Weekend days are awesome for green smoothies for one important reason: if I mess up the smoothie, I can fix it. On, say, a Friday morning, if I happen to add too much water to my morning smoothie and it ends up a bit soupy, tough for me- I gots to go teach kids some math. But on Sunday morning? Just chop up some more apples, throw in some more baby carrots, and stuff the thing with a couple more handfuls of spinach.
The evolution of a smoothie:
1) It started out with that top left picture. I had acquired a lot of oranges, apples, bananas, and grapes from leftover lunches, so I decided to put them to good use. I don’t usually put oranges in smoothies, since it takes longer to get the skin off, but, as it was Sunday morning, I wanted to add those in. Can’t get too much Vitamin C, right? The rest of our tropical mix frozen fruits from Costco went in as well. I also threw in some carrots, which I’ve never done before because I was too afraid. But yesterday we happened to stop at Jamba Juice and tried their green smoothies with carrots, and it wasn’t bad. So I took a risk.
2) The second picture shows the smoothie with all those orangey and yellowy colors mixed up. I almost wanted to drink it like that, instead of adding the greens which would inevitably turn that beautiful light color, well, green. But I also want Chris and me to get as many greens into us as possible, so in went the spinach and the bok choy on top of the orange.
3) Normally I add water to help the blender break up the frozen fruits, but since there were mostly fresh things in this smoothie so far, I really hadn’t needed to. My smoothie at this point was pretty thick, though, so I knew I needed some kind of liquid to make it more smoothie and less something we needed a spoon to eat. Sometimes I add in almond milk, but ours was expired. (Those things don’t really last forever, apparently.) But we did have a few mouthfuls of V8 Splash left, so I dumped that in there and gave it a whirl.
Way. Too. Much. Liquid. Dang it.
But lucky for me, it was Sunday, and I still had plenty of room to pack the blender with some more liquid absorbing items. In went another apple, another banana, another handful of spinach, and a whopping amount of carrots, way more than I’d put in originally. (I was throwing caution to the wind at this point. Plus I figured with the V8 Splash, it would probably taste pretty yummy even I threw some cauliflower and green beans in there.)
4) And the last picture shows the final product. It was the perfect texture and absolutely delicious. I didn’t even have to add any Stevia thanks to the V8 Splash, and that thing had quite a bit of veggies in it.
So what did we learn today?
1) Carrots are not to be feared in smoothies.
2) A little V8 Splash really livens up a green smoothie.
3) Use liquids sparingly, unless you want a giant vat of green smoothie. (It was okay today, since Chris and I both wanted one, and I poured the rest in a eco cup to take with us to our newborn shoot today.)
1.5 cups of the Tropical Frozen fruit mix from Costco (mangos, papayas, and pineapples, I believe)
3 fresh strawberries (from yesterday’s farmer’s market)
Handfuls of spinach and kale (sorry, no real measurements today)
Small scoops of flax seed and chia seed
Teensy weeny amount of stevia for some extra sweetness
The tropical mix is all yellows and oranges, so it doesn’t hide the green coloring like the berries do, but the flavors are excellent. We’ve found that our favorite smoothies usually have the tropical fruit mix as a base. Luckily we were able to look past the green coloring early on in our green smoothie explorations. 🙂
And on an unrelated note, we’re trying out a new scratcher for the cat babies. Since we got them, Sawyer refuses to scratch on anything meant for cats. He’ll only scratch on the couch, sigh. Jack, on the other hand, has scratched on every single thing we’ve gotten them, mostly because he’s ridiculously smart and knows that’s what we want him to do, so he’ll do it every time we’re looking to get some praise (and maybe a new hair tie). But he doesn’t really love any of them.
While we were morally and aesthetically opposed to getting one of the carpeted stand-up things, we’ve run out of textures and types to try. And this one was cheap. So far so good- they’ve been lounging around it since it appeared in the living room this morning, though Sawyer still hasn’t scratched on it that we can see. The thing’s filled with catnip, which they love, so we’ve got high hopes he’ll come around. (The catnip’s also why Jack is staring off into space here. He’s been lounging a little too long on the carpet…)