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Summer Smoothie

Ah, liquid summertime!

Makes two smoothies:

1/2 a honeydew melon

bunch of kale, ribs removed

couple gratings of frozen gingerroot

flavorless protein powder

2 cups of ice cubes

Grind ‘er up!  Bright green, cold, and refreshing.

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Grapefruit smoothie?

Okay, this is kind of a weird one. I blended some frozen peaches, a fresh peach, a bunch of red dandelion, a 1/2 block of silken tofu, a squirt of agave, and some vanilla rice protein. It tastes like grapefruit. The first sip made me say “Yikes! bitter!” But it is also sweet and a bit creamy, and,well, good in spite of confusing my tastebuds totally. If you like grapefruit, you’ll like it. If you dont’…I think you know the answer.

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From the Bluth Banana Stand

Oh….yummers.  Get those cacao nibs out again.  This time, blend your greens with 2 Tbs nibs, 1 frozen banana, a shot of agave nectar, enough soymilk (or milk of your choice) to blend, and a hit o’ protein.  Oh my.  Chocolate covered banana, hold the stick.  Seriously.

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This just in….

I got a Vita-Mix this weekend. My dear ol’ KitchenAid broke AGAIN, in the same way (the gear that turns the blades lost all of it’s teeth) within about 18 mos. I think the smoothie habit killed it. I started researching the mega-blenders like Vita-Mix and BlendTec, reading all the reviews and comparisons. It’s nearly impossible to make a clear choice as they both cause rapturous testimonials and about even numbers of people that have tried both prefer one or the other. Price was the deciding factor for me. I’m just not buying a 400 dollar blender. I found mine on Craigslist for $175, brand new, a 5000 model. Last night for dinner we had black bean burritos with super-smooth bean filling and then had oh, so yummy blueberry icecream made in the blender. This morning, I made my first smoothie in it. I love that I can just toss a whole carrot in and have it smooth. I blended a pear and an apple with about 1/4 c apple juice to get it going. Then I added the 2 carrots and 1/2 lb of spinach. It’s too thick. So tomorrow I’ll have to maybe add more water or something. It’ll take some playing around, but initial reviews are positive!

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Don’t try this at home.

Or, perhaps, Serious Professionals Only.

I’d juiced 6 carrots and a mango. I went to get me greens. But alas! There are none! I have spring mix, which is riddled with bitter radiccio and frissee. And I had arugula. Mmm….okay….I’ll try it with the arugula, which is not bitter, but has a very distinct taste. And odor. I toss in the juice, the arugula, a banana (bananas’ll mask anything, right?), some frozen strawberries, and soy powder. Not only was it one of the most Do-Not-Eat colors I’d produced, it has a VERY strong arugula smell. Must use a straw with this one. A very long straw. The taste? peppery. I’m sure that I could work up a flavor combo that this would complement–perhaps a gazpacho smoothie–but this is not it. Waste of a good mango. I drank it, though. That’s just how far gone I am. But there is still time to save yourselves! Before you know it, I’ll be dumping beans in these babies…so strap in. Or run. Whichever.

urp

It’s browner in person. But it totally matches my blog!

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Where’s the rum? smoothie

Mmm…this one was good. And a lovely Army green.

juice of one young coconut

juice of (use the juicer for this): 4 carrots, 1 apple, 1 mango

1/2 c frozen raspberries

1/2 c crushed pineapple

1/2 lb spinach

2 servings protein powder (I used soy protein)

tropical smoothie

Tropical!

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Creamy Berry Shake

Today, I tossed in some tofu instead of protein powder.

1 1/2 c carrot juice blend from yesterday

1/2 pound baby spinach

1 pound silken tofu (I use fresh stuff from the Asian market)

1c frozen mixed berries.

berry shake

Ugli, but good!

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