Really Vague Smoothie Recipe

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This week is “nutrition week” in my Morning Person class. Our first assignment was all about smoothies. It shamed me a bit, and I decided to modify my standard smoothie recipe slightly to try to make it a bit more healthy. And because I’ve been waking up early, I was able to take pictures!!

Like I said, this “recipe” is going to be a bit vague. It makes two smoothies.


Firstly, you add all your “dry” ingredients:

  • frozen berries
  • frozen spinach
  • fresh bananas
  • almonds
  • black chia seeds
  • vanilla yogurt

As far as measurements go… I just eyeball it. I’d guess twice as many berries as you do spinach, just to help mask the flavor. I put two bananas for two smoothies. Handful of almonds…I just pour chia seeds until it seems like a decent amount. >.< And several spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt.

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Mr. T doesn’t like very thick smoothies. He says he doesn’t want to chew his beverages. So I always include a generous helping of various 100% juices. Today it was all orange juice, because we had a bit left in the container and I just bought a fresh gallon at the grocery store. I’ll usually mix it with: pineapple, prune, grape, apple, cran-apple, cran-grape, grape/peach, etc. Just make sure you get 100% juice and not a “juice cocktail” or you get high fructose corn syrup and other crud mixed in.

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Blend until delicious. This blender was a wedding present to my parents. So it’s nearly 40 years old. Still works. The fancy blender WE got for our wedding five years ago is already busted. See the silver mixer in back? Also my parents’ from their wedding. The fancy mixer Mom bought to replace it? Straight. Busted. #TheyJustDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo

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And finally…poured into the glass. Since I don’t measure, the levels on the glasses vary wildly. Sometimes it works out perfectly, sometimes there isn’t quite enough for two full glasses, and sometimes I have to drink a few gulps to get it to fit in both glasses. I use disposable cups for Mr. T. It hurts my soul, but we were running out of cups/glasses, because he never brings them back. And if he does he forgets to rinse them out, so all the seeds are glued to the sides. I straight up had to throw one plastic cup away, because it was like cement. Disposable it is.

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A few things to note:

Before this “morning person” class, I didn’t include spinach and I used strawberries instead of mixed berries. So it’s a bit more purple/green than usual. It was thicker, too, but that might be because I used a bit more yogurt than usual (trying to finish out the container). It definitely had a more…earthy…flavor than I’m used to. I’m not sure how Mr. T will feel about it, but with my “Be Different” mantra rattling around in my head, I’m going to fake it until I make it! Soon it’ll be super delicious, I’m sure.


Smoothie Review: Vegan Vanilla Milkshake

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Hmm… So it’s not really a “smoothie” per-say. Or maybe it is. I dunno. The whole “tofu” thing was kind of weird, and I couldn’t find any “soft” tofu, so I had to go with a harder kind? I didn’t really know there were different consistencies of tofu, and neither does Kroger. But, hey – if you say it’s going to taste like a milkshake, I’ll give it a try. Anyway, doubled the recipe so I could make one for Mr. T as well.

Recipe:
1 cup tofu – whatever consistency you can find
2 cups vanilla soy milk
2 frozen bananas
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Review:
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You guys. This one was pretty darn tasty. I have to admit, though…it’s been a week or three since I made these, and I never wrote the review for this one, so I can’t be 100% sure that I gave it 5 stars. But looking back on them now as I type all these out…this is the only one I’d be willing to make again. And it’s the only one that I actually used all the ingredients. Soy milk is pretty darn tasty. I mean…it tastes NOTHING like milk, but it’s not bad. I didn’t try it with cereal or anything, but drinking it straight was a fantastic treat. I posted about that on Facebook and several people suggested I try almond milk as well. Soon, almond milk. Soon. Oh, and Mr. T forgot to grab his in the morning, and by the time he got back home he said it had curdled? I didn’t see it, so I’m not sure what he’s talking about. He just never tried it and wasted a delicious beverage. Shun him. Shuuuuun.


Smoothie Review: “Flat Belly Smoothie”

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I was a bit worried about this one… The day before I made it I was talking to a woman in my office about smoothies and mentioned I had a spinach one I was worried about, and she was all “Oh, spinach isn’t so bad – it’s the kale ones that are blech!” and then I pulled up the recipe for this one and it was all “KALE” and I was all “Well boo.”

Recipe:
6oz vanilla Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp almond butter (don’t be an idiot like me, this is like peanut butter, not butter butter)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen pineapple
2 cups kale (boo, hiss)
1.5 cups water

Review:
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Well…kale. I’ve had a cup of coffee and I still have the taste of kale in my mouth. And the almond butter was pretty strong, too. Didn’t really notice the blueberry or pineapple… It was kind of purple, but not as purple as the source photo. I got almost all of mine down on my drive into work, but the last couple swallows were going to be too warm so I backed out. Mr. T said it tasted “earthy” and didn’t even drink half of it. I’m not sure I’ll be doing this one again. Even though I do still have a butt-ton of kale left over.


Smoothie Review: Apple Cinnamon

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I’m definitely seeing the logic in preparing the ingredients for a smoothie ahead of time and then freezing them all together in a Ziplock baggie. I made Mr. T chop up the apples while I did everything else for this one. I hate chopping things up. 8P Since we planted grass (whoop, whoop) we have to walk the dogs instead of just turning them loose in the backyard. Better exercise, but more effort. It’s a lose/lose sort of situation. ;) Again, I doubled the original (linked above) so here is my recipe.

Recipe:
handful of almonds (you really think I’m going to count them out?)
2 red apples, chopped up
2 bananas
1.5 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup 2% milk because skim is gross
½ tsp cinnamon

Review:
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I actually really liked this one. Mr. T said it was too thick, and lumpy. I probably could’ve run the blender a bit longer. He suggested adding in some apple juice or cider to thin it out some. You could definitely taste all the ingredients – apple, banana, cinnamon, and even the almonds. Maybe that’s just because I physically put all of them in the blender, I don’t know. So far this one’s the winner (at the time of writing this I’ve made 3, even though this is only my second review).


Smoothie Review: Antioxidant Chia/Berry Smoothie

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So when I was putting all the ingredients together for this I decided to double the recipe so there would be enough for Mr. T…and then that didn’t seem like enough, so I doubled it again (trying to increase it 3x made math too hard) and….I made a lot of smoothie. >.< I’ve linked the original source above, but this is what I did:

Recipe:
4 cups frozen mixed berries (we used blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
2 cups water
2 Tbsp chia seeds

Review:
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This wasn’t terrible…but it was a bit too tart for me. It also made sooooo much smoothie. I had a hard time finishing mine, and Mr. T didn’t finish his. And there were so many seeds! They cemented themselves to our glasses. Mr. T isn’t the best at rinsing his cups, so his is still soaking (aka I don’t want to scrub it). If I ever do make this one again, I’m going to try to add something to sweeten it a bit. Maybe use a fruit juice instead of water? I dunno.