April 11, 2010

Sunshine Sunday - smoothies

Today I'm thankful for smoothies.  I could live at Jamba Juice.  Lucky for me my husband has been on a smoothie kick lately.  He's been making them for us and it turns out he has some mad smoothie skills.


Here are a couple of smoothie tips: 

1) I've been buying the Dole fruit that comes in a plastic jar (as shown below).  Good stuff.  I save the juice it comes in and use it in the smoothies.  It's just peach juice and a bit of sugar.  Then you don't need to add any sugar either.

2) Sneaky spinache.  Put some spinache in the smoothie.  I'm not kidding.  I PROMISE you won't even taste it and it's SO good for you.  Popeye wasn't joking.


So, make a smoothie today and it'll feel a little bit more like spring.  Have any great smoothie recipes or tips?  Tell me about it in your comment.  My hubbie would love to hear it.

25 comments:

  1. I love, love, love smoohties. We put in some flax seed and grind it up before we put in the other ingredients. It's a bit of a healthy kick. My new favorite smoothie is,

    Take about 2 cups of frozen strawberries. Cover those in cold water. Add the juice of an enitre lemon and 1 pkg. crystal light. You can get lot's of strawberry flavored ones. Blend and drink. It has hardly any calories and no sugar. Defiently my newest addiction!

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  2. We love smoothies here at "The Mill" also! I just have a basic receipe that we love. I use frozen fruit (found in the freezer section next to the pir crusts), yogurt, and milk. Sometimes I throw in almonds, or a banana. Blend and drink! Quick and easy...the way my kids like it!!

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  3. Mmmmm...I love smoothies. I used to work at a smoothie bar. My favorite was the peanut butter, banana and milk ones! :)

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  4. smoothie lover right here!

    here's my recipe:
    http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/2009/09/smooooooothies.html

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  5. You HAVE to try using non-dairy creamer (the liquid kind, not the powder... it's found where you buy your milk.) It makes the smoothies sweet and creamy, just like you had added vanilla ice cream. WOW do I love it.

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  6. Mmm yum! I love smoothies and we have done the flax seed thing too, but what also hides well is carrot. You should shred it before or buy it shredded so it breaks down smaller, or if you have a juicer you could use that and/or the pulp. I think I am going to have to go make some today!

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  7. We live on smoothies at out house. We mix it up between apple juice and pineapple juice for our base. We add all kinds of stuff too! So yummy and healthy! We are like you - we never add any sugar and it works great!

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  8. This isn't my recipe but have made it several times and it is yummy - even my 2 yr old *picky* eater loves it!
    http://vanillapumpkin.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/green-supreme-smoothie/

    This blog has lots of good ones too
    http://365smoothies.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oooh gotta love the smoothies! We usually go down the banana/strawberry base route, but I'm dying to try some spinach in there now!

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  10. I'm smoothie retarded. I love to drink them but I can never make a good one. I started buying the Yoplay pre-done frozen bags in the freezer section. All you do is put it in the blender, add some milk and you're in business.

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  11. Oh, and by the way, J is looking pretty darn perky in the last picture. He must really really love smoothies. (or maybe the person taking the picture)

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  12. We don't even use milk and no sweetener at all. Fruit! We buy fresh pineapples, peel them and cut them up (leave the core even), freeze bananas, buy the big bags of frozen fruit at Costco. Buy a case of oranges, have fresh bananas on hand too. My hubby likes to add coconut spread (comes in a jar). Add some cold water and any combo of the above fruits.
    My fave morning drink - on frozen banana, big tablespoon of Peanut Butter, cup of soy milk, chocolate protein powder and ice.
    My fave afternoon drink - orange, apple,grapes, kiwi, handful of spinach. YUMMMMO!

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  13. I use vanilla Silk (soy milk) as my base. It's more filling than plain milk. I also throw in some soft tofu for some extra protein. you can't even taste it! I usually use frozen fruits, maybe some yogurt, I also like honey to sweeten.

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  14. kefir! it is a yummy and packed full of goodness yogurt drink. also adding a mango or bananna gives smoothies a great texture.

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  15. My husband makes smoothies almost every morning. He saw a great recipe while watching "Good Eats"
    It's just 4 oz of each fruit (mango, peaches, bluberries, bannanas, strawberries...and we just buy the frozen ones from the store) then 4oz of some kind of purple juice either Acai or Pomegranate. He puts it all together in the evening in the blender then puts it in the fridge, by morning it's ready to blend as the fruit has thawed a bit! YUMMY and my kiddos love it too!

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  16. mmm...smoothies!! Using the juice from those Dole fruit jars is a good idea! I always think theres something I should do with it so it doesn't get wasted! Anyway, we've been eating from one of Tosca Reno's eat clean books and we got the idea for adding oatmeal to smoothies from there. Also flax seed and protein powder as I also saw mentioned!

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  17. I have some Jamba Juice smoothie recipes from a former employee... if you want one or two, just e-mail me!

    lds.dark.family{at}gmail[dot]com

    just promise not to sell them, and we're good! :)

    Autumn

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  19. Every other Friday we have "Friday night fort night" and we make a fort and watch a movie while drinking smoothies. Pretty much every day my 3 yr old asks for smoothies. My recipe is to start off with Hawaiian's Own juice concentrate (our favs usually are the guava ones), add water, frozen strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries. Once that's all blended I add some vanilla bean ice cream. The ice cream totally makes it!

    P.S. Your blog is like my new favorite because and I have two boys ages 1 and 3! :)

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  20. We buy fresh organic spinach, clean it, then freeze it. Its perfect in smoothies like you said and it keeps the drink cold. :) (along with the frozen bananas.:)

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  21. well I was going to say that I LOVE adding spinach to my berry smoothies, but it looks like you guys got that one covered!!! =)

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  22. mmmmmm smoothies! lol I'm addicted to a place called Booster Juice, they put ice, juice, frozen fruit, sherbert and yogurt in my fav. I think its the strawberry sherbert that makes it!

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  23. Nice!
    I make smoothies every morning. I have been into green monster smoothies recently, which are spinach, banana, flaxseed meal, and ice. Green but healthy!
    For kids I would imagine less spinach is probably good. If you use blueberries, the color is so dark you can't see the green!
    I would suggest using frozen fruit instead of canned or jars, since the added white cane sugar is not healthy and not necessary. Bananas are suuuuuuper sweet naturally, and them plus some frozen berries, frozen peaches, frozen mango (Trader Joe's!) will make a deeeelish smoothie any time of year! I also put an orange in a lot of the time since it's easy and gives that juice flavor without the concentrated sugar. I add water instead of juice when it needs it.
    If you need need need to add sweetner, dried plain dates (not dusted in oat flour) are amazing natural sweet things, just toss in the blender with everything else!
    Can't wait for summer when there's fresh fruit around!

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  24. We love smoothies too - not sure what all the tips are as I haven't read them, but one of the yummiest thing we add is coconut milk!

    -Jessica @ Boy Terrain

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  25. I don't have any super creative recipes beyond vanilla yogurt, berries & banana or vanilla yogurt, peaches & OJ, but I often make extra and freeze into popsicles, especially when I know my berries or bananas are on their last days...

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