Beat the Heat with a Frozen Treat!

By: Katrina Morales; Udi’s Employee and Author of Gluten Free Gidget

 

Whether you are in the northeast or the southwest, this summer has been a scorcher!

 

When you break a sweat walking from your front door to your car, it should tell you something. Summer temperatures take away my appetite for big meals, in favor of crisp, refreshing salads and icy smoothies.

Smoothies are an excellent vehicle for packing a huge nutritional punch into one, delicious and refreshing, meal. Incorporate frozen, organic berries for antioxidants, chia seeds for healthy fats, and gluten-free oats for fiber. Green Smoothies, are my particular favorite!

So, what makes a Smoothie a Green Smoothie?

It is the addition of one or more leafy green vegetables! Greens can range from Spinach or Kale to Swiss Chard or Beet Greens. Whatever you have on hand can be tossed into your blender for an added nutritional boost. For those Green Smoothie newbies out there, I recommend starting with spinach. Of all the “greens”, Spinach has the most innocuous flavor.

Here are a few of my favorite Green Smoothie recipes. To preface, not all Green Smoothies are green in color. Sometimes they are purple, brown, or even red!

 

Berry Good Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen Banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 3-4 Strawberries
  • 1 handful Baby Spinach
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, or milk of choice
  • 2 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Certified Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  2. Process until smooth.

 

“Seeing Green” Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 1 small Frozen Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 large handful Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, or milk of choice

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  2. Process until smooth.

 

Pumpkin Green Monster Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful Red or Green Curly Kale
  • 1/2 frozen Banana
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, or milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pure Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Process until smooth.

 

Do you have any favorite smoothies?

 

 

10 Responses to “Beat the Heat with a Frozen Treat!”

  1. Anne says:

    Our smoothies aren’t “measured”… Use what I have on hand, but they almost always have:
    Baby spinach or kale
    1/2 a green apple (or 1/2 c applesauce)
    Frozen banana & blueberries
    Either frozen pineapple or mango
    2 tsp of flax meal
    Plain or vanilla yogurt
    Splash of apple juice to help blend more quickly
    (My kids love them!)

  2. Dianne Pollard says:

    These all look good! Which blender is giving the best results for smoothing the mixture out? Have been looking at the NutriBullet.

  3. Lois Bragg says:

    I enjoy a smoothie almost every night. I use about 3/4 C frozen strawberries, 3/4 C milk and a tablespoon of strawberry or rhubarb jam. A dash of cinnamon and into my Magic Bullet.

  4. Mary says:

    Oups: was it good?

  5. Mary says:

    Could we use frozen spinach?
    If someone tried it, what it good?

    Thanks,
    Mary

  6. Robeks Age Buster:

    Apple Juice
    Kale
    Spinach
    Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt
    Pineapple Sherbet
    Peaches
    …with Probiotic, Soy Protein, Fiber and Multi-Vitamin

  7. Rose says:

    My favorite green smoothie has:

    1 cup frozen mixed tropical fruit (papaya, mango, pineapple, strawberry — I buy it at Costco)
    1 orange
    1 frozen banana
    1 cup water (more if needed to blend)
    2 large handfuls of spinach

    Blend until smooth.

  8. Pam says:

    Not So Green, Green Smoothie

    1/2 cup of water
    1 cup spinach, washed
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 banana

    1. Put all ingredients into blender.
    2. Blend until smooth

  9. Cindy Vien says:

    These sound healthy and simple, especially when we are so busy and the day goes by quickly! Thanks! Also, more fiber in the smoothies can help with weight loss when we need it and maintenance, everything in moderation, is the key!

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