Cool Pink Smoothie

In my quest to discover, “Will it blend?” I made up a new smoothie concoction tonight. I call it: the Cool Pink Smoothie.

I suppose it could be called a “green” smoothie, if by “green” you mean, it contains vegetables (or, 2 culinary vegetables but 1 botanical vegetable and 1 botanical fruit). That whole fruit-or-vegetable thing will confound me for life. But anyway….

It’s a delicious, cool, crisp drink full of strawberry vanilla goodness!

As I tossed everything (including 2 carrots, half a cucumber, and 5 strawberries) in the blender, I thought to myself, “That looks wonderful!” I should have run to grab my camera but I was too excited to mix it all up.

Behold:

Carrot Cucumber Smoothie

The verdict: delish! Absolutely wonderful!

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My First Green Smoothie

If you’ve ever shared a meal with me, you know that I tend to shun most vegetables. Some I avoid due to what I call my “texture issues” – I love tomato products, but can’t stand how tomatoes feel in my mouth, for example. (Wait… is tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Botanically, it’s a fruit, but for culinary purposes, it’s a vegetable – so I’m going with vegetable!) I’m working on these “issues,” and quite honestly, food therapy seems to me one of the better forms of therapy out there!

With my 2010 resolution to try 10 new foods, an unspoken subtitle to that quest is to eat more vegetables. To help my cause, I’m seeking ways to sneak in vegetables where I won’t notice them. Enter: the Green smoothie.

I’m not new to the smoothie world; I described my typical morning smoothie earlier this year (though, personally, I do prefer to call them shakes). I am, however, completely new to putting vegetables in my blender. After reading many reports that it is in fact possible to add spinach to a smoothie and not be able to taste it, I thought that would make an excellent experiment for my “eat 10 new foods” resolution.

Green Vanilla Banana Smoothie in blenderThis Green smoothie isn’t much different from my typical morning smoothie, aside from the obvious addition of baby spinach. I added the flax seed meal and yogurt for some added health benefits (in the form of omega-3’s, antioxidants, and live cultures/probiotics). The blueberries were added mostly because that’s all I had left of them. (Blueberries also add a nice dose of Vitamin C – you can’t have enough weapons in your arsenal to fight off cold and flu season).

This smoothie tastes like vanilla and bananas. It looks green, but I certainly can’t tell that there’s spinach in it (and I’m a fairly picky customer!). It was delicious, and I’ll be adding baby spinach to my future smoothies!

Use this smoothie as a quick breakfast or a great post-workout nutritional shake.

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Morning Smoothie

I’m a smoothie kind of girl. No, not with my pickup lines… with my breakfasts. This is mostly a side effect of also being a sleep-in kind of girl. I rarely wake up early enough to have sufficient time to prepare a good breakfast. And, since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I try not to skip it.

The solution that allows me to both sleep in and have a nutritious breakfast: smoothies.Nature's Way Alive Soy Protein Shake

Throw some stuff in the blender, cover my ears for a few seconds, and voila. Morning goodness.

I’ve been making smoothies for years. It’s the one healthy thing I’ve managed to continue doing for myself, even when other habits haven’t been so healthy.

Today’s smoothie is based on the Nature’s Way Alive! Soy Protein shake mix, vanilla flavor. I got this mix at Whole Foods Market for around $18. It contains non-GMO soy and is more than just a soy protein shake, but a whole foods shake, including nutrients from 24 different fruits and vegetables.