Monday, April 1, 2013

Drink Your Veggies!

Hello!  I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter.  Did you get a chance to enjoy some yummy treats?  I sure did!

The 21 Day Challenge was a success. 
Now we are on to the April ~Spring Fling~ Challenge.
Part of our new challenge is to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day!

Have you been curious about all the green smoothies and juicing that's buzzing up Pinterest right now?  I sure have.  Everything I read about green smoothies tells me that it's super healthy.  I mean it's a bunch of super healthy fruits and veggies all blended together.  How can you go wrong?  But yet I was scared.  What if I spend all the money on the produce, blend it up and then HATE it?  Money wasted!


But then I came across the website , SuperHealthyKids.com
They have a whole post on how to make a green smoothie.
 


 
 
Go to their website and check it out!  They even have a printable chart to help you mix your own smoothie depending on your own tastes! 
 
I started with the recipe for a Basic Green Smoothie
and modified it just a tad.
 
Green Smoothie
3 cups packed baby spinach
2 cups frozen peaches
1 cup frozen mango (I used more peaches)
1/2 cup skim milk
1 cup orange juice
1 scoop EAS vanilla protein powder (didn't use this)
1 cup vanilla Light and Fit Dannon yogurt ( I used lowfat vanilla yogurt)
1 block silken tofu (I left this out)
 
 I used a regular old blender that I bought at Wal-Mart
about seven years ago.  It did the trick with no trouble. 
 
I really liked this smoothie and so did my oldest superhero (he's five).  But my three year old not so much!  And my husband wouldn't dare try it.
It's very green in color and I was afraid it would taste like straight spinach, but I didn't taste spinach at all!
The flavor was like a creamy orange peach.  The vanilla yogurt made it just sweet enough.  I will be making this again!  For Sure!
 
This recipe makes about four servings.  And it freezes really well! 
 

So how many servings of fruits and vegetables do we have here?

  • Greens like spinach and lettuce have a serving size equal to one full cup. 
  • We generally count one piece of fruit as one serving. 
  • One half cup of fruit juices are equal to one serving. 
 
So in this smoothie I'm guesstimating there are about six serving of fruits and veggies all together.  Of course we need to divide that into four individual servings.
One serving of this smoothie will give you about 1 1/2 fruits and veggies for the day.  Not too shabby! 

I'm going to experiment with some other combinations.  Do you juice?  Have you made green smoothies before?  Do you have any yummy recipes to share?  I'd love to hear from you. 

Let's get our five servings of fruits and veggies a day!
We Can Do This!



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2 comments:

  1. I can't quite get my head around it yet, but I'm thinkg about it.
    WGP.

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  2. Maybe we can taylor one to your tastes! I'm sure there is a recipe out there just for you! I'll help you!

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