Thursday, March 8, 2012

I am the Smoothie Freaking Master!

My latest obsession has been making smoothies from spinach.  With my diet that I was on, I have been going to the grocery store like mad and having trouble keeping track of what we have and what we don't.  As a result, I ended up with a whole extra giant bag of spinach.  Hmm, what to do with it before it went bad?  I had so much of it, that I figured I might as well try out some green smoothie recipes.  Since my diet doesn't allow dairy, I was at a loss for where to start.  Thankfully, I was able to just put "dairy free green smoothie" into Google, and come up with a winner on my first shot!  Here is the first recipe that I used:
Green Slime Smoothie
2 cups frozen spinach, 2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup ice, 2TBS honey
We didn't have strawberries, so I substitued 1 cup fresh raspberries and 1 cup fresh blueberries, that I froze myself. 

It makes quite a bit, and if you eat the whole thing, it is a lot of fruit to throw down at once.  It says it serves 4, but I am not sure if I didn't smash my spinach enough, but I didn't quite get 4 servings, and Soren and I ate the whole thing between us.   I have since modified it a bit to use the same spinach, but half of the fruit, and I switched to buying the pre-frozen fruit.   Then, I decided that I should add some whey protein.  I have been using EAS chocolate whey, and it is SOOO GOOD!  It is brown, but not super chocolately.  It is pretty thick, sort of the consisitency of a frosty, so I feel like I am having a milkshake, although it is super healthy.  I bet it would taste awful compared to a real milkshake, but with the diet I am on, it tastes heavenly!  I am able to eat the whole batch, and I think it is around 350 calories or so.  It really fills me up, so it is like a meal.  I have been having them as my mid afternoon snack, and I am able to eat a smaller dinner.  Doesn't it look, um, healthy?

I am thinking my next experiment will be to double the banana, skip the berries, and perhaps add some peanut butter?  Maybe a bit more ice?  I plan to keep the spinach though.  I feel like if I get it ground up really small, I don't even notice it.  I am a bit worried about my blender's health.  It is not meant to do this type of blending with no added liquid.  We'll see how long it lasts.  I did FINALLY get those tires that I had needing so badly (for a year), and that set us back a huge chunk of change.  I went the convenient route, not the cheapest, but honestly, it wasn't that much more expensive.  We also got to check out these cool vehicles that were also being serviced:
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang
They called this truck "Tow-Mater", but I think it looks more like a red "Ivan" (1953 Ford C600)
The kids were super well behaved while they changed the tires, and I had them both.  It was worth the extra money to have it done here instead of a garage where they didn't have TV, internet, and snacks.

I had to take the car home and get Keira before we could get the new tires, but during the oil change part  I also took Soren on a stroller run, in the WIND  Holy Cow!  I was really excited for the opportunity to run on Old La Grange road with Soren since I would be starting at my usual turnaround spot, and not need to worry about running on the bypass with him, until I got into the wind.  I did start on the better end, since I ran into the wind first. I ran a total of 5 miles, 2.5 miles out and back, into the wind, and then with the wind, with the stroller.  My first 2.5 took me 23 minutes, and my second 2.5 took only 20!  I was practically chasing the stroller on the way back!  I wa
What are your plans for the weekend?  I have my second 20 miler on deck.  Whoo Hoo!


Anonymous said...

Awesome! And best of luck with your 20 miler this weekend - I'm sure you are going to kill it!!

Laura Boll said...

I love adding spinach to smoothies, too! Anything with berries and banana, and you can't go wrong. But the pb-banana combo sounds really good too. Hope the 20 went well!