Peanut Butter Spinach Smoothie





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Smoothie time!  But before we get to smoothie time, here is a quick pic of the beautiful senior I had the pleasure of photographing last week.  The next day I learned that the park had mowed the grass  — so we got there right on schedule!

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Back to smoothie time!  I am a huge fan of peanut butter anything.  This recipe has peanut butter powder.  Every grocery store (well, except maybe Aldi) now carries Peanut Butter Powder.  There is PB2 and this one I used here is JIF brand.  Costco carries another brand that is organic.  You can reconstitute the powder with water to make peanut butter.  But, what I do is make peanut butter smoothies!  Only 3 tablespoons of powder is 70 calories and enough to flavor one drink.  I usually need 2 Tb. of regular peanut butter.  It was something fun to try and lowers the calories of the drink.  I think it would also be great in milkshakes.  🙂

This stuff is a dieter’s dream!  I know I stayed away from peanut butter the whole time I was trying to lose weight.  It just wasn’t worth the calories when all you could have is a small spoonful!  190 calories in 2 Tb. of regular peanut butter – or 70 calories in 3 Tb. of PB powder???  But the peanut butter powder tastes like peanut butter because it only has one ingredient: peanuts.

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The powder blends very well in a smoothie.  The regular peanut butter can get stuck or clumpy in the blades of some blenders.

Or add it to your oatmeal.

Or add it to frozen bananas that are pureed to be like ice cream.

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Or add it to muffins, pancakes, cookies, cakes or brownies.

Here’s a blog post with a lot of ideas.  I really don’t think I will be adding this stuff to my chicken though. … It also doesn’t taste good if you dip your fruit right into it.  Now, if you mixed it with some cream cheese and dipped that might taste better.

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Peanut Butter Spinach Smoothie
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond milk (I use vanilla unsweetened), or regular milk
  • 1 banana, cut in half (or frozen banana chunks)
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 6 Tb. peanut butter powder
  • 4-6 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Blend everything in the blender until smooth.
  2. -Add plain Greek yogurt for more protein!
  3. -Add strawberries to make a PB &J smoothie

Super Orange Juice


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Good morning everyone!  It was a little disappointing this morning after yesterday’s beautiful “hamster sized snowflakes” fell from the sky.

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But, this smoothie will make up for that!

This smoothie was created to use up my favorite super foods in the refrigerator and to keep us all healthy this month.  It seemed many were falling down with the flu or stomach bug, so we threw in our super foods, blueberries and spinach, and made it taste great with my biggest smoothie secret — the rind.

My kids love orange juice.  Most do.  And this smoothie tastes like orange juice!  Why?  Because I throw in half the rind of one orange (cut up into 1″ pieces).  The Vitamix blends that all together into one smooth smoothie.

I serve these often when we make “brinner”.  It’s difficult to find veggies to go with some power protein waffles… but the smoothie has vegetables, fruit and tastes great with the menu.  Plus it is fast and easy with little clean up!

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**Smoothie Tips**

After many, many days of smoothies I have discovered a few things:

  1.  The blender does better if the frozen fruit thaws for 5 minutes or so.  Or if you are impatient like me, put in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
  2. The banana can make or break your smoothie!  Yeah a banana.  If there aren’t enough sweet components, a banana can make your smoothie awesome.  But if your banana has a lot of brown spots, the banana taste can really overpower everything.  I like my banana yellow with no brown in smoothies.  That way some of the starches have converted to sugars, but the super sweet banana flavor doesn’t overpower the entire smoothie.
  3. If the smoothie is not cold enough – add a cup of ice!  Smoothies taste better cold to me anyway.
  4. If the smoothie doesn’t taste great, add a quarter of a lemon or half of an orange – the rind and all.  This gives the smoothie a clean, fresh taste.
Super Orange Juice
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 large smoothies
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 banana, cut in half (optional)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups mango, 1″ chunks
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 orange, remove rind and cut orange into fourths
  • 1 half of the orange rind, cut into 1″ chunks (you should have about 3 or 4)
  • 1 cup ice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients as listed or recommended on your blender.
  2. I put my machine on “Smoothie” and hit start. For non-smoothie blenders, start slow. After about 30 seconds, turn the machine up slowly to high. Stop the machine and use a spoon to push items down towards the blades if needed. The smoothie should form a tornado for 30-60 seconds and you will know then it is ready.
  3. Add ice to make it colder. I always add ice especially if my ingredients are not frozen.
Notes
I really like Cara Cara oranges in this recipe for their texture and flavor. Any orange will do as long as it is juicy and looks fresh. [br]If you are purchasing just a few lemons or oranges for smoothies, consider buying organic ones. I am not a huge organic fanatic by any means, but it does make sense to try if you are buying them just for smoothies since the skin is being consumed.

