Monday, June 25, 2012

Drinking the rainbow

Going Green Mama has been chilling with a few smoothies.

Insanely hot weather and a need to eat a more balanced diet have led me to breaking out the blender once more.

While my family has a few standbys, such as a milkshake of ice, banana, cinnamon and milk, I'm anxious to try more ideas and expand my diet.

Enter a book I recently read, "What color is your smoothie?" Chocked full of 300 recipes, I'm never at a loss for a cool drink in rhe morning.

What I love about this book is not just the vst number of recipes, but how it gets you thinking outside the box. While I'm not quite ready for the "green" smoothies my friends have been trying, there are other veggie options ranging from fresh corn to mushrooms to garlic. I'd had never considered that before.There's also easy references in the back that talks serving sizes, nutrients and main benefits of produce.

I love the ease of this book, the wide range of ideas and the creativity it offers. And while I'm not quite ready to drink the entire rainbow, I can't wait to branch out more.

What's your favorite smoothie recipe? Share it below.


knutty knitter said...

Beetroot, carrot and a celery stick.

viv in nz

Jenn the Greenmom said...

Carrots, orange juice, and a little fresh ginger root.

Chile said...

Last summer I was hooked on watermelon smoothies. Here's the recipe I used:
1 cup of peeled, seeded, and chopped watermelon
1/2 cup frozen (or fresh) blueberries
1/2 of a large banana (the other half will keep well in the fridge if the cut end is covered)
1/3 to 1/2 cup frozen or fresh greens (such as spinach, kale, chard, etc.)
3 tbs Kashi 7-Grain Nuggets (or Grape-Nuts cereal)
3 tbs non-dairy milk or water
1/2 tbs brown rice syrup, optional

Process in a blender on medium speed for 30 seconds.

Yep, it has greens in it. Trust me when I tell you that you can't taste them. A fruit smoothie is a good way to start introducing those greens into your smoothies. :)

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Mine is pretty boring, but the kids and I love it: homemade yogurt, frozen berries (whatever is on hand), frozen bananas. Wonderful on a hot day.


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