V8 Smoothie

v8 smoothie

I have always loved V8 (the original blend) but having been put on a low sodium diet I can’t have it anymore (low sodium blend tastes bland) so I have invented my own.

Ingredients:

2 cups water
3 medium tomatoes
1 celery stalk
1/2 c spinach
1 small carrot (peeled)
1/4 c. diced beets
1/4 c. parsley
1/8 c. minced or diced sweet onion
1/4 garlic clove
salt to taste

Directions:

Wash all your veggies well.
Put water, garlic, onion, celery, and carrot into blender or food processor and spin until smooth.
Add tomatoes, spinach, beets, and parsley and spin again until smooth.

salt to taste

Super Healthy Spinach and Carrot Smoothie

carrot and spinach smoothie

So I went to see my dietician yesterday. I visit her once a month these days to help keep me on track and on top of new research and such and she reminds me that it’s recommended that within the 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies recommended daily (8-10 servings for males 19-50) that at least one of those should be an orange veggie and one should be a green veggie. So I got to experimenting last night and found a great way to get 4 servings in one glass.

Ingredients:

2 cups of chopped spinach (frozen works as well as fresh, but cut amount in half or the flavor is overwhelming)
1 cup of chopped carrots (Pureed in a food processor first works too but measure them chopped and then puree)
1 1/2 cups of 100% apple juice
4 ice cubes (omit if using frozen spinach and use a couple tablespoons of water as needed for consistency)

Directions:

Pour the apple juice into a blender, add the chopped spinach whirl until smooth.
Add the chopped carrots and blend well.
Add the ice cubes and more juice if necessary.
Blend on high until smooth.
Surprisingly good!

Fresh Tomato Smoothie

tomato

Not only great tasting, but exceptionally high in antioxidants!

Ingredients:

2 cups (chopped) tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup (chopped) celery
salt and pepper to taste
Tabasco or hot sauce to taste
2 cups ice

Toss carrots, celery, and tomato juice into blender and whip on high until smooth.

Add tomatoes, and spin again until well mixed.

Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Serve immediately.

(as an aside, for those hangover mornings, add a shot of vodka for a refreshing twist on the classic bloody mary)