Green Smoothie

Recently we started ordering a small box of veggies from our local farmer.  The soil where they are grown is fertilized and nourished naturally with no synthetic fertilizers or artificial components.  I am loving it!  Every Wednesday we get our shipment (along with natural meat products) and it includes tons of greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard, bok choy, micro-greens, lettuce, etc).   I think this is an amazing way to take your health and your family’s health into your own hands.

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Since I am a busy Mom like many of you I don’t always have the time to chop up a salad and spend forever crunching away at it, SO I like to sometimes just make a green smoothie in the morning to get those greens in quickly, and honestly I feel better when I do it. (Most likely because of all of the great vitamins and minerals contained in those dark leafy greens).  We also get a large amount of greens in our shipment so it is a great way to use them up.

HOWEVER, sipping on kale I understand is probably not the most appetizing idea you think of in the morning….or any time of day for that matter  😉   But this green smoothie has been a simple go-to lately for me because it really doesn’t taste like “I AM NOW DRINKING A BIG CUP OF KALE.”   Yum?

I find that the banana and lemon really cut that “green” taste.  You can use any green you like….experiment a bit as each green has a different taste…some stronger than others.  There are only a few ingredients to throw together in no time.

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 large handful of kale (or other green of your choice)

Juice of one lemon

Small handful of frozen mango (you can try frozen berries, however you will get a gross brown colour that may make it less appetizing)  😉

Water (to desired consistency)

Blend on high until all ingredients are very well combined (no chunks allowed, because well that’s just gross).

Enjoy!

 

Frozen Chai Smoothie

This tastes like a Chai Latte but frozen instead. (YUM!)  If you like Chai Spice you can easily make your own at home and store it in a jar so it’s ready to go.  Just combine the following ingredients….

Chai Spice

1 Tsp Ground Cardamom

2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 Tsp Ground Cloves

1 Tsp Allspice

2 Tsp Ground Ginger

Adult and child friendly, you can use your new Chai Spice Blend to create this cold refreshing smoothie to have on a summer day!

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Ingredients:

1 Banana (peel and chop and freeze overnight)

1 Cup Coconut Milk

3 Ice Cubes

2 Dates (to sweeten)

1 Tsp Chai Spice

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.  Make sure to blend long enough that you don’t have chunks of date in your smoothie!  Alternatively you could use another sweetener like honey.

You can also adjust the amount of Chai Spice to your liking.

Other add-ins to boost the nutrients in this smoothie could be ground flax, kefir or hemp seeds.

Ahhhhh refreshing.

PS – I would love to know what else you’re using your Chai Spice in!

 

Rise & Shine Smoothie

Not only is this smoothie fresh and fruity, it aids in digestion through Papaya and Kefir.  Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids in digestion and they are also rich in Beta-carotene and Vitamin C.  This smoothie also contains “good fats” and other beneficial vitamins and minerals from the Avocado.

Kefir is a fermented milk product that contains loads of friendly bacteria.  Look for organic Kefir in the dairy section of the grocery store.

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Ingredients: (Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small)

1/2 Avocado

1 cup Chopped Papaya

3/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk alternative)

1 Tbsp Kefir

3 Ice Cubes

1 Big Splash of orange juice

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

When serving to kids I always like to use a cute glass (or these awesome jars) with a fancy paper straw.  Don’t forget, how it looks is just as important as how it tastes when it comes to your little kiddos  😉

Cacao Almond Smoothie

This smoothie is like a rich and creamy treat with a hint of chocolate!

Cacao nibs have a chocolate taste but are not as sweet.  They contain magnesium, fibre, iron and antioxidants.  If you are used to milk chocolate these may be an acquired taste.  In this smoothie however there is just a hint of the chocolate, but if you prefer you can also garnish your smoothie with dark chocolate chips instead of the cacao nibs.

Hemp seeds are also a great addition as they provide Omega 3 fatty acids and protein.

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Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 cup Almond Milk

1 Heaping Tbsp Almond Butter

1 Tsp Hemp Seeds

1/2 Tsp Cacao Nibs

3-4 Ice Cubes

*Extra cacao nibs & some shredded coconut for garnish

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.  Garnish with shredded coconut and cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips.

 

Creamy Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is nice and light and the cashews give it a creamy texture.  The cashews are soaked overnight for easier digestion.  If you are looking for a nut-free option you could substitute half an avocado for the cashews. (You will just end up with a greener looking smoothie)  🙂

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Smoothies are a great way to get in loads of nutrients.  They are especially great for little ones who may not otherwise eat some of the ingredients.  They will NEVER KNOW!  (Insert mischievous grin here).

Ingredients: (Makes about 4 cups of smoothie)

1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight in water and rinsed clean in the morning)

2 bananas

1 cup chopped pineapple

1 heaping tbsp plain greek yogurt

About 3-4 cups cold water (you can adjust amount of water for desired consistency)

To Make:

Blend all ingredients in blender until silky smooth.  Garnish with grapes and chunks of pineapple.

Enjoy!