A Berry Sweet Green Smoothie

I’m all about berries during the summer. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries; you name it I will gladly eat it.

So in the spirit of fresh berries I wanted to make a summery smoothie with one of my all time favorites, blackberries. Below is my recipe for a deliciously sweet and healthy blackberry-induced smoothie.

What You Need:

  • About 15 blackberries
  • 1 whole orange
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup spinach (I used spinach and arugula when the pic was taken–stick to just spinach)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

First mix the berries, orange and almond milk. Then once that’s been liquified add in the mango and spinach. If you want the smoothie thicker add a couple of ice cubes to the mix. If you prefer a thinner drink, add a little more almond milk!

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Low Cal Coffee Coolata

Coffee lovers rejoice! Now you can make the perfect coffee coolata without all the calories or the trip to Dunkin Donuts!

While this recipe is insanely easy it does require a little bit of prep. The night before you plan to make it freeze roughly .5 ounces of almond milk. I recommend using a 1.2 ounce tupperwear to freeze the almond milk in for convenience and easy measuring. You also will need an entire tray of ice cubes.

Ready for how simple this is to make? Here it is:

Using a coffee maker brew 5- 6 oz of coffee (the smallest cup size option on the Kuerig)

Let the coffee cool so it is no longer steaming

Add all of the ice cubes from the full tray and the frozen almond milk

Blend

And that’s it! You can also add sugar for sweetness if needed.

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Grape Galore Green Smoothie

This #greensmoothie is different from any green smoothie I have made so far because the main ingredient is red grapes. I agree, putting red grapes in a green smoothie seems odd, but the outcome was very pleasantly surprising. If you like your smoothies tart, this is a great one to try!

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Ingredients:

25 red grapes

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup spinach

Because the grapes and mango take up so much space in the blender cup, I blended these ingredients with the water first and then added in the spinach.image

Watermelon Green Smoothie…YES!

If  you haven’t been able to tell from my recent posts, I am EXTREMELY excited that summer is just around the corner. Not only is summer the best because it hosts my birthday but some of my favorite food is in season, and with summer comes the beach! woo!

In honor of all things summer I have been eating watermelon and so naturally I decided to make a watermelon #greensmoothie. Here’s my first watermelon green smoothie recipe:

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  • 1 cup of  diced watermelon
  • 1/2 of a pear
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk

*Note: I froze this smoothie over night before drinking to make it thicker, if you want a thicker consistency and are planning on drinking it immediately add ice cubes when blending

Dairy Free Ground Turkey Curry

If you like curry, you will LOVE this dish. Even if you don’t normally like curry, give this recipe a try. It’s a much milder version than what you get in an authentic Indian kitchen.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped summer squash
  • 1/2 cup  frozen peppers (or fresh, even better)
  • 3 ounces of ground turkey
  • 1-2 tbsp of red curry powder
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk

Note: Broccoli and egg plant would also be great additions to this. Last time I made it and took pics (included here) I didn’t include them but I’m going to give it a try next time and see how it goes.

What to do:

In a pan cook the ground turkey meat until only the middle is pink. Continuously separate meat with a fork while it cooks to achieve the ground morsels instead of just a hamburger type situation image

Next, saute the spinach, summer squash, and bell peppers in the pan with the turkey. Once the turkey and veggies are fully cooked (after about 5 minutes) sprinkle 1-2 tbsps of red curry powder over the contents of the pan.

Almost immediately after adding the seasoning, pour 1/4 cup of almond milk into the pan. Allow the milk to saturate all aspects of the pan, and mix with your fork. Make sure the curry and milk mix together. For a less “milky” curry add less almond milk to the pan.

Let the contents heat for another few minutes before serving.

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My Go-To Green Smoothie

This is the recipe for my go-to green smoothie. I make this one at least once a week if not more, it is so easy to make and delicious!

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The recipe below is for a 22 oz smoothie:

1 banana

4-5 large frozen bananas

1 cup Spinach

1 1/4 cups of almond milk

Enjoying the  go-to smoothie at work and taking a self

Enjoying the go-to smoothie at work and taking a selfie

Tart Green Smoothies

After huge success with my first melon green smoothie , I decided to take things one step further and try a more tart version. If you will remember I first experimented with melon in a green smoothie by mixing it with a pear, almond milk and spinach. That smoothie was delectably sweet. I was in disbelief how sweet it tasted given I hadn’t added any sugar at all.

 So to change things up a bit I decided to make a melon smoothie with a sour twist… grapefruit! I put equal parts cantaloupe, grapefruit and spinach (about 1/2 cup each) in my magic bullet with about 1/2 a cup of water). I blended this combo into smooth and tried a taste. The tart

smoothie was a little too bitter for me so I added 1/4 of a frozen banana into the mix to even out that super bitter taste. The end result is a bitter-sweet, refreshing green smoothie unlike any I have ever made before.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup cantaloupe

1/2 cup grapefruit

1/4 frozen banana

1/2 cup water

Let me know what you guys think of it!

EDM Green Smoothie… Roll This Way

Happy Weekend!!!

Into  EDM? Well even if you’re not, here’s how to make a neon #greensmoothie to match your style in music! 


Blend 1/2 cup of organic spinach, 1 cup of frozen mango, 1 frozen strawberry (if you want) and 1-1 1/2 cups of almond milk and… Voila! 


A glowing (with vitamins) neon green smoothie to help you rock out! 

 

There is no filter on this! #neon

My First Melon Green Smoothie

A coworker of mine who sees me drinking my smoothies every day recommended I try adding melon into some of my recipes. I thought hm how intriguing… 

Luckily for me, while rummaging the produce isle this passed weekend during my regular grocery shop I stumbled upon a “sale” sign directly below a heaping pile of cantaloup. Now cantaloup wouldn’t normally be my first choice melon (I’m more of a honeydew girl) but half price cantaloups were worth a shot so I scooped one into my cart.  Can you find it in there? 

 

Along with the cantaloup I bought some other fresh fruits for the week including pears, bananas, and grapefruit. I don’t know if this is just me but the process of grocery shopping, then putting all of my groceries away, and then planning out meals for the week is by far one of the most exhilarating feelings in the world. I think I get a little high from it, don’t act like you don’t too 😉 

 So in accordance with my normal post grocery shopping procedures I put all of my groceries away and then starting thinking of meals and smoothies. Then it dawned on me… I needed to try my very first melon smoothie. Below is how I made it, and my review on how it turned out. 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of cantaloupe

1/2 cup of spinach 

1/2 of a pear 

1/4 cup almond milk 

 I decided to mix the cantaloupe with pear because while cantaloupe is sugary sweet, pears are bland and watery. I didn’t want to overwhelm the smoothie with sweetness so I figured these two would be a good combo and would keep the sugar level down. 

 

 

After I blended the above ingredients together my smoothie was a bit too thin for my liking so I put it in the freezer and let it freeze over night. By freezing and then defrosting the smoothie one can make an otherwise thin, juice-like smoothie thick and slushy.

 Outcome: 

 Not to toot my own horn here but holy heaven above this smoothie was SO good. It tasted perfectly sweet, and the spinach gave enough hint of greens to be refreshing as a neutral base. I’m glad I froze the mixture over night because by the time I drank the smoothie the next morning it had defrosted perfectly into a creamy, thick smoothie 🙂