful so plan your green carrot smoothies accordingly!

Nutritionally, carrots are a powerhouse of vitamin A, a cup provides over 400% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). Carrots also offer vitamins K, C, B6, B3, B2, and E. Other healthy stuff includes potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. And, of course, we shouldn’t forget the antioxidant nutrient that took its name from the vegetable: beta-carotene.

I hope I don’t get too deep into the weeds here but newer nutritional studies that concentrated on nutritional elements other than the carotenoids called polyacetylenes. At least one major study carried out over a 10 year span identified these substances as phytonutrients which can help to inhibit that growth of cancer cells in the colon. In other words, carrots have even more health benefits than we had already known.

This green carrot smoothie uses a bunch of other ingredients to yield a really interesting and healthy snack or meal replacement.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 good sized carrot
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen, your choice)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia or other sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp. protein powder (optional)

Here is a tip for a thicker smoothie: Soak the Chia seeds in water for about 10-15 minutes before mixing. Chia is hydrophilic which means it absorbs more than its own weight in water.

Carrot Smoothie

A Greener Smoothie? Avocado, Spinach, and Lemon

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Dec 132016
 
greener smoothie

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?

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

Banana Spinach Smoothie

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Nov 182016
 
banana spinach smoothie

If there were to be a contest for the worst sounding smoothie I think I would nominate this one. There is just something very off-putting about a banana spinach smoothie isn’t there?

But that was before I mustered up enough courage to actually give it a try. To say I was surprised understates it. I really liked it! So much so that I have now tried it twice, once with water and once with almond milk. Both tasted great and made me feel very virtuous for eating something so healthy.

Even better, the recipe could not be easier:

  • 4 cups raw baby spinach
  • 6-8 ounces vanilla yogurt (I haven’t tried it with Greek yogurt but it should be good)
  • 1 large banana, peeled and sliced
  • 8 oz. or so water, or Almond milk

All the ingredients go into your trusty blender and mix until smooth. You might want to try a bit less water or Almond milk to start and add more if the blend is too thick.

This made two really big smoothies so adjust if it’s just you for breakfast.

Banana Spinach Smoothie – Really!