Monday, May 27, 2013

What?? It's the last week of May already?  (and I was wearing jeans and a jacket yesterday - what's wrong with this picture?!)

Here are the final seven smoothie recipes to get you through the month of May and into June!  Hope you enjoy them!

Let's start with breakfast (as I sit here, sipping my Cherry Beet Smoothie breakfast)...

Green Breakfast Smoothie
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup kale, tough ribs and veins removed
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 serving of whole walnuts (about 1/4 cup)
Coconut water
2 oz. Greek yogurt, plain

Add all ingredients to blender, add as much coconut water as needed to make desired consistency.  Blend until smooth.

RBCK Smoothie
1 cup raspberries
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup kale
1 Tbsp chia seeds

Blend well.  

Here's a breakfast smoothie with a different leafy green, it's high vitamin and high protein and will leave you feeling great!  - 

Bok Choy Berry Smoothie
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup raspberries or blueberries, frozen
1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
4 stalks of bok choy, green removed (save them for a salad)
2 tsp stevia powder (optional)

Place all ingredients into blender.  The bok choy will make this smoothie very thin, that's why it's important to use frozen fruit or you can add some ice. 

Now on to lunch, or an afternoon snack....

Almond Joy Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 frozen banana
2 large handfuls of spinach
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut (or can use 1/2 tsp coconut extract)

Place all ingredients into blender.  Blend until smooth. 
This tastes like an Almond Joy bar, except much healthier!  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm guessing you could add some cocoa powder to get the chocolate taste.  Hmmm, I know what I'm trying later!!

Here's a great afternoon snack that is perfect for today, with it's red, white and blue ingredients....

Strawberry, Banana, Blueberry Smoothie - this link will once again take you to the Simple Green Smoothies website, a great resource for all your green smoothie questions.  If you haven't checked it out yet, please do!

Now for a great after dinner snack....

Mojito Smoothie
1/2 cup coconut milk 
1 cup spinach 
1/2 frozen banana
juice from 1/2 lime
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
handful of fresh mint leaves
stevia to taste

Combine the milk, spinach, banana, lime juice and vanilla until well blended.  Then add the mint leaves, some ice cubes if necessary and stevia if you'd like it sweeter. Blend again until smooth.  Enjoy this delicious mojito-like smoothie!

Lastly, here's a great summer treat - no greens in this one - just some juicy, delicious mango!

Summer Mango Smoothie
 1 mango
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup milk (almond or cow)
1 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 tsp cinnamon
handful of ice cubes

Remove the flesh of the mango and discard the skin and seed.  Add the flesh and all other ingredients to the blender, blend until smooth and creamy.  You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey.

Shopping List

Bok Choy
Coconut water
Milk of your choice
Orange juice
Greek yogurt - plain or vanilla
Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries - frozen
Fresh mango
Almond butter
Walnuts, raw
Chia seeds
Coconut, unsweetened
Fresh mint leaves

Other staple items - vanilla, cinnamon, honey

I hope you've enjoyed the Smoothie a Day for May challenge.  Whether you like them green....

or purple.....

I hope you'll continue to make them a part of your daily routine on your journey to better health.

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