Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Smoothies

Some great smoothie recipes from Rachelle

Strawberry Orange Pineapple Chard Smoothie

Have you ever heard people talk about how yummy their green smoothie tasted, but that it was such an ugly color? Well this would be that smoothie, but the kids wouldn't chance you skipping over this recipe so they ran across the street to the field and picked some flowers (picture below). Doesn't it look so much prettier!? I would even say that it is the prettiest smoothie in the book, which is good because it is definitely one of the tastiest!Yields 4-6 cups

Ingredients
• Juice from 3 large oranges
• 1-2 cups of Swiss chard
• 1 cup of strawberries
• 1 cup of pineapple
• water, if needed
• ice, to taste

Preparation
1. In the blender, add orange juice and chard and blend until smooth.
2. Add in strawberries, and pineapple.
3. Slowly add ice.
4. If needed, add water until the right consistency is achieved.





Pineapple Kale Smoothie
My husband made this smoothie. The kids adore when Daddy is in the kitchen preparing food, you will see why when you try his Almond Butter Milk Shake! But first, drink your greens.

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients
• 2 cups of water
• 1-2 cups of kale, stems removed
• 1 cup of pineapple
• 1 lemon, peeled and cut into fourths (or make it a half if you like it not so tart)
• 1 banana
• Ice, if desired

Preparation
1. In blender, add water and kale and blend until smooth.
2. Add in pineapple, lemon and banana.
3. Continue to blend until creamy.
4. Add ice until desired consistency is reached.




Cantaloupe Parsley Smoothie
This is one of my favorites! I love it so much and in the summer, when cantaloupe is so cheap, we enjoy it often. I never grow tired of it.

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients
• coconut water from one baby Thai coconut (or 1-2 cups of water)
• 1 cup of parsley
• 1/2 of a cantaloupe, seeded and chopped
• 1/2 banana
• liquid sweetener to taste


Preparation
1. In blender add coconut water and parsley and blend until well incorporated.
2. Add in cantaloupe and sweetener (we like to use dates in this recipe).
3. Blend until smooth.


Coconut Watermelon Green Smoothie

Cool and refreshing! Feel free to experiment with the greens in this one. I used cilantro and parsley, but I'm a little different that way.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
• 1 cup coconut water or milk
• 1 1/2 cups watermelon, chopped
• 1-2 cups greens
• 1 banana
• Ice, if desired

Preparation
1. In blender, add water or milk, watermelon and greens.
2. Blend until chunks are gone.
3. Add the banana and blend until smooth.
4. Add ice till desired coldness is reached.

 Blueberry Lemon Smoothie
The chia seed in this recipe is what really makes it special. The kids love it when I put chia in their smoothies because the texture is so fun!

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients
• 2 tsp chia seeds
• 1/4 cup of water (for soaking your chia)
• 1-2 cups water
• 1-2 cups of spinach
• 1 cup of blueberries
• 1 banana
• 1/2-1 lemon peeled and cut into slices


Preparation
1. Soak your chia seeds in the 1/4 cup of water for 5-10 minutes.
2. In the meantime, add water and spinach to your blender and blend until smooth.
3. Add in blueberries, banana and lemon.
4. Add ice until the desired coldness is reached.
5. When well blended add in chia seed mixture and on low setting mix in to your smoothie.
6. Garnish with lemon slices.


Strawberry Beet Green Smoothie

Although the greens make this smoothie so healthy, it is absolutely necessary that you try this recipe without them at least once to see the lovely shade of pink that it will make! It's sure to win your girls' hearts.

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients
• 1-2 cups of water
• 1 cup beet greens, with the stems cut off and chopped into smaller pieces
• 1 cup strawberries
• 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
• 1 large beet, peeled and chopped
• 1 banana
• 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
• 1 tablespoon hemp seed (optional)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• Ice cubes to reach desired coldness

Preparation
1. In blender, add water and beet greens until smooth.
2. Add in strawberries, carrot, beet, banana, flax, hemp and vanilla and continue to blend until smooth.
3. Add in ice cubes one at a time until you reach desired coldness.


Cherry Basil Limeade Smoothie

I love basil in smoothies. It has such a clean, fresh flavor. If basil is still new for you, perhaps add a little less to start with, but if you love it as much as I do, be extra generous with your 1/2 cup.

Makes 4-6 cups

Ingredients
• water from one baby Thai coconut
• juice from 1/2 a lime (or if you would like, use the juice from the whole lime like I do)
• 1/2 heaping cup of fresh basil
• 1 heaping cup of spinach
• 1 banana
• 1 cup pitted cherries (or frozen)
• ice cubes if using fresh cherries to reach desired coldness

Preparation
1. In blender, add coconut water, lime juice, basil and spinach.
2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
3. Add in banana and cherries and blend again, until smooth.
4. Add in ice until desired coldness is reached.

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