Cranberry Detox Smoothie

cranberry smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen cranberries (you can substitute juice, around 1/2 – 3/4 cup but it adds a bunch of preservatives and crap)
1 medium orange, seeded, peeled and skinned, then divided into sections.
Zest of 1 medium orange
1 cup unsweetened orange juice
1/2 cup skim milk
small handful of fresh spinach leaves

Directions:

Combine spinach, cranberries, oranges, and orange juice.
Blend until thick but smooth. Add more juice by the tablespoon if needed to thin out the cranberries enough to blend.
Add remainder of ingredients and mix until smooth.

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!

Antioxidant and Iron Rich Green Smoothie

green smoothie

This green smoothie is incredibly high in antioxidants and iron as well as providing 2.5 servings of water for your diet.

One half small seeded watermelon, peel and all
A pint of strawberries hulled
2 c. raw spinach rinsed
1 cup water (or as needed to be smooth)

Scrub the watermelon well under cold water to be sure it’s clean. Cut out any lesions or dark spots. Quarter the half.
Spin the watermelon for 10 seconds until slightly chunky.
Add remainder of ingredients and spin until smooth.

(You can add ice if you prefer them frozen. 6 ice cubes replace 1/3 c. water)

Cucumber and Pear Smoothie

cucumber and pear smoothie

Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin C and it takes more calories to chew and digest them than they have so it’s a negative calorie food! Pears also add vitamins C and K and Spinach is one of the best sources of iron. This recipe provides nearly all your daily requirements of iron, vitamin C, Vitamin A and potassium. It’s also got around 5 grams of protein.

Ingredients:

1 medium cucumber
2 medium soft green or yellow pears (unpeeled will provide some texture and fiber, but peeled works fine too)
2 c fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup of water

Directions:

Blend on med. speed until smooth.

Spinach Smoothie

Spinach is one of nature’s perfect foods.

This is a very nutrient-dense food. It’s low in calories yet very high in vitamins, and minerals.

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, dietary fiber, and copper.

1 blender container loosely filled with fresh spinach
1/2 banana
3/4 to 1 cup milk
1/4 of a 12 ounces can frozen dole pineapple juice concentrate
Ice (optional)
Blend until smooth. Note: apple juice concentrate can be used in place of pineapple juice.

Per 16oz Glass

Calories: 345  Carbs: 24g  Fat: 0.7g  Protein: 9.0g