Green Smoothie

Monday, June 18, 2012

Every time I post something non-cupcake related, I feel a little bad.  I promise, I still love all things cupcake and have plans coming up to bake some fun summer themed cupcakes soon!  Truth is, life happens.  It isn't realistic for me to have baked goods in the house every week, I lack any sort of self control having sweets near by. 

I'm lucky that as much as I have a sweet tooth, I also enjoy all sorts of fruits and vegetables.  I could eat salads at every meal, the only thing that can be difficult is having fresh ingredients constantly on hand without items going bad.  Especially cooking for one, I need to work on how much to buy and how long some items will keep fresh.  I love this time of year, when so many fruits and vegetable are found fresh locally and soon our family garden will be supplying my produce needs.  The garden at my parent's house is off to a good start.  Just the other day, I enjoyed dessert of fresh picked raspberries.  I didn't even make it out of the garden, right from plant into my belly!  I also discovered Izzy enjoys raspberries and followed close as I picked, waiting for her fair share.  Yes, I did verify they are good for her, good information HERE.  I also discovered she is not a fan of radishes!

O.k. so now onto this smoothie.  It was another recipe from Joy The Baker and her new cookbook.  Kale, Spinach, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie was the recipe of the week with the Sundays With Joy group.  I thought I wouldn't be able to make this without a fancy juicer, blender or one of those bullet gadgets but I was wrong.  My basic blender did just fine.  I pulsed the heck out of that kale and spinach because my biggest worry was having chunks of those greens.  One taste and any worry was out the window.  Maybe this eating healthy quest won't be so hard.  I think I'll use this smoothie recipe as a "base" and throw in other fruits or vegetables I have on hand. 

Again, if you haven't checked our Joy's blog or cookbook yet, you are missing out.  Her recipes are easy to follow and it feels like you are cooking/chatting in the kitchen with one of your girlfriends.  I've found that I enjoy her stories accompanying the recipes as much as the recipes themselves.  With this smoothie recipe Joy writes, "A girl cannot survive on biscuits and bacon alone.  I know; I've tried.  My thighs got big."  Get your copy HERE!  You won't be disappointed.

I'll be trying this smoothie again.  It's a quick and easy breakfast, snack or lunch.  Anything that can counter balance my sweet tooth is a bonus! 

As always, thanks for stopping.  Changes are coming to the blog over the next few weeks.  A new design is in the works at this very moment.  I hope you stop again.  Whether it's smoothies, cupcakes or crafts, I hope you enjoy what I have to share.  Have a suggestion or request?  I'd love to hear them, send me an email: {}.

I leave you today with my new mantra, "BE BOLD, because no one will be bold on your behalf."  That comes from Joy too, isn't she great!

Check out what the other Sundays With Joy bloggers had to say about this smoothie, HERE.

6 tasty sweet comments:

Ellen said...

Glad you liked the smoothie! It looks great :)

cicadagirl said...

We are all about green smoothies at our house! I am so glad to know that it works with a regular blender too. We did get a high speed blender this year which I love, but I'm never sure if I can recommend green smoothies to people who don't have one so that's really good to know. I love Victoria Boutenko's books on green smoothies and her website has great recipes too. I feel so sneaky that I can get greens in my kids' daily breakfast by blending them with fruit and a little agave syrup-! And with mangoes in season, our smoothies have never been yummier. I love your striped happy cup and the mantra too :)

Sara said...

Thanks Julie, I will have to check out Victoria's books/website...I think I'm hooked on green smoothies now!

tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

I truly need another smoothie recipe for this week ... I think I've had about 24 smoothies in the last 24 hrs. but all the same kind. ha. I think it's time to try something new.

Sara said...

go green, you won't be disappointed!

Rachel @ Bakerita said...

I love throwing greens into my smoothies. You can barely taste it, and it adds so much nutrition. I have Joy's cookbook (love her!) but I've yet to try this smoothie from it. I'll definitely have to give it a whirl sooner rather than later.

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