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Rise and Shine Green Smoothie

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Hi Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web-manager and friend, and I’m here today with an easy green smoothie sure to satiate. Let me be abundantly clear on this from the get-go: embracing green smoothies for me took a while. I couldn’t get passed the idea of drinking vegetables and fruits that I typically ate muddled in a salad or individually as snacks.

It wasn’t until my husband and I tried Simple Green Smoothies recipes that we really started to get on board. Now, we have one almost every day. Here are a few things that we’ve learned:

  1. Invest in a great blender. Annette loves her Nutribullet, and I love my Ninja. No matter what blender you use, it’s really important you get one that can handle the different textures of frozen fruits and veggies with ease. It will make your smoothie taste so much better.
  2. Decide which green vegetable works best for you as your base. I used to be a tried and true kale gal, but I’ve since shifted over to spinach. The truth is, it doesn’t matter what greens you use as long as you use some. Decide what you love, no matter what the recipe says, and stick with that. Pro Tip: Use your leftover smoothie greens as salads for the week.
  3. Blend smoothies two servings at a time. Keep the second in a tightly sealed mason jar for the next day – or share it with a friend!
  4. Feel free to play. If you don’t like grapefruits, use an orange instead. If you love pineapple, double up on that. If you happen to have some spare clementines around, toss those in, too. Enjoy being in the kitchen and playing with flavors. A fun smoothie is a better smoothie.

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The smoothie recipe I’m sharing today is modified from Simple Green Smoothies’ Beginner’s Luck. As the title indicates, it’s a great first timer smoothie and a fantastic way to ease into the green smoothie lifestyle.

Rise and Shine Green Smoothie
serves 2

You will need:
– 2 cups spinach
– 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
– 1 cup frozen pineapple
– 1 cup frozen mango
– 2 fresh, ripe bananas, peeled
– 1 fresh, ripe orange, peeled

To prepare:

Blend spinach and milk together until spinach is fully combined.

Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pour into a cute glass and sip through an even cuter straw. Store any remaining smoothie for tomorrow!

Note: when you think it’s blended, let it blend a little more. The longer this one blends, the more of the orange pith will disappear and blend into the rest of the drink.

xo, Nicole

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Hello Breakfast Smoothie

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Most of the time I opt for a breakfast smoothie. It’s always something simple, not too sweet and filling – just perfect for early in the morning (I am an early riser if you haven’t noticed).

Here is my go to breakfast smoothie of late, the Hello Breakfast Smoothie. You can vary the fruit choices, but I always like a nice nutty butter and coconut almond milk.

Hello Breakfast Smoothie

You will need:

– 1 frozen banana ( I always have them in the freezer)
– 1 cup coconut almond milk
– 1 tablespoon unsweetened natural peanut butter ( I grind my own)
– 1 dash of cinnamon

To prepare:

In a Nutribullet (or other blender of choice), combine all the ingredients and pulse for 30 seconds, until will combined.

Sometimes I toss in a few blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or kiwi slices.

and enjoy…

 

 

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Mid-afternoon Energizing Smoothies

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This is the last post for Juice January…we did it!!!  21 days…it went super fast right? You have hopefully learned a couple things. One thing you have definitely learned is that the goal of drinking a smoothie or a juice is to make sure you’re drinking the rainbow. These 2 mid-afternoon energizing smoothies are a great pick-me-up in the afternoon. I love them both and switch them off everyday.

TIP: I actually make them ahead and put them into the freezer in individual cups and bring them to work with me. They thaw by the time I am ready to enjoy them. Make a few extras and have them once a day, even though you’re technically finished with your cleanse.

You did a great job! Happy Juice January! I hope you enjoyed 21 days of clean eating…keep it up until next year…xx

Berry-Almond Charger

You will need:
– 1 cup (125 g.) frozen strawberries
– 2 1/2 cups (625 ml.) almond milk
– 1 cup (125 g.) frozen raspberries
– 2 Tbs. honey
– 1 cup (125 g.) frozen blueberries
– 1 cup kale
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 cup (250 g.) Greek yogurt

To prepare:
In a blender, combine the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, yogurt, almond milk, honey, and vanilla  and puree until smooth. Makes about 6 cups.

Berry-Mango Energizer

You will need:
– 1 cup (125 g.) frozen strawberries
– 2 cups (500 ml.) fresh orange juice
– 1 cup (125 g.) frozen raspberries
– 1 Tbs. honey
– 1 cup (185 g.) frozen mango chunks
– 2 cups spinach

To prepare:
In a blender, combine the strawberries, raspberries, mango, orange juice, and honey and puree until smooth. Makes about 4 cups.

photo: Williams Sonoma

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Blueberry Ginger Smoothie

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Great minds think alike, right? So when my friend Camille Styles posted this recipe last juice January, I flipped for it. Now I’m adding it to my roster for this cleanse.

I love it especially for breakfast. Try this Blueberry Ginger Smoothie.

She’s right, your lips might be Smurf blue, but it’s winter, so what the heck? Blue lips are expected in January.

Thanks, Camille! Happy juicing!

xx

 

 

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Juice January What’s for Breakfast?

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I make this banana, mango, peanut butter, and turmeric smoothie every day.

It fills me up, and I feel satisfied. There’s a protein element, and of course, the anti-inflammatories in the turmeric are beneficial as well.

Banana Mango Peanut Butter Turmeric Smoothie
serves 1

You will need:
– 1 banana
– 1 cup frozen mango
– 2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
– 1 1/2 cups of Almond milk
– 1 inch piece of fresh Turmeric or 1/2 teaspoon dried Turmeric

In your blender, or Nutribullet, combine all ingredients and serve.

Photo credit from here (this smoothie recipe is terrific as well).

 

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