Thursday, March 15, 2012

Green smoothie template for basic 5 cup blender :)


This recipe was designed for a basic 5 cup blender. 
Makes 3 pints of smoothie!

**I would start with 1 pint to 1 quart of smoothie at least 3 times per week.  Smoothies can be made the night before and last up to 48 hours.  Make sure to shake well before drinking if you don't drink them right after making.  I use pint and quart mason jars to store.  If done at night they are the fastest and most powerful nutrition you can have in your day.  Not to mention how to get great nutrition into your family's diet. Have anyone hurrying out the door grab their smoothie out of the fridge and be on their joyous way.  The easiest way to eat 7-12 servings of raw greens and fruit full of enzymes and nutrition!!!!!!

Rock out ingredients:-
*2 cups water
*2 handfuls of greens--start out with spinach
then can add: a leaf of kale, half a stalk of chard, mixed greens, any variety of cabbage (bok choy, raddichio, etc)
or add a little of: mustard greens, arugula, beet greens-
There are so MANY greens!!  See what's available in the greens produce section at your local grocery store.

HELPFUL HINT: You can freeze greens!!!  There is no need for greens to go bad in your fridge before they are used.  This is also helpful during harvest time from your garden.  Put greens into a freezer bag and throw them in the freezer. Viola! Handy greens for anytime:)

BLEND until greens are well mixed

*Choose about 1, 2 or 3 from the following choices
       Heroic household counter fruit-
       -ripe banana

       HELPFUL HINT: Buy reduced priced bananas that are red taped at the store and are "over-ripe" then freeze them in gallon freezer bags!  I ALWAYS use bananas in our   smoothies, they are a great sweetener. I at least use 1 frozen and if I have an unfrozen one I use both.

       -you name it!- use your imagination!

*Outstanding Options:
1 T of flax meal (buy flax seed and grind your own in a coffee/spice grinder)
1 T honey


*1- 1 1/2 Cups of frozen fruit
Choose from "mixed fruit" blends (Costco or Sam's Club)
Any frozen berry (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry...)
Frozen berry blend (also found at Costco or Sam's Club)

HELPFUL HINT: If you are nervous about your children's reaction to a "green" smoothie, make sure to put in some frozen berry blend.  They change it into a perfect purple shaded smoothie!


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