Since we got our Ninja blender I’ve settled in to a couple smoothie faves. I expect that once this endless winter is over I’ll enjoy trying more, but cold smoothies aren’t exactly on the top of my “crave” list when it’s snowing and freezing outside!
The first one I made once the Ninja was set up was this Sweet Spinach Detox smoothie from the Ninja website.
Sweet Spinach Detox Smoothie Ingredients:
2 crisp apples, peeled, cored, cut in half (I don’t peel mine to keep the extra fiber)
1 lemon, peeled
1-inch ginger, peeled
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach (I used kale because that’s what I had…it was a good choice!)
2 tbsp agave or honey (I used agave)
1/2 c apple juice (I omitted this)
1/2 c water
1 c ice cubes
It was the first green smoothie I’d ever had, and I was a little nervous about trying it. I like all the ingredients, but ginger is one of those things that I like sometimes and other times could do without. But I decided to be open-minded and give it a try. As I was typing out the ingredients here, I realized that I never did use the apple juice it calls for. I’ve made this three times, and only on the second time was it not sweet enough to cut the “bite” of the ginger…and I believe that time I tried cutting the agave in half (don’t do that). The apple and agave offer enough sweetness, in my opinion, and overall this drink is crisp and refreshing! I think it would be awesome on a hot summer day, and has great detoxifying ingredients. If you like citrus and ginger ale, you’ll like this smoothie! I didn’t taste the “green” at all.
A couple notes on the ingredients. First, I bought the ginger, peeled it all, cut it into 1″ sections, and then stuck them in a freezer bag and into the freezer. This way, the ginger won’t go bad since I’m not making these daily, and it’s easy to grab it and drop one into the blender when I’m ready for it! Second, I mentioned I used kale. I haven’t tried spinach but a friend said she preferred kale in smoothies because sometimes the spinach had a “dirty” taste. I bought a huge bag of kale in the produce section at Wal Mart and froze it. I grab a handful for my smoothies and the rest stays fresh. (And bonus: Frozen ingredients make the drink that much colder!)
The other smoothie I really enjoy making is a favorite post-workout smoothie.
Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
plain yogurt (about a cup)
1 whole banana
peanut butter or almond butter (approx 1/4 cup)
coconut/almond milk (or dairy milk) – about a cup
*optional – protein powder, chia seeds or flax, chocolate chips
The banana offers just enough sweetness along with the peanut butter, so I don’t use sweetened yogurt. When bananas get over-ripe, I put them in the freezer. Recently I put several peeled ones in a freezer bag, and when I want to make a smoothie I just cut/break off a chunk. I can’t ever keep up with making enough banana bread for all the over-ripe bananas, so this is a great solution!
Off to continue working on taxes! I went to get some baby-love last night from my best friend’s new daughter (more on that soon!) so I have a ways to go before our appointment tomorrow! #biggerpriorities #babiesbeforetaxes We’re expecting snow this weekend (I’ve heard anywhere from 2″ to a foot-and-a-half) so it should be a pretty good project weekend. #fingerscrossed #gobigorgohome