Category Archives: Smoothies

Spinach and Citrus Smoothie

scsAs we near the end of the citrus season, every bag of clementines purchased is a gamble. Will they be juicy and sweet? Will they be tough and flavorless?

Every good purchase gives me confidence to make another. But that fateful day will come. And then, you’ll need a way to get rid of those grainy clementines. Or oranges. Or tangerines.

Smoothies (and soups) are an excellent way to quickly get rid of produce and other food that hasn’t met your expectations. Combining multiple flavors can often mask the lower quality ingredients. Now in this case, the clementines I have on hand are still quite tasty. But the flavor of this smoothie wouldn’t have been hampered if they weren’t.

Spinach and Citrus Smoothie
1 cup orange juice
1 container of yogurt of your choice – I used Nosa Blood Orange yogurt
1-3 peeled clementines
1 handful of spinach – about a cup
1 handful of ice

  1. Put the ingredients in a blender with the ice on top.
  2. Blend starting on low and slowly increase speed until smoothie reaches desired consistency.
  3. Serve!

I shared my smoothie with one of my kids. He agreed with me that it was quite tasty and refreshing! As he heads back to school after spring break, he will have all the ingredients he needs to make this himself!

Enjoy!

Melon Basil Smoothie

mbsThe melon was clearly very ripe on Friday when we brought it home in our CSA box. And it seemed with each hour that passed, the aroma of ripe melon filled the house more and more. Sadly, melon is another one of those things which few in my home enjoy.

I came home from a lovely long walk this morning and the aroma had taken a slight turn to desperation. “Please,” it pleaded. “Won’t you just give me a try?”

Since I had taken an award winning walk (at least according to my activity monitor), my hunger was exceeded only by my thirst and sweatiness. Perfect morning for a smoothie! And I was even in a generous enough mood for giving melon a try.

Melon Basil Smoothie
1 cup ripe melon
1 6 oz. container of yogurt
6 or 7 ice cubes
2 basil leaves

  1. Place the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
  2. Start on low, and blend until smooth.

Two basil leaves was the perfect amount for me. They didn’t take over the smoothie leaving me feeling like I was drinking a big glass of pesto. And would you look at that beautiful light green? Doesn’t it just scream refreshing!

This recipe is a perfect example of how NOT having an editorial calendar, or any sort of blog plan works well for me. Many of the things I make are very spur of the moment ideas that come to me in classic “if you give a pig a pancake” fashion. For example, the smoothie today evolved somewhat like this…

(Comes in the door after record breaking walk) Wow! That melon is starting to smell kind of bad. I’m hot. And hungry. I’m hot and hungry. What should I eat? Jeez that melon doesn’t smell very good. Should I make a smoothie? YES! I’ll make a smoothie with the melon! (Cutting melon by the sink, while looking out at the pathetic garden bed). The basil looks really good! I wonder how my smoothie would taste with basil in it? I think I’ll put a little in!

You get the idea.

I hope you enjoy your Labor Day and that the weather where you are is just as delightful as it is right now in Central Maryland.

 

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

rpsAnd so again, we watch as the boxes and bags are packed with the belongings critical to a young man’s happiness and academic success, load them into a friend’s van, and head off for another year of college. It wasn’t so hard this time. So many emotions last year that were calmed by the boy’s success and the recovery of other boys from many trying times.

I made a smoothie for breakfast for myself, thinking that we might share it for one last meal together. He had other plans. Egg whites. My shared meal dream will have to wait for another time.

Peach Raspberry Smoothie
1 peach, chopped
1 container of raspberry yogurt
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 frozen raspberries
Splash of water if needed

  1. Place ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
  2. Starting on low, slowly increase the speed until you get the desired consistency.

The smoothie was resting on my son’s box of music. It’s going to be quiet in here without his cello and piano playing. Here’s a (smoothie) toast to all the moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and college students themselves muddling through their first weekend with a new household dynamic. I hope it isn’t too hard.

Enjoy!

