Step by Step Green Smoothies

Step by Step Guide to Making A Green Smoothie

All this goodness for breakfast!

First, decide what you want to put in the smoothie. You can follow a recipe, or wing it. You can get recipes all over the internet. Look at some of my other posts under the category “green smoothie experiment” for suggested resources. I kind of wing it. I know what I like (pineapple) and i know what tastes good and what doesn’t. I change up my greens, but my “go-to” green is definitely organic baby spinach. It’s readily available and not too expensive. I do spinach about 4 x’s a week. Sometimes I’ll do a spinach mix, like spinach and arugula or spinach and parsley. It doesn’t really matter all that much as long as you don’t use just one every single day.

I almost always add a banana because it gives a creamy texture. I like that! I also like to add an apple for the nice fiber. For even more fiber I throw in a tablespoon or so of ground flax.

For the smoothie this morning I chose three fruits, an apple, banana, and 1/4th of a pineapple. I buy them already cut at Central Market. It’s worth the fifty cents to not have the mess. If you have a vita-mix, you can just cut the apple in fourths. I discard the stem, but throw in all the rest. No need to cut out the core. Same with the pineapple. I just put it in core and all.

For veggies today I chose some baby carrots. They are so easy and convenient. My cucumber wasn’t organic so I did have to peel it. This is two large hands full of organic baby spinach.

 

The Loading of the blender

I began by putting 1 1/2 cups of water in the blender. Then added the apple quarters, the banana, followed by the tbls of flax, then the pineapple. I cut the chunk in half before putting it in the blender. Next I added the cucumber cut up into about 2 inch slices. This totally filled the blender so I blended it for about 10 seconds to make room for the greens. I then added the handful of carrots and one handful of spinach. I don’t normally have to load twice, but when I add a cucumber it takes up more space than when I just use greens. I have the 48oz container, but my larger container will be delivered today! We never have any leftovers because some of the other kids (Erica) will drink them.  Tina and I are drinking them regularly now. I had to blend for five seconds, then add the other handful of spinach. I then blended for about 20 seconds more.

 

And now —- The final result! When Tina retrieved hers out of the fridge she said, “I LOVE CUCUMBERS!” The combo of cucumber and pineapple is amazing! You should definitely try this recipe.

Love taking the lid off the blender to see what gorgeous color it is

48 ounces of pure goodnessCHEERS!

CHEERS!

As I write this – I’m on my second glass. It’s just that good!

 

 

FAQ’s About Green Smoothies

Terri Camp answers your Green Smoothie Questions

I’m getting a lot of people on Facebook asking me about Green Smoothies. Somehow they’ve missed that I’ve posted nearly daily answering most of their questions in the category, “Green Smoothie Experiement” so I thought I would answer some of the most frequent questions here.


Q. Why did you decide to try green smoothies?

A. First, I was talking with a facebook friend about wanting to lose weight, etc. He mentioned that a friend of his started drinking green smoothies. That was the very first I had ever heard of them. He planted a small seed that day. He also planted the seed that I would want to get a Vita-Mix.

A few months later I watched a documentary on Netflix called, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” I wasn’t sick or nearly dead, but I was fat. Not like the kind of fat I was when I was 20, meaning size 6 fat. I need to lose at least 35 pounds. My belly has a ring around the whole thing. And I know this is not the way I want to live my life. In the documentary, the people are doing a juice fast for several days.

Love stepping on the scale – smoothie day weigh in

Woo hoo! I’ve lost another couple of pounds (that makes almost ten in the three weeks). I also did measurements tonight and I’ve lost another 3 1/2 inches. This time in different places. I’m most definitely feeling so much better too.

Yesterday when I got dressed, I looked in the mirror and for the first time in a very long time, I said to myself, “Wow! You’re looking pretty good!” I’m still so far from my goal, but to see the scale tipping downward, and the clothes fitting better, and just the all over great feelings I’m having, I see this as not just being a fad diet or a lose some water weight today, only to put it back on next week kind of thing. This is most definitely a lifestyle change for me. I can’t even imagine getting up and not having my green smoothie. Oh my…I’m hooked! 🙂

Yummy dessert like Green Smoothie

I simply had to redeem myself from yesterdays smoothie and that I did.

This time I went a little more complicated. I added a tsp of cinnamon, about 8 jumbo cashews, a whole apple (quartered), a frozen banana, a bunch of spinach, a Tbl of flax seed, and some water. This was almost like a dessert to me. Soooo yummy. In fact it was so good, I found myself wanting to chomp down on it. If you’re trying smoothies – definitely try this one!  

30 Day Green Smoothie Experiment – yuck

Today I said, “yuck” for the first time upon tasting my green (really brownish purple) drink. Again, I sort of followed a recipe. I had some rainbow chard in the fridge that I got from the co-op and decided to use it. The recipe called for two cups of pitted sweet cherries. Well, I didn’t have those, so I used frozen antioxidant blend (no sugar added) that I did have in the freezer. The only other ingredients were water and ice. I opted for no ice since the berries were frozen.