Green Smoothies

I’ve been concentrating on finding the best green smoothies I can find. I know some are thinking ew, but it’s a pretty good way to get more “green” in your diet. And believe it or not, alot of these greens are amazingly good blended into fruits. They aren’t at all what you think they’d be like. Fresh and blended with fruit they taste so different (or not noticeably at all) compared to cooked versions of the same vegetable.
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One of the easiest ways to get more green is to put some spirulina in your regular smoothie. Remember with spirulina, a little bit goes a long way.

Sweet Kale
I really wanted to get more Kale in my diet, it’s one of those hero foods. I must say, it’s better as a smoothie than cooked.
3 large Kale leaves (no stems)
1 cup of water
1 peeled Kiwi
1 Banana

Fresh spring smoothie
I call it that because all I can think when I drink it is how “fresh” and springy it feels. Plus it leaves my breath smelling good.
Giant handful of Parlsey
1 cup of strawberries
1/2 inch of peeled ginger
1 cup of Cashew Kefir (water will work as well and has less calories)

Peppery
Arugula gives it a little peppery taste and with a peach that isn’t overly sweet, you get a good drink that isn’t too deserty.
1 cup Arugala
1 cup Spinache leaves
1 Peach
1 cup of water
Agave or Honey if needed to sweeten it

Hidden greens
Hidden because sometimes you can get your kids to drink a berry “shake” but not to eat their greens. Spinache is easy to hide in really flavorful berries.
1 cup water
1 cup of spinache leaves
1.5 cups of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

Each of these smoothies are blended in the blender until smooth. Nothing fancy. Just blended.

KNITTING….

I did find some knitting time over the weekend. My sprout has it’s arms attached and is at that odd looking baby sweater with fat arms stage:
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The top down raglan has had it’s arms separated.
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I have a lot of work to do this week so I don’t expect the sweaters to move much beyond those stages. February really kicked my butt with having a ton of work to do and being a really short month. This week I plan to have an update for the shop. Spindles, fiber and yarn.

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11 Responses to Green Smoothies

  1. Sara says:

    *waves fingers for subliminal message effect*

    You should totally bring samples of the smoothies to KAN…

  2. aimeed says:

    Thanks for the smoothie recipes. Our favorite is really similar to the “hidden greens”, except for just a cup of berries (usually blue) and a banana. My dh’s fave is just a banana, a giant handful of spinach and a little apple juice or water. Think I’ll go make one now.

  3. Amy says:

    I always wanted one of those mega-juicers that they demo at the fair where you can throw in all sorts of fruits and vegies and come out with the equivalent of that V8 Splash juice without all the sugar.

    Your knitting is looking great! You got so much done this weekend. I am feeling more productive now that it isn’t February too. I think it was just a cosmicaly bad month for everybody!

  4. wendy says:

    Thanks for the recipes…They look yummy.
    Hubby is a smoothie king in our house but he refuses to add *grasp* green stuff.

    Which do you like best, top down or bottom up when knitting a regular (plain) raglan sweater? and why?

  5. Lucia says:

    One of the Odwalla flavors looks for all the world like pond scum but is actually quite OK to drink. I’ll save these recipes in case I can ever eat fruit again.

  6. Arleta says:

    That smoothie looks pretty. lol
    They sound pretty good, actually. pretty knitting!

  7. naomi says:

    Well, I do love kale/banana smoothies (which are a specialty of my favorite coffeeshop), but I also like cooked kale. I just like kale…especially baby purple-stemmed kale.

  8. Hi! I love green smoothies (and all kinds of raw vegan smoothies in general). I have a number of different recipes posted on my blog (www.KristensRaw.blogspot.com) that you might be interested in.

    Keep up the awesome work…they can do wonders for your body :)

    Cheers!

  9. Cindy/Snid says:

    NOW I know what they made polyjuice potion from…

    ;)

  10. Monika says:

    What a great idea! I don’t like eating cooked veggies. In fact last night I made some carrots and zucchini, and after giving my husband his share ended up giving the rest to my dogs. I love raw veggies however, but would have never thought of blending them. Thanks for the tip!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I’m one of the “ew” green smoothie people. It does look like a good way to increase the intake of veggies though.

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