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Going Green by Using a Rainbow

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green smoothie ideasI consider myself a morning smoothie mixologist, I’m always looking for the most flavor with the best nutrition possible. Vivi will drink just about anything I make while Addie is a little trickier, I know if she likes something I made then I did really well. Cody is by far the most difficult person to please, he swears he can taste every little healthy thing I sneak into my smoothies and claims they all taste like ground up dirt and weeds. *eye roll* I try keep a grand variety of mix-ins on hand, allowing me to switch up from fruity and tropical, tangy and tart, to creamy and rich. I’ve only made one that was truly terrible, not enough pineapple in, way too much spinach, I tried to balance it out and ended up with 48 ounces of slushy spinach water. Some additives (chia, protein powder, hemp, and some berries) can change the texture of your smoothie while others (spinach mixed with any brightly colored fruit) can change the final smoothie color to a very unappetizing brown (but they still taste good!) Blueberries will leave little flecks, chia seeds will stick to everything and it’s a good idea to put the smaller things on bottom (seeds, powders, flavorings) then your leafy things, solids, liquid then ice. Adding things in this order makes sure that your seeds and leaves don’t stick to the side, your powders get mixed in completely and the liquids have a chance to bind everything. One of my absolute most favorite discoveries is PB2 powder, all the protein and flavor of peanut butter with 85% less fat. The peanuts are dry roasted, then the oil (and a majority of the fat) is pressed out. Here’s a few of my most favorite mix-ins as well as some popular ones I have on my list of things to try:

Bases:

  • Kefir
  • Greek yogurt
  • Juice (Take your pick, as long as it’s 100%)
  • Milk (Almond, Soy, Hemp, Rice, Dairy, Coconut)
  • Non-Fat Plain Frozen Yogurt

Healthy Boosters:

  • Spinach or Kale (Kale has a stronger flavor than spinach)
  • Flax
  • Hemp seed
  • Hemp protein powder
  • Chia seeds (These will turn slightly gelatinous in liquids)
  • Wheat grass
  • Coconut oil (I’ve always been able to taste coconut oil in mine)
  • Tofu (firm or soft)
  • Avocado
  • Raw egg or egg whites

Fruits (these blend in well and easily, fresh blend easier than frozen. You won’t have to use as much, if any ice with frozen fruit.)

  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi (whole, with skin)
  • Strawberries (with stems)
  • Pineapple
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Blueberries
  • Mango
  • Raspberries and blackberries (but they leave behind seeds)

Bonus Flavor Boosters:

  • Vanilla
  • Honey
  • Stevia
  • Xylitol
  • Carob or cocoa powder
  • PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon

Finally, here’s a few of my favorite recipes, as well as some of from my friends. I’d love to tell you measurements, but I just eyeball it (sorry.)

– Plain Greek yogurt, pineapple, 1/2 banana, honey, spinach, chia and ice

– Raspberry kefir, frozen berries, spinach, whole kiwi, egg and ice.

– Orange juice, vanilla Greek yogurt, pineapple, 1/2 banana, chia, hemp, and ice.

-Almond milk, PB2 powder, avocado, hemp seed, and ice

– Plain Greek yogurt, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, hemp protein powder, splash of almond milk, and ice.

How about you, any favorite recipes, add-ins or ingredients?

 

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