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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!

Mango Banana Freeze

mbfI don’t have a very big kitchen so I don’t have a ton of gadgets. As you may know, I have a Vitamix which we use a lot. For my birthday a couple weeks ago, I was given a Williams Sonoma gift card. I was pretty excited because I have been in dire need of a new can opener. The $10 one I have gotten from the grocery store several times only lasts about six months. I have an emergency back up metal can opener. You know the one. It leaves an impression in your hand and you have to stretch after you use it. OUCH!

I found the OXO section of the Williams Sonoma website and found a lovely can opener for $20. Surely this one will last. As I scrolled through the other offerings, I saw this:

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OXO super cool mango pitter!

WOW! We love mangos but I am the only one in the house who can cut one. NOT ANYMORE! This went into my cart immediately and as soon as I got the shipping confirmation, I went out and got some mangos so they would be ripe when my new toy arrived!

Because we have a lot of smoothies in our house, I knew that I would be freezing a lot of mango. I’ve also taken to freezing bananas when they get spotty. So with two kinds of frozen tropical fruit, I had some great ingredients for a very healthy frozen dessert!

Mango Banana Freeze (4 servings)
One mango, pitted, chopped and frozen
Two bananas, peeled, chunked and frozen
1/2 cup coconut milk or other liquid of your choice – water is good too

1. Separate the frozen chunks of frozen fruit and put in a blender that can handle frozen fruit very well.
2. Add 1/4 cup of liquid.
3. Start blending on low and slowly increase the speed. If your blender has a tamper, you will need it to push the fruit down. Add more liquid if needed.
4. The mixture will start forming four balls on the top when it is blended to the right consistency.
5. Serve immediately.

The Spouse, who doesn’t tend to like things I make that do not have extra sweetener, ate half of this. HALF! He loved it! My Faithful Assistant didn’t love it. The Teenager is now The College Student so he wasn’t around to try it. I am confident he would have enjoyed it. He has very healthy eating habits. He also has a Nutri Ninja so I hope he tries to make some of this in his own toy. I would be happy to bring him some frozen mango chunks. All he needs to do is let me know he wants them. :)

Do I need to point out that this is a vegan dessert?

This was very refreshing on a sort of hot and steamy late summer night. It was very fast to make but very loud. There was concern that I was going to blow out the motor. I admit I was a little worried too. So if you don’t have a high speed blender, you may have to pass on this.

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!

Apple Cookie Butter Smoothie

acbsI totally forgot about the delicious cookie butter I made! I’ve been meaning to use it for something other than a fruit dip. I saw a FaceBook post about a bunch of ways to use cookie butter and my great idea came back. I made a smoothie with it this morning for breakfast and, let me tell you, it was MAGNIFICENT!

Apple Cookie Butter Smoothie
1 1/2 cups almond milk – I used unsweetened vanilla
1 apple, sectioned and cored
2 tbsp (or more) cookie butter
1 cup ice

1. Place ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
2. Start on low, and slowly increase the blender speed until you get the consistency you desire.
3. Yum.

I really enjoyed my breakfast treat. I try to avoid having an excessively sweet breakfast because I just get hungry fast and end up eating things I regret. (Damn you, Girl Scout cookies on my desk!) This was a little sweet, but not over the top. I would totally make this again, and will probably make it for an after school snack for the kids. I will add some oats to it the next time I make it for myself.

If you aren’t a fan of cookie butter, you can use peanut butter or another nut butter, or that other crazy addictive goo, Nutella.

We’re in the Christmas home stretch. This smoothie will give you a lovely burst of energy to get through the last items on your list.

Enjoy!

Mango Persimmon Smoothie

mpsNo those are not tomatoes. They are persimmons and they are delicious. They have a firm, thin skin and flesh similar to a peach. They taste like…persimmon.

I used a previous bounty of persimmons to make Apple Persimmon Bread. I was going to make more but we have a lot of baked goods so I decided to use them in a smoothie instead.

 

Mango Persimmon Smoothie
Pulp from two persimmons with the seeds removed
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup water

1. Put the ingredients in a blender and blend, starting on low and gradually increasing the speed until it reaches the desired consistency.
2. Serve!

It was so grey and dreary this morning. I really appreciated a sunny orange smoothie.

This smoothie would be fantastic with some ginger or vanilla in it.

Enjoy!