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April 8, 2015

Spring Green Smoothie

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Fresh, refreshing, healthy Breakfast.

Fresh, refreshing, healthy Breakfast.

Spring is popping up here in New England. Snow piles are melting to reveal little green shoots soon to bloom with colorful flower bulbs. Trees will soon blossom with color and landscapes will turn from brown to lush green. Nature’s symphony is wonderful to experience visually.

The inspiration from nature blooming carries over to my palate. Craving fresh vegetables, fruits and healthy grains awakens my culinary creations. Meals take on lots of color. Morning breakfast shifts from eggwhite-veggie scramble to a fresh, liquid smoothie packed with greens and fruit. A sprinkle of flax seeds and chopped ginger root enhance this vitamin nutrient mixture. A splash of fresh lemon juice rounds out this truly satisfying blended meal to start the day.

Ingredients today:

Ice cubes

Water

Washed greens of:

Baby spinach

Kale

Parsley

Cucumber, 1/2 small cucumber

Small banana

Sliced ginger root

Flax seeds

Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon

Preparation:

In a blender, add a handful of small ice cubes and 1/4 cup cold water. Add washed, dried chopped greens, cucumber, ginger root, banana. Add fresh, squeezed lemon juice and small amount of flax seeds, about 1-2 tablespoons.

Put top on blender and turn on high until all mixture is fully blended. Makes one tall glassful plus a little extra.

April 14, 2013

Smoothie Surprise

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A little extra something to make this healthy smoothie special. Check out the recipe below.

Strawberry Banana Almond Smoothie – Photo by The Souper

Saying the word “smoothie” makes me smile and crave a cool, thick mixture of healthy ingredients. I get a chilling sensation now on my skin just imagining the pleasure and taste of a good smoothie. Finding relief from the heat and humidity is always on my mind during the summer season.

It is my pleasure to share with you my favorite smoothie recipe.  Enjoy one for breakfast or late afternoon snack.  Quick to prepare and take to travel.

 Prep time about five minutes – makes two adult servings

What you will need:

•Cutting board

•Kitchen knife

•Blender

•Large spoon

•Two tall serving glasses

Ingredients:

•Crushed ice, three cups

•Greek yogurt, 6-8 oz, plain, strained

•Banana, one peeled and sliced

•Strawberries, one cup fresh, washed and sliced

(save one whole strawberry for garnish on the glass)

•Milk, 1/3 cup fat-free

•Honey, Two tablespoons (or more during the blending process.)

•Vanilla extract, one teaspoon pure vanilla extract

•Almond butter, two tablespoons from jar (similar to peanut butter)

The Process:

•Put all of the above ingredients into a blender.

•Put the cover on the blender tightly.

•Pulse with on and off settings of the blender to mix the ingredients.

•With the blender off, take the top off to push down the ingredients in order to blend the mixture better if needed.

•Put the top back on the blender and continue blending the mixture with a steady speed until the desired texture is reached.

•With the blender off, take the cover off and taste the mixture with the spoon before pouring into two tall serving glasses.

•Adjust flavor of the smoothie by adding more honey if needed

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