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Chocolate, Banana & Coconut Smoothie

I seem to be on a Chocolate theme this month, so I’ve added in with my smoothie too!!

Maybe it’s because for the first time I have not been baking up all the treats I usually do!!  I was in the big city the other day and not only did I find young coconuts but a big sale on them as well,  so todays smoothie does have coconut meat in it, which is very good for us, but you don’t have to use it if it’s not available to you.

For todays Giveaway, in the comment section, leave what your favorite smoothie is.  Comments will be taken upuntil Wednesday 10 pm.  This Giveaway is Meta Greens, when you just can’t get the raw in, this is the next best thing.

Chocolate, Banana & Coconut Smoothie

2 Bananas

2 handfuls Spinach

Flesh of young coconut (optional – if you don’t have or want to use Coconut just add more

almond milk)

Almond Milk

1 – 2 Tbsps Raw Cacao Nibs or Powder

Blend up until smooth, makes 2 servings so share with a friend and enjoy!!

Extras

I sometimes add in other things to get more from my smoothies or hide things from my kids (heehee) so that we all get more nutrition, here are a few ideas

Maca

Spirulina

Meta Greens

Aloe

or anything else you feel  or like to add in as blending it in a smoothie makes it easier to digest and gest in our system faster!

Blenders

I just wanted to touch a bit on blenders.

Not everyone can afford or wants to invest in a high price blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, so what are some hints and those are not any affiliate links there!! 🙂

Here is a photo of the blender I have used and has worked great for me.  It is a Cusinart, not that I am into names but in case anyone wants to know.

You want to invest in a blender that has a fairly good horse power, not one that just to whip up a nut mylk and fruit will struggle.  Horse power is important, the two above have a very high horse power, so for things like cheesecakes, nut cheeses etc they are better, but how often will you be making those?

The base of the blender, the wider the better.  If it is fairly narrow, it will take even longer to blend up or it will be harder.

I also prefer to use glass, yes it is heavier but I try and stay away from plastic as much as possible.

A few or couple of speeds are also good.  Low, medium and high or even pulse.  If it only has one maybe two speeds, I wouldn’t waste your money.

Really think of how often you will be using it and what you plan on making with it.  This blender of mine, got me started and has worked very well for a good 4 years.  The investment, I don’t really know since it was a gift, but I do know it was somewhere between $100 and $200.  That may be a good place to start instead of $400 and up.

Hope that helps and making more smoothies and going raw!!!

Have a great day!!

JB

Apple – Pear Green Smoothie

Here is another variety for a Green Smoothie, that I think is yummy!!

1 organic Apple – peeled & cut up a litte

1 organic Pear – peeled & cut up a little

Big handful of Spinach (that is my favorite but Kale or any other greens are fine)

1/2 Avocado

1 Banana ( I usually use a frozen one for this recipe but it doesn’t have to be)

1 tsp Bee Pollen (optional)

Spring water, depending on how thick or thin you want it will depend on how much water you add.  Because of the avocado, it is more of a creamy almost type of smoothie, so I added maybe 1 cup of water, start there and adjust to your liking.

Blend up, drink, enjoy and feel alive!!!

JB

Blackberry Green Smoothie

Ok ok you can’t have a green smoothie if you add blackberries!!!!

As you will see from my You Tube video yesterday, we are having an abundant of blackberries around us right now, actually they get out of control!!  You may not be able to go in your backyard and pick them, but they are in season, so are blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.  This smoothie is with blackberries, but switch it up, variety is good and have fun with them while they are in season and eat lots of them!!

1 cup blackberries (or any other)

big handful of lettuce (that is what I had in my little garden but any greens will do)

2 bananas

I threw in a couple of pears in mine today as they needed to be eaten but that is optional

I had a young coconut here so I added the coconut water and the meat of the coconut, you can also use plain good water or even an almond mylk.

Blend up and enjoy!!

Smoothies are such a good way to get lots of good nutrients, enzymes, vitamins  and minerals in so blend them up!!

Super Simple Green Smoothie

Now it can’t get much easier than this, and since it’s summertime, greens and lettuce are abundant.
I was able to walk out into my small garden and just pick the lettuce, now how awesome is that!!

