Homemade Smoothies


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Dark green leafy vegetables are probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food.  I can’t always eat what I need each day, so I drink them instead.  Nothing beats the nutritional value of making your own smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables without all the added sugars and additives.

Some people prefer juicing, I personally prefer using food in it’s whole form so I don’t lose any nutrients or the necessary fiber our bodies need. 22 oz of raw greens yields about 8 cups finely chopped, a food processor works great.  I like to blend different greens together, and store them in 2 cup containers in the freezer until I need them.

The first two recipes store nicely in a pitcher or a couple of quart mason jars. Each recipes provides me with about two 8oz glasses a day. You can turn any smoothie into a meal by adding a well balanced protein or meal replacement powder. Simply add protein when you are ready to drink your smoothie.

All ingredients are raw and organic where possible. I keep many different ingredients in the freezer to have on hand.

Green smoothie

Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups finely chopped greens
  • 2 cups apple, grape juice, coconut water or a mixture
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 4 cups mango
  • 2 TBSP lemon or lime juice
  • 2 TBSP Chia seeds
  • 2 TBSP flax seed, mulled or whole

Puree in blender in 2 batches so the produce has plenty of room to break down.

Tropical smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

  • 2 cups mango
  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, dried or frozen
  • 1 6oz plain unsweetened greek yogurt
  • 2 TBSP flax seed, mulled or seed
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana per serving, reserved
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups coconut water

Puree all ingredients in a blender except banana. Add banana when ready to drink each serving.

pumpkin pie spice

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup plain pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp flax, mulled or seed
  • 1/4 tsp chia seed
  • 1 cup ice

Puree all ingredients in a blender. Dust the top with more pumpkin pie spice if desired. This is delicious desert smoothie that is not too sweet, good any time of the year. Yield 1 serving.

Making your own healthy masterpieces is easy! Experiment and enjoy.

Bon Appetite~

 

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