05/20/12
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{refreshing} green orange mango banana smoothie

I’m so sad our weather forecast looks like this…

Boo rain!

For so many days we had warm weather and sunshine.  But, I guess in Washington I should know it won’t last long.  It is only May after all.

While I don’t look forward to the rain much, I do look forward to this week.

  • I’m due on Friday (WHOO!!)
  • It’s my last week of work (haven’t decided if it’ll be Wed, Thurs or Fri yet)
  • Final Bradley class (we made it all the way through!)

So although I’m sad the weekend is almost over, my days of work week –> weekend will soon be gone… every day will be the weekend :)  Definitely a good thing to look forward to.

And with the warmer weather promising to return (right?????), I have more smoothies to look forward to this summer.

Green smoothies at that.  Since my CSA brings me greens galore, I’ve been finding ways to eat them left and right.  The spinach almost exclusively makes it into smoothies.  And that’s what happened here.

Orange and mango is a favorite flavor combo in our house.  Typically when I buy OJ, I love to get the Simple Orange – orange mango variety.  We also love the mango lemonade, it comes with a nice tang to it.

While I didn’t have that particular OJ on hand, I did have fresh, perfectly ripe mango and a jug of OJ.  Even better!

Green Orange Mango Banana Smoothie
Serves 2 regular sized smoothies, or 1 gigantic smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana, frozen and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp protein powder (I used plain brown rice protein powder here)
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup ice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ice in a high speed blender.  Run on high for 1-2 minutes.  Add in the ice and blend until perfectly smooth.

My glass was definitely not big enough for this smoothie.  I kept going back for more.  The green scared Jacob away… so it was all mine!

How’s your weekend going?  Once the hubs is up it’s dog walking time + church this morning.  I should also plant the rhubarb my mom gave me before the rain begins… I should ;)

Happy Sunday!

Heather

 

04/9/12
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my big green triple chocolate smoothie

Can you believe we’re back at another Monday… again?! Not me. This weekend FLEW by (I feel like I say that every weekend). The downstairs bathroom remodel is 95% done — this meant I got to shower in it again this morning! Pictures to come in a day or two.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous here. We had 2 days of sunshine and so far it looks like another nice day outside today. I got some weeding done (along with my mom’s help) and Jacob + my dad got rid of the HUGE pile of garbage that was in our backyard from all the recent projects (bathroom + new deck + hardwood floors). The outside looks much, much better.

You know what goes great with sunshine? Smoothies!

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Lately I’ve been loving the smoothies. Chilly, nutrient dense and delicious. This one is no different!

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I love that it’s (kinda) green

I love that it’s (triple) chocolate

I love that it’s HUGE

I love that it’s all mine

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Sharing is caring, but I had no one around to share with. Jacob I still care, but was sure glad to slurp up every little bit of this smoothie on my own.

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Triple Chocolate Green Smoothie
makes 1 huge or 2 small servings

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 ounce shaved unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 banana, frozen and chopped
  • 3-4 big handfuls fresh spinach
  • ice
  • optional: cacao nibs for topping

Directions

  1. In a blender combine all ingredients except ice and cacao nibs. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  2. Add in ice and continue to blend until super frothy. Pour into a BIG glass and top with cacao nibs.

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A couple more recent smoothie favs: creamy peanut butter chocolate avocado smoothie and green almond pear smoothie

What do you LOVE about smoothies? Sharing is caring!

Heather

03/16/12
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green almond pear smoothie

Looks like I’m throwing you for a bit of a loop huh? It’s Friday and no pregnancy update? Nope not today. I’m feeling a bit under the weather and the pregnancy updates use a bit more brain power than I have right now. I actually have to remember stuff from the week for those updates.  Sometimes a challenge…

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Instead I thought it would be the perfect time to share another green smoothie. I’ve been pouring these babies down my (sore) throat all week and am really loving this pear-almond butter combo.

Plus it just so happens to be St. Patty’s day tomorrow so the more green the better right?

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The almond butter flavor is very pronounced here.  Being an almond butter lover, I’m totally happy with that.  All that beautiful green color comes from the spinach, but you really taste none-of-it!

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Slurped up through my glass straw under a blanket on the couch with the heater on is how this went down.  It’s raining and cold here, not your normal smoothie weather.  Smoothies have healing power though, so I better keep slurping up (under the covers of course).

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Green Almond Pear Smoothie
Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 frozen, chopped pear
  • 1.5 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ice

Directions

  1. In a blender (I used my magic bullet), combine all ingredients.  Blend for 2 minutes, stopping and scrapping down the sides if needed.  Add ice to desired consistency.

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Do you believe in the healing powers of green smoothies? 

I sure do.  Fight back with food!

Heather