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Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

pssIt sits on my humble table, in my humble kitchen, unadorned. No little mint leaves gently placed atop the glass. No chunks of pineapple surrounding it. But don’t be fooled by the uninteresting photo. This is a very tasty smoothie.

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
Large handful of fresh spinach
1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks

  1. Place ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  2. Start blending on low and slowly increase to high.
  3. Drink up!

If you want to jazz this up, I think it would be really great with a little lime or maybe even some basil. And if almond milk isn’t your thing, you could use another type of milk or yogurt as a base.

There are quite a few tasty smoothies on my blog. Click on the smoothie category for more ideas.

Enjoy!

 

Cold Brew Smoothie

cbsHave you tried cold brew yet? I honestly couldn’t tell you what the big deal about it is.

I can tell you I have 12 cans of High Brew Dark Chocolate Mocha that did not live up to the standards set by its brother product, High Brew Double Espresso. Double Espresso was fantastic and I will absolutely get it again.

Now I need to figure out clever ways use it up because it is pretty much the nastiest tasting excuse for coffee I have ever tried.

A co-worker said she was going to put hers (the 15 cans I urged her to buy) in oatmeal and smoothies. That seemed reasonable to me.

Cold Brew Smoothie
10 oz almond milk
4 oz cold brew
1 oz almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
6-7 ice cubes

1. Put the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
2. Start blending on low and gradually increase to high until smoothie is desired consistency.

I also added a half a banana to mine for a little extra potassium boost. All in all, not a bad little breakfast treat. Because my almond milk and coconut are unsweetened, the only sweetness comes from the High Brew and the banana. Very tasty protein filled start to my day!

Enjoy!

Berry Banana Smoothie

bbsWhile I don’t think I could eat an actual banana anytime soon, I have gotten used to the taste of them in my smoothies. I prefer to use them frozen and usually grab the last two before they get too brown and throw them in the freezer.

We had a bag of mixed berries from our berry picking adventure earlier this summer. Not enough for a pie or bread, but plenty for a smoothie!

Berry Banana Smoothie
1 frozen banana, cut into five or six pieces
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup coconut milk, yogurt, milk, or whatever you prefer as base
1/2 cup water – you may need more if you use yogurt
1-2 tbsp flax seed – if you have it and want a little extra fiber and some Omega 3s

1. Put the ingredients in a blender in the order needed.
2. Start blender on low and slowly increase speed until smoothie reaches desired consistency.

I made my smoothie with coconut milk. I like the way it tastes. My family will drink them this way too but only without the flax seed. It’s an acquired taste and they haven’t acquired it yet. As the school year approaches and our schedule is about to go into overdrive, I need to make sure I have lots of super healthy recipes on hand to get My Faithful Assistant through a busy 8th grade schedule and three nights a week of swimming, plus music lessons and Confirmation.

Should be a fun year but we’ll be ready!

Enjoy!

Potassium Smash Smoothie

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This Pineapple, Banana Smoothie is an excellent source of potassium! Look! It’s ready to go to work!

It’s summer and it’s hot and I don’t like bananas so it’s not surprising that I have some pretty nasty leg cramps and sore joints. This is not good at all. Another distinct pleasure of getting a little older, I guess.

Fortunately, I am also a grown up so I know that it’s time for me to just suck it up and get some bananas and other potassium rich foods into my diet. I have a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer so I was good for that part of my smoothie. But OH NO! No yogurt, very little milk, and not even any almond milk. I did have some heavy cream but that didn’t seem like a good idea.  Nothing obvious for my smoothie base!

Thankfully, I am an amazing scrounger and I discovered a can of coconut milk and some canned pineapple in my pantry. SCORE!!!! Bonus potassium in the coconut milk!

Potassium Smash Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup of crushed pineapple – unsweetened or juice sweetened
1 frozen banana
5-7 ice cubes

1. Put the ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
2. Start blending at a low speed and slowly increase to high.
3. Drink up!

This was a thick smoothie and I’m pretty full right now. Not uncomfortably full, but I’m certain that lunch will be something small, like hummus and pita chips. Fine by me.

The thickness also made me wonder if I could freeze this smoothie and have a delicious vegan frozen dessert. I guess I’ll have to get more coconut milk and pineapple and try it out!

If you’re wondering what other foods are good sources of potassium, I found this article from Anne’s Healthy Kitchen. I have not validated the information but the article shows sources and they’re reputable.

I knocked out about 1/4 of my RDA of potassium in this smoothie. The plan for dinner is Black Beans and Rice. Black beans are another good source of potassium. That should get me to my RDA. Phew!

Enjoy!

Coconut Carrot Smoothie

ccsmLong time no see! It’s been pretty chaotic around my house for the past few months and getting a post or two up each week keeps getting pushed lower on the priority list. I’m thankful for those of you who continue to stop by.

With chaos, it’s easy to forget your health. The Vitamix on the counter is a good reminder to me that a healthy breakfast is a few minutes away.

For some reason, I had a some no salt canned carrots in my pantry. I decided to throw them in the blender with a few other things to make a nice healthy smoothie.

Coconut Carrot Smoothie
8 oz. almond milk (you can use yogurt or another kind of milk)
1/2 cup carrots of your choice – if fresh, I recommend grating them
1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits – I used one of the little lunch fruit cups
handful of ice

1. Put the ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
2. Blend, starting on low and gradually increasing the speed.

This smoothie is very orange and not very sweet at all. It was a nice change of pace from my usual green smoothie. Probably not a beginner’s smoothie, especially for people who are used to all fruit smoothies. Feel free to add some banana or some other extra fruit.

The chaos in our lives is winding down a bit. I’m looking forward to a little more time to walk and garden and enjoy my family. My smoothies give me the little boost I need to do all of that.

Enjoy!