Monday, July 30, 2012

Smoothies - Beginner Berry Smoothie

I love to read.  I love to read romance novels, cookbooks, inspirational stories, and all things about health and nutrition.

Smoothies have been my latest desire.  I've looked at lots of recipes,  read lots of blogs,  and bought magazines because of the smoothie articles. 

I had one major miss conception though:  I thought I had to have a Vitamix or something similar to accomplish these healthy cocktails full of nutritional goodness.  I finally decided to give my good ole blender a try and low and behold it performed beyond my expectations.  Keep in mind that I am using an old (at least 16 years old) Oster blender.  Nothing fancy, just a regular blender you get for a wedding gift.  (that's how i know how old it is :) )

I finally found a recipe that sounded like a jumping off point for me.  All the "green" smoothies made me a little nervous so I wanted to start out a little fruity to begin with.  I'll be completely honest here, if I don't like the way something tastes I won't eat it.  Simple as that.  I don't care how good it is for me, if I can't get it past the lips and over the tongue without gagging I won't be having it.

So here is my recipe for a fruity smoothie for those beginners out there.

Beginner Berry Smoothie

1/2  c frozen assorted berries - organic
1/2  c frozen peaches - organic
1/4  c fresh blueberries
 1   c fresh spinach - frozen is ok also - organic
 1   c almond milk - unsweetened
 2   tbs flax meal
 3   tbs coconut flakes - organic
 1  tbs agave nectar - organic


Combine all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.  You may have to stop the blender and push some of the frozen fruits down.   Please be sure to stop the blender before doing this otherwise you could get hurt and make a huge mess.  Add more milk if you desire a more liquid consistency.  Enjoy!

*Note: add the milk first to keep the frozen fruit from getting hung up in the blender.*

I have not tried adding any ice cubes to my blender yet but the frozen fruit is processing quite well.

So the moral to this story is you don't always have to have to latest gadget to live a healthy lifestyle.  Sometimes you already have what you need in the back of your pantry.

Enjoy!

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