Thursday, January 5, 2012

Recipe: Green Smoothie

A lot of us have made it a new years goal to eat healthier.

A great way to get extra fruits and vegetables in your diet is to drink smoothies.

I like the green ones.
This smoothie is sweet and yummy. 

This was introduced to me by my friend Desiree at

She has really great ideas about easy things you can do to eat healthier.

Green Smoothies are one of my favorites.
Desiree's recipe is different then mine.

Here is how I do it.

In case you can't read that the recipe is:

1/3 c. vanilla yogurt (if you use organic there is no added sugar)
1/2 frozen banana
1 handful frozen fruit.
    Whatever you like, I bought bag with a blend of
    strawberries, mangoes, peaches and pineapple.
A little bit of kale.
    Kale is really good for you but I don't use a whole lot because
    it kind of tastes like you threw some leaves from your backyard in your smoothie.
    In fact make it without the kale the first few times to warm yourself up to it.
A handful of spinach.
A drizzle of water (about 1/2-ish cup)
Blend for about 2 minutes until it's smooth.

This is about enough for 1 adult, and maybe a little child.
When I make it for the whole family I fill the blender all the way to the top.

This recipe is not exact, I usually just throw things in without measuring.

It will also help if you have a good blender.

My kids really love this stuff too.
They drink it right up and ask for seconds.

I have proof, see.
I do have one stubborn son who acts like they are poisonous.
The other three really like them.

So here's to healthier eating!


Elise said...

Looking good! You are an amazing mom!

Jillian McKenzie said...

We've fallen in love with hot pink smoothies. I looked up The Green Smoothie Girl on YouTube to see how she makes hers. She doesn't give out any specific measurements in it but I make it as follows:

2 c. Coconut water (the Costco here sells it, otherwise I've seen it at Whole Foods, Sunflower market may have it as well. GSG actually tears into a real coconut but I don't have that kind of time).

1 small or 1/2 of medium to large beet
1 whole carrot
8 -ish dates
1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla

-Blend, then add:

2 -ish handfuls of frozen strawberries (I buy the large bag at Costco)
-Blend again. Enjoy!

(again, this isn't really my recipe. Look up Green Smoothie Girl. It's hers.)

Jillian McKenzie said...

I forgot to mention the Cashews. I put in a small handful of raw cashews (make sure they're not salted or roasted and get them at Winco, they're cheapest there.)

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

We love green smoothies! We add a little peanut butter to ours also... its pretty tasty if you like PB! Jillians smoothie sounds kinda tasty too ;)

Peggy said...

This does look good! I'll have to try the kale. Ha ha silly me I forgot all about the bananas. Thanks


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