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Recipe: Mango Banana Smoothie

Recipe: Avocado Smoothie

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I love this smoothie!  To be honest, I did not expect to like this the first time I tried it.  I had an avocado that I wanted to use up, so I searched the web for a recipe, and I found this Avocado recipe from Allrecipes.com.   To my surprise, it was creamy, cool, and delicious!  Since then, I have made a few modifications to suit my taste and preferences, and it has become one of my favorite smoothies.  This smoothie is a nice change from my usual smoothies that contain banana.  My other recipes usually use at least one frozen ingredient, so ice is not necessary, but I think this one is perfect as is with the ice.  Even if you’re not a huge fan of avocado, I think you may be surprised.  Give it a try and let me know what you think! 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 oz. strawberry yogurt (or flavor of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 8 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to blender.  Blend until smooth.  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

We have a new favorite smoothie in our house!  I have been on the green smoothie kick lately, but last week I decided to try something different and see if my daughters would give it a try.  My 11-year-old and 6-year-old both loved it!!  They have been finishing this smoothie daily and asking for more!  Like many moms, I am always looking for ways to get as many fruits, vegetables, and superfoods into our diet as possible.  This is an easy way to do it.  This smoothie is packed with superfoods…bananas, pumpkin, oranges and pineapple!  For a great resource and list of 50 superfoods, check out this link.  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! 🙂

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:
¾ cup orange juice (I prefer freshly juiced, but store-bought also works)

1 cup organic vanilla yogurt (I like Stonyfield French Vanilla) OR 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt and 1 Tablespoon Local Honey

½ cup pumpkin puree

½ cup fresh pineapple chunks

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice* (see below for substitution)

2 frozen bananas (make sure they are ripe when you freeze them)

Instructions:
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender except the bananas.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Add the bananas.  Blend until smooth.

Yield:  Approximately 34 fl oz

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Update:  1/31/2014 – My kids love this drink and ask me to make it for them every day.  I finally ran out of the pumpkin pie spice, and when I went to buy more I noticed that it was $5.99 for 1.12 oz.  I decided I didn’t want to pay that much for it, so I did some research and found a recipe to make it myself.  Here it is:

Pumpkin Pie Spice

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon allspice or cloves

Store in an airtight container.

Recipe: Peanut Butter Raspberry Green Smoothie

I have a new favorite smoothie (and it is kid-friendly, too!)

Over the past week, I have tried this recipe with many different additions and variations, but so far this one is my favorite.  My 11-year-old daughter loves it, too!  Here is the recipe:

Raspberry Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

 

INGREDIENTS:

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½ cup apple juice (preferably freshly juiced in a juicer, but store-bought works, too.  Our favorite apple to juice is Gala, but try different types to see what you like best )

½ cup water

¾ cup tightly packed organic greens (I use baby spinach & spring mix, but any greens you like will work)

2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen raspberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend apple juice, water, and greens in a blender until greens are dissolved.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until completely smooth.

A few notes:

1. It is very important to use frozen raspberries and banana.  If you don’t have frozen, you may want to add a handful of ice.  I have found that you cannot taste the greens at all if the smoothie is very cold.  If you let it get warm, you will begin to taste the greens.

2. You do not need a fancy blender.  Mine is over 12 years old, and is still working just fine.

3.  If you prefer it thicker, use less liquid.  Feel free to play with it and add nuts, seeds, pineapple, different berries, different types of juice or milk in place of the apple juice and water, etc.  I love smoothies because you can play with the recipes and adjust according to your own preferences.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!  Enjoy  🙂

 

Peanut Butter Raspberry Green Smoothie

Prep time: 

Total time: 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup apple juice (grape juice or orange juice will also work)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup tightly packed organic greens (I use baby spinach & spring mix, but any greens you like will work)
  • 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
Instructions
  1. Blend apple juice, water, and greens in a blender until greens are dissolved.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until completely smooth.
Notes
1. It is very important to use frozen raspberries and banana. If you don't have frozen, you may want to add a handful of ice. I have found that you cannot taste the greens at all if the smoothie is very cold. If you let it get warm, you will begin to taste the greens.

2. You do not need a fancy blender. Mine is over 12 years old, and is still working just fine.

3. If you prefer it thicker, use less liquid. Feel free to play with it and add nuts, seeds, pineapple, different berries, different types of juice or milk in place of the apple juice and water, etc. I love smoothies because you can play with the recipes and adjust according to your own preferences.