“Introduction to Green Smoothies”
Smoothies ~ Perfect for Kids, Created by my Kids!
The Bodie-O Berry Mix
Yields: 18-20 oz.
1.5 cups of Mixed Frozen Berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries)
1 cup of Orange or Tangerine Juice
3/4 Cup of Spinach (or a pinch using all fingers)
Add everything to the blender, turn on low and quickly increase to 10 and then run on High for a full minute.
Baby Bok Choy Omega 3 Delight
Yields: 1 quart
2 cups of Mixed Frozen Berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and/or Strawberries)
2 cup of Orange or Tangerine Juice (you can decrease and add water)
1-1 .5 Bunches of Baby Bok Choy (start with 1, cut off the bottom of the bunch)
1 Carrot (unpeeled)
1/2 cup Organic Vanilla Yogurt
1 tsp. Honey (ideally healing honey such as Manuka)
1 tablespoon ground Flaxseeds
2-3 teaspoons of Nordic Omega-3 Oil
Add everything except the oil and ground flaxseeds to the blender, turn on low and quickly increase to 10, add the oil and flaxseed powder and then run on High for a full minute.
A Step More “Green” than the Intro Smoothies
Green Benevolence (thank you to the excellent Green for Life book for this recipe)
Yields: 1 Quart
6-8 leaves of Romaine lettuce
1 cup of red grapes
1 medium orange
2 cups or water (or 1 cup water, 1 cup ice)
Blend well on high for at least 1 minute.
Green Pineapple Smoothie
Yields: 7 Cups
2 cups green grapes
1 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach
1 cup water
2 cups ice cubes
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed. Turn on low and quickly increase to 10 and then run on High for a full minute.
Intermediate Green Smoothies
Yields: 24 oz.
2-3 large Chard leaves
1 cup of green grapes
2 cups frozen mango
1 cup or water
Blend well on high for at least 1 minute. *** You could experiment and replace the chard with kale, collard greens, or other greens. ***
WOW! If you have a Vitamix, you can even make Nut Butters!!
Peanut or Cashew Butter
Yield: 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) Speed: Variable to High Time: 1 minute (see Caution) 3 cups (440g) unsalted roasted peanuts or cashews Pour nuts in the Vitamix container. Secure 2-part lid. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Insert tamper through lid opening. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Use the tamper to push the nuts into the blades. In 1 minute you will hear a high pitched chugging sound. Once the butter begins to flow freely through the blades the motor sound will change from a high pitch to a low laboring sound. Stop processing. Remove nut butter to a container and store covered. Note: Refrigerate in airtight container. CAUTION: Over processing will cause serious overheating to your machine! Do not process for more than 1 minute after mixture starts circulating freely.