Watermelon Happiness Smoothie

WOW!  It’s been a really long time since I’ve blogged about a smoothie or juice!!  We do not go a day without having one though.  Some good, some O.K.  I thought the one I made today was special though so I decided to share it.  I’ve changed my formula a tad.  Check it out!

Watermelon Happiness Smoothie

about 1/4 small watermelon (mine was seedless.)

1 handful Organic Girl Five Happiness (it’s a blend of Chinese baby bok choy leaves and other sweet baby greens.)

1 large banana

about 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

My watermelon was exceptionally juicy today!  Full of flavor too!  I would have added more of the greens if I had more.  I’ve been using Greek yogurt for the extra protein.  I started a while back with vanilla Greek yogurt for the sweetness to ween my family off regular vanilla yogurt.  That’s been successful and I’m mostly using PLAIN Greek now!  That means less sugar!! I’ve even thought about experimenting with cottage cheese.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

The kids really liked this one.  It’s pretty refreshing.  If you want it slushier, you could add ice.  We kind of liked it thin though.  Enjoy!

*Watermelon is not only great on a hot summer day, this delectable thirst-quencher may also help quench the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

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Passion Beets Spinach Smoothie

I’m just trying to keep myself and you guys healthy!  That’s why we need to consume things like beets and spinach.  This smoothie blend will help!

Passion Beets Spinach Smoothie

2 1/2 cups passion fruit juice (mine was a mix of passion fruit and pear juices.)

1 beet root

2/3 cup vanilla yogurt

2 large handfuls spinach

1 banana

I seem to have a formula with my smoothies where I just change a couple of the ingredients.  I changed that normal formula a little today though.  I usually use 2 bananas and 1/3 cup of yogurt.  I’ve been having some complaints about the smoothies tasting too much like banana.  That isn’t a problem for me!  I love bananas!  Everything about them!  They’re super portable, fairly filling, energy boosting, and they add some natural sweetness to my smoothies.  Anyway, I’m trying to get my family to get these new veggies in their diets so I decided to back off of the banana.  Since I omitted the banana, I figured I should add sweetness with a little more yogurt than normal.  Everyone drank it without whining.  I don’t love the beet smoothies.  I can drink them without problem, but they’re not my favorites.  Boy do they look pretty though!  Here’s to health!

* Beets contain significant amounts of vitamin-C, one of the powerful natural antioxidant, which helps body scavenge deleterious free radicals one of the reasons for cancers development.

*http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/beets.html

 

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Dandy Passion Fruit Smoothie

As I washed my dandelion greens, I tasted a piece to see how flavorful they were.  I couldn’t help but make a “yucky” face!  That made me very nervous!  Especially trying to please other people!  Here goes nothing…

Dandy Passion Fruit Smoothie

2 cups passion fruit juice (mine was a mixture of passion fruit and pear juices.)

2 handfuls red dandelion greens

2 bananas

2 cups frozen mixed fruit (strawberries, mango, pineapple, peach)

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

Mix it all up to get one ugly smoothie!  I’m not kidding…it looked pretty gross.  However, I have to say it was one of my tastier smoothies!  I think the passion fruit juice had a lot to do with it.  I couldn’t taste the greens at all!  It got rave reviews from the fam.!

Here’s a photo of the carton of juice I used.  I got it at Whole Foods.  I would think you could find something similar at another grocery store if you looked in the right place.  Just make sure it’s 100% juice!

I also got my dandelion greens at Whole Foods.  I haven’t seen them at my local grocery store.  I can’t say I’ve ever looked for them though.  I’ll keep my eye out for these because of their nutritional benefits!

*The nutrients in dandelion greens may help reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and stroke. Dandelion contains anti-inflammatory properties which may provide benefit to those with asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

10 reasons you should include dandelion greens in your smoothies:

*http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothies/10-reasons-you-should-use-dandelion-greens-in-your-green-smoothie/

 

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Dandy Pear-Cran Smoothie

How many of you spray your lawns with chemicals to kill the dandelions?  Come on, let’s see those hands!  Well, guess what!  You just killed the garden!  I had dandelion greens for breakfast!!

