Chocolate-covered Pear Smoothie

Dark Chocolate smoothie

Dark Chocolate smoothie

Cook’s notes: I had dark chocolate almond milk on hand but not any bananas. This green smoothie recipe is definitely on the sweet side: you don’t need to add any sugar, and it would be good for a smoothie beginner (you cannot taste the baby spinach at all). The oatmeal thickens the smoothie, and it has a consistency similar to a milkshake.

Makes about 22 oz. The glass shown at right was filled to the top.

5 oz. dark chocolate almond milk
5 oz. plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons rolled (old-fashioned oats)
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon overflowing vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 cup (30 g) baby spinach
1 ripe pear, cored and wedged (6.5 oz before coring)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on, set to Variable speed 1, and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ingredients into the blades as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Adapted from today.com


NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

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Green Pear Smoothie

Pear, banana, and kale: a beautiful blend

Cook’s notes: Inspired by a smoothie recipe from Terri, which was posted on Buzzfeed. It’s a delicious combination, and we’ve made it 3 times this week already. I found that if you use fresh pear and banana, the smoothie tastes sweeter than if you freeze the fruit first.

10 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons raw almonds
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2.3 cups (70 g) baby kale (half of a 5-oz. box)
1 small banana, peeled and chopped
1 Bosc pear, cored and wedged
If the fruit is not frozen, add 1 cup ice
Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Add a little water to thin, if desired. Serve immediately.


NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Blueberry-Cherry Spinach Smoothie

Easy smoothie with blueberries and cherries

Easy smoothie with blueberries and cherries

Makes about 20 oz. Similar to the Beginner’s Green Smoothie but with less yogurt and almond milk and two kinds of fruit. This simple smoothie does not have extra oil, flaxseed, or banana in it.
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 Tablespoon chunky peanut butter
1 cup (30 g) baby spinach
1/2 cup frozen dark cherries without added sugar
1/2 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar
Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.


NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Homemade Almond Milk

4 cups of delicious almond milk

4 cups of delicious almond milk

Place 1 cup raw almonds in a bowl. Cover with water and soak overnight.

The next morning, drain and rinse the almonds.

Place the soaked almonds and 3 cups of water to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Homemade almond milk stores for a few days in the fridge. I used a mason jar with a lid. Shake well before serving.

Small batch version for green smoothies: Soak 1/4 cup almonds overnight. Blend with 1 cup water. Do not drain. Add remaining smoothie ingredients to the blender and continue with the smoothie recipe.

Adapted from Vitamix

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Beginner’s Green Smoothie

Beginner's green smoothie

Beginner’s green smoothie

3 of 3 in a series. The purpose of the transitional smoothie is to help someone transfer from a low-residue diet back into regular eating after being on antibiotics. On Day 1, we made a gentle peach smoothie with a touch of ginger. On Day 2,  we made a simple smoothie with blueberries. Today, we add greens and peanut butter. This green smoothie would also be good for the beginner who wants to learn how to add greens to their drink.

If you’re new to smoothies, you may want to add half a banana to your drink. You can see the color of this smoothie is deeper than the Day 2 smoothie with only blueberries.

 

Transitional Smoothie – Day 3

Makes about 3 cups (2 servings)

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 cup (30 g) raw baby spinach or greens mix
1 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.


NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Green and Pink Layered Smoothie

Green on the bottom; pink on top

Green on the bottom; pink on top

Cook’s notes: The combination was delicious, but the layering was a little fussy. Blend each layer, then pour into a glass.

Makes 2 generous servings.

Green Layer

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
3 cups (3 oz.) baby spinach
1 small apple, cored and cut into wedges

Pink Layer

1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons raw almonds
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
1 cup frozen strawberries without added sugar

Blend one layer at a time. Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High. Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

To make the smoothie without layers, blend the following:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons raw almonds
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups (3 oz.) baby spinach
1 small apple, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup frozen strawberries without added sugar


NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Kale Smoothie

Blueberries

Cook’s notes: This green smoothie is very thick. Banana helps smoothe out the intense kale flavor.

Serves 2

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice or plain cinnamon powder
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons pecan pieces
2 Tablespoons liquid coconut oil
2 cups (60 g) baby kale
1 banana, peeled and chopped
1 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Simple Spinach Smoothie for One

Makes 20 oz.

Makes 20 oz.

Cook’s notes: Sometimes you want a simple smoothie without a ton of ingredients. This one fits the bill, and almost everything in it is 1 cup.

Makes enough for one tall glass (about 20 oz.)

1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
8 whole, raw almonds
1 cup (30 g) raw baby spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.
Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.
Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

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Adapted from The Anti-Detox Diet on vox.com (added spinach; increased yogurt; omitted honey). No extra sweetener is needed.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Apple-Almond Smoothie for 2

IMG_24921 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
16 whole, raw almonds (0.5 oz)
1 apple, cored and wedged
1 cup frozen blueberries without added sugar

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.
Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.
Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

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Adapted from The Anti-Detox Diet on vox.com. No extra sweetener is needed.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.

Almond Joy Green Smoothie for 2

2 generous servings (this is half)

Green smoothie with cocoa powder, banana, and almond butter

Cook’s notes: A smoothie with no added sugar that has chocolate flavor.

Makes 30 oz.

1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup coconut water
2 Tablespoons raw, organic cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons creamy almond butter
2 cups (60 g) baby spinach — weigh it on a scale
1 frozen banana, broken into chunks

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.
Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.
Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Greatist (added spinach, flax, and yogurt; increased liquids)

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

DISCLOSURE: This post is not sponsored by anyone. I paid for any products listed here and liked using them. This is my personal blog, and I am not compensated to create posts.