green smoothie

Tastes Like “Vanilla Icream”!

Vanilla Icream Green Smoothie

With summer coming to an end and fall begining, my once favorite blueberries also at an end. Right now there is an abundance of grapes for the next couple months here in central CA.

On a drive the other day, we bought about 10 pounds of grapes from a family owned organic vinyard and I was a little overwhelmed as to what to do with them since they don’t last very long and how many could I eat before feeling sick, right?

So, I froze most of them because I love frozen grapes on a hot afternoon, which we still have these days. I also figured I could use them to sweeten my morning smoothies but never thought of them as the only fruit in them, until this morning.

I went in my freezer as usual to get a small amount of berries I had frozen myself, when I saw those grapes. I was going to mix them, but then I coudn’t imagine the taste of berries and grapes being a good combination, so I only put the frozen grapes along with coconut water and spinach with a splash of vanilla.

Vanilla Icream Green Smoothie Ingredients

To say the least….YUMM!

I couldn’t wait to share this with EVERYONE!!!  So here it goes…..

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup frozen grapes (I used pink)
  • 1 Cup coconut water (or just plain filtered water)
  • 1 Cup spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in blender and turn it on, couldn’t be more simple 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

My Very-Berry Green Smoothie

my-very-berry-green-smootie

Here is a post I shared at https://bloomeeorg.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/55/.

Green smoothies are quite popular these days. I didn’t get into them for the fad, but rather the health benefits while trying to up my iron levels and intake of green leafy vegetables. Some of the people promoting them have some quite strange combinations of fruits and vegetables which can call for a disastrous digestive system (I’ve tried). I was not so keen on them at first, but when I figured out that there is so much bad information out there, I came up with what suits me best.

Keeping the fruits as low sugar as possible; berries, will help not only with the digestion, but also blood sugar levels and other health benefits. When blending fruits, it’s easy to over eat and may contribute to weight gain or at least stop you from loosing if that’s the result you are after. It’s best to eat fruit alone and enjoy a few pieces on occasion when you are having sugar cravings. And please try to only eat in season and local and preferably organic.

If this is your first time trying a green smoothie, reduce the amount of baby spinach to 1 Cup instead of 2, and add a half cup more berries, then work your way down in berries and up in spinach.

It is not necessary to but an expensive blender. However, if you can afford it, you will enjoy it much-much more than a regular blender.

Here is one of my favorite recipes since berries are in abundance right now.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups berries; blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, or any other kind. Try to use ½ cup of frozen berries if you like your drink a little cool.
  • 2 Cups baby spinach, loosely packed (you can use more or less depending on preference)
  • Juice of 2 oranges, Or ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds or flax seeds
  • Optional; add any other super food supplement you wish!

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

BloomEE.org

My Very Berry Green Smootie

Green smoothies are quite popular these days. I didn’t get into them for the fad, but rather the health benefits while trying to up my iron levels and intake of green leafy vegetables. Some of the people promoting them have some quite strange combinations of fruits and vegetables which can call for a disastrous digestive system (I’ve tried). I was not so keen on them at first, but when I figured out that there is so much bad information out there, I came up with what suits me best.

Keeping the fruits as low sugar as possible; berries, will help not only with the digestion, but also blood sugar levels and other health benefits. When blending fruits, it’s easy to over eat and may contribute to weight gain or at least stop you from loosing if that’s the result you are after. It’s best to eat fruit alone and enjoy…

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Digestive Smoothie -Pineapple Green Mint

 pineapple mint smoothie
This green smoothie is definitely one that I can handle. It has the right amount of sweetness and keeps you from getting hungry for hours. Pineapple contains enzymes to assist with digestion and mint is also an excellent remedy for digestion which makes this the perfect smoothie when in need or just want to enjoy it.
Ingredients:

1/2 cup water (or fresh apple juice)
the juice from half a lime
2Ttbsp. fresh mint
2 cups of fresh, chopped pineapple
1 banana, (fresh or frozen)
1 cup of kale or spinach
1 Tbs. flax seeds
1 handful of ice, if you use a fresh banana

Instructions:
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Start on a low speed and increase to high
  3. Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

High Energy Green Blueberry Smoothie

Green Tea Smoothie

This High Energy, Power Packed Green Health Drink (meal in a glass) can be enjoyed in place of a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon pick me up. It’s great for weight loss and helps decrease appetite while providing powerful essential nutrients for your body.

Yerba Mate’ is an antioxidant-rich beverage that prevents heart disease and boosts metabolism. On top of that, the antioxidants in yerba mate’ will help neutralize free radicals from sun damage that could cause skin cancer. Please see the end of this article for the benefits of yerba mate.

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than almost any other food!

Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 to promote a healthy immune system

Greens have so many health benefits and nutrients as well as support and protect your skin from disease and outside damage.

