Break Out Your Blender

January 16, 2012

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Or your food processor for that matter!

Because while on the reset, there may be nothing more enjoyable than a good smoothie. I wouldn’t call a smoothie so much a breakfast or snack or whatever in this case. The smoothie during the reset is more like your “phone a friend” lifeline. Because there are days when some real sweetness is what you’ll crave and luckily for you, fruits and vegetables are packed with reset friendly sugars.

With the exception of the “green drink” I got from our friend prior to the first “reset”, I would say it’s better to avoid worrying about recipes in this case. But there are a few key ingredients that will make your smoothie making a hell of a lot easier:

Frozen berries: We all know fresh is best, but in the case of smoothie making, frozen berries offer two really nice characteristics. First, they are a ridiculously more affordable. Save fresh berries for “non-blended” enjoyment. And second, by using the frozen berries, you can avoid the need for ice making your smoothie, cold and seriously flavorful.

Almond milk (no sugar added): So there are a bunch of good almond milk’s out there but unfortunately some of them are loaded with sugar. Try to avoid these if you can. For me, I’m not a huge regular milk drinker so smoothie’s are the main place of use for the stuff. By adding a bit to your smoothie you’ll have enough liquid to blend the fruits and vegetables smooth without having to go too heavy on juice. Plus it adds some great healthy richness!

Almond butter and coconut water: Two ingredients that will add some variety to the mix!

Spinach and Celery: It may take a little bit to get used to the “green drink” but don’t be afraid to try it. Making smoothies with raw vegetables is even better than drinking their fresh juice because you get all that fantastic fiber. Even if you don’t love it, make sure you try this one at least once. If it grows on you, you’ll be happy it’s in your smoothie arsenal!

Green drink: Blend 2 cucumbers, 3-4 celery stalks, 2-3 apples, 1 lemon, 2 handfuls of spinach, with enough water to thin. Add some pineapple or a banana if you need some more sweetness.

Check back tomorrow for the Reset guide to lunches…the hardest part of my Reset for sure!


Spring Reset Day 7: Smoothie King

April 13, 2011

My Morning Smoothie

Normally filled with a piping hot cup of joe each and every morning, my trusty mug has been exposed to a rainbow of smoothies over the last 7 days. And while I’ve always been strong enough to stay away from a detrimental coffee addiction, I like myself some caffeine! The stuff is pretty wild and it’s pretty amazing to think what the world would be like without it. But it’s just as amazing what a little fruit will do for you.

I’ve kept my smoothies pretty standard for the most part relying on frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, and strawberries in this one) and almond milk for creaminess. And despite my first version which ended up a bit more like jelly after a night in the fridge (no idea how this happened), I’ve really been enjoying my morning meal. And while I won’t equate the brightness of my smoothie to the jolt of a delicious cup of coffee, I think this will be a routine I keep for sure!

Our friend Kelly suggested we try this green smoothie which I’m bummed I haven’t tried yet. I plan on picking up the ingredients today and giving this less sweet version a go.

Blend 2 cucumbers, 3 celery stalks, 2-3 apples, juice from 1 lemon, and two handfuls of spinach. Right before serving blend a banana into the single portion.

Any smoothie lovers out there with some other fantastic recipes?


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