Smoothie Workshop!

Smoothie Workshop!

I recently did a Smoothie Workshop.

 

Smoothies are a great way to incorporate raw greens, fat, protein and antioxidants into your family’s diet. Here are the recipes:

 

Smoothie Recipes

 

1. Green Machine

1 cup Coconut Water (I also like using Almond Milk or Coconut Milk)

½ Banana, Frozen

1 cup Spinach

1 cup Berries, Frozen

1 tbsp. Almond Butter

This is our everyday smoothie. It is quick, light and powerful.

 

2. Avocado Pear Delight

2 cups Coconut Water

1 cup Ice

½ Avocado

1 Pear

1 cup Spinach

Inspired by Organic Krush in Woodbury, NY. Very smooth, creamy and filling. Option to substitute plain water. If you are doing so, I recommend adding 2 tablespoons of honey.

 

3. Acai Banana Frenzy

1 packet Acai, Unsweetened

½ Banana, Frozen

½ cup Strawberries, Frozen

½ cup Blueberries, Frozen

½ cup Almond Milk

Drink like a smoothie or have an acai bowl topped with sliced bananas, granola, nut butter, fresh berries and more! If you are eating like a sorbet, use less milk.

 

4. Cashew Date Milkshake

2 cups Hemp Milk

1 cup Cashews, soaked overnight or for a few hours in hot water

3-4 Medjool Dates

½ tsp. Vanilla

Inspired by Om Organics in Huntington, NY. This one is a treat! It is sweet, creamy and so delicious! A must-try! Option to use half a banana. If you do incorporate banana, reduce the number of dates. Medjool dates are so rich and sweet. If you are using a different variety, you may have to add in a few extra dates.

 

5. Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter Goodness

1 cup Almond Milk

1 cup Spinach

1 tbsp. Peanut Butter

½ Banana, Frozen

1 cup Berries, Frozen

 

6. Chocolate Mania

2 cups Almond Milk

1 Banana, Frozen

1 tbsp. Almond Butter

1 cup Spinach

2 tsp. Cacao Powder

½ tsp. Vanilla

1 cup Ice

 

*BONUS* Chia Seed Lemonade

1 Lemon, juiced

2 cups Water

1-2 tbsp. Honey

3 tbsp. Chia Seeds

Pour ingredients in a mason jar. Shake it up and leave in fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Enjoy!

 

Tips

  • I made the first three smoothies nut-free for my recent Smoothie Workshop. To do so, use hemp milk or water and substitute in sun butter.
  • Add greens when possible. Spinach and kale go well.
  • Add nut butters for protein and good fat. Coconut oil works too! Nut butters should be unsweetened and no salt added. We usually use almond butter, cashew butter, walnut butter or Nuttzo.
  • Feel free to substitute the liquid ingredients for the milk of your choice, a non-dairy substitute, juice or simply water. When choosing a non-dairy substitute, look for unsweetened.
  • For best flavor, use very ripe bananas. It makes a difference!
  • If the smoothie is not sweet enough, add extra fruit, or try with coconut water, milk, non-dairy milks or apple juice. This should flavor the smoothie enough for children to enjoy. You can slowly begin cutting back on the added sugar as they become accustomed to the flavor.
  • If you are using fresh fruit, you may need to add ice to make it colder.
  • If you are using frozen fruit, you may need to add a little water, coconut water, milk or juice in order to blend.
  • Always use organic, when possible.

 

Great Additions to Smoothies

  • Nut butters and coconut oil.
  • Milks, juice and coconut water. These should be unsweetened.
  • Chia seeds- nut free
  • Flax seeds- nut free
  • Hemp seeds- nut free

 

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