RE: Any ideas for smoothie recipes?
Posted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 8:19 PM
I purchased a Vita-Mix last year, so made lots of smoothies. Mostly in the hot summer months that was my breakfast most every day. A Vita-Mix Mixer is an investment, but well worth it.....especially if you will be continuing the vegan way of life. You can even cook soup in them and will grind whole fruits and veggies really smoothly. I use mine to cream part of my cooked veggies for potato soup or corn chowder for creamy soup. You can make your nut milks and even has a special blade for making nut butters and grinding grains.
I got into some of the "green" smoothies, which are so good for you. This was my favorite one
Fresh pineapple chunks
small green apple or Pear
1 stalk celery
handful of spinach
Water & ice cubes
*** Kale is so good for you and I often added a small amounth kale to my smoothie for a boost.
Here's more ideas:
Start with 1 cup of soy, almond or rice milk
banana (works good with most all fruits and adds creamy texture)
pineapple, strawberries, or blueberries
Ice cubes (or frozen fruit)
Can also add some Almond butter for a little protein. Once in awhile for a special treat I will add some dark chocolate syrup to some almond milk, with banana and ice. Have also added some cold decaf coffee.
Play around with the fruits. I buy them fresh.....freeze on a cookie sheet in the freezer and then put into freezer ziploc bags. That way they don't stick together.
When my bananas get a little over ripe, I slice them and freeze on cookie sheet & put the slices into a ziploc freezer bag. That way they are ready to throw into a smoothie in place of ice cubes.
You can also start with fruit juices, but they can be full of sugar....so be careful with those. I like Langer's Coconut Pineapple as a base for a change. Add fresh pineapple and banana for a "Pina Colada" smoothie.
A good rule of thumb is to keep like colored fruits and veggies together. For instance if you use purple cabbage or kale.......then you might want to use blueberries.......Stawberries and red apples. Green spinach, with green pear or green apple etc. I've mixed some before where the mixture turned out a "brown" color. Didn't taste too bad, but didn't look very appetizing either!
Here are some links for more recipes:
Hope this was helpful
Craftycat - Southern, CA
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