Blending A Smoothie Step By Step! March 18, 2014

     Do you use a Ninja to make your Smoothies?  If not, I highly recommend you purchase one.  I have had my Ninja to over 3 years now, and I am still amazed  at how quickly it can pulverise ice into smoothies that are similar to soft serve icecream.  Of course, this is a more healthy way to have a frozen treat since it's made with fruit and vegetables.  In the picture below, I am making a smoothie with spinach in it.  Before you say "YUK", hear me out.  Once you blend all the ingriedient in the picture below, i guarantee you WILL NOT taste spinach.  I have found this to be a great way to start my day.  I have more energy, and if the infusion of fruit and vegetables doesn't get you going, the chill certainly will!  Enjoy my smoothie recipes.  If you have questions about them, please feel free to email me at:  susan@yankeebellecreations.com

Ninja Smoothies

Mixing Tips

1.  Always start your smoothie by pulverizing the ice and water first.  This will make blending the rest of your ingredients much easier.  It also makes for a super smooth texture with no chunks of ice.

2.  If you are adding spinach, I alway put it in as my 2nd step. Make sure to buy the BABY SPINACH.  It is not bitter!  Kale is also excellent at this point.  I have added partially cooked baby carrots as well, and cucumbers too!    Blend this in with your ice, and keep "pulsing" your Ninja until your mixture is nice and smooth.

3.  I usually put pineapple chunks in with the spinach or other vegetables.  It just seems to blend well with it in there.  The acidity in the pineapple is a great mask for any vegetable flavor that may show through.  Lemon juice is also a good mask, plus it wakes up your taste buds.  Add as little or as much as you'd like.  Don't be afraid to play with it.  If you like a sweeter smoothie, I prefer all natural TRUVIA.  You can find this in the grocery store in the baking isle.  Truvia is an all natural.sweetner, and comes from the Stevia plant.  You use much less of this than you would regular sugar.

4.  Now for the blueberries, strawberries, banana, kiwi etc.   Start by adding a bit of your favorite fruits to the mix.  I always keep on hand large bags of frozen fruits.  Frozen fruits keep the frozen consistency of your smoothie.

5.  If you like yogurt in your smoothie, add it in!

6.  Don't let the color fool you!  It may look a little muddy depending on the vegetables and fruit you choose for you favorite smoothie.

7.  You know those great big 32 oz cups that have the wide smooth straw?  They generally are sold at gas station drink counters. Getting a smooth straw is important since you want to avoid the accordian pleated type straws.  Those little folds hold on to food particals no matter how much you wash them.  The big cup & straw are wonderful for smoothies.  They generally come with a lid too.  I fill this cup up, and generally tote it with me for close to an hour.  It's a great breakfast replacement full of fiber, and all natural ingredients.

**For more great Smoothie recipes, click the link to the smoothie category.  https://www.yankeebellecreations.com/?s=smoothies

Fruit & Vegetable Smoothie1

 

 

 

Kitchen Measurement Cheat Sheets! March 22, 2013

These cheat sheets are great as a print out for your kitchen for quick reference.  Laminate them and hang them on your fridge!

 

Fruit & Vegetable Smoothie March 17, 2013

     Are you afraid to add spinach and other fresh vegi's to your smoothies?  I was!  Everyone seems to be "juicing" these days, but one of the important things about eating vegetables is the fiber they provide.  This is a way for me to add a few servings of vegetables to my diet right away in the morning.  Trust me, if I could taste spinach in this drink, I wouldn't touch it.  Baby spinach is a healthy key ingredient.  It sweeter than mature leaves, and mixed in with the natural sweetness that fruit & carrots provide, this is a spot on healthy combination.  Play with this recipe.  Add banana, kiwi, raspberries or other fresh fruits.   I add a little Truvia to mine to sweeten it up!  You can add Flax or Chia as a good filler.  Try it… I'm pretty sure you'll be surprised at the fruity flavor!  

 

Tip Of The Day – Truvia October 13, 2012

Tip Of The Day – Truvia

 

     Diabetics, weight watchers, and anyone else who's looking for a healthy 0 calorie option to sugar that is all natural… Please consider Truvia!  I cook and bake with this product all the time, and it's the only 0 calorie sweetener I will use due to the scientific studies done on artificial sweeteners.  This is also amazing in Smoothies!  I always purchase the 98 oz container because I do use it all the time. It comes in the single serving packets as well.  Just a little bit goes a long way.  If you aren't already using it, give it a try!  For recipes, nutrition facts and more, visit:  http://www.truvia.com

 

 

Fruit Infusion Smoothie September 27, 2012

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Fruit Infusion Smoothie

 

Fruit Infusion Smoothie

1 cup ice

1/2 cup pineapple juice (no sugar added)

1/1/2 cup pineapple chunks

2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp Truvia

Blend ice until it's smooth.  Add pineapple juice & pineapple, Truvia and lemon juice.  Blend well into the ice.  Add strawberries & blueberries, and blend till smooth. If Smoothie is to thick, add a little water until you achieve the desired thickness.  Makes approximately 2 cups.


 

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie (My Favorite!) September 26, 2012

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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie (My Favorite!)

 

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie (My FAVORITE!)

1 cup ice

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

1/2 cup pineapple juice (no sugar added)

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp Truvia

Blend ice until it's smooth.  Add pineapple, Truvia and lemon juice.  Blend well into the ice.  Add strawberries and blend till smooth. If Smoothie is to thick, add a little water until you achieve the desired thickness.  Makes approximately 2 cups.

 

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie September 26, 2012

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Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

1 cup ice

1/2 cup yogurt

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1/2 cup water

1 tsp Truvia

Blend ice until it's smooth.  Add yogurt, strawberries, banana, and blend.  The mixture should be to thick to move well in the blender. Add 1/2 cup of water a little at a time to achieve desired thickness. Makes approximately 2 cups.

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothie September 25, 2012

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie

This is one of my daughters favorite concoctions in the Ninja Blender.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

 

1/2 cup light vanilla yogurt

1 cup ice

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana

Crush ice in a suitable blender (like a Ninja), add blueberries, yogurt and banana.  Blend well and serve!  Makes approx. 2 cups. Depending on your yogurt, this Smoothie is only 2 points on the Points Plus Weight Watchers Plan.