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Pink Monster Smoothie Recipe & Tips

Smoothies rock!

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Smoothie Tips:

*When using green leafy veggies, blend them with your liquid(s) first, and then blend the frozen fruit.

*Use a banana or avocado to get the "smooth" consistency (and extra vitamins).

*If you struggle with having chunks of fruits after blending, consider adding one fruit at a time until well blended.  

*Smoothies are great for picky eaters because you can "hide" the vegetables (spinach and green chard are perfect choices because you don't taste them at all).  You can even make it fun for kids by adding a straw or putting it in a fun cup. 

Bottom line: Load up on those fruit & veggies, and don't give up :-)

Fast cleaning tip: After enjoying your smoothie, put some water with a few drops of dish detergent in the blender and mix for a few seconds.  This will prevent difficult cleaning later.  

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I got this recipe from A Dash of Soul's blog.

Pink Monster Smoothie

by A Dash of Soul

Ingredients (Serve 1)

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 11 oz mandarin oranges
  • 1 banana (I used a frozen one)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Instructions

Blend and enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

I'm so glad to finally have a blender, so I can create (and borrow) smoothie recipes again. I credit smoothies with helping me transition to a plant-based lifestyle and try to drink at least 2 per day.

This recipe is from Jenné at Sweet Potato Soul.

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Brazil or Almond Milk (I used soy milk)

1 baked sweet potato, flesh only 

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or mix of cinnamon and nutmeg)

1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (I used 1/2 tbsp instead)

optional:

2 tbsp coconut milk

1/2 cup pecans (I used walnuts)

Directions:

In a blender, mix all ingredients (save coconut milk and pecans) until smooth. Taste and make any necessary additions. Serve in a glass, and top with a dollop of coconut milk or cream, and pecans.

I froze my cooked sweet potato for about 30 minutes before adding to the blender for a chilled dessert.

Watch Jenné make this delicious smoothie here.

Chocolate Smoothie for Breakfast? Why Not?

My oldest son has been avoiding breakfast each morning since school started last week.  I think he’s probably adjusting to the new schedule and using that time to fully wake up.  I don’t like sending him to school on an empty stomach, so I decided to serve him a chocolate smoothie.  Chocolate for breakfast? Maybe I should feel guilty, but I don’t. :-)

 

Ingredients:

3 handfuls of fresh spinach

1 cup of soy or almond milk

2 tablespoons of cacao powder

1 frozen banana

1 teaspoon of cacao nibs (optional)

1-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (optional)

1 tablespoon of agave nectar (optional; for sweetness)

Blend all ingredients except the cacao nibs. Pour into a glass and top with cacao nibs

Cacao powder & nibs are raw chocolate and an excellent source of fiber and magnesium.

 

After Hurricane Irene, Simon wrote a poem while we sat in the dark.

Moonlight

Moonlight moonlight;

Shining so bright;

Shining so bright that it makes me want to write

 

He enjoyed his smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie



I'm so sad this beautiful summer is coming to an end. #tears

Here's a last minute recipe before watermelons and strawberries are no longer in season.

Ingredients:

2 cups of seedless watermelon

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup of soymilk or almond milk

1/2 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries

1/2 cup of ice

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!