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Peachy Green Smoothie

This morning I changed up my usual green smoothie a bit. Yesterday, I tweeted out an article about various ways to eat Greek yogurt. One of them was to use it as the base for a smoothie with juice – what a great idea! While I usually use a tablespoon or so of Greek yogurt in my smoothie, I have never used it as more of a main ingredient. So this morning I whipped up this tasty peach smoothie.

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I’ve also started using a new technique for incorporating Greek yogurt into my smoothies. It may just be in my head, but it seems like the kale blends smoother when I wait and add the Greek yogurt to the blender once the smoothie is already pretty well blended. It doesn’t take much to incorporate the yogurt so it works well (hence no yogurt in the picture). This smoothie turned out to be so creamy (thanks to the yogurt) and had a great peach flavor. It would also blend to a nice peach color, if it weren’t for all the kale I add to every smoothie. Feel free to leave the greens out if you prefer!

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Peachy Green Smoothie
Serves one.

    – 3 cups kale, loosely packed (or spinach, or omit)
    – 1 1/2 cups apple juice or green tea
    – 1/2 cup frozen peaches (if you use fresh, add some ice cubes to get the smoothie to the right consistency)
    – 1 frozen banana
    – 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

My other smoothie recipes:
Tropical Mango Green Smoothie
“Chocolate Milkshake” Workout Recovery Smoothie
Berry Green Smoothie

Other links that might interest you:

~13 Biggest Fitness Myths(Women’s Health)
~Strength Training Cheat Sheet(Women’s Health)

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“Berry Green” Smoothie Recipes

This past Friday I worked from home which meant I got a run in first thing in the morning (yay!), got to wear sweatpants all day (double yay!) and got to enjoy my morning smoothie in a real glass instead of a travel mug.

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That’s my awesome Hogwarts glass from my trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter earlier this year.

I start every (weekday) morning with a green smoothie. On the weekends I usually treat myself to some eggs, French toast or pancakes.

I wrote my very first blog post about my love of green smoothies. Making a green smoothie every morning was one of the first healthy habits that I adopted and I just don’t feel right without them now. It’s a great way to kick-start your morning with fruits and vegetables – and packs fiber and protein to keep you full until lunch. I love that you can get in several servings of dark green leafy vegetables (which are so healthy!) and you can’t even taste them – even if the color of the smoothies can be a little off-putting. I posted my recipe in my original post, but I have definitely fine-tuned it since then and I think it’s almost perfect!

First, I add my greens to my blender. I use kale almost every time I make this smoothie, but I sometimes substitute spinach based on what is in season. I loosely pack the greens up to around the 4 cup line on the blender. In the photo it looks like it’s closer to the 6 cup line but I think it’s just the angle. 🙂

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Next, I add milk to just above the 1 cup line on the blender. Since there’s already greens in the blender – it’s not a true “1 cup” measurement, probably closer to 3/4s of a cup. I find this amount of liquid makes the smoothie the perfect consistency, but on some days when it needs a little more, I add a splash of two or water while it’s blending until it’s smooth. I started off making this smoothie with skim milk, and recently switched to soy milk but you could make it with almond milk, juice, green tea, or even water.

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Next, I add one tablespoon each of chia seeds, flax seeds and Greek yogurt.

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I’m not too particular about getting these exactly at one tablespoon and for the Greek yogurt I make it a huge heaping spoonful which is probably closer to 2-3 tablespoons.

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Next, I add a frozen banana and some kind of frozen fruit. I always keep a big bag of frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies and I buy up fruit when it’s on sale and freeze it or buy frozen fruit when it’s out of season.

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Depending on what fruit I have on hand, I either add berries or peaches or mangoes. I was very excited to discover recently that the Harris Teeter brand organic frozen fruit now offers mangoes! I find cutting up a mango to be a pretty frustrating experience – and I never seem to end up with much mango. I think the frozen mango is definitely the way to go.

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Depending on what I’m using, I add about a ½ cup of fruit. For large strawberries it ends up being about three berries, or maybe 6-8 blackberries, or about a ½ peach or mango. The smoothie is relatively light on the fruit side.

Then I blend it up really thoroughly. I mean, I let it run for a few minutes at least. If the mixture is a little thick and not blending, add splashes of water until it starts to process correctly. It’s important to blend it thoroughly to not end up with a “chewy” smoothie with chunks of kale in it.

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”Berry Green” Smoothie Recipe
Serves one.

    – 3-4 cups kale or spinach, loosely packed
    – ¾ cup liquid of your choice (milk (skim, soy, almond, etc), tea, juice, water)
    – 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
    – 1 tablespoon chia seeds
    – 2-3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
    – 1 frozen banana (if using a fresh banana, add ice to the smoothie)
    – ½ cup frozen fruit (strawberries, other berries, mango, peaches, etc)

Here are some tasty combinations to try:

– Pina Colada: Coconut milk or water with frozen pineapple
– Green-Tea Mango: chilled green tea with frozen mango
– Apple Pie: apple juice, frozen banana (double the banana and skip the other fruit), add a dash of cinnamon
– Berry Madness: blueberry or pomegranate juice, mixed frozen berries

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On a different note, I want to announce the winner of the ENERGYbits giveaway!

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With the eleventh comment – the winner is Katie!

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Please email me with your mailing address to claim your prize! 🙂

Green Smoothie – Hello!

Well, here I am writing my first blog post. I’ve thought about it for a while, and finally decided to go for it! I get so many great ideas from the blogs I read that I wanted to share the ideas and advice that are slowly making my life green! So, appropriately, I thought I’d start with one of my favorite parts of the day – my green smoothie for breakfast.

I’ve been having a green smoothie for breakfast for about 6 months now, and I can’t believe how much I love it! On days when I have something else, I just don’t feel as energetic and healthy as I do with my smoothie. It’s such a great way to incorporate superfoods into your diet! As someone who didn’t grow up eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, this smoothie was the gateway into incorporating more whole foods into my diet. I don’t follow a strict recipe, and I’ve very “measuring-adverse” so everything is an estimate, but my basic formula is:

Green Breakfast Smoothie:

  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen, but frozen adds to the creaminess of the smoothie)
  • 3/4 cup organic milk (I use skim)
  • 2 heaping cups organic kale (or spinach, or other green – kale is my favorite)
  • 2 tablespoons organic ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, or your fav!)
  • 1/4 cup organic, plain Greek yogurt

Blend until smooth. I sometimes add some ice cubes as well to solidify the smoothie more – it’s especially important if you use a fresh instead of a frozen banana.

Enjoy! 🙂 I hope this helps you incorporate some more organic, whole foods into your life!