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Monday, February 27, 2012

SMOOTHIES!

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!

SHAYLA'S GO-TO LUNCH SMOOTHIE
(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.)

SHAYLA'S ALTERNATE LUNCH SMOOTHIE
(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."

SHAYLA'S BELOVED ORANGE SMOOTHIE

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.)

ORANGE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE
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!

GRAPE ORANGE GRAPEFRUIT SMOOTHIE
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

LIME KIWI SMOOTHIE
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

COCO MINT SMOOTHIE
(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

SLAMMIN' SUNRISE "GREEN" SMOOTHIE
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!)

HEAVENLY BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
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

PINEAPPLE MANGO GREEN SMOOTHIE
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

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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

3 comments:

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!