“Have You Had Your Smoothie Today?” by Mary Ellen

We are so excited that many of The Kitchen Remix followers have added smoothies to their daily routines. Starting out with a powerful mix of green vegetables and ripe fruits gives your body the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and energy it needs to get you through the morning. Our clients have seen and felt amazing results. Unwanted pounds lost, abundant energy, better workouts, and beautiful skin and hair have been some of the great benefits.

There have been sightings all over our town, Naperville, Illinois, of people drinking their green smoothies. Over the last few weeks, talk in the neighborhood, at the soccer fields, and in the workout studio has been of smoothies. Yes, smoothies! Just the other day, a favorite client at the Dailey Method exercise studio whispered to me during a plank, “Have you had your green smoothie today?” My heart filled with joy. My grin spread from ear to ear. I pulled  my abdominals in deeper and pressed into the floor harder with my hands. “You know it,” I whispered back. “Did you?”

So for you fabulous, smoothie drinkers, here are some delicious recipes from The Kitchen Remix. Please buy organic and local, if available.

Emmie’s Green Smoothie: This is a basic green smoothie and excellent for the first time smoothie drinker.

4 cups filtered water

1 green apple

1 green pear

5 cups spinach

1/2 cup kale

1/2 cucumber

1/2 lemon, seeded (include the peel, too, if it is organic)

Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

 

Steph’s Basic Smoothie: This is great smoothie for kids still getting used to your new smoothie habit. Feel free to substitute your favorite fruits. Frozen fruits often make the drink more enticing for new smoothie drinkers.

1 cup of filtered water

2-3 handfuls of spinach

1 handful romaine

1 banana

1/2 petite cucumber

1 cup frozen mango

1 cup ice

Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

 

Steph’s Sweet Tooth Smoothie: This one is so sweet and creamy you will never know it is good for you.

2 cups filtered water

3 large handfuls Power Greens by Earth Bound Farms (mix of kale, spinach, and chard)

1 banana

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 tablespoon Chia seeds

1 scoop Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion by Amazing Grass (sold at most health food stores)

1 cup ice (optional)

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth

 

Crazy Green “Morning After” Smoothie: This is a smoothie I make after a weekend when I have had a few extra splurges and just want to start the day out new. Warning: It may not taste good at first, but you may just learn to love it. (Drink it anyway! Your lunch can be tastier on this day. This smoothie is good for you.). I truly am crazy about this one.

3 cups natural, unsweetened coconut water

3 generous handfuls kale

3 handfuls spinach

3 handfuls Swiss chard

1 stalk celery

1 cucumber

2 shots wheat grass (can be purchased frozen at most health food stores or grow your own).

1 lemon, chopped and seeded (throw in the peel too, if organic)

3 sprigs fresh mint

3 sprigs fresh parsley

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

 

Yummy Salad Smoothie: As you become more adventurous in your smoothie habit, try this one for a change.

3 cups filtered water

1 handful romaine

1 handful spinach

1 handful arugula

1 handful chard

1 handful endive

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

1 carrot

1 handful sprouts (bean, barley, or broccoli is perfect)

1 stalk celery

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Braggs amino acids

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

 

Chocolate Lover’s Delight: This is the smoothie I have as an occasional afternoon treat. It is delicious, creamy and sure to satisfy even the chocoholic in you.

2 cups natural, unsweetened coconut water

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (sometimes I splurge and add half a cup of chocolate almond milk)

4 handfuls spinach

1 handful chard or romaine

1 scoop Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion (by Amazing Grass)

1 cup ice

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

 

PB & J Smoothie: Even my 2 year old son, who has not been convinced of the goodness of the daily smoothie, goes for this one:

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup filtered water

1 cup strawberries

1 cup grapes

1 cup blueberries

1 zucchini

1 tablespoon organic, unsweetened Sun Butter, peanut butter, or almond butter

1 cup ice (optional)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

 

Paradise Island Smoothie: This is an all fruit smoothie for those who are having a hard time drinking their greens. It is a great way to introduce children to the smoothie habit (or resistant spouses).

3 cups filtered water

1 cup frozen mango

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 kiwi, peeled

1 banana

1 cup cantaloupe

1 cup watermelon

1 cup ice

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

 

Smoothie instead of Starbucks: As I was sending these recipes to you this evening, this is what I was drinking. Before I started typing, I was a little tired and feeling drained from a very busy day.  Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee, I mixed this delicious smoothie. I am now feeling energized, satisfied, and ready for a night out!

2 cups unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

5 handfuls spinach

2 handfuls romaine

1 bunch carrot greens (left-over from carrots)

1 scoop Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion by Amazing Grass (they also make vanilla or chai flavors)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup of ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

 

Whether you have a fancy, high-tech, super blender, an old, one-speed machine you received as a wedding gift years ago, or something in between, keep that treasure on your kitchen counter. Get blending everyday and see the difference in your energy, your spirit, and the way you look.

“Have you had your green smoothie today?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. April Damolaris
    May 8, 2012

    Ok. Haven’t had a smoothie since we’ve been in Greece. 🙁 I’m going thru withdrawals but today….I’m going to get the bartender at the pool make me one. (he has had blender problems since day one but I think he was given a nu one! Yay for me) Thanx for these recipes. I’m on a mission to make one today!! Miss u gurls. Xxoo

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    • The Kitchen Remix
      May 10, 2012

      Hope you got your smoothie fix. Can’t wait to hear all about the trip.

      Reply
  2. Stacey
    May 8, 2012

    Mary Ellen and Stephanie~
    Thank you for the wonderful smoothie recipes! I can’t wait to try them all! The one thought I keep having when I read your blog is……how do you keep up with all the produce (particularly the greens) required for your smoothies without going to the store everyday?

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    • The Kitchen Remix
      May 10, 2012

      Stacey,
      I would say I go to the store twice a week. I go on one big trip for my family and then another small trip where I replenish kids snacks and produce. I buy the big plastic container of spinach, power green blends and romaine. I usually start the week with 2-3 of the big plastic containers. If things do get a bit sparse towards the end of the week I figure that even if I wake up with only a banana and spinach I can make a smoothie:) -Steph P.S. If you have a cost co membership, it is a great place to grab the organic spinach.

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  3. Rebecca
    May 8, 2012

    Thanks for all the great iideas. Cannot wait to try them!

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  4. Alexis
    May 19, 2012

    Is there a particular blender you recommend? What kind do both of you use? I would love a bigger one (I have a very basic one that’s 15 yrs. old!) so that I can make a big batch for my 3 older kids.

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    • The Kitchen Remix
      May 19, 2012

      Alexis,
      We both own a Vitamix and highly recommend it. The Blendtec is also a great product that is very similar to the Vitamix.

      Reply

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