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Day 14 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Strawberry Orange Basil Smoothie

This ones definitely a keeper!  My son has watched me make our morning green smoothies for the last couple of days, and hen he saw strawberries and oranges he started begging for a sip.   Thank goodness it did not disappoint!  You know its good when a 10-year-old says, “I want one everyday”!

Today I added a scoop of Essante Super Reds Powder which is a powerful patented organic, pH balanced, bio-available, antioxidant,  rich nutrition & supplementation. It is made from 100% certified organic super fruits, OPE’s & adaptogens has one of the highest ORAC scores known. It is great to know that I am giving my son amazing nutrition, energy, longevity and unmatched immunity in a simple green smoothie filled with fruits and veggies!

Strawberry Orange Basil Green Smoothie

Strawberry Orange Basil Smoothie

1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Strawberries (or blueberries)
1 orange, peeled
1 Handful of Basil or Parsley
½ Rib of Celery
1 tbsp. Hemp or Chia Seeds *optional
1 Cup of Coconut Water or Water

Instructions: Wash all your produce. Chop and put into blender with a small amount of liquid to start. Add more as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

 

Like always, I used Coconut Almond Milk and it blended up nice and thick, added spinach for my greens and added no seeds. I thought there was definitely a strong “celery” taste, which is surprising since it only called for 1/2 a rib.  Also, frozen strawberries will yield a better flavor than fresh in my opinion, so if you have time … freeze them.

 

{Recipe courtesy of Young & Raw 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge}

Day 9 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Basil Grape Inflammation Buster Smoothie

So I cheated a bit on today’s smoothie.  I didn’t have any fresh basil, so I used spinach.  Pretty sure that defeated the “Inflammation buster” portion of the green smoothie as that’s what basil is good for, but at least I got my veggies in!

Basil Grape Inflammation Buster Green Smoothie

Basil Grape Inflamation Buster Smoothie

1 Rib of Celery
1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Grapes (green or red)
1 Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves (or mint or parsley)
½ Cup of Water

Instructions: Wash all your produce. Chop and put into blender with a small amount of liquid to start. Add more as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

 

The original recipe called for 1/2 a cup of water, but I used Coconut Almond Milk instead :). I did however have to add quite a bit more to get it to blend up. Not sure if it was because of the frozen grapes, but it was extremely thick. It also had a very strong celery taste … which was kind of a bummer. I was hoping to be able to taste the grapes more

{Recipe courtesy of Young & Raw 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge}

Day 6 : Green Smoothie Challenge Take #2

Apple Basil Vitamin Booster Smoothie

Take #2 on Green Smoothie Challenge Day 6.  Yesterday I was swamped with life and not home long enough to make a smoothie — that I didn’t have all of the ingredients for days 6-10!  I picked up the final ingredients yesterday and was eager to try out the new smoothie flavors.

Apple Lime Smoothie

Apple Basil Vitamin Booster Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
1 Apple
1 Lime, Peeled
1 Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves
1-2 Cups of Coconut Water or Water

Instructions: Wash all your produce. Chop and put into blender with a small amount of liquid to start. Add more as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

 

One positive thing about being a day behind most other people on the Green Smoothie Challenge — I could make changes based on the reviews. So today, I reduced the lime to 1/2 and I added frozen spinach instead of basil. I still havent picked up any coconut water and I have been to 3 different stores in the last 3 days … and still keep forgetting!  So I went ahead and chanced it with Coconut Almond Milk.

Surprisingly it wasnt bad. The lime was just enough, but not too strong, texture wasnt as bad as I was expecting — kinda like eating applesauce baby food. But I’m sure that would have changed if I had added more milk. It was a bit warm, so I dropped in a couple ice cubes to my glass when I was ready to drink.

{Recipe courtesy of Young & Raw 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge}