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Sunday Smoothie: Week 5

Well, we’re officially at the end of January and, holy moly, the month seems to have gone by in a blink of the eye.

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I’ve loved doing the Green Smoothie Challenge for January but, if I’m honest, it really wasn’t much of a challenge! Once I got into the hang of preparing everything the night before (or freezing multiple days worth of fruit at the beginning of the week), I found it wasn’t time consuming or difficult. Also, all the smoothies tasted good and kept me full until lunch-time, so a win all around ๐Ÿ™‚

These last two smoothies I’m going to share with you, hit the taste-bud mark for me.

The Green Nutter Smoothie

You can’t go a full month of smoothie drinking without adding a nut-butter to at least one smoothie! I added peanut butter to this one, because that’s what we had in the house, but almond butter would be great, too. There’s something very satisfying (and somehow decadent) about tasting the peanut butter. When Jonty was mixing one of them up for me in the morning, he said “Ohhhh, peanut butter!”, and I’m pretty sure he was slightly jealous he wasn’t drinking one, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Crazy Carrot Smoothie

This was the only smoothie I made during the entire month that added veggies (other than the greens) to the mix.

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I wasn’t sure how it would taste but, as I’m learning, when you have sweet fruit in a smoothie (like pineapple and oranges), you can add almost any type of veggie you like and you will most-likely just taste the sweetness from the fruit. In the future, I would definitely be inclined to add more veggies to my daily smoothie!

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Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my Sunday Smoothie session in January, and perhaps been inspired to try incorporating some into your weekly routine!

Some of the benefits:

  • It’s an easy way to increase the amount of fruits and veggies in your diet.
  • One smoothie can keep you remarkably full for a few hours (I drink half a smoothie around 7:30 am, and finish the other half around 10:00 am). It’s always something I look forward to having.
  • Adding a spoonful of chia seeds or flax seeds can give your diet a boost of protein, fibre and good omega-3’s without much effort.
  • They just taste good ๐Ÿ™‚

The Green Nutter Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 260
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.9 g
  • Sugar: 16.4 g
  • Sodium: 70 mg
  • Fiber: 8.5 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g spinach
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (I used peanut butter here)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, chia seeds and coconut water, until smooth.
  2. Add the frozen pineapple and the nut butter, and blend until completely smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one fruit added is frozen.

Crazy Carrot Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 198
  • Fat: 3.8 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.5 g
  • Sugar: 27.1 g
  • Sodium: 112.1 mg
  • Fiber: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g spinach
  • 160 g pineapple, frozen
  • 1 small mandarin orange
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, flax seeds and water until smooth.
  2. Add in the orange, carrot and pineapple, and blend until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one piece of fruit is frozen.

Enjoy!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Moira. I don’t try to make my smoothies so tasty, I tend to just throw things together eat it ;-). But, some things I’ve done maybe you will find interesting:

    – root vegies, raw: I’ll put parsnip, carrot, beet, celery, or celeriac in some days

    – I sometimes pre-freeze a bunch, for example, I just froze a half litre of chopped raw beets

    – I pre-mix my grains: I’ve a can of chia, oat bran, and flax meal (I figure flax seeds might just pass through, so to speak) in the freezer. sometimes I pre-add cinnamon and other seeds in there, too

    – when I find deals on expensive fruit, I buy a bunch: I’ve worked through all my blueberries, unfortunately, but I bought a box of pomegranates, and then later a big bag for $4 that had turned brown… but pomegranates are riper when they start to turn brown, though I guess they sell better when red. It took me a bit to seed them all, but I think I ended up with 5 or 6 litres of pomegranate seeds. yum.

    – sam

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    1. Good tips! It definitely helps, having everything pre-frozen in the freezer. Often, if there’s a sale on greens, I’ll buy a few bunches of everything, and portion them out and stick them in the freezer. I’ve never really tried veggies before, but we eat them raw in salads, so there’s no reason why I can’t blend them up as well! Yes, pomegranates are a pain, but oh-so worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ I find it’s almost better to have a whack-load of them to seed at the same time, and then just get it done ๐Ÿ™‚

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