Wednesday, February 6, 2013

For the smoothie freaks

green_smoothie_recipesYes, I am the girl that posts pictures of what I eat & drink and I’m totally ok with that. I happen to love food and taking photos of it. 

I often take pictures of my morning smoothies and sometimes get questions about what goes into them. When I first started making smoothies I made what I could from the recipes in this book. Some of the recipes in the book call for some foraging. If you’re looking to blend other greens besides the usual kale and spinach then there are a lot of great recipes in there for not just smoothies but soup too.

I tend to stick with the usual organic fruit and veg I find at the local grocery store but I have put an order in for a crate of local stuff to be delivered. I don’t really know what’s coming (kind of exciting) so my fingers are crossed I get some good stuff and I can order them weekly.

After reading about what smoothies can do for for the body and mind I started slowly introducing them into my belly. I don’t really want to say diet because I so don’t have a routine. I just wanted to get more green and fruit in me. If you’re new to smoothies I think reading about the benefits and what to watch out for is worth a google! Starting slow is best as your tum may not be used to all of the acid at first and it isn’t for everyone ect…

K, so the smoothie that started it all was:

1 handful of spinach
1 ripe banana
1 ripe mango

8-10 strawberries with stems
1 apple (I use pink lady apples)
water or apple juice (add depending on how smooth you like it)

Ryan refuses to drink the green stuff so sometimes I’ll blend everything but the spinach, pour him half, add the spinach and blend again.

1 handful of kale
1 frozen banana (started peeling and freezing ripe bananas in chunks..such a game changer)
1-2 tablespoons almond butter
1 handful of some kind of berry (I have used frozen raspberries or blueberries)
unsweetened almond milk (add depending on how smooth you like it)

The other smoothies I make are mostly experiments with what I have at home. There are tons of smoothie recipes out there and it’s easy to create your own. Just make sure there’s a balance of fibers. A good smoothie needs soluble fibers (creamy fruits like banana, mango, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, apricots ect.) and insoluble fibers (apples, cucumbers, carrots, seeds & nuts, grapes, dark leafy vegetables ect). Depending on the smoothie or what my body wants, I might add other good things like flax seed, coconut oil or wheatgrass powder.

If I’m feeling uninspired I’ll just hop on Pinterest and search for green smoothies. I found this long list of recipes that I often go back to.

Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes? I’d love to try them. It’s good to switch it up so you don’t get bored so feel free to share any recipes or tips!x

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