Saturday Morning Smoothies

11 Mar

Ingredients in the blender

For the last few weeks, the boyfriend and I have had a Saturday morning tradition of making some delicious smoothies. So far, we’ve used a lot of the same ingredients with only slight variations, but we have yet to make one that we didn’t like. My goal is to move into more green, vegetable based smoothies with a little bit of fruit to add some sweetness to it. If at all possible and affordable, I would love to purchase a juicer – the blender works great for thicker, somewhat chunkier combinations, but I would like to try out juicing for a change. If you have any suggestions for brands that are better while still being in a decent price range, please share below!

Here are some of our recent creations – each recipe makes about 16oz, or 2 glasses, worth of smoothie.

Strawberry/Mango

This was our very first smoothie and a very simple one. I used:

* 2 mangoes

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1/2 cup of dry oats

* the juice of 2 oranges

Strawberry/Banana/Blueberry

Creation number two was creamier than our first smoothie, thanks to the banana. Here’s what I used:

* 2 bananas

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1 cup of blueberries

* 1/2 cup of dry oats

* a splash of almond milk

Mango/Strawberry/Blueberry

As the picture says, these smoothies have:

* 2 mangoes

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1 cup of blueberries

* 1/2 cup of dried oats

* juice of 2 oranges

Mango/Banana/Strawberry/ Blueberry/Spinach

This last one is not the most appealing of colors, thanks to the blueberries and spinach, but it was DELICIOUS! Plus, the spinach added a ton of vitamins without any weird taste! Here’s what’s in it:

* 1 mango

* 1 banana

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1 cup of blueberries

* 1 cup of spinach

* juice from 2 oranges

I’m looking forward to finding more exciting flavor combinations and using new and different fruits and veggies.

What’s your favorite smoothie/shake? Would love to hear your ideas!

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2 Responses to “Saturday Morning Smoothies”

  1. mdevans2407 March 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for sharing your vegan journey, I started juicing a year ago and I can’t say enough about the difference its made in my overall health and well being. I believe woman especially (due to hormones) benefit tremendously from a diet rich in phytonutrients. I have yet to delve into an all vegan diet, for a number of reasons aside from the comfort of carbs and a juicy and tasty piece of meat, the main reason is creativity with an all veggie dish. I hope to learn more from your blog/post. So far the recipes/dishes you’ve posted on facebook look delicious and tempting. Thanks.

    ~ Marisol

  2. jmanfredi March 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Marisol,

    Thanks so much for stopping by to comment! I am really interested in juicing – I’ve heard about all of the benefits, and I’m sure there are endless possibilities and combinations. I agree – the comfort foods are the tough ones for me to give up, and I admit that I still get cravings (especially when I catch a whiff of something someone is cooking), but I keep reminding myself about the health benefits. One step at a time – easing into a change instead of dropping everything at once helps sometimes!

    Looking forward to sharing more!

    Julie

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