Brazil Nuts: Brazil nuts are an excellent source of the trace mineral selenium, which is essential for beautiful skin. The majority of us don’t get nearly enough selenium in our diets. But a single Brazil nut will pack a powerful punch with a hefty dose of selenium to neutralize outside free-radical damage that can cause fine lines and wrinkles. Make it your beauty goal to eat one Brazil nut a day for youthful skin.

Flax and Chia seeds both provide fiber and omega 3, along with other nutrients and health benefits.

Coconut oil and flakes provide so many beneficial nutrients the body needs. Many books have been written on the benefits. For this recipe, they are added to provide healthy fats that boost your metabolism while giving you long lasting energy.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ Cup filtered water, room temp.
1 Tbs. yerba mate’; loose tea or tea bags to equal 1 Tbs. (you could also substitute with green tea)
2 Tbs. coconut flakes
1 Cup blueberries
1 banana
1 Tbs. extra virgin coconut oil
1 Tbs. flax seeds or chia seeds
1-2 Brazil nuts (optional  for added selenium)
A handful of greens (I use baby spring greens)
Splash of vanilla (optional)
Instructions:

  1. Place the loose herb (or tea bags) in the water and leave for an hour or up to 4 hours to infuse into a tea.
  2. Strain the liquid tea and put in a blender with coconut flakes, blend well. (You are making infused coconut milk here).
  3. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and blend very well. ~Ejoy~

The profile of Yerba Mate’ is taken from my upcoming book on super foods – A Closer Look At Super Foods; How To Make Your Own Supplements At Home. (Will be available in July 2013)

Yerba Mate 

Originally grown in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, this herb has been consumed throughout the centuries as a daily health drink. But only recently has been scientifically studied in the last 2 decades. The Pasteur Institute in Paris did a thorough study and concluded that it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the word that has equal nutritional value, and yerba mate contains practically all vitamins necessary to sustain life.

The Druze people of Lebanon have also enjoyed this health drink for centuries; it is common to enter a Druze home and share this social drink out of the same gourd (a special “cup” made from a gourd of the squash family) and bombija (bombilla in Spanish, a specially made wooden or steel straw that filters the loose herb while drinking), while disinfecting it with a rind of lemon.

Mate can be compared to green tea in taste with a slight bitterness, but with more nutrients, health benefits and higher in anti oxidants. 

Nutrients Contained:

  • Vitamins A,C,E, B Complex, K
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Carotene
  • Fatty Acids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Flavonols
  • Polyphenols
  • Inositol
  • Trace minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Tannis
  • Pantothenic acid
  • 15 amino acids

Benefits:

  • Increases oxygen to the heart and lungs
  • Flushes kidneys
  • Contains a 3rd of the caffeine in coffee
  • Increases focus and clarity
  • Detoxifies
  • Immune system
  • Anti oxidants
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Aids elimination
  • Bad breath
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Decrease appetite
  • Boosts energy

How to take it/ Dosage:

Very important when steeping mate, first cover it with room temperature water for a few minutes, then strain and pour hot water over it to steep again. This will reduce the absorption of any carcinogenic compounds of the plant.

Taken as extract or loose tea (do not use tea bags, the quality and benefits are lessened along with the health concerns of tea bags; bleach, chemicals, metal staple, and so on.)

 Extract:

Use as directed on bottle

Tea (loose herb):

2 Cups a day is a normal dose, as with any herb or supplement, take a break of 1 or 2 days off of the week or a week off the month. Always start with a lower dose and work your way up. 

Directions; place 1 tsp- 1 Tbs. of loose herb in a cup, cover with room temperature water for a few minutes (3-5) then strain, then pour hot water over the loose herb to steep for 5-20 minutes depending on how strong of a brew you desire.

Alternately; you can also cold brew your tea by steeping the loose herb in room temperature water overnight, no need to discard the first strain, just strain and gently heat if desired.

You can enjoy as a tea or make the brew a base for a health drink or smoothie.

1 Cup after a small meal 2 times a day 1-in the morning and 2- in the afternoon will balance energy. How much herb used will depend on the strength you desire.

 Side Effects:

Quality plays a big role, organic and/or fair trade is best. Always steep with room temperature water for a few minutes then strain to reduce absorption of possible carcinogenic compounds found in the plant.

Contains caffeine; may cause:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Always start with a lower dose and work your way up.
  • Due to caffeine content; Avoid if you have high blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Anxiety

Use caution in pregnancy and breastfeeding due to the caffeine, may cause colic in babies.

 

7 Days of Green Monster Smoothies

Here is a link to an amazing website that I follow daily. There is a variety of ways to make this great tasting green smoothie, you can even add a whole food protein source, which is included.

If you need it sweet to get used to it, add raw honey to taste, about 1 tbs. to begin with, then decrease as you get used to it. The honey will add extra health benefits as well.

7 Days of Green Monster Smoothies

I am working on gathering a variety of smoothie recipes, look out for it.