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Green Monster Smoothie

Ever since the first time I heard of a green monster smoothie I was intrigued.  How could a smoothie with this much spinach in it not taste like, well, spinach?  I see variations of these green smoothies all the time on food blogs and healthy living blogs and everyone swears you cannot taste the spinach.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like the taste of spinach; it’s just not something I would have thought would be good in a smoothie.

But after making these delicious green monster smoothies, I can say that it’s true- aside from the pretty green color it imparts, you really cannot tell that there is spinach in these smoothies.  But it’s there (and lots of it too- 3 cups!).  It’s a great addition because it bumps up the nutrition factor, providing lots of calcium, vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.  This smoothie is so refreshing.  I love the flavors of pineapple, pear, citrus, and bananas, and the honey adds a touch of sweetness.  The next time you are looking for a healthy snack or breakfast treat, try this smoothie recipe!

Green Monster Smoothie

(print recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (frozen or not), cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
  • 1 pear, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ cups orange juice
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1-2 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust sweetness with additional honey, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Yield: 2-3 servings

Source: Annie’s Eats

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Fruity Smoothie

Lately I have been making a lot of smoothies.  They are the perfect snack!  This smoothie has mangoes, banana, peaches, orange juice, and raspberry or mango sorbet in it.  It is an adaptation of this recipe, and I have made it many times.  I hope you like this smoothie recipe as much as I do!

Fruity Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, broken up into a few pieces
  • ½ cup frozen mango cubes
  • ½ cup frozen sliced peaches
  • ½ cup raspberry or mango sorbet
  • ¾ cup orange juice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.  If needed, add a little extra orange juice and blend until the smoothie is the correct consistency.

Yield: 1 large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies

Variation: To make a blueberry, banana, peach smoothie, use blueberries instead of mangoes.

White Wine Sangria

White Wine Sangria

If you are a wine enthusiast like me, then you will love sangria.  While I do enjoy the occasional cocktail or beer, wine has always been my beverage of choice.  Sangria is a fun twist on wine, and it’s the perfect fruity summer drink.  It’s been on my “to make” list for quite some time, so when my family came over for dinner last weekend, it was the perfect opportunity to mix up a pitcher of sangria.  Everyone loved it, including my younger brother who doesn’t even like wine very much!

Since this was my first time making sangria, I searched around on the Food Network’s website for a recipe that looked good.  During my search, I found that there are many ways to make sangria.  Many of the recipes I skimmed through called for the addition of brandy or other liqueurs, but I wanted a recipe that only had wine as the alcoholic component (I wanted this to be a simple and light drink… nothing too boozy!)  The recipe I chose has apple juice in it, which went very well with the white wine.  Another fun thing about sangria is that you get to eat the yummy fruit after it has soaked up all of the juice– everyone agreed that the grapes were their favorite.  I’m so glad I discovered this refreshing drink!

White Wine Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine (such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc)
  • ¼ cup super fine sugar
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small Golden Delicious apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) can seltzer water
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  1. In a large pitcher combine the wine and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the seltzer and ice cubes, and stir to mix well.  Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria sit for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
  3. Just before serving, stir in the seltzer and ice cubes.

Source: Adapted from the Food Network, Brian Boitano

Sunrise Smoothie

Sunrise Smoothie


Sometimes drinking your fruit is the best way to eat it!  Homemade smoothies are fun to make, and taste so much fresher and better than store bought ones.  Can you believe this is the first time I’ve ever made a smoothie at home?  I like ordering them when I’m out, but until yesterday, I never got around to making one myself.  In the past 24 hours, I’ve already made 2 smoothies – this one, as well as a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.  I have to admit, I made the chocolate peanut butter banana one on the spur of the moment… This morning when I walked into my office, there was a big scary spider on my desk (in reality it wasn’t very big, but who cares?  It was a spider none-the-less!  Ick!)  Naturally, I screamed, and my husband was kind enough to run downstairs and save me (and my workspace) from it.  I had to find a way to thank him, so I made him a PB chocolate banana smoothie for breakfast.  :)  He was very grateful and said he’d much rather squish a spider than make a smoothie, but I totally disagree, 1000%.

But I digress… back to this Sunrise Smoothie…   This is a recipe that I found in one of my Ina Garten cookbooks, and it was so delicious and refreshing!  It was super healthy too.  The flavor combination was perfect– strawberries, watermelon, peaches, OJ, and raspberry sorbet- yum!  I served it in a wine glass for a festive touch.  Is it just me, or does everything taste better when it is served in a wine glass?!  Enjoy!

Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped ripe strawberries (5 large strawberries)
  • 1 cup chopped seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped fresh peach
  • 1 cup raspberry sorbet
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I just used store-bought orange juice)

Directions

  1. Place the strawberries, watermelon, peach, sorbet, and orange juice in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Add more orange juice if you’d like it a little less thick.
  2. Serve immediately in glasses with straws.

Yield: 2 servings

Note: You can substitute frozen strawberries and peaches for the fresh ones.

Source: Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics Cookbook, by Ina Garten

Pomegranate Fizz Cocktail

The holidays are here!  This is a recipe for a simple and festive cocktail.  It would be great to serve at a Cocktail Party or New Year’s Eve Party.  The juice gives the drink a beautiful red color, and pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants, which is an added health bonus!

Source: Adapted from Shape Magazine, December 2009

Directions:

Fill a champagne flute half to two-thirds full with pomegranate juice.

Then fill the glass to the top with champagne or sparkling wine.  (For a non-alcoholic version, substitute sparkling water or sprite for the champagne.)

Enjoy!


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