Wednesday, January 26, 2011


lately, i've been experimenting with making smoothies!  aren't they an amazing way to eat all the healthy stuff you're supposed to, but which is hard to fit in with all of the cereal you eat?  no?  that's just me?  well, whatever the case, i have always been a huge lover of smoothies and i'm so excited to see so many posts about them in blogland.  i mean really, what's not to love?  they're a great way to get your vitamins, you can easily sneak in veggies and protein {hello greens & tofu!}, and they're pretty easy to modify for whatever kind of flavor you're going for.  

recently, i've been making my own version of the green monster to go with my breakfasts in the mornings.

i use...
a ton of spinach
a handful of almonds
a couple dollops of yogurt
about a cup of blueberries
a few strawberries
a few peaches
about a half a banana
apple juice

sometimes i add red pepper, avocado, garbanzos, or raspberries.
i try to make it extra thick {by using less juice}, then i top it off with granola and eat it like a parfait.

i have to say, this smoothie has been making me feel great! i tend to be a bit anemic, so to start my day with a bunch of spinach and healthy vitamins has been dramatically improving my energy levels.
plus, despite it's vomity color, it tastes pretty good!


i've also been experimenting with non-vegetable smoothies that are a little lighter.
i call this one my "autumn spice springtime dessert smoothie" {i'm still working on the title}.  

i threw in...
half a banana
a handful of strawberries
a handful of peaches
a handful of raspberries
two large dollops of plain yogurt
a hefty sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg, & cloves
apple cider {NOT apple juice}

it tastes amazing!!  
with the spices added, it has a definite dessert flavor {sort of like cheesecake}, but with none of the processed sugars and fats of real desserts {like cheesecake}.  in fact, it's actually downright good for you!

i must say, with all this warm weather and smoothie-eating, i've been craving summer!
i know it's still january, but....

do you have any favorite tricks for being healthy?