Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Green Smoothies

All my kids know that I am pretty much obsessed with green smoothies. I learned about the value of fresh greens, so full of vitamins and minerals, so I decided to throw a handful of spinach in one of my smoothies one day and it was mighty good! (I've even thrown kale into the mix and nobody knew-ha ha)

The trick to green smoothies is:

60% fruit to 40% greens.
That way you can't taste the green stuff. So here's a couple of my favorites:
The pina colada.....
Orange juice
Fresh/canned pineapple
Coconut milk (buy this at Asian markets-it's cheaper)
BIG handful of spinach

The berry green smoothie:

Apple juice
Various berries-whatever you have
Strawberries, frozen mixed berries from Costco
BIG handful of spinach

I usually use fruit juice because so many of the recipes I have seen have added sugar or honey, so when I use juice (non-sweetened kind) I don't add the extra sugar.

That being said, for family night last night I had two of these......

So much for my healthy diet.........


Momza said...

Whew! I was beginning to think you're some kind of healthnut (lol) until I saw the KK...thank goodness!!
Actually, now I'm in the mood for a green smoothie--it looks delish!

Patrice said...

Ooooh, yummy! I am talking about the smoothie, seriously.

Jenna said...

Long-time "Lurker", First time poster!

Anyway, when I saw you'd shared what you put in your smoothies I just had to say a BIG Thank you!

(I have a fiance who is a very unhealthy eater, and I have a feeling I maaayy be getting a blender as a wedding pressie--So Smoothies will be served frequently in our household! It's the only way I can sneak in some fruit and veggies to his diet!)

Lori said...

Love it...occationally you have to splurge!

Jessica said...

A delightful krispy kreme every once in a while never hurt anyone! Although,I think I would rather drink the green smoothie. You have never made me the red one. I want that next time!

LHammer said...

Hey sis, I have a high power blender, and instead of juice I put juicier fruits, like grapes or oranges, then add other stuff. Here's a vegie one for you: 1 cup grapes, 1 tomato, 1 cut up carrot, 1/2 cut up cucumber, 1 stalk celery, and a handful of spinach. Yum! I also throw in a tablespoon of flax into my smoothies. No one ever knows!

RhondaLue said...

or you can use Agave as a sweetener. It's great!

I'm going to try those recipes. Sometimes, especially when it's hot, the fam would prefer a yummy smoothie for dinner over something hot. And it's quicker for me so I like the idea.

Whatever you're doing is working nicely because you are one hot (and skinny!) momma!

Allyson said...

Interesting....I'm not sure that I believe you that they are good....you wouldn't trick me would you?

angieinpink said...

it is pretty good! i can testify!

my mom makes one that's similar, but it has a little whey protein powder in there. tasty....and they keep you full, huh??

*spinach is soooooo good for you.

i'd rather have pepsi for breakfast, but this runs a close second...{wink!}

Alice Wills Gold said...

Didn't you know that every green smoothie you drink cancels out a Krispy Kreme doughnut...c'mon you had to know that with your TN connections. :)

mmmm mmmm...I just bought Krisy Kreme's today....and I forgot about them and I am craving a treat....thanks for the idea.

Now, I am going to have to try your green pina colada tomorrow. shoot, it's going to have to be the day after cinco de mayo pina colada.

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

I am going to try these. I have been wanting to do green smoothies, but has no idea where to start.

jen said...

Must say that the green smoothie is one thing I crave with this pregnancy that is actually GOOD for me. I'm needing more coconut milk though...the pina colada flavor is soooooo good.

Amy said...

I love love LOVE green smoothies!!! I make one almost every time I come over to Mom's house. Someday I'll get me a vitamix and be able to eat yummy green smoothies every day!