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Day 29 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Bok Choy Thai Green Smoothie

Only 1 day left for the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge !  I wasn’t too impressed with today’s smoothie.  It wasnt bad, but nothing “special”  I did have to make some modifications so perhaps that was the difference.  I used “spring mix” in place of broccoli sprouts and only used 1/2 of an apple to avoid the babyfood texture.   And it probably goes without saying, but I also omitted the seeds and ginger, and used Coconut Almond Milk in place of water.  I did use some dried unsweetened coconut, but it really didnt lend any flavor in my opinion to the green smoothie.  It was nice and thick but that I think comes from the frozen banana and milk.

Bok Choy Thai Green Smoothie

Bok Choy Thai Green Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
1 Leaf of Bok choy or 2 handfuls of Kale (Or other greens)
Small handful of Broccoli Sprouts
1 Apple, Cored
1 inch piece of ginger
1 tbsp. Dried Coconut
1 tbsp. Chia or Hemp Seeds
1 tsp. Spirulina*optional
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}

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Day 26 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Thai Lemongrass Detox Green Smoothie

 YUM, YUM!! This one should be called Tropical Paradise!  I did have to modify a bit … but well worth it!  I had no lemongrass, so I used 1/2 lemon and a handful of spinach.  I used unsweetened dried coconut instead of fresh and I added BOTH pineapple and mango!   Mixed with the Coconut Almond milk it was delish and is definitely a green smoothie I would make again :)!

Pineapple Mango Tropical Green Smoothie 

Thai Lemongrass Detox Green Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
1 Inch Piece of Ginger
1 tsp. Chopped Lemongrass (freeze the rest)
2 tbsp. Coconut
1 tsp. Spirulina Powder*optional
½ Cup Frozen Mango or Pineapple Add on if you have any left over *optional
1-2 Cups Coconut Water or Milk

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 21 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Cinnamon Blueberry Pie Smoothie

Today’s shake was definitely yummy!  Not the best of the bunch, but definitely up there in the top 5 out of 21 so far.  Based on my previous experience with the apple smoothies, I chose to use only 1/2 of an apple — and it really helped!  It really avoided the applesauce texture of the Day 6 and Day 7 Green Smoothie Challenge.  I did skip the avocado as I am not a fan of them and again used spinach for my greens.  Also, cinnamon can be very strong, so I just used a “dash” and it was plenty.  I think a teaspoon would be way too much!  I also added a scoop of my  Essante Organics 7.365ph Vanilla Shake mix as suggested to make it extra yummy!

Cinnamon Blueberry Apple Green Smoothie 

Cinnamon Blueberry Pie Smoothie

1/2 Cup Blueberries
1 Apple, Cored
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. Avocado *optional (will make it creamier)
1-2 Handfuls of Kale or Other Greens
1 Cup Almond Milk or Water
Bonus Option: You can also add plant-based protein powder, chia seeds or
hemp seeds

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 20 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Sweet Leafy Green Smoothie

 Looks like the Coconut Green Smoothies just weren’t all I had hoped they would be… Today’s smoothie was more a banana smoothie with a hint of lime.  I only used banana and even added extra coconut in hopes that it would affect the flavor, but no luck.  I did notice that by freezing the coconut I did not have the chunks like I had encountered with the two previous green smoothies here and here  — so that was nice.

Banana Coconut Lime Green Smoothie

Sweet Leafy Green Smoothie

2 Frozen Ripe Banana (2 if you’re hungry or want it sweeter)
2 Handfuls of Red Leaf Lettuce or other greens
1 tbsp. Shredded Coconut
1 Cup of Water or Almond Milk
1 Lime, Peeled or Juices*optional
1 inch piece of ginger* optional

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}

How to Open a Young Coconut

How to Open a Fresh Coconut

Short Directions = Hammer & Knife!

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I was really looking forward to some coconut green smoothies on our Green Smoothie Challenge.  A nice tropical smoothie, like one I would receive laying on a beach somewhere warm.  Ok, kinda like that, just with added greens and no alcohol — so almost perfect.   I searched high and low for dried coconut, to no avail and was left with no other options but to break down and buy a fresh coconut on the way home from our morning work out.    Little did I know (but would soon find out) a “young coconut” is a bit different from your average run of the mill coconut … and not the type to purchase if you don’t know how to open one!

I had never seen a coconut like this before. I normally see the coconuts with a brown husk in the store and figured this was the same thing. It was — kinda.  Notice in the pics the brown husk is actually on the inside of the hard outer white material. It is definitely not what you envision when someone says “coconut”.   The Produce Guy said it was the same thing as coconut, but just had the skin removed … so we figured that meant it would be easier to open — NOT!  I am not sure what “skin” was removed — but it was definitely not any easier to open.  It took a few tries, but we were able to get a small X-shaped hole into the top of the coconut and drained out the coconut water.   I haven’t tried it yet, so I’m not sure how tasty it is.  I ‘ve heard its yummy, but to be honest I’m afraid to try it!

After draining the water we began our attempt to break through the white, tough material that surrounded the coconut.   It seemed that no amount of slicing, poking or prodding was getting us into the coconut.  After many attempts, hubby decided it was time to get out the hammer and bust through the shell.   Ok, it was more like he was ready to give up and have his green smoothie with no coconut — but I wasnt about to waste a perfectly good coconut.   So out to the tool box he went, in search of a hammer!  Afterall, I had been waiting all week for these coconut smoothie recipes and I wasnt going to give up now!  It took a couple of tries, but with the hammer and the knife my dear hubby succeeded and was able to split through the coconut shell … YAHOO we have fresh coconut!!! 

I have now made two green smoothies with my fresh coconut.  Unfortunately neither of them were very coconutty (is that a word??) in flavor — so it was quite disapointing.   You can read my coconut green smoothie reviews here and here.    Looks like we have one more day for coconut green smoothies and I would REALLY like to have one taste like coconut!    Am I doing something wrong?  Is fresh coconut not normally as sweet as dried coconut?   Suggestions … anyone?