Recipe Share – Green Smoothies.

21 Jan

If you were inspired by Tracy’s presentation on “Fueling for Fitness” you should try these recipes for green smoothies.  You can’t taste the spinach in either of these delicious drinks!

Fruit/Berry Green Smoothie
submitted by Jenn N.

Hi moms! I wanted to share my green smoothie recipe as a follow up to Friday’s meeting. There are several variations, you can google for recipes. My kids love it but you can start your kids off with more fruit than spinach to get them used to it. It may also be helpful to hide the color of the smoothie in a colored cup with a lid so they don’t get turned off before they give it a try! A higher powered blender will help reduce chunks too.

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen berries/fruit
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (optional)
1 TBSP either ground flax seed or ground chia seeds (you can find both of these at King Soopers. Flax is in the baking aisle, Dole chia seeds in the wellness store section)
1/2-1 banana (to sweeten)
1/4-1/2 cup water or coconut water (or more if you don’t want it too thick)

Blend spinach and water then add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Play around with it to get the right amounts for what tastes good to you. Once you are used to the green smoothie you can also add in or sub kale for the spinach. I recently bought a NurtiBullet blender at Bed Bath and Beyond with coupon for $80 and it completely blends with no chunks. Enjoy 🙂

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Mango or Peach  Green Smoothie
submitted by Miriam

I like thick, milkshake-like smoothies eaten with a spoon to reinforce in my mind that it’s a meal, not a drink.  For this reason I love the taste and texture of raw oats to thicken my smoothies.  You can substitute berries (fresh or frozen) or bananas for the mangoes or peaches.  To save time in the morning, put all the ingredients in your blender jar the night before and keep it in the fridge.  You’ll have breakfast at the press of a button in the morning!

1 cup fresh or frozen mangoes or peaches (Kent or champagne mangoes in the summer months are divine)
1-2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/4 to 1/3 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup milk or water
1/4 to 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (be sure to use one high in protein)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of ground cardamom (this will make it taste like an Indian mango lassi!)
optional: 2 Tbs slivered/sliced almonds

Place all ingredients into a blender jar and blend until smooth.  For extra smoothness, soak the oats in milk or water overnight.

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