As I've begun writing my blogs, I realize I am following a theme here...celebrating.
I want to celebrate life...enjoy it...look for the good in it. Life is too short to be caught up in envying, back-biting, wishing for the what-ifs, and being miserable. So, celebrating is my theme and my chosen view for life.
This week I have celebrated smoothies...green ones to be precise. I have made
smoothies before and thoroughly enjoyed them, but I had never tried green ones. I went to the store with the intent of buying kale, but it looked terrible. I then went to Sam's, again to buy kale, but they didn't have any, so I bought spinach instead.
I became interested in green smoothies by reading Alaskansnobunni's AR blog.
She lives in North Pole, Alaska. I got started reading her blog (and petey's) just because their lives are so different from mine, in different places, with very different circumstances, not to mention weather! In Karla's blog, she mentioned the benefits of
green smoothies, and I got interested.
So, my first green smoothie to try was...drum roll please...Green
Smoothie! This particular day, I had read and reread all the recipes and other sites. I guess I got myself confused, because I kind of made this recipe...and I kind of didn't. I guess I now officially belong to Zeebee's RTA, Recipe Tweakers Anonymous.
I used spinach instead of kale, I didn't freeze my banana, I added ice cubes, and I added vanilla yogurt. What? Not the recipe at all you say? Oh well, read the reviews. The others aren't either! But I was hooked on green smoothies. I couldn't taste the spinach
The next day, I tried Groovy
Green Smoothie. I did follow the recipe this time...except I put in 2 cups of spinach instead of 1 1/2 cups. Again, it was delicious. I've had people who don't drink green smoothies ask me what it tastes like, and all I can say is that it is a predominant
banana and yogurt fruity deliciousness with a beautiful shade of green.
Now, these two smoothies were very sweet. Probably because of the vanilla yogurt.
So when I went to the grocery store, I bought something I had never tasted but had been wanting to try - Vanilla Almond Breeze. My thoughts were that this would diminish the sweet taste considerably. So, for my next green smoothie, I made up the recipe myself.
I used 1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Breeze, about a cup of grapes, a banana, 2 cups spinach, and some whole frozen strawberries. Sure enough, this smoothie was less sweet but still very good, and I still could not taste the spinach. The only thing is that it was
a much darker shade of green, not as pretty as the others I had made. It looked much better when it had just 1 cup spinach in it, but that's an easy fix. And because I was sick with a terrible head cold, I forgot to take a picture. Wish I had so you could
see how ugly it was :)
Today for lunch, I decided to try Green
Slime Smoothie. (The title should have given me a clue) I put my spinach in the freezer an hour before I wanted lunch and waited. From reading the reviews, I realized I would probably have to add liquid, especially since I don't own a Vitamix. I had some
pineapple juice in the frig from some canned fruit and decided to use 1/2 cup of that to start with. Then I added my banana and blended well. After that, I added half the spinach and blended and then added the other half and blended again. I then added 1 cup
of my frozen strawberries. My smoothie was quite thick at this point, so I just added another cup of refrigerated strawberries. It was so thick, I knew I didn't need any ice. And because I'm not fond of honey, I omitted that, too. I got the not so sweet
smoothie I was looking for, but the color was less than desirable. It was a pale chocolate color. Odd to look at and then drink. I'm not sure what the predominant flavor was. Definitely not banana. Maybe a mix between pineapple juice and strawberries? But
it was still good and I felt as though I was feeding my cold something good and healthy to make it go away faster.
My next green smoothie experiment will be to try the kale. Hopefully, I'll
be able to find some that looks decent. I'd also like to try some green smoothies with carrots and other veggies in them. I'm wondering what they're like.
When I checked my recipe box, I realized I have tried 22 smoothie recipes and
liked most of them! Do you have any favorite ones? What about any TNT or personal recipes for green smoothies, especially ones that aren't quite so sweet? And finally, what about recipes with Vanilla Almond Breeze?