 

Key Lime Spinach Smoothie

KLSSAs you know, Prince died yesterday. I grew up in Minnesota and was a teen in the 80’s when Prince was coming into the big time. I worked in a movie theater outside Minneapolis when Purple Rain came out. I loved Prince; his music, his spirit, his boldness; everything. I loved that he showed me and other kids that never felt like they fit in, that being us and being different was okay. For a brief time (like 20 minutes) I had a saucy poster of him wearing nothing but a g-string, standing in a shower with a crucifix on the wall. My mother made me take it down pretty fast. His death hit us former Minnesota girls pretty hard. My FB feed was filled with photos, links to videos, sad declarations.

What does another green smoothie have to do with Prince? I should have posted a purple one, right? True. But that’s not me. I love my green smoothies. So, in my own personal tribute to Prince, in which I am being true to myself, I honor him with this…

Key Lime Spinach Smoothie
One container of key lime yogurt
Two handfuls of spinach – probably 2 cups
6-8 ice cubes
Water

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase to high until smoothie is desired consistency.

If you have been reading my blog at all, you know that I don’t like my smoothies too sweet. This fit the bill. It was not sweet at all. The delightfully refreshing lime flavor was a prefect morning pick-me-up. I felt very energized.

This is a ton of spinach for one smoothie. If you don’t like that much spinach, drop it to one cup and throw in an apple or banana. I did make this with less spinach and a banana yesterday. It was pretty good. I’m not a huge banana fan but I wanted to potassium so I made the sacrifice.

If you want to make a vegan version of this, use some almond milk (or other dairy free milk you enjoy), some lime zest and a tiny bit of key lime juice – not more than 1/2 tbsp – without any sweetener it could be very bitter. Of course, if you do overdo it, just add a bit of sugar or honey or something.

Would Prince approve? I have no idea what Prince would think of my smoothie. But if all my years, I did not learn from the man that I should be okay being me, than I probably wasn’t listening.

photo credit Us Magazine

photo credit Us Magazine

A rainbow appeared in the sky over Prince’s home and recording studio, Paisley Park. If that isn’t a sign that he is in a better place, I don’t know what is.

RIP, Prince. You will be missed far more than you could possibly have imagined.

 

Banana Cookie Butter Smoothie

BCBSThere is a reason all these strange items are surrounding my smoothie. It’s been an interesting and not always happy couple weeks. And all these items represent a small obstacle that was put in my path. There were other small obstacles and some bigger ones I won’t get into. You probably had a similar week or two.

The rice to the left of the smoothie was used by My Faithful Assistant to remove the moisture from his phone which he dropped in the sink while simultaneously doing the dishes and answer a classmate’s homework text. Bottom line. Rice worked. The bath was very short. Thankfully. We have no upgrades right now and I wasn’t looking forward to paying full retail for a new phone. Crisis averted.

The black things in front of it are pieces of my license plate holder. They broke off and fell to the ground after my car was backed into in front of my son’s dorm. No damage done. The young driver took off though. It was quite the scene with me, screaming and cursing and a sympathetic student chasing after the perpetrator. So much drama.

The fruit cups to the right represent how overwhelmed I have been lately.  My Faithful Assistant had both of these in his lunch on Tuesday. Why? Because he didn’t eat his fruit on Monday, and while I saw that Tuesday morning, my head was not in the lunch making game and he got a second one. He ate neither and not so silently wondered if he was going to get three on Wednesday, etc… He did not.

So now it’s Friday and I am safely in my kitchen and It’s time for breakfast. I wanted a treat. I was successfully able to avoid Chick-fil-a chicken minis all week which has been no easy task for me lately. The Chick-fil-a by work has a crazy efficient drive through. Too efficient. So time to combine something tasty with the healthy ingredients I usually put in my smoothie. And I came up with this delightful concoction…

Banana Cookie Butter Smoothie
10 1 12 oz almond milk
1 banana
1 heaping tablespoon cookie butter of choice – I used Speculoos Cookie and Cocoa Swirl
6 or 7 pieces of ice

  1. Place all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase the speed until smoothie is desired consistency.

This was a nice treat. I added some vegan protein powder so that it would have a little staying power and get me to lunch. Success! I would totally make this again, and add some fresh or frozen berries, too.

My week has settled down. Back to the mundane tasks of suburban life. I will happily dive into them. Very happily.

Enjoy!