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My week, in green smoothies

Jan 1

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1/1/2014 10:33 PM  RssIcon



I almost always have a green smoothie (or 2!) at some point in the day. I prefer breakfast. It's a great energy boost and so much healthier than a bowl of cereal, which is my fall-back go-to unfortunately. With 3 kids demanding my attention every single second, this is an easy meal to prepare and they LOVE to help. I get out all the ingredients, cut up any foods that require prep, and then the kids get to dump into the Ninja and push the buttons. My littlest guy hangs out in a babywearing wrap and takes it all in. :-)


I like to occasionally participate in 30 day challenges hosted by Simple Green Smoothies. I receive an email every week that includes a shopping list and 5 new recipes. And it's FREE! I try as many of these as I can and supplement with my tried and true faves if I want. For example, I don't like smoothies with citrus because of the texture. Maybe it's because I'm not using a powerful enough blender, I don't know. Someday I'll upgrade to something like a Vitamix or a Blendtec.


I thought you might like to see what was in my blender for the last week and my thoughts on each one as well as my kids'. They are the most honest consumers afterall! 


Here are this week's trials with some photos and my thoughts on each. (Note: Please don't judge a smoothie by it's color! Its look cannot predict its taste!) 


Almond Joy

2 cups fresh kale
2 cups almond milk
1 banana
2 pears, ripe
2 tablespoons coconut flakes

2 tablespoons cacao powder


YUM! My 3 year old's reaction was, "Good job, Mommy!" He drank half of the batch I made, leaving none for his older sister. ;-)

This smoothie is creamy and tastes more like dessert than a pureed salad! My only tweak for next time is to increase the amount of coconut. I like coconut and thought the cocoa powder overwhelmed the coconut flavor.




Gorilla Punch

2 cups fresh kale
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
2 bananas
1 apple
2 tablespoons cacao

2 tablespoons almond butter

Another success! Nicely done SimpleGreenSmoothies! Definitely beginner friendly. I needed to blend more though. The texture of the apples (with skins) was prominent. It didn't prevent me from downing it quickly but I would've enjoyed it more if it had been smoother. ***Update: I made this again and blended longer and it was much smoother. A winner!***

 

Banana Berry Blast

2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries

2 bananas

Another kid-approved green smoothie! Jace (3 yr old) said, "That's good, Mommy!" He did manage to leave Sissy's alone this time. ***Side note: I add 1 tsp of Garden of Life Raw Kids Probiotics to my kids' smoothies. Great addition to promote health and immunity!***

This one comes out a really dark purple color because of the blueberries. Just because it isn't green doesn't mean it isn't filled with green-nutrient-goodness! Great creamy texture with lots of sweetness. Blueberries and bananas are one of my favorite combinations in a smoothie.


 

 

Morning Sunshine

2 cups fresh kale
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1 banana
1 orange
1 cup pineapple

2 tablespoons chia seeds

 

This one was very refreshing and I enjoyed it, surprisingly. I just blended an extended amount of time to help create a smoother texture with the citrus pulp. It isn't one of my faves, and it probably won't go into my recipe book as a go-to, but it was a success.

 


Pina Colada

2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)

2 cups fresh spinach

2 cups pineapple

2 Tbsp shredded coconut

 

I tweaked this one a bit and it was a huge success. This is now at the top of my smoothie list! I added extra coconut and 1 banana. YUM! Try this one! It tastes like it should have rum in it and I should be on a tropical beach drinking it.

 

***Simple Green Smoothies does not compensate me, nor am I associated with them in any way. They did not ask me to review their recipes. I just like to pass along great info to help you lead a healthier life.***

Happy Fitness!
-Tara

 

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