 

 

Crockpot Lentil Soup

Detox Lentil Soup

What’s so awesome about lentils?

Lentils are cheap.

Lentils can be stored a long time because they are dried.

Lentils are a great source of potassium, calcium, niacin, zinc and Vitamin K.

Lentils are rich in fiber and lean protein.

Lentils are a super food!  We love our super foods here on Whisk Together!  🙂

Lentils are like chicken… they take on the flavor of whatever ingredients they are cooked with.

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This soup is great for those of you trying to lose weight!  Lots of protein, fiber and veggies.  Or trying to maintain weight.  Or just need a nice warm bowl of soup.  It is a nice blank canvas for anything you would like to add to it.  Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, lemon infused grapeseed or olive oil, red wine vinegar, etc. all taste great as a finishing touch.  If you are trying to add a “Meatless Monday” to the dinner menu, this soup would definitely fit the bill!  Simply add a side salad or whole grain bread.

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To keep the week going smoothly, I try to get a few things done on Sunday.  One of those is making a big batch of soup and one large bowl of salad.  That way I always have something to grab for lunch or a back up for dinner.  Especially since these soups and most of my salads don’t contain meat or dairy mixed in, then I don’t feel like it is going to turn bad in 6-7 days.

Crockpot Lentil Soup
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash (peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes)
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (peeled and cut into 1/2″ silces)
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes (Yukon Gold works well) or sweet potatoes (peel if you prefer and chop into 1/2″ cubes)
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced (more garlic for more garlic flavor)
  • 1 and 3/4 cup dried green lentils
  • 8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach or kale chopped into 1″ pieces, optional
  • 1 lemon, squeeze the juice into the soup
  • Optional garnishes: fresh parsley, dried parsley, Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Into a large slow cooker, add all of the ingredients from butternut squash through ground pepper.
  2. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  3. Add baby spinach and squeeze lemon juice into soup. Allow to wilt about 5 minutes.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste! I added quite a bit of salt and pepper. I also added Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute because it tastes great on everything.
  5. Add 1-2 cups of additional broth for a thinner soup. I like my soups on the thick side.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Grace and Salt[br]http://graceandsalt.net/lentil-vegetable-crockpot-soup/

 

 

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

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Book:  Our book club book for the month is “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” by Malala Yousafzai.  If you need a quick biography to read, then this book may interest you.  It is only 195 pages.  The person herself- Malala – is first-rate five stars wowzer person.  She is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  But the way the book was written I’d give it 3-4 out of 5 stars.  If I were critiquing the book as a Language Arts teacher, I would work on the cohesiveness of the history, politics and personal narrative.  To the personal narrative, I would like to see more of the five senses used:  the smells of the food from the kitchen, the floor beneath her feet, etc.  It reads like a first draft that would be sent for peer editing.  However.  The history and education that you receive from the book about Pakistan is amazing as well as the inspiring story of the girl who fought for education.

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Recipe:  Most of the moms I know are trying to eat healthy and get a nice breakfast in to start their day.  Whether trying to lose weight or just maintain weight, I get a LOT of inquiries on eating healthy and how to eat the foods we enjoy while still eating REAL food.  So, for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) I brought in a sweet potato crust quiche.  We loved it!  I had the rest for lunch with my five year old and she ate every single crumb.  Now that it has been kid-approved, I can post about it!

Healthy Eating Swap #1:  Sweet potato slices for pie crust
Healthy Eating Swap #2:  2 Tb. grated Parmesan cheese for the 2 cups of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses in most quiche recipes

Need breakfast for the week?  Double this recipe and make it in a 9×13″ dish.  Simply cover and take out a slice from the fridge in the morning for breakfast.  Pop it into the microwave and in less than 30 seconds you have a super healthy breakfast or quick and easy after-workout snack.