2 Banana’s
Big bunch of lettuce
Water or almond mylk, now of course the mylk will make it creamier and sometimes I like that (I did it this way in the photo)
I also added a little cocoa powder which of course is optional and 1 tablespoon of Coconut Butter. So that is why it’s not as green as it could be.
Lets leave out the cocoa and coconut and it’s quick and easy and a great way to start your day!!
Why cocoa powder?
Sometimes I like a chocolate flavor and sometimes that works well with bananas and kids!!
Real raw cocoa powder has antioxidants in it, but use a good quality one.
Why Coconut Oil?
It is great for the hair, nail and skin, it helps with stress relief, weight loss, boosts immunity, helps with digestion & metabolism, prevents osteoporosis and slows down aging…….has me convinced!!!

Love to hear your feedback!

To Your Health
Jodi

Banana 'Not so Green' Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Most of the smoothies I make I use water but sometimes a creamier texture one is really good.  This is a good one for kids as you can sneak in the greens and they don’t even know it!!!  So it doesn’t look green, I use Cacao so it has a good chocolate taste!!

This is just for one serving, so increase the amounts if need be.

1-2 bananas ( I like to freeze ripe bananas and add one of them, it makes the smoothie nicer I find, but you don’t have to, I know some would disagree with freezing but a bit of both is good)

1 cup almond mylk (now you can make your own or buy it whatever works for you, Almond milk is my favorite for this recipe then Hemp milk but use what you like, I always suggest to stay away from Soy when possible).

Big handful of Spinach

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1-2 Tbsp Cacao Powder

I like to throw  Cacao nibs into this one but you don’t have to, blend up and enjoy!!!

Why Coconut Oil and Cacao Nibs??

Coconut Oil – very healthy fat,  they say one of the healthiest on the planet, great nutrition for the hair and skin,  helps with weight loss, a stable oil, our bodies can metalbolize it well

Raw Cacao – powder – this is not commercially processed so it has alot of antioxidants and flavonoids in it.

All chocolate is made from the cacao (cocoa) bean, and cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unadulterated state are rich in nutrients and beneficial to health.

Dandelion Green Smoothie

Dandelion Green Smoothie

I decided to branch out and try one of my early morning Green Smoothies with Deandelion Greens since this is the time to do it. It’s Springtime, almost summer and Dandelions are in season.  Now, I don’t know if I would go picking the ones in your yard unless you know they haven’t been sprayed at all, but you will find them at the Farmers Market and in the Grocery stores.

I put the whole bunch in the blender, just cut the bottoms, so I was using the green leaves.

–  addapprox 1 in piece of giner, peeled and cut up

–  squeezed one lemon in

–  1-2 bananas

–  add some water, depending on the tickness you would like, if you like it thinner add more water, I sometimes throw in an ice cube or two to make it a little colder

Enjoy, you will find this Green Smoothie quite cleansing.  Dandelion Greens have alot of nutrients, are cleansing, good for digestion,  constipation and weight loss.

It’s good to mix up your greens and with these being in season, give it a try!!

J

Some More Food for Thought

Here is a couple little ideas on my latest video to get you started on spring cleaning or just to start cleaning up what you’re eating!!

Green Smoothies

For me Smoothies are easy to make, great way to start the day and also an incredible way to get more leafy greens into one’s diet and we all need more of that!!!

Here is a basic recipe

couple of bananas ( they add favor and a little more creamier texture, Iadd some frozen and fresh)

couple handfuls of greens (switch them up but you can add spinach, lettuce, parsley, collard greens  kale to name a few)

you can add another fruit if you like as you do want it to taste good, it’s good to add lots of blueberries or berries of any sort, they are full of antioxidants, add flavor and color.  I don’t hesitate to add a good cup of berries or more.

Add fresh water,  when I put the fruit and greens in I usually fill it half with water or a little less.

Blend it up and you have a great green smoothie.

You can add any kind of fruit you wish, experiment for your taste. If you like it creamier use can use a nut mylk, try and stay away from dairy here.

Enjoy!!

15 Smoothies in 3 Mins

If you like Green Smoothies or want to get more greens in our diet, then this is a short, fun video from the Boutenko Family!!!
And they are yummy!!! (not to mention good for you).

Watch here