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Green Monster Smoothie

P1070400I am always looking for ways to get more veggies into our family diet and with the trend of adding them to smoothies I have to say I was a little hesitant. But I will admit that I have been won over.

 

A few months ago I ventured into one of the juicing stores around town, and  I tried one of their drinks that didn’t seem to far off the beaten path. I think it was orange and pineapple and spinach. I was blown away because I realized that if my kids were comfortable with the green color, they would surely drink this one.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not going crazy and hiding spinach in everything. Because that’s just ridiculous…kids should know what a real vegetable tastes like. Here’s my twist on the drink I tried.

 

Shopping List:

3 cups of fresh baby spinach
1 banana
1 cup of frozen pineapple
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions:
1. In a sturdy blender layer the ingredients in the order listed above and blend on the highest speed possible for about 1-2 minutes. Adjust the amount of milk to get it to the consistency you like.

Serves: 2

Two Fruity Lemonades: Watermelon and Cinnamon Peach

Nine years ago now, when my hubby and I were celebrating our first anniversary we took a wonderful vacation to Maine. There we sampled such fresh and flavorful cuisine that we don’t often get the chance to expereience in California.

One of the many farm inspired dishes I tried and loved, wasn’t a dish at all. It was a simple blueberry lemonade. Yes, I know it seems pretty basic, espeically since we’ve all seen those fruit lemonades that various restaurants serve. It seems to me what really made the difference with this one and had me hooked was that the fruit was incredibily fresh and of course, in season. So here’s my take on the season’s best fruit lemonade. Nothing quite says summer like fresh squeezed lemonade.

Shopping List and Instructions for Watermelon Lemonade:

4 cups of watermelon cubed

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/3- 1/2 cup of agave syrup

Start with putting the watermelon in a food processor and puree it until most of the chunks are gone. Then, in a 2 quart pitcher pour in your fresh lemon juice and about 3 cups of watermelon puree. At this point you’ll want to taste it to decide if you want more lemon flavor or more watermelon and adjust accordingly. Also taste test for sweetness as you are adding the agave syrup, or honey if you can’t find agave. I ended up using about 1/3 of a cup of the syrup, but that’s because my melon was super sweet.

Shopping List and Instructions for Cinnamon Peach Lemonade:

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 cups of peeled cubed peaches

3 cups of water

1 stick of cinnamon

1/3-1/2 cup of agave syrup

In a medium-sized pot over high heat bring to a boil the water, peaches and cinnamon stick. Once it comes to a boil, you can reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 30 minutes. At that point you will want to remove the cinnamon and let the juice cool 10 minutes before pureeing it in a blender. If you want this to be less chunky then strain it, however, I think this is a pointless step since it takes way too long. Once you’ve got the puree, add it to your 2 quart pitcher along with the lemon juice and adjust the agave to your taste.