Quiche and many other breakfast items have a carbohydrate-laden crust based on fat (butter, lard or shortening) and white flour (all purpose flour).  The extra 10 minutes of baking time was SO worth it.  Next time, I will make 2-3 of these and freeze the ones we won’t eat that day.
To freeze, you have two options.  One, to bake it in a disposable pie pan, cool to room temperature and seal in a freezer bag with foil all around.  Or two, lay foil down in your pie pan and then place the quiche inside to bake; once cool, cover and freeze; remove the foil frozen quiche from your pan and place in a freezer bag with foil all around.  This way, you get your pie pan back 😉  Pretty sneaky, eh?

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Cutting the Sweet Potato:  The first couple of times I made the crust, I used my potato peeler to thinly slice the potato for layering.  But after 10 minutes in the oven, this will produce sweet potato chips.  Which still tasted awesome.  And using the peeler was a nice shortcut to having to cut the sweet potato with a chef’s knife.  Or, you could use a mandolin to thinly and evenly cut your sweet potato (Don’t forget the finger guard!).  See the crispy orange stuff?  That’s the crust!  Nom nom nom.

 

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Sweet Potato Crust Quiche
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1-2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8″- 1/4″ thick slices
  • 1/2T butter
  • 1 shallot or 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 handful of baby spinach or spinach/kale mix
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 Tb. milk
  • 2 Tb. grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • No-salt seasoning such as Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, Mural of Flavor, Mrs. Dash, etc. (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray.
  3. Lay out the sweet potato slices onto the pie pan. Overlap as needed.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. While baking, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion/shallot. Stir and cook until transparent – about 5 minutes.
  6. Add garlic. Cook 30 seconds.
  7. Add the spinach. Coat in the butter/onion mixture. Stir until wilted.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and any optional seasonings.
  9. Add the spinach mixture to the eggs. Stir.
  10. Pour the whole egg mixture into the sweet potato crust.
  11. REDUCE temperature to 350 degrees. Bake 25-30 minutes. The quiche will be done when you jiggle the pan and there is no liquid or heavy jiggling in the center.
  12. Remove from oven and cool about 3-5 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve.

 

10 Days of Green Smoothies

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I received the book “Simple Green Smoothies” for Christmas.  The kids and I have been having a blast with finding new green smoothie combinations!

So, this 10 day smoothie challenge consists of 1 green smoothie per day  for 10 days.  The book includes a grocery list for days 1-5 and 6-10.  This is because most produce like bananas would be past their prime before day 10.

Real Results:
1.  I lost 1 pound.  I weighed myself on day 1 and then day 7 just for fun.  Dropped from 138 lbs to 137 without changing any diet or exercise routine.
2.  The kids got their fruit and veggies every day (me too of course!).
3.  We never got sick.  (well the sample size of 3 people is quite small, but hey, it’s a positive!)

My notes about the smoothies:
1.  If the ingredients were not available fresh, I bought them frozen from Trader Joe’s.
2.  Blackberries were very tasty 🙂  They are on sale in many stores right now.
3.  To make a smooth smoothie, make sure to let the blender form a tornado and blend that for about a minute.
4. Put in the ingredients from first to last:  liquids (water, almond milk), spinach/leafy greens, nuts/flaxseed, chunks of fruit, ice.  This order blends the liquid properly and allows the heavier fruit to fall and blend into the smoothie.
5.  Add ice to make it cold.
6.  Spinach about to go bad?  Freeze it!  I add mine to freezer bags all of the time.  It is easy to blend, keeps the nutrients from breaking down and I don’t have to worry about having spinach on hand each week.
7.  Use orange peel or lemon peel for a citrus zing!  I love this trick and it really cuts down on the bitterness of the greens.  This is the trick for our Green Lemonade.  I had to increase the orange peel to a 1.5″ square.
8.  Kids love grape juice?  Try blending red grapes in the blender with some water.  Totally natural!  Add some spinach and they may not even notice it’s there.
9.  Use pint jars with lids for easy storage.
10.  No time in the morning?  Pack the recipes in bags, jars or containers at night!  Then, all you have to do in the morning is dump some water and the contents of the bag into the blender.  Stick in a straw and you are on your way out the door!
11.  To replace a meal or use after exercise:  I usually add about 1/2-1 cup of Greek yogurt.  Rolled oats is another great option.  Cooked beans are another great choice that you do not notice in the smoothie, but provide lots of fiber and protein.

