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Smoothie Fest

In Cooking, Uncategorized on May 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I have been avoiding my kitchen like the plague.  Moving and packing stinks. Packing dishes, pots, pans and etc stinks 2x. So I have been living on random food from my pantry, Hill Country BBQ and gas station fair. While avoiding this area of my house I have still been drinking smoothies. What? It’s a good ten minutes. In – out and I live to avoid that room for another day.  Plus these sweet chilly concoctions are a great way to start a hot summer’s day.

 Whole Living Smoothies titles are linked to recipes

Mango – Coconut Water 

I used some frozen mango and pineapple. I can actually consume coconut water this way!! Otherwise I find it vile, which is sad considering it’s health benefits.

Blueberry and Green Tea 

This was my favorite of the three. Like blueberry sorbet. Very fresh and bright.

Chamomile-Banana This one was more like a milkshake. Very tasty and the banana went well with the tea. Next time I am going to try the addition of ginger.

Less than one week till the moving day!! Pretty soon I am going to have to face more than the blender in the kitchen… Here’s hoping the beginning of your summer is bright and filled with fruit!

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Leftover Fruit Smoothie

In Cooking, Uncategorized on May 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I know. I know. That doesn’t sound appetizing, but I am working with the abundance of leftover fruit from my company this weekend.  It includes: watermelon, blueberries and bananas.  If you can think of a clever smoothie name that describes these things then – touché! I can not. It’s a smoothie, there is leftover fruit. It’s purpley. Promise it’s tasty. The End.

Ingredients:

1/2 large banana, frozen
1/3 cup blueberries, frozen
1 cup watermelon, chopped
1/4 cup pineapple juice, chilled 
1/4 cup ice

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour in a glass. Ta Da beautiful, delicious and nutritious breakfast, or snack… or whatever.

I love that this is an all fruit smoothie (i.e. no dairy or added sugars). It tasted like something from Smoothie King (a smoothie company I adore.) It was a beautiful, naturally sweet and refreshing breakfast.  I have never made a smoothie with watermelon before, but to be honest that flavor did not stand out.  Tomorrow I may try something focusing more on that fruit alone… especially since I have A LOT of it. Watermelon and ginger, or green tea, or ??? should prove interesting.

P.S. I like drinking my breakfast. Is that weird?

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

In Cooking, Uncategorized on January 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

This is a great breakfast or dessert treat and is the perfect use for an overripe banana (We had just such a banana – hence this post!!).  It does require some advance prep, since the banana needs to be frozen before processing, but is well worth it.  The smoothie is a good source of calcium and potassium.  I took it to the next level by using Greek yogurt, because it is such a great source of protein and since it is a thicker yogurt I did not use a full cup. I also substituted out the graham crackers, as I did not have any on hand.  Both variations make for a yummy treat.

Banana Pie Smoothie Cooking Light

1 large very ripe banana, sliced and frozen
1 cup of vanilla low-fat yogurt
– (substituted 5.3 ounce greek yogurt with honey for protein)
1/2 cup 1% milk
2 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs, about 1/2 sheet
– (substituted a coconut biscotti)
1 Tbsp nonfat dry milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup ice cubes
graham cracker crumbs, topping

Directions: Arrange sliced banana in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet, and freeze until firm (about an hour).  Once frozen, combine all the ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.  Sprinkle each serving with remaining graham cracker crumbs (or biscotti…); serve immediately.  Makes 2 servings.  *note if you use greek yogurt, like we did for protein, add a Tbsp of Agave or other sweetener to balance the tartness of this yogurt. (Cooking Light recipe: 216 cal; 2.8g fat; 39g carbs; and 9.8 prot) (With our substitutions: 253 cal; 1.75g fat; 34g carb; and 15g protein – plus the coconut flavor addition is great 🙂 )