My First Green Smoothie

Green smoothieAlright, I suspect many of you dear readers have heard about green smoothies, but how many have actually tried it? I suspect not many. Well I'm here to show you how easy it is to get more green in your life without sacraficing taste. The first thing you need to know is your green smoothie does not have to be ALL green! What fun would that be? So here is what I want you to do my dear reader, go to one of my  blogs about smoothies, pick a fun recipee (like the one below), and add just a tiny little kale leaf, or spinach, Blend it in nice and smooth, and VOILA, your first green smoothie! As you feel more daring, slowly start adding more greens until you reach the maximum amount of greens you can put in your smoothies and they still taste great to you! A good goal to try and set is 70% fruit and 30% greens.

Why go Green?

  • Great source of fiber
  • great sourse of omega-3 unsaturated fat
  • helps the digestive system (then you wont have to buy the embarrasing stuff at the supermarket!)
  • Great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and  pretty much all those other vitamins listed on the back of your vitamin bottle!
  • Many have reported improvements in energy, skin condition, and digestion!
  • Helps with weight loss if used to replace  one of 5 small daily meals or used to fight junk food cravings!

  

Some great greens to put in your smoothie are :

strawberry tops, baby spinach, dandelion greens, kale, celery, watercress, escarole, mustard greens, turnip greens, carrot tops, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage,  and alphalpha.

 Fun Smoothie Recipee

 

 

1 banana
1 apple
4-5 strawberries
1-5 pieces of greens ( spinach leaves, parsley, or kale)
1/2 cup of ice
1 tablespoon  of flaxseed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!    -Healthygirl

 

Smoothielicious Part 2!

I've looked at my recent traffic on this page, and I seem to be getting a lot of page views on my smoothie article, so I thought I would make another one. Please feel free to leave comments and tell me what you would like to see more of! This blog is for you my dear readers! So without further adoo, I have have more recipes for you!

536224781_60beaea2e6_mRaspberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 large sliced ripe banana
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of ice 
  • 6 oz cup of strawberry banana yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)

     

     

     

     

    • For thicker, eat with a spoon, delicious smoothies, use frozen fruit

    • For those of you trying to lose weight or gain muscle, these fruit smoothies are great to put your supplements into!

    HoneySummer Hunny Fun

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup  strawberries
  • 1 cup  blueberries
  • 1 cup  cherries
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • splash of orange juice
  • 6oz cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional)

    *This will not all fit into a magic bullet blender, so the recipe will have to be cut in half if that is your blender of choice 

    Hope you enjoy these new recipes! Let me know what you think!

  • Smoothielicious!

      Best smoothie 

    Craving something sweet?  Who isn't? One great way to please the sweet tooth and keep a good figure is to have smoothies! These are great for summer and easy to make. The key to making great smoothies is to be experimental. Typically there are three ingredients: some fruit, some cream, some ice. By cream I mean yogurt, Ice Cream or Milk. I recommend using a Magic Bullet, but any blender will work. Try some of these healthy smoothie recipes when you get the chance!

    A few things to keep in mind when making smoothies:

    ~ Some of the most popular smoothie fruits are bananas, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

    ~ Crushed ice is easier on the blender, and takes less time. If you don't have crushed ice, it is available at Sonic for about a buck fifty for a whole bag!

    ~Flax Seed is a great additive for your smoothies. It's tasteless and has omega-3 essential fatty acids, lowers cancer risks, and helps with arthritis.

    ~If you are trying to get into green smoothies, but are afraid to start, try putting whole strawberries with the leaves on them. This will still give you a rich fruity taste, with a hint of green power!

    ~ For those lactose intolerant, dairy alternatives are just as tasty. Start experimenting!

    Here are a few healthy smoothie recipes of my own creations to get you started:

    Strawberry banana Strawberry Banana Smoothie

    (This is a great breakfast smoothie)

    4 large strawberries, fresh or frozen
    1 6oz. cup of strawberry or vanilla yogurt
    1 ripe banana
    1/2 cup of ice.
    1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional)

     

    Combine strawberries, yogurt and ice. Blend until perfectly smooth.
     
     
    Passion Fruit Explosion
     
    4-6 pieces of pineapple chunks
    2-3 peach slices
    1/2 banana
    1/2 cup of ice
    Splash of orange juice
    2 scoops of sherbert ice cream
    1 tablespoon of flaxseed (optional)
     
    Put items in blender from biggest to smallest, for optimal room in blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
     
    For more information on flaxseed:

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed