Monday, January 7, 2013

Meatless Monday - Green Smoothie

One of our favorite after school snacks is a green smoothie.  For awhile Gaigai's lunch box came home with the veggies not eaten, so this was one way to make sure she was consuming more vegetables - especially greens!  Over break I had the pleasure of using my aunt's new Vitamix.

Vitamix It's Easy Being Green
Vitamix - It's Easy Being Green
We used the "It's Easy Being Green" recipe from the Vitamix cookbook to show my aunt how to use the Vitamix.

1 cup green grapes
1 medium orange, peeled, halved
1 medium banana, peeled, halved
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 medium apple, seeded, quartered
2 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
3-4 cups ice cubes

Add all ingredients in order.  Set Vitamix to smoothie setting and hit start.  If needed, push down ingredients.  Enjoy!

yields 5 cups

Vitamix smoothie ingredients
It's Easy to Be Green ingredients ready to go!
Obviously you can use pretty much use any ingredients you want.  At home we always start with a green (spinach, kale, romaine, broccoli, cucumbers) and some sort of liquid - unlike a Vitamix, my blender doesn't work if it's too dry, or too chunky, or too thick, or too...

TJ's power to the greens
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Then I let the kids choose some fruit - frozen fruit can take the place of ice cubes plus it's convenient and easy to always have on hand.   Frozen over ripe bananas are great as a sweetener - so are mangos and pineapples.  More of our favorite ingredients include coconut milk, flax, chia, sunflower butter, protein powder, soy milk, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, kefir, etc.

What are your favorite green smoothie ingredients?

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  1. So great how the kids love your smoothies!

  2. I make green smoothies 4-5x/week for breakfast (I add in protein powder and use coconut milk as base) and love them. I pretty much go with whatever greens and fruit I have on hand, add in some chia seeds and enjoy. And I got a Vitamix last year for Christmas--they are SO fantastic!

  3. I was JUST staring at my juicer, which is stuffed, unused, on top of my kitchen cabinets and thinking I should really pull it down and USE it. Now I really want to drag it out.


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