(What? You don't serve your smoothies decorated with rubber duckies?)
(I had way too much fun making this picture)
(It was too boring before, because food photography is hard)
I'm in a better mood than yesterday, so let's all get happy about that! And now for the smoothies.
I can’t guarantee that no one else has ever created similar recipes, but I came up with these on my own. Feel free to adjust them to suit your preferences. All of these recipes make a good-sized single serving, or two small servings. You can double them if you want more; it's possible that a triple batch would fit in a very large blender. Ideally, you put the frozen things in first, and then add the liquid and other ingredients after that.
Berry Orange with Stealth Spinach (pictured above)
- 1/2 C frozen blueberries
- 1/2 C spinach leaves
- 1/4 C frozen raspberries
- 1/8 C orange juice concentrate
- 1/8 t ginger or cinnamon (optional)
- 3/4 C water
Put these things in a blender and blend them! You will not taste the spinach.
Looks Green, Tastes Orange
1 C frozen mango
1 to 2 C spinach leaves
1/4 C orange juice concentrate
1/4 t ginger (optional but I strenuously recommend it)
1 C water to start; add more water by increments of 1/4 C until it’s the consistency you want.
Blend it! The spinach may add some light flavor, especially if you use 2 C, but in a good way.
Bonus optional ingredient: chia seeds! If you want to bump up the nutritional value of smoothies that use water, soak 1 to 2 T of any color of chia seeds in the water for 15 minutes before making the smoothie. Stir them up once or twice if you get the chance. This will create a gel that enhances the texture of the smoothie while adding protein and iron, among other good things, but you won't notice the seeds as you drink it.
1 C frozen avocado chunks
1 to 2 T cacao powder. Using 2 will give it a less sweet, more dark chocolate flavor.
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 1/2 C unsweetened almond milk, or whatever kind of milk you prefer
1/4 t cinnamon if you’re feeling it
1 T maple syrup, or sweeten to taste with your preferred sweetener.
Blend! The texture of this smoothie is indistinguishable from a milkshake, but it has less sugar, fewer calories, healthier fat, and more vitamins and other good plant-based stuff, especially if you make it with a non-dairy milk.