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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 13 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Avocado Dreamin Strawberry Smoothie

OK … This was the worst one yet, Nasty, Nasty!   Of course, I don’t like avocados, so that might have something to do with it…  Took one sip and passed it on to my hubby.  He looked at it and said it looked like baby poo — of course, he had some other choice words, but “poo” is the most family friendly!   Surprisingly, he said it wasn’t all that bad …

avocado strawberry

Avocado Dreamin Strawberry Smoothie

½ Large Avocado
1 Cup Strawberries (or frozen blueberries)
1 tsp. Spirulina (optional)
1 tsp. Chia Seeds or Hemp Seeds
1 Cup Spinach or Kale (or green of your choice)
1 Cup Coconut Water, Water or Almond 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.

 

Keeping with tradition, I used Coconut Almond Milk and no Spirulina or Seeds.  I bought a Costco size bag of Organic Spinach last week, so that is my green veggie of choice for now. 

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

Day 12 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Citrus Immune Booster Smoothie

It’s a dinner smoothie kinda day here in the Hooper House!  Left for the gym early this morning and been running around ever since.   Friday’s always seem to be like that for me…

As with many of the other recipes, this one called for water, but being the rebel I am (ya right!), I used Coconut Almond Milk and it blended up great! I really liked this one … the citrus was definitely strong, but that was good! I added spinach for my greens and only used about 1/2 a lime.   It was a bit warm, not as cold as I like … but likely because I only had 1/2 a frozen banana and had to use fresh for the other 1/2!

Citrus Immune Booster Green Smoothie

Citrus Immune Booster Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
½ Lemon, peeled
1 Lime, peeled
2 Leaves of Kale or 1 Handful of Spinach (or other greens)
1 Orange, Juiced
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 8 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Cilantro Pear Detox  Smoothie

It’s a new work week for us and we even made it back to the gym this morning … feels so good to work out!  This smoothie was  perfect for our post work meal —  I think this one was my favorite of the bunch so far!  Strange since it has no berries in it …  Try it and let me know what you think!

Cilantro Pear Detox Green Smoothie

Cilantro Pear Detox Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
½ Anjou Pear
1 Small handful of Cilantro
½ Rib of Celery
1 Cup Greens of your choice
1 tsp. Chia or Hemp seeds *optional
1-2 Cups of Coconut Water, Water or Almond 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.

 

The original recipe called for just water or coconut water, but as with my previous smoothies, I used Coconut Almond Milk and it blended up AWESOME!  I added 1 cup of spinach for my greens and as with the other green smoothies I didn’t add any optional seeds.

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

Day 4 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Pineapple Cilantro Detox Smoothie

This one sure looks an awful lot like the Pineapple Clense from Day 1???    Is it possible to taste worse — YEPPERS, this one was NASTY!  I sucked it down with a straw as fast as I could — detox away!

Give it a try and let me know if you agree…

Pineapple Cilantro Detox Smoothie

Pineapple Cilantro Detox Smoothie

1/2 cup Fresh or Frozen Pineapple
1 Large Handful of Cilantro (fresh also known as coriander)
½ Rib of Celery
1 inch piece of ginger (or size to your liking)
1 – 2 cups of Coconut Water or Water (start with 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.

P.S. – Pregnant or nursing, please exclude parsley & cilantro from your recipes and just use a handful of leafy greens like kale or lettuce*

I still haven’t purchased any Coconut Water, so today’s shake was made with about 10oz of Almond Coconut Milk and no Ginger.  The hint of coconut from the milk and pineapple would have been tasty, however it was way to thin for my liking.   And the green floaties things (aka cilantro) did not help!

* (Per Young & Raw) Cilantro is a heavy metal chelator, this runs the risk of toxins being dumped into your milk and then being consumed by baby. It’s best to avoid herbs while pregnant or nursing unless under the direct supervision of a herbalist and / or naturopathic doctor who can give you specific recommendations and weigh all of the options. A little bit isn’t going to hurt, so don’t worry if you’ve already been eating it, just note that down for the future.

Parsley can actually decrease or shut off milk supply in nursing mothers. It’s not a supportive herb for lactation at all so we recommend you don’t use it unless you’re not pregnant or nursing (as a pregnant woman parsley can cause miscarriage but in very high doses, a little bit isn’t enough to cause problems).

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