Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Kitchen Series- Green smoothies and recipe link up

Welcome to another of The Kitchen Series today. It's all about being green with smoothies. I serendipitously stumbled upon a couple of blogs and articles over the past couple of weeks about the importance of eating more leafy greens. I mean we are family that lives from the veggie patch but it's always good to be reminded of what you should be eating especially when it's coming up to Christmas time. Once again I'm embracing the green smoothie.

Fruit smoothies are a quick, healthy breakfast hit, Miss Three has her favourites. Sometimes l will make her smoothie and then add my greens to it for my green morning smoothie. Recently, we have been enjoying banana, berry and fresh orange and ginger juices and smoothies with a dash of honey or vanilla. I've got a couple of green smoothies recipes that I've labelled shrek food but really Miss Three just isn't all that interested. I'm holding out hope that green becomes the new pink for her but at least she's enjoying yoghurt and fruit smoothies. For the last few weeks I've been getting into green smoothies in the mornings when l remember to have all the ingredients {hahaha} to combat fatigue and try to detox ready for the summer months {I'll admit to drinking that morning coffee too}. There are a few favourites that l am going to share with you today. Series 2 of the Syrian dishes will be up in the next couple of weeks but I have a very unsettled and unhappy Tully and I'm mothering in the trenches {with a smile on my face but I'm tired}, along with party prep for the 8th for my two munchkins that will be sharing a birthday and soon to be one and four {oh my}.

Green smoothies might sound really scary. But did you know, leafy greens are a fantastic source of calcium, which is really important it your diet isn't so great or you're dairy free. If you balance out the greens with fruit it makes for a really healthy morning start and adding raw parsley is a great source of potassium, which stimulates the kidneys to eliminate waste matter and toxins; and you get great skin too {bonus}. It's also a great source of magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamin C. It is important that you mix up the greens you use in your smoothies {read all about it here }. I use my thermomix to make smoothies because it's quick at blending kale and spinach into a liquid but you could use a blender too. I would encourage you to start with more fruit that greens though as it's a unique taste to get use too and you really need to build up to have a handful of kale in your smoothie unless you have an incredible palate and can adapt quickly. Serve it in a old jam jar and a cool straw for added incentive if it's pretty you're more likely to drink it.


The beginners green smoothie| recipe one
Ingredients
Handful of green {spinach, kale and chard}
cup of orange juice
1 banana
250g of water



It's not easy being green | recipe two
Ingredients
1 green apple quartered
1 pear
1 cucumber
1/2 an avocado
1 handful of kale {or spinach}
small handful of parsley
60 grams of ice cubes
250g of water


The blue monkey | recipe three
Ingredients
1 banana
250g of blueberries
60g of ice cubes
1tsp of honey
1/2 bunch of spinach
500ml of water {or juice}





Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear | recipe four {I especially like this one} Reminds me of Emily Gravett's book, which is a favourite with my tribe.


Ingredients
Juice of 1 orange
1 pear
1 green apple
1 banana
handful of spinach
60g of ice cubes

The Orchard Smoothie | recipe five
Ingredients
1 pear
1 banana
1 apple {cut into quarters}
I handful of blackberries
2 large bunches of spinach
{or four kale leaves and some spinach}
750ml of water {you could go half and half apple juice
and water for a sweeter hit}

Green in the Tropics | recipe six
Ingredients
1 fresh coconut {flesh and juice}
1 banana
1 mango
{sometimes l add pineapple if l have it}
1 handful of spinach
 2 ice cubes

Pineapple and ginger blitz | recipe seven
Ingredients
1 banana
1 apple
1/2 cup of fresh pineapple
1 slice of ginger {small thumb size}
1 large handful of kale
750ml of water {or you could use coconut water}

The green mix | recipe eight
Ingredients
1 apple
1 cucumber
1 banana
Slice of ginger 
handful of spinach
handful of kale

How to make green smoothies in thermie or a blender|
I put all ingredients in the TM and blend for 1 min/ speed 8. You can use the turbo button too to start the green smoothie off. Once TM is blending, gradually add water. I blend for 1 min and then check and add more water/juice and blend for another 20-30 seconds/ speed 9.

* photo sourced here
Next week I'll be sharing some birthday inspiration and then part two of Syrian food series. Remember to link up your foodie blog posts and share recipes, tell others about The Kitchen Series and encourage them to get involved. Recipe sharing, once a week for The Kitchen Series, every week for the rest of 2013.









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