Costco Green Smoothie (Spinach, Grape, and Pineapple)

Ok, ok, I know, the name of this post might throw you off a little.  Here’s the story:

We were shopping at Costco one weekend and came across a Vitamix demonstration.  The associate who was doing the demonstration whipped up an amazing smoothie made of spinach, grapes, and pineapple.  My husband, who generally is averse to anything green, loved it! Even my son loved it!  I tried countless times to recreate it at home, but I just wasn’t able to get the ratios down correctly.  Several weeks ago I stumbled upon this and now we’re able to enjoy the same smoothie, or Green Juice as the Little One likes to call it, at home 🙂

 

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Costco Green Smoothie

Yield:  1 Large or 2 Small Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spinach, packed
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup ice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Blackberry and Oat Smoothie

I’m constantly on the lookout for new and interesting smoothie recipes.  I think they’re a great way to get your fill of fruits and veggies, but in a more fun way!  Lately I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with various fruit and veggie combinations, and although we’ve had some fails, we’ve also had lots of hits (more recipes to come your way soon!).  This delicious Blackberry and Oat Smoothie is a great recipe I stumbled upon from Joy the Baker.  My son loves it so much that he’s officially renamed it Purple Juice 🙂

 

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Blackberry and Oat Smoothie

Yield:  1 Large or 2 Small Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oat flour (old-fashioned rolled oats ground in a spice grinder)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

Oatmeal Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to get your fill without over indulging.  I love to start my days off with a fresh smoothie, and lately I’ve been getting my fill with a delicious grapefruit/citrusy smoothie (recipe coming soon!), and this Oatmeal Banana Smoothie.  Adding oats to a smoothie not only gives it thickness, but they also are an excellent source of protein, iron, and fiber.

If you prefer the gritty texture of blended oats, then this drink is for you.  If you, like me, aren’t too fond of chunky beverages, then a good trick is to soak the oats in the milk overnight (in the refrigerator).  This softens the oats and makes them easier to blend as well.

Enjoy!

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Oatmeal Banana Smoothie

Yield:  1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 banana
  • Pinch of cinnamon, optional

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

Note:  If a thinner consistency is preferred, combine oats and milk and refrigerate overnight.  The overnight soak will soften the oats and the resulting smoothie will be of a thinner consistency.

Sweet Lassi

Ahh, Lassi- the ever popular drink of the Indian subcontinent.  Everyone has a favorite flavor, whether it be mango, cardamom, saffron, salty, or sweet.  The recipe I’m sharing today is a bare bones recipe.  It is totally customizable.  The yogurt can be full-fat, low-fat, or non-fat.  Greek yogurt, or even flavored yogurts, can be used instead of plain yogurt.  Any type of milk can be used, and it can even be replaced with juice.  Go ahead and let your imagination run wild! 🙂

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Sweet Lassi

Yield:  1 Serving

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 – 4 teaspoons sugar
  • A few ice cubes

Directions:

Combine yogurt, milk, and sugar in the jar of a blender and pulse until the sugar has dissolved.  Pour in a glass and top with ice cubes.

Refrigerate any leftovers.

Mango and Banana Smoothie

Hello Friends!  It’s been quite some time, huh?  If you’ve been following my Facebook page, then you would know that we’ve been spending the last week in Chicago.  We were in Chicago (and its suburbs) for a whole 8 days, so that means we spent 8 days eating like crazy LOL!

We were lucky enough to try a variety of different foods at different restaurants, and I’ve come back with lots of inspiration!  I’m excited to finally be back in my kitchen and try my hand at recreating some of the magic that we experienced in Chicago.

With that being said, I want to make it clear that we are in need of a major diet detox.  I told my husband, “We’re having smoothies and salads for a week after we come back!”  And he couldn’t agree with me more. Oh, and he added that we needed to hit up the gym big-time too.

I hate to admit it, but he’s right.

This smoothie recipe that I’m sharing today is inspired by two things-

(a)  Our trip to Chicago was filled with lots of mango shakes, and the fact that my toddler son has taken a liking to mangoes; and,

(b)    My good friend Asiya of Chocolate and Chillies posted a recipe for Mango Smoothies a while back, and since I’ve had great success with her other recipes, this one fit the bill!

Here’s to whipping ourselves back into shape after the dietary damage we did in Chicago!

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Mango and Banana Smoothie

Yield:  1 Large or 2 Small Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped ripe mango
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Refrigerate any leftovers.