Smoothies

A few friends have been asking about the smoothies I mentioned here, so this is just a little extra post with a few of my favorite recipes.  If you have a genius smoothie or two of your own, let me know in the comments, I’d love to try it!

 

(The smoothie above is banana, strawberry, kale, celery, carrots, almond milk, and chia seeds.  The straw photo is random.  I know.  We just picked those up from Target and have been loving them with our smoothies.  Everything tastes better out of a pretty straw.)

The truth is, I rarely make the exact thing twice.  I usually just throw in whatever I have on hand . . . but these are a few flavor combos that I come back to over and over.

*Breakfast Smoothie

(This is basically this recipe, from one of my fave food blogs.  I also recommend this, this, and this as delicious breakfast options from that blog!)

1.5 Cup Spinach (or kale)

1.5 frozen banana

1 peeled orange

1 T flax seeds (or chia seeds)

1/2 Almond milk

 

*Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

1 frozen banana

1.5 C frozen or fresh berries (The texture will be thicker with frozen, and more like eating fro yo than a smoothie . . . but I get no complaints when I serve it up)

1/2 C oatmeal (uncooked)

1 C almond milk

1T chia seeds

1 carrot.  Yep.  You can sneak carrots into almost anything without altering the flavor.  Spinach also seems to blend in pretty well, but it does change the color.  If your little one is sketched out by a green drink go with blueberries – they turn it all purple.  ; )

 

These bottom three are really desserts.  They are fantastic right out of the blender, but even better frozen.

 

*Zoe’s favorite:

2-3 C watermelon

1/4 C fresh packed mint

1-2 small peeled limes

Sometimes I add a half a cup or so of water, but the watermelon is usually juicy enough to blend right up.

This makes the most refreshing popsicle you’ve ever tasted.  ever.

 

Eva’s favorite:

2 C strawberries (fresh or frozen)

2 peeled lemons

1/2 C fresh packed basil leaves

1 1/2  frozen bananas

1 T honey

1 C water

1-2 C ice

This doesn’t really even qualify as a smoothie . . . we stick it straight in the freezer and eat is as sorbet about two hours later.  Even typing the recipe is making my mouth water.

 

My favorite:

Also not really a smoothie, this has more of a soft serve texture.  My own mom sent me this recipe and I LOVE it.  So perfect for those massive chocolate cravings.  It tastes just like a frosty. Mmmmmm.

1.5 frozen banana

1/4 C almond milk

1 t vanilla

1/2 t cinnamon

2 T unsweetened cocoa powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christie {Pepper Lynn} - May 16, 2012 - 2:24 pm

I think I am going to have to pick up some of those snazzy straws! The plain disposables ones in my kitchen don’t have anything on yours. 🙂

And I love the idea of a watermelon-mint-lime smoothie… I will be trying that soon!

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