Monday, February 10, 2014

Six Power Smoothies with Vegetables!

 
I have been involved in a challenge this month to get a vegetable into every breakfast. Not really easy for me unless I want to eat eggs and salsa everyday...which I do not. So, I have been experimenting with adding veggies to my smoothies each day. Wow! I have come up with some winners.
 
 
 I also add a scoop of V-shake pea protein from  dōTERRA  to each one. That is of course optional, but well worth it. If it is from peas, it should be considered a veggie too, right? Some folks have a hard time with raw spinach on the intestines. If such is the case with you, substitute avocado instead. You will never know it is there...well, except it makes everything green!! Here are my six favorite ways to add vegetables to your breakfast. I almost always add a drop of Wild Orange essential oil too, because every smoothie is better with  dōTERRA wild orange, or grapefruit, or lemon, or ginger, or cinnamon, or lime.



Green Strawberry Pina Colada:
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
5 large strawberries
1 handful of spinach
1 T gelatin (protein)
3 pitted and soaked dates or 1/2 ripe banana
1/4 cup chia gel*
1 egg (from backyard chickens...if desired)
Ice if desired
Blend it all until smooth and creamy.


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin or sweet potato
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 T gelatin (protein)
1/4 cup raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia gel *
2-3 tsp real maple syrup or 2 pitted and soaked dates
1 egg (from backyard chickens...if desired)
Ice if desired
blend until smooth and creamy.

Avocado Smoothie
1 ripe avocado
1 cup milk of choice
1/4 cup chia gel*
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 a ripe banana
1 T gelatin (protein)
1 egg (from backyard chickens...if desired)
Blend until it is smooth and creamy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 cup milk of choice
1 ripe banana
2 T peanut butter or 1/4 cup raw peanuts
2 T Cocoa Powder
3 dates, pitted and soaked
1 handful of spinach or flesh of one ripe avocado
1 T gelatin (protein)
1 egg (from backyard chickens... if desired)
Ice
Blend until smooth and creamy.
 

Orange Creamsicle Refrigerator Smoothie
2 cups freshly squeezed orange/carrot juice
1/4 Cup chia seeds
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or coconut cream
1 T gelatin
Add all the ingredients to a mason jar. Put the lid on and shake.
Let sit in the fridge overnight. Drink up in the morning! This one is so refreshing!


Raspberry Coconut Cream Smoothie
1 can coconut milk
1 cup frozen organic raspberries
3 T chia seeds (ground)
1/4 cup whole oats
1 dash nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. For a fun twist, add a drop of lime! Here I am counting chia seeds as the vegetable. 3 T equal one serving of veggies. They give this a bit of a nutty flavor. This is not a sweet smoothie. Add stevia to sweeten if desired. I like it just the way it is.

*To make chia gel, soak 3 T of chia seed in 1 cup of water overnight in the refrigerator. Add to smoothies, pancakes, muffins, or fruit.

Where to find: (affiliate links)

Organic Chia Seeds
Great Lakes Gelatin
Organic Coconut Milk Unsweetened
V-Shake from dōTERRA

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24 comments:

  1. You have some delicious sounding smoothies here Janine. I am always a sucker for pumpkin spice flavors. I have some chia seeds, so I can try right away to make chia gel. I bet that looks kind of funky soaking. Should be fun for me to tease the kids with.

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  2. I keep meaning to get the chia seeds. We just got a new blender so I will try these soon.

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    1. They are a power house...and cheapish, so a great thing to have in your pantry.

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  3. Great smoothie recipes - its hard to pick out the best recipe but I think I might go with the Orange Creamsicle Refrigerator Smoothie. Thanks for sharing Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop!

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    1. I gotta agree with you, if only for the fact that it is simple! But really tasty too!!

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  4. Love them all !! well most esp the pina colada smoothie..I'm gonna whip this is up tomorrow morning..
    Stopping by from The Gathering Spot ( Mamal Diane)

    Khit Mandeville from http://abountifullove.blogspot.com/

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  5. Good ideas! For some reason I never thought of putting dates into my smoothie to sweeten. I enjoy my banana peanut butter smoothies, normally sweetened with honey. I think I gotta go make mine soon...

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    1. Banana is a great sweetener. I just really like the dates. It is best to soak them overnight, then they blend up really easily!

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  6. Yum! These sound great! Tomorrow is Smoothie Day for the challenge I'm in! I haven't checked lately, so ignore this if you've linked up, it I wanted to let you know I moved to my own domain. I hope you'll follow me over for Tips and Tricks Tuesday! Love when you link up!

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  7. Yea! You did make it! I was hoping you would!

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    1. Yep, found your new domain. I need to make the switch, but am scared....

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  8. The pumpkin pie one sounds really good - I will have to put that on my list of ones to try.

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    1. It is hearty and nutty, this makes it different from your run of the mill smoothie. Hope you enjoy.

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  9. stopping by from 4 Seasons Party and these are GREAT recipes!

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  10. I had no idea you could add gelatin to your smoothies.... Do they thicken up like crazy? Thasnk for sharing!!

    Happy Valentine’s Day :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. The Hydrolysate gelatin does not really thicken. Just adds protein. The chia seeds however, make it thick. If you like it more slushy, add ice!

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  11. These smoothies look great! Especially the Raspberry Coconut Cream Smoothie. It just sounds absolutely delicious! I'm definitely going to try this.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

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    1. It is a good one. Yummy if you add chocolate too! Thanks so much!

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  12. Hi Janine,
    You're playing my song! I love to kickstart my day with healthy and delicious green smoothies. I especially like your recipe for a Raspberry Coconut Cream Smoothie.Thank you so much for sharing these healthy and delicious smoothie recipes on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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    1. That one is so good. I think I will make it today!

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  13. Some of those sound really good! I have pinned it for future reference! Thank you so much for sharing on Meandering Monday! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I hope out of 6 choices everyone can find something to try. Thanks for stopping by.

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