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Monday, February 27, 2012


This post is dedicated specifically to Brittany Henderson!

I discovered that one of my absolute favorite things in the world is, of course, SMOOTHIES! I am completely addicted to Jamba Juice and when we found out we were going to be getting a substantial tax return I invested in the best kitchen appliance I ever dreamed of owning:

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is the Blendtec Total Blender. Saw it. Loved it. Had to have it. GOT IT!!!

I have a smoothie every single day, usually for lunch as a meal replacement. And I am not talking about smoothies that are packed with sugar or sweeteners or anything. I am talking about good, nutritious, packed with health smoothies. I am talking Green here people! Fresh fruits, fresh veggies, LOTS of goodness.

It seemed rather daunting to me to dedicate several posts to different smoothies so instead I am going to give you several of my current favorites in one list. I am sorry that there aren't any pictures... but maybe I will add them later? It is hard for me to think about snapping a picture of my basic lunch... anyways... Ready? Okay let's get to the goodness!

(This is the smoothie I USUALLY have for lunch every day)

1/2 cup acai juice
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (you could also throw in an apple)
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2-3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves (almost filled to the top)
Add pebble ice depending on if you want it more juicy or more smoothie-ish (you can buy it at Sonic for $1.71 a bag)

Add ingredients in order listed above and blend until smooth! Makes 1 large smoothie. (This is the direction for all smoothies, unless there is something "special" about the blending process I won't mention this again.)

(Because right now I am out of acai...)

3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 banana
1 6 oz. container of blueberry yogurt*
2-3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves

*Yoplait yogurt is NOT a good idea! It has SOOOO much sugar! I buy the Pure brand from Sam's Club that only has 9 basic ingredients. The best yogurt you could get would be Greek yogurt. You can also buy it in bulk at Sam's club in "flavors."


3/4 cup almond milk
2 oranges, peeled and quartered
1 cup baby carrots
1/2 frozen banana, optional

(I like this just as listed but it may not be sweet enough for some people... if you want it to be sweeter then I would definitely add the banana and 1 or 2 tsp of a sweetener of your choosing. I choose Stevia.)

From Blendtec Lifestyles Cookbook

1 orange - peel and remove seeds
1/3 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup strawberries - leave stems*
1/2 banana - peeled
1 cup ice

*Why do we leave the stems? Because they are good for you! The blender will take care of them so don't even worry about it!

From Blendtec Lifestyles Cookbook

2 cups grapes
1 cup orange - peeled
1/2 cup grapefruit - peeled
1 Tbsp sugar (or honey or Stevia or agave nectar... etc.)
2 cups ice

From Blendtec Lifestyles Cookbook

2 kiwis - peeled (or not... I don't)
1 large pear - seeded
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp sugar (This is a bit sweet for me but you can use that much of a sweetener if you want)
1/3 cup water
1 cup ice

(This is a very different flavor of smoothie but it is delicious!)
From Blendtec Lifestyles Cookbook

1/4 cup cream of coconut
1/8 cup milk
1/4 tsp mint extract
1/4 cup pineapple
1 1/2 cups ice

From Hell if I Gnaw (Site: http://www.hellifignaw.blogspot.com/2012/02/slammin-sunrise-smoothie.html)

2 - 3 cups organic spinach
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1-2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
2 Tbsp flaxseeds (This smoothie is still delicious without the flaxseeds, just not AS good for you. But still good for you!)

From Allrecipes.com (Site:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Heavenly-Blueberry-Smoothie/Detail.aspx?ms=1&prop25=77299861&prop26=WhatsCooking&prop27=2012-02-16&prop28=PhotoArea2&prop29=Photo_1&me=1)

  • 1 frozen banana, thawed for 10 to 15 minutes
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (or normal milk)
  • 1 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flax seed meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries

From Maria at Two Peas and their Pod (Site of recipe: http://www.zupas.com/2012/02/pineapple-mango-green-smoothie/)

1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 banana, frozen
1 cup chopped mango
1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup of ice


And there you have it! These are the ones we usually make or have tried recently. I will post more as I go along but I wanted to jump start with a whole list. You probably noticed the use of spinach is quite prevalent... don't be afraid! It is delicious and you really can't taste it in the smoothie. You can buy a big box at Sam's Club for about $3.50 and it is SOOOO wonderful! Do it... you know you secretly want to!

Love, Shayla


SamsClub said...

Shayla, all of your smoothie recipes sound amazing. Smoothies can be a nutritious meal replacement and your recipes are just that! I thought you might be interested in trying our Raspberry Vanilla Power Shake recipe, http://bit.ly/wKjqbb. Thank you for sharing your recipes AND thanks for shopping at Sam’s Club!
– Carrie from Sam’s Club

Shayla Bentley said...

Your Raspberry Vanilla Power Shake looks AMAZING! I have Pinned it so that I can try it in the near future. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I didn't realize that Sam's Club had a recipe newsletter and I have signed up just now so that I can try out lots of different recipes from Sam's Club. Thank you for providing an awesome business that is conveniently located and reasonably priced!

~ L said...

Hi, Shayla!
I am really glad that you liked my Slammin' Sunrise Green Smoothie! Thanks for reading my blog and sharing my recipe on yours. You have a fabulous blog and I can't wait to explore more of it! Keep up the great work!