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Day 23 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Tropical OJ Green Smoothie

Ya, this one is a big NO GO — BLEH!  I really enjoyed the Orange Strawberry Green Smoothie from Day 14 so I was really expecting this one to be yummy as well.  That was unfortunately not the case.  It seemed as the celery was just too overpowering and there was only a slight hint of orange citrus.    Perhaps this one would be better without the celery?  I still haven’t picked up Spirulina, so I substituted my Earth Greens Powder, which is like eating 5.5lbs of organic veggies in my morning green smoothie!

Orange & Banana Green Smoothie 

Tropical OJ Green Smoothie

1 Orange
1 Frozen Banana
1 Rib of Celery
1 Handful of Kale or Red Leaf Lettuce
1 tsp. Spirulina *optional
1 tbsp Chia or Hemp seeds *optional
1 Cup Water or Coconut 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.

 

 

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

Day 17 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Ginger Limeaide Smoothie

Not bad … but nothing special either.  Seems like all the green smoothies with celery and banana seem to taste the same — like banana and celery!   I only used 1/2 lime and spinach for my greens instead of parsley.  Perhaps if I added a full lime it would have made a difference?   I did use Coconut Almond Milk which blended up nice and thick with the frozen banana.  To be honest, I am looking forward to my green smoothie on Day 18  … it has coconut in it :)!!!

Ginger Limeaide Green Smoothie 

Ginger Limeaide Smoothie

1 Rib of Celery
1 Frozen Banana
1 Lime
1 Handful of Parsley
1 inch piece of ginger
1 Cup 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.

 

 

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

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 11 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Sprouty Mint Green Smoothie

Well this one was definitely a swing and a miss for me! I wasn’t able to make it to the store for shopping items, so I had to kinda improvise. I had no broccoli sprouts (not even sure if I could find them), no mint leaves and no Spirulina. I had never even heard of Spirulina — have you? Well the world-wide web was full of information on this “amazing, high protein, superfood“… apparently its blue/green algae….ya, no thanks.

Banana Celery

Sprouty Mint Green Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
½ Rib of Celery
¼ Cup Broccoli Sprouts *optional
1 Handful of Mint Leaves
1 tsp. Spirulina
½ Cup Spinach
1 Cup Almond Milk, 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.

 

I am still using Coconut Almond Milk in my green smoothies. I did find some coconut water at Costco, however it was extremely high in sugar, so I am going to stick to milk for now. Since I was missing quite a few of the ingredients I went ahead and added the Essante Earth Greens which is a blend of organic grasses, vegetables, sprouts, leaves and high frequency minerals which assists in energizeing, alkalizing and provides whole body nutrition.

{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}