Recipe Trio: Mint Syrup, Mint Lemonade, and Mint Lemon Ice

Lemon Italian ice, cooled with mint

Lemon Italian ice, cooled with mint

Cook’s notes: When it is still over 100 degrees, you need something refreshing. The mint syrup elevates the lemonade into a special drink. You can also make Italian ice in your Vitamix with the syrup.

I started buying granulated sugar that is certified vegan — there is no difference in flavor or performance. It is simply processed without using animal bone char. You can read more about vegan sugar on Veg Source. You can, of course, use plain white sugar for this recipe.

Mint Syrup

Yields 10 oz. (1.25 cups)

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup packed mint leaves, roughly chopped

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat and add the mint leaves. Let the syrup cool completely, about 30 minutes. Strain out the mint.

Mint Lemonade

The original recipe called for 1 part syrup, 1 part lemon juice, and 2.5 parts water. We prefer our lemonade to have less sugar in it, and not have the amount of sugar equal to the amount of lemon juice.

1 glass: Mix together 1 oz mint syrup, 2 oz lemon juice, and 4 oz water. Pour into a glass filled with ice.

[To try the Simply Recipes ratio, mix 1 oz syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, and 3 oz water. Pour over ice; add more lemon juice if it’s too sweet and more water if it’s too strong.]

1 pitcher: Mix together 1 cup mint syrup, 2 cups lemon juice, and 4 cups water.

Mint Lemon Ice

This is basically 1 part syrup : 3 parts water with a whole lemon added in.

3/4 cup water
1/4 cup mint syrup
1 lemon (peeled and seeded) and its juice [1 lemon yields 3 tablespoons juice (1.5 oz; 45 ml)]
1 teaspoon lemon peel
2 cups ice

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from water 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 30 to 60 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.


Sources:

Mint Syrup adapted from Michael Symon
Lemon Ice adapted from One Regular Guy

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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.

Mixed Berry Sorbet

Berry sorbet with reduced sugar

Berry sorbet with reduced sugar

Cook’s notes: About a minute to make your own dairy-free sorbet.

Yield: About 3.5 cups

1 cup water
1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) white sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
16 oz. bag frozen mixed berries without added sugar

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
  4. In about 30-60 seconds, the sound of the motor will change. Four mounds should form.
  5. Stop machine. Do not over mix or melting will occur. Serve immediately.

Adapted from the Vitamix Getting Started Plus guide.


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.

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.

Best Recipe: Goldilocks Smoothie

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One serving

Cook’s notes: I’ve been making “5-a-day” smoothies with 5 different fruits and vegetables. However, I wanted to make a smoothie that wasn’t high in carbs and natural sugars. I also wanted to keep the volume down and have a recipe that would make two satisfying glasses, not 50 to 60 oz. It’s also very tasty.

You can use 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese and 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt.

Instead of pineapple, you can use 1 cup of any low-glycemic fruit without added sugar: apples, apricots, any berries, whole strawberries, cherries, oranges, peach slices, or pears.

This “Goldilocks smoothie” is just right: not too sweet, not too much fruit, not too much spinach, and not too much to drink.

Makes 2 servings (15 oz. each)

1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons pecan pieces
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
90 g (about 3.2 oz.) baby spinach
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 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. I mention companies and products in order to share to share a good experience.

Peach Coconut Green Smoothie

60 g of spinach

60 g of spinach

Cook’s notes: Adapted from the Simple Green Smoothies site. Added yogurt for protein and also more produce, because as they say, “Drink your veggies and feel incredible!” This smoothie has 5 fruits and vegetables (1 dark leafy green, 2 vegetables, and 2 fruits).

Serves 2 (about 25 oz. per serving)

1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
2 cups coconut water [or unsweetened vanilla almond milk]
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
2 cups (60 g) baby spinach
1 cup red seedless grapes
4 oz. cucumber chunks, unpeeled
2 fresh carrots, cut into chunks
1.5 cups frozen peaches without added sugar
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. 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.

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

60 g of spinach

60 g of spinach

Cook’s notes: A good way to use pumpkin puree. You don’t need to add maple syrup or brown sugar to sweeten it. This smoothie has 18 g protein and 8 g fiber with no added sugar.

Makes 2 servings (about 20 oz. each)

2 cups plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
60 g (2.2 cups) baby spinach
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons pecan pieces
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/2 medium banana, frozen
1 cup frozen mango chunks 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 during blending.

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.

Cold Season Green Smoothie

Abundant with oranges

This smoothie will not cure the common cold, but it is refreshingly tart with no added sugar (also, 12 g fiber and 18 g protein).

Makes 2 servings (about 20 oz. each)

1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
60 g (2.2 cups) baby spinach
1 navel orange, peeled and halved
2 seedless clementine “Cuties”, peeled and halved
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin lemon olive oil
2 Tablespoons pecan pieces
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
1/2 Tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks without added sugar
1 cup frozen cranberries 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.