Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Green Smoothies!

I am SUPER excited for tomorrow's post!  I can't wait to share it with you.  Lindsay S. Nixon, author of the Happy Herbivore has made another amazing cookbook and is doing a blog tour.  I will have an exclusive interview and a sneak peek at one of her delicious recipes to share with you tomorrow.

Lindsay S. Nixon is a rising star in the culinary world, praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low fat recipes that taste just as delicious as they are nutritious. Lindsay's recipes have been featured in Vegetarian Times, Women's Health Magazine and on The Huffington Post. Lindsay is also a consulting chef at La Samanna, a luxury resort and four-star restaurant in the French West Indies. You can learn more about Lindsay and sample some of her recipes at


And now for today's post:

I love a good green smoothie!  I was introduced to them about a year ago and can't believe I never thought of this before.  Veggies mixed in with fruit so you can hardly taste them?  Awesome!

These are fantastic for breakfast.  I will often have one for breakfast and then have some left over to have for a snack later in the day.  My kids love them, my husband loves them, pretty much you can't lose with these in our home.  Sometimes we even make them extra thick and call them 'ice cream' and serve them in a bowl with a spoon as a treat for our kids.  (Wild and crazy?  I know!)  The color can be a little hard to get over at first (add more berries if this bothers you), but once you get that perfect balance, you'll be diggin' them too.

I make this recipe most often:

1 1/2-2 cups soy/rice/almond milk (whatever you've got)
1-2 giant handfuls of carrots
1-2 giant handfuls of spinach or 2-3 leafs of Kale, whichever I'm in the mood for.
1 banana
1-2 cups of your favorite frozen fruit.  (I use the festival blend from Costco.  It has mangos, pineapple, papaya, and strawberries.)

Throw it all in your blender until nice and smooth and enjoy!  (Sometimes I'll add in some silken tofu for extra protein, orange juice for a different flavor, blueberries, really you can use whatever you like.  That's the beauty of the green smoothie.)

I've also made this recipe and enjoy it.

2 baby cucumbers
2-3 stalks of celery
1 green apple
2 giant handfuls of spinach or 2-3 leafs of kale
A can of pineapple, juice and all

This website has a really great recipe.

And another great recipe:

Green Monster Smoothie
1 banana, roughly chopped
4 or 5 strawberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 small peach, peeled and roughly chopped
1 heaping cup (or more) fresh spinach leaves, thoroughly rinsed
splash vanilla soy milk (or more to get it churning)
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup crushed ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
*this recipe makes a very large smoothie- two could easily share.

I know that there are a million different ways to make a green smoothie and hundreds of ingredients you can put into them, what are some of your favorites?  Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear how you make yours.