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Day 22 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Kiwi Detox Green Smoothie

Hmmmm… Not fond of the Kiwi Detox Green Smoothie. I forgot to pick up dates this weekend,  so I substituted strawberries.  I was hoping it would taste like a strawberry, kiwi smoothie … but no such luck.  Not sure if it was the cucumber or the kale that through off the flavor, but it definitly isn’t a green smoothie I would make again on my own.  Did you give it a try? If so, what did you think?

Kiwi Detox Green Smoothie 

Kiwi Detox Green Smoothie

2 Kiwis, Peeled or Skin left on
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 Cup of Cucumber
2 Handfuls of Kale
1 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.

 

 

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

Day 3 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Skin Booster Smoothie

Hmmm… Day 3. Not as bad as the Pineapple Clense, but not nearly as good as the Banana Berry Clense from Day 2. I was feeling confident about todays ingredients, but then I saw that receipe said not to make with milk.  Oh well,  I prefer creamier smoothies,  so milk it is!  Luckily it wasn’t bad ;).   I was really worried that I would waste all the ingredients because I couldnt suck it down.  But the banana flavor was quite overpowering so it worked out good.   27 days to go…

Skin Booster Smoothie

Vitamin E – Skin Booster Smoothie 

¼ Small Field Cucumber (about ½ cup sliced)
1 Frozen Banana (or fresh)
½ Cup Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
1 inch piece of Ginger (to taste)
1 tbsp. Chia Seeds (optional)
1 Cup of Spinach (or alternative greens)
1-2 Cups of Coconut Water or Water (not 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.

I made my shake using about 8oz of Almond Coconut Milk and no Chia Seeds or ginger.   I prefer the frozen berries and banana … makes it cold and creamy like a smoothie should be!   I really need to get some Coconut Water … sounds yummy!

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

Day 1 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Pineapple Healing Cleanse

Pineapple Green Smoothie 1

Well, right away you notice the color — green! Guess I should have expected that from the name, but somehow I was hoping the smoothie would magically take on some pretty color that would make it appear more appetizing.

My kids looked at me in disbelief as I was adding the items (minus ginger) to my Ninja blender with about 8oz of water. I really should have planned ahead and had my pineapple cut and frozen. I prefer cold smoothies and by the time I got done, is was room temperature.

Also, it took a bit of trying to get the consistency down. I have a Ninja Pro and my first 2 attempts left me with the foamy, chunky liquid to the left — which was more chewable than drinkable.  I’m learning as I go, I guess.

My final attempt was to blend again with my Bullet juicer to breakdown the pulp further to a drinkable consistency.  You know, it really wasnt all that bad (once I got the consistency to a tolerable level) — I think I was expecting it to be worse than it was.
Pineapple Green Smoothie 2nd Attempt

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Pineapple Healing Cleanse
1 Rib of Celery
¼ Field Cucumber (no plastic wrapping)
1 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Pineapple
½ Lemon, Peeled
1 Small Handful of Parsley
½ Inch Piece of Ginger (or less)

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.

PS — don’t mix with Almond Milk, I hear it’s really yucky 😦 (no I didn’t try it!)

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