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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Guest Monica Meehan: Green Smoothies

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
It's spring! It's Saint Patrick's Day tomorrow! KSFR needs your cash money! What do all these things have in common? Why, the color green, of course.

Plus, you've slacked off on your "healthy eating" New Year's resolutions, haven't you? Don't lie. And don't fret! Because here are some variations on green smoothies that are delicious and nutritious! Well, more nutritious than that diet cola you're drinking.

All of these make 2 servings. The procedure is the same: throw everything in a blender (or use an immersion blender) and whiz until you like the consistency. And of course, feel free to experiment!

Green Smoothie

via Two Peas & Their Pod
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
half a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 cup cracked ice

Green Machine Smoothie

via Martha Stewart's Whole Living
6 romaine leaves, chopped
4 kale leaves, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley sprigs
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
1/2 cup chopped mango
1 inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups water

Pear and Arugula Smoothie With Ginger and Walnuts

via The New York Times
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 cups arugula, tightly packed
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 ripe pear, cored and peeled
1 inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 to 8 tablespoons plain yogurt, to taste
6 ice cubes