Dandy Pear-Cran Smoothie

2 15-oz cans pears (in their own juice.)

1 cup apple juice (I used Simply Apple.)

2 handfuls red dandelion greens

2 handfuls fresh or frozen cranberries

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

My son took a big swig and said it tasted like applesauce.  I would say that’s a good thing.  And today I left out the banana for the haters out there!  You’re welcome!

*According to the USDA Bulletin #8, “Composition of Foods” (Haytowitz and Matthews 1984), dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value. Minnich, in “Gardening for Better Nutrition” ranks them, out of all vegetables, including grains, seeds and greens, as tied for 9th best. According to these data, dandelions are nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which Vitamin A is created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver! They also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.

Here’s the website for even more interesting information on this “weed”.  Check it out!

*http://www.leaflady.org/health_benefits_of_dandelions.htm

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Sweet Potato Mango Smoothie

They say the healthiest way to consume your fruits and veggies is raw.  Sure, I love sweet potatoes as much as the next guy.  But raw?  No thanks!  SMOOTHIE TIME!

Sweet Potato Mango Smoothie

2 1/2 cups orange juice (I used Florida’s Natural.)

1 sweet potato

2 cups frozen mangos

2 bananas

1/3 cups vanilla yogurt

Cut your sweet potato into smaller pieces to make sure it gets mixed really well.  I left the skin on and everything!  I think you could easily add another sweet potato and not have it over power this smoothie if you wanted.  I thought this was really good.  Very tasty!  A couple of my family members complained of it tasting too…banana-y.  I thought it was good though!  And, at least it’s not green!

 

 

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Spinach Kiwi Smoothie

My kiwi was getting soft on me so I needed to use it up.

Spinach Kiwi Smoothie

2 cups apple juice (I used Simply Apple.)

2 handfuls spinach

2 cups frozen mixed fruit (mango, strawberry, pineapple, peach)

2 bananas

2 kiwi

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

Peel your kiwi before blending.  Mix it up and enjoy!

Here is some interesting info. about kiwi:

*Kiwi fruits are rich in many Vitamins, flavonoids and minerals. In particular, they contain a high amount of Vitamin C (more than oranges), as much potassium as bananas and a good amount of beta-carotene.

Studies in Italy, though, performed on 6-7 year old children, have also demonstrated additional health benefits to the respiratory tract. In particular, children that were fed 5-7 portions a week of citrus and kiwifruits had 44% less probability wheezing compared to children eating less than once a week.

Shortness of breath was reduced by 32%,night time cough by 27%, severe wheeze by 41%, chronic cough by 25%, and runny nose by 28%. This results is not only traceable to the content in Vitamin C or Potassium, but in substances which are still largely unknown contained in kiwi fruit.

These substances are most likely flavonoids that help protect our cells from oxidative damage, and are therefore considered very helpful in protecting our DNA from mutations and damage.

*http://kiwi-fruit.info/kiwi-fruit/Health+Benefits+of+Kiwi+Fruit

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Zucchini Peach Smoothie

I’m not the only smoothie maker around here!  My sister has been doing some experimenting also!  Lucky for me, she gave me a tasty tip!

Zucchini Peach Smoothie

15 oz can peaches (with juice.)

4 baby zucchini (they’re so darned cute!)

1 banana

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

I will only buy canned fruit if it’s in fruit juice.  Make sure you look for that when you’re in the store.  You don’t want the stuff that’s in “heavy syrup”.  I pretty much just tossed all of this in the blender and mixed it on high.  It was peachy!  No, really, it tasted a lot like peaches.  Which is a-ok for me!  I think I could have tolerated a few more zucchini…next time!

*A one cup serving of zucchini contains over 10% of the RDA of magnesium, a mineral
proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Zucchini also provides folate, a
vitamin needed to break down the dangerous amino acid homocysteine, which – if
levels in the body shoot up – can contribute to heart attack and stroke.

*http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/8-health-benefits-of-zucchini.html

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