Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Green Smoothie - Yum!

I've heard about smoothies made with spinach, and truthfully, they sounded kind of gross. However, our regular smoothie recipe was getting a little old, so I decided I was ready to give this green smoothie thing a try. It was actually VERY good! I've made it two days in a row and both days my boys slurped them right down and asked for seconds.

Smoothies have become a mainstay in our household. They provide a surefire way to get some good nutrition into our picky children. Not to mention, I feel great after I drink one!

It's hard to go wrong with a smoothie. There are a million variations you can use. Here's the recipe I used for the green smoothie we made today (shown above):
  • a few handfuls of fresh organic spinach
  • frozen strawberries (I get Publix brand for the best price)
  • fresh pineapple (often on sale at Publix for $3.99)
  • 2 bananas
  • about a cup of organic non-fat plain yogurt
  • about a cup of Bolthouse Farms 100% Carrot Juice
  • a splash of orange juice
  • a splash of flax seed oil
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  1. This sounds really delicious. Once the boys are straw-proficient, we'll give it a try.

  2. This looks yummy!

    I saw this recipe. Thinking about trying it. Changing the buttermilk to soy milk and the cottage cheese to tofu. Thought you might like it since you make smoothies!

    Tangy and Cool Buttermilk and Avocado Smoothie
    One cup of this fill-you-up smoothie will make only a 145-calorie dent in your diet. Here's how you make it:

    1 cup organic fat-free cottage cheese, such as Horizon brand
    2 cups 1% low-fat buttermilk
    1/2 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
    1 tablespoon organic agave nectar, such as Madhava brand
    4 ice cubes or 1/2 cup crushed ice

    Place the cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk in a blender. Cover and blend until fairly smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the blender; add the avocado. Cover and blend until fairly smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining buttermilk and the agave nectar; cover and blend 10 seconds. Add the ice; cover and blend until the smoothie is thick and the ice has melted.

    Nutritional Information (per 1-cup serving; makes 4)
    Calories: 145
    Saturated fat: 1.5 grams
    Unsaturated fat: 3 grams
    Carbohydrates: 15 grams
    Protein: 11 grams
    Fiber: 2 grams
    Calcium: 178 milligrams
    Sodium: 342 milligrams
    Magnesium: 7 milligram