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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Smoothie to Die For!

Thanks to Foodie Girl Gone Healthy

we have two new awesome smoothie recipes to try out! Thanks so much for your willingness to share!! take it away Foodie Girl...

Hot Pink Smoothie

This is my new favorite breakfast!! I found it from the Green Smoothie Girl. It really satisfies me and gives me great energy for the day. The best part about it is that you can make it and store it in jars for up to four days in your refrigerator. I know as a busy mom, I can really appreciate a healthy breakfast that is ready to go for me in the refrigerator :) It makes me so happy! The reason it makes me so happy is because it tates good, it's easy to make, it's fast, and it is the perfect blend of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. 80/10/10 I don't have any girls, but if I did, I am sure they would love the color of this smoothie! I love that my little boys like it though because it's so nutritious!

Hot Pink Smoothie
(This recipe is for a large Vita-Mix or Blend Tec container, if you have a regular blender, please cut recipe in 1/2 and do two batches)

2 c. water
1 can coconut juice or coconut milk (the milk has more fat, but makes it creamier. The juice is the healthiest option, but choose which one works for you. The GSG uses a fresh thai coconut each day)
7 prunes
3/4 c. raw cashew pieces
2 medium carrots (cut up if using a smaller blender)
1 medium beet (cut up into fourths)
2 T. vanilla extract
2 T. hemp protein powder (I like vanilla flavored)
12 strawberries, frozen (or 16 oz. bag)
Agave (to taste, I usually use about 3-4 T.)

Put the first 6 ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Once the nuts are smooth and there are no more chunks, you can add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth and add as much Agave as you would like to sweeten it. Make sure to peel your carrots and beets so you don't have an odd taste from the skin.

I like to buy a couple of bunches of beets and peel, cut into quarters, and freeze them. If your beets come with stems and leaves on them, you can use them in your green smoothies.

These are two types of coconut liquid you can use. The health food stores should have the coconut liquid. If you want to use the coconut milk, you could always use the lite version for less fat.

Make sure your nuts are RAW. You don't want them roasted or salted. You can find them at the health food store in bulk, or in bags like this one. If you buy them as pieces and not whole, then they are cheaper. Just make sure they are RAW.

After I am done, I pour them into my four jars and I'm ready for breakfast for the week! The GSG reccommends drinking 4 c. of smoothie a day for breakfast but I only drink 2 c. (1 jar). You can do what is best for you. Bon Appetit!

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