Things I Didn’t Follow in the Book:
1.  I used water and not coconut water.  The coconut water at Aldi I purchased had 13 grams of sugar per cup.
2.  Instead of avocado or grapes, I used an apple.  Apples are cheap and I had them on hand.  🙂

 

 

Simply Green Smoothies at Amazon

Don’t need another cookbook?  It is at our local library – so it may be at yours, too!  Our library system has 7 copies.

Website to Sign Up for the 30 Day Smoothie Menu is here.

Mango Smoothie
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup chopped mango
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend for 2-3 minutes or until smoothie. Feel free to use frozen spinach, strawberries or mango! They are all delicious. You may want to thaw them in the fridge overnight or the microwave to blend properly.
  2. Add ice if you wish for a colder smoothie!
Notes
Recipe from Simple Green Smoothies

 

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The following photo was for a smoothie containing red cherries and green spinach.  The result is naturally brown.  Because back in preschool I learned red + green = brown.  I have no idea how the photo in the book turned St. Patrick’s Day green if blended according to the recipe.  It was still tasty though!

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I purchased a new item at Fresh Thyme Grocery store last month from Cook Simple Meals.  It was Tamale Pie and one of the best ones I have ever made.  I couldn’t get enough of it!  In addition, it was so simple to make even my 8 year old could throw it together based on the instructions on the back of the box.  I enjoyed the meal so much that I contacted the company.  They sent these meals for us to review and share with you as well!

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Why Cook Simple Meals?
1.  No artificial anything.  All real food.
2.  The meals use quinoa, spinach, broccoli, lentils and other healthy items.  The Strogonoff for example uses black bean pasta.
3.  The bags inside that contain the meal also have measurements on the side – so you can measure the water right there in the bag instead of getting out another dish.
4.  My favorite is the Tamale Pie.
5.  My husband’s favorite is the Cowboy Chili after adding some hot sauce for more heat.  Without hot sauce it is rather mild.  I like that because we can always add our amount of hot sauce.
6.  All the meals can be made in 30 minutes or even faster.
7.  My daughter – who loves mac and cheese – LOVED the cheesy broccoli.
8.  I like the suggestions on the box to make it your own.  I liked the Sloppy Joes in our pizza pocket crust.

They are more expensive than making it all yourself.  But I like having these boxes on hand to make a quick meal which is far cheaper than going out to eat for the four of us.

If you want to try just ONE of the meals, I would suggest the Tamale Pie.

 

Tropical Green Smoothie

 

Speaking of wholesome and natural ingredients, here is Day One of the  Green Smoothie Challenge I am doing.  There is a 10 Day Smoothie Challenge in the book I received for Christmas which provided a grocery list and menu list for a different smoothie for each of the 10 days.  The very first one was very good!  We love green smoothies and always looking for a great recipe.  The internet contains a plethora… but some of them I wonder if anyone actually tried because they taste terrible.

Here we will only post the good ones that we all liked – even the kids!

To make this a meal replacement for lunch or breakfast, I add a cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup cooked beans (usually white like Great Northern beans), or peanut butter for added protein.

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup mango (or frozen or thawed from frozen)
  • 1 cup pineapple
Instructions
  1. Blend all of the ingredients and drink!
  2. For a cold smoothie, have one of the fruits frozen like sliced bananas or pineapple tidbits.
Notes
From Simple Green Smoothies

 

Green Peanut Butter Chia Smoothie



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Book:    I just got my hands on “The Husband’s Secret” – another Liane Moriarty novel.  If only I could remember they are in Australia!  Every time I see “mum” I think they are in England.  Nope.

So far a great read with 3 separate stories that I am guessing will intertwine at some point.

The book on Goodreads has good reviews – not as high as Big Little Lies.  So far I like Big Little Lies better.

House:  I got the pantry updated!  Finally!  I have been collecting containers for a few years and buying once in a while.  After having my Silhouette machine for over a year I finally sat down and got every container labeled and LOVE the pantry.  The dry containers for flour and such are the Oxo containers.  I saw the plastic bins at my friend Katie’s house and loved how easily you could see everything in them.  Plus when I want to bake, I just take the whole baking bin with me to the counter instead of each separate item.  I couldn’t find an exact match online, but these storage bins are close.

I used to buy the cheapies at the store with no handle.  Items would fly out, you couldn’t see what was in there.  The new clear ones are much better.

