Recipe: Chocolate Banana Smoothie

I am in the middle of taking the October Unprocessed Challenge (a challenge to eat only REAL foods for the entire month of October.)  I have been drinking lots of smoothies this month, and I have discovered a new one that I love!  This  smoothie tastes great, and it’s made with ingredients I usually always have on hand.  So, when I plan to make another smoothie and discover that I’m out of yogurt or berries, this is usually what I’ve been going to.  It tastes a lot like chocolate milk to me, only without the added sugar!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk…use whatever you prefer)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (preferably raw & local)
  • 2 Ripened Bananas, frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

 

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

This makes approximately 16 oz (2 servings)

Recipe: Pineapple-Orange-Banana Green Smoothie

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I am 23 days into October Unprocessed (doing my best to eat only REAL foods, and nothing processed for this month), and I’m feeling great!  Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get fruits and vegetables into my diet easily.  This Pineapple-Orange-Banana Green Smoothie (originally posted on my blog Journey to Complete Wellness) is one of my favorites.  What I love the most is that all of my daughters love it, too (even with the spinach!!)  A year ago when I first started drinking green smoothies, there is no way they would have tried this.  As they watched me drink them over the past year, it has become familiar and no longer scary to them.  As long as the smoothie is cold, you can’t even taste the greens.  If you’re looking for an easy way to get more greens into your diet, this is a great way to do it!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup orange juice (I prefer freshly juiced from a juicer, but store-bought also works.)
  • ¾ cup organic baby spinach, packed tightly
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup fresh (or frozen) pineapple chunks
  • 1 frozen banana

Instructions

  1. Blend orange juice and spinach in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add yogurt, pineapple, and banana and blend until completely smooth.

Note:  Make sure at least one of the ingredients is frozen.  If not, you may want to add ice.  You want it to be cold because the warmer it gets, the more you will start to taste the greens.

Enjoy!

If you try this smoothie, I’d love to hear what you think.  Please leave a comment below.  Also, I’m always looking for more delicious smoothie recipes.  Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe you would like to share?

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

It’s October, and pumpkins are everywhere! This month I’ve been trying to incorporate this antioxidant-packed vegetable into some of my recipes. Here is a smoothie recipe that my family loves. My 7-year-old daughter can’t get enough of it! Enjoy! 🙂

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We have a new favorite smoothie in our house!  I have been on the green smoothie kick lately, but last week I decided to try something different and see if my daughters would give it a try.  My 11-year-old and 6-year-old both loved it!!  They have been finishing this smoothie daily and asking for more!  Like many moms, I am always looking for ways to get as many fruits, vegetables, and superfoods into our diet as possible.  This is an easy way to do it.  This smoothie is packed with superfoods…bananas, pumpkin, oranges and pineapple!  For a great resource and list of 50 superfoods, check out this link.  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! 🙂

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Ingredients:
¾ cup orange juice (I prefer freshly juiced, but store-bought also works)

1 cup organic vanilla yogurt (I like Stonyfield French Vanilla) OR

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Recipe: Raspberry PB Green Smoothie

It’s September in New England, but today does not feel like a typical September day.  The kids are back in school, but the cool, crisp days of autumn seem distant.  A refreshing smoothie seems the perfect drink to cool off on this hot, humid day.  Since raspberries are abundant here during this time of year, I thought today would be a good day to share with you one of my favorite smoothies!  It is made of all REAL foods, and is packed with protein, antioxidants, and Super Foods!!  Yes, it is a green smoothie, but don’t let that scare you (you can’t even taste the greens!!)  If it still scares you, feel free to leave the greens out.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!  This recipe was originally posted here on my blog Journey to Complete Wellness.

Raspberry Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup apple juice (preferably freshly juiced in a juicer, but store-bought works, too.  Our favorite apple to juice is Gala, but try different types to see what you like best )
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ¾ cup tightly packed organic greens (I use baby spinach, but any greens you like will work)
  • 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 FROZEN banana
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (fresh will also work, but you may need to add ice)

Directions:

  1. Blend apple juice, water, and greens in a blender until greens are dissolved.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until completely smooth.

A few notes:

1. It is very important to use frozen raspberries and banana.  If you don’t have frozen, you may want to add a handful of ice.  I have found that you cannot taste the greens at all if the smoothie is very cold.  If you let it get warm, you will begin to taste the greens.

2. You do not need a fancy blender.  Mine is over 12 years old, and is still working just fine.

3.  If you prefer it thicker, use less liquid.  Feel free to play with it and add nuts, seeds, pineapple, different berries, different types of juice or milk in place of the apple juice and water, etc.  I love smoothies because you can play with the recipes and adjust according to your own preferences.

Enjoy!  If you give it a try, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.  What is YOUR favorite smoothie?