It was NOT easy to get a decent photo of this smoothie without it looking like mud, so I focused more on the bright colors and the fun bendy straw. Besides, we all know what smoothies look like, don’t we? I have seen so many chocolate cherry recipes popping up lately so I decided to get on the bandwagon. I love the combo of the tart cherries and bittersweet chocolate, especially in the summer.
Also, I have a confession. I haven’t been very diligent at filling my quota of fresh greens during the day. Because of that, I snuck an avocado into this smoothie to start the week off right. Now you don’t have to do that; it’s completely optional. However, it is a great addition of healthy fats to your day and you can’t taste it. So, why not?
What you’ll need:
1 cup (maybe a little more) unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 TBS organic cocoa powder
1 cup (give or take) frozen organic cherries
1 scoop berry protein (optional)
ice, if needed
- dash of stevia or honey
There is no sorbet in this smoothie, but it sure tastes like it! I think this is a great brunch smoothie. There’s no added protein, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a post workout or meal replacement smoothie, but it is deliciously refreshing. The ingredients here are very similar to the pineapple lemonade I posted previously. I’m kind of stuck on adding cucumber and basil leaves to every smoothie. Surprisingly, they all taste different depending on the fruit you add.
I know I just posted Sweet Potato Cookies, but I thought you might relish a cool treat to sip while you’re going about your business this weekend… no matter what you’re doing, you know it’s going to be hot. This cuts the heat just a smidge. Enjoy!
Happy Friday everyone!
- 1/2 avocado** (Trust me, you can’t taste it, but it makes the smoothie creamy and dreamy!)
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- a few basil leaves *optional*
- 1 cup water or coconut water (I used Aloe Water because that’s all I had)
- handful of raspberries, fresh or frozen (about 1/4 cup)
- stevia to taste (this cut the tartness)
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender for best results.
**If you are one who HATES avocados, smoothies are a great way to introduce this healthy fat to your diet. You cannot taste them when they’re blended with other things. It’s also a great way to feed them to a child who is a picky eater. Just a thought…
If you were a kid (or adult — let’s be honest) who loved PB&J sandwiches, this smoothie is for you. Even if that wasn’t your lunch meal of choice, this might still delight your tastebuds. This isn’t a smoothie I would recommend you have every day, but it’s a nice change of pace from the green smoothies, perhaps for the weekend. The ingredients aren’t literally peanut butter and jelly, but the outcome is remarkably similar in taste. It’s simple and sweet. I hope you enjoy!
- 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
- 1 cup almond milk (add water if more liquid is needed)
- 1/4 or 1/2 banana, previously peeled and frozen
- 1 heaping TBS almond butter or natural peanut butter
- 1 scoop berry Vega* powder
- stevia to taste if needed (usually not)
Blend all ingredients together. *Product sold in our office.
There is one recipe that I am asked for more than any other recipe, and that is this one: THE GREEN SHAKE. That’s the reason this meal has its very own category. The idea for these smoothies came from the House of Health cookbook series created and written by Dr. Robert Young. The foundational foods in this recipe have remained the same, but we have tweaked the minor ingredients here and there for no other reason than to satisfy our taste buds. If you have ever been to a workshop taught by my husband, you have heard his fond references to this daily supplemental meal of his. Many of you have been “green shakers” yourselves for quite sometime and have developed your very own delicious version. There are three main reasons that we “drink” at least one meal per day: 1.) It’s quick and easy, 2.) You can pack in many highly concentrated nutrients that you would otherwise have to eat 5 lbs of broccoli to obtain, 3.) It’s so easy for your body to absorb and digest. This liquid feast is so filling and absolutely keeps you satiated for hours. As time passes, I will add different variations to this category. Today, I will begin with only the original. Trust me, I know the combination of foods is not the most appetizing, but I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds. The saying “one good choice leads to another” is certainly true. In this case, the more you drink these healthy shakes, the more you crave them. Give them a try! Your body will thank you.
THE ORIGINAL GREEN SHAKE
This is the thickest of the shake family. You can add water/milk of your choice until you reach the desired consistency.
This recipe fills two mason jars.
- 1 cup coconut milk/almond milk
- 1.5 – 2 cups water
- 1 avocado
- 1 cucumber
- 2-3 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 grapefruit, peel discarded
- 1 lime, peel discarded
- 1-2 scoops green powder (we use Green Vibrance*)
- drops of stevia* to taste
- OPTIONAL: 2 drops peppermint extract
Additional optional supplements that we include in our shakes:
- Vega Whole Meal Powder* (Berry is great); if you add Vega you will need much less stevia, possibly none.
- Udo’s Omega 3.6.9 Oil*
- Rainbow Vibrance*
- Mila powder*
- Daily Multi-Vitamin*
*Products can be purchased in our office.
Blend all ingredients in your blender & enjoy. It’s best to drink these within 6 hours. The flavor begins to change slightly the longer they sit.