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Recipe:  This is my new favorite smoothie recipe!  Our other favorite is still Green Lemonade.  I like this new one when I am craving peanut butter.  You could even substitute peanut butter powder for the peanut butter to save on a lot of calories!  Have you heard of PB2?  It also comes in chocolate/peanut butter powder.

I tailor the recipe to my meal – add Greek Yogurt if I’m eating this for lunch or I will add more ice if it is after my workout.  I like to have this for after a workout or when I’m really hungry and meal time isn’t for a few hours.  The fiber really keeps you full.

Green Peanut Butter Chia Smoothie
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 1 Tb. peanut butter
  • 1 Tb. chia seeds
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ice cubes to taste (more for colder smoothies)
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients to the blender in the order stated. Blend until smooth. Smaller powered blenders may need to stop and push down the ice and/or stir the spinach.

I am also trying to use that little yellow bag of chia seeds I bought from Trader Joe’s 🙂  I have been making Whole Grain Chia Waffles with the rest of it.

Green Lemonade

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I was just watching Netflix Ted Talks again.  One talk was heralding how great white bread is due to the fact that it represents our industrialization of food.  Without that industrialization, we couldn’t live on 2% of farming familites or feed ourselves pasta from Italy.  Louise Fresco points not to the American family that lives within driving distance of a local Farmer’s market, but the millions of southeast Asians without access and those who would not thrive without access to a supermarket that carries Wonderbread.  It was an interesting take on what we normally hear in America on how everything needs to go back to small farms and local markets.

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RECIPE: We have been trying to perfect green smoothies for about 4 years now…. I may like them and then the kids do not.  This Green Smoothie here was the last success – and quite a few years back!  Now a Vitamix blender does help mix it up so there are no flecks, but I have made this in a regular blender as well and it works great.  The regular blenders sometimes take a little starting and stopping to get the spinach to pull down into the blended mixture.
Or this could work in a Magic Bullet!

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In regards to ingredients, I always make it with several core ingredients listed below.  The 1 cup of fruit changes depending on what I have left in the fridge or what is going to be too ripe in the fruit basket.  It doesn’t matter if I use a pear, pineapple, grapes or kiwi – the kids LOVE this smoothie.

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Blending Tips:  Always add liquid first.  Add the soft ingredients, then the spinach and ice always last.  The weight of the ice will push the rest of the ingredients down towards the blades.

Lemon Tip:  We love lemon with spinach.  It really masks the bitter flavor of spinach and kale in smoothies.  We have had to increase the amount of lemon from 1/2″ square of lemon peel to 1″ square of lemon peel.  The Vitamix blender blends it to a pulp and a regular blender may need lemon zest.  Feel free to add or subtract the amount of lemon zest to your tastes.

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Green Lemonade
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 banana, sliced in half
  • 1/2 apple, sliced into quarters
  • 1 cup fruit, diced (pear, pineapple, grapes, etc.)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. of lemon zest or 1″ square of lemon peel
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1/2-1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender in order listed. Blend and serve.

 

 

Green Oats Smoothie

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Book:  I hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine’s Day!!!  I forgot to post the sugar cookies I made for the Super Bowl last week, so here they are!

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I found a science project book at the library – it was published in 2000 that states that the public is now moving towards margarine and away from butter because it is more “heart healthy”.  And then goes on about the experiment.  Ha!  Too bad he didn’t do experiments on trans fats and cholesterol….

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Recipe:  I needed to use up my extra spinach and got really tired of salad.  This smoothie fit the bill.  Even Juliana drank it all 🙂

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You really taste the oats which to me isn’t a bad thing.  Certainly yummy and delicious, smoothie creamy and tastes like a bowl of cold banana oatmeal… in a good way.  Next time, I might try adding a little dash of cinnamon.

Green Oats Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 banana (or frozen banana)
  • 1 handful spinach (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 Tb. ground flaxseed
  • 4-5 ice cubes (optional but I like it cold)

Instructions

  1. Blend it all up and drink! I blend everything but the ice first. Once the smoothie is smooth, I add the ice.
  2. Enjoy!
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Green Oats Smoothie
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3/4 cup milk or almond milk
1/2 banana (or frozen banana)
1 handful spinach (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tb. ground flaxseed
4-5 ice cubes (optional but I like it cold)

Blend it all up and drink!  I blend everything but the ice first.  Once the smoothie is smooth, I add the ice.

Enjoy!

 

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