Today I used OJ in my basic smoothie starter instead of water. It added some nice flavor and some additional Vit C.
I was also running low on spinach, so I added a few leaves of rainbow chard. Its another very mild green and adds little flavor, but packs a big nutrient punch. If you are new to green smoothies, I wouldn't make a whole smoothie out of chard, but if you add just a few leaves in with your spinach, you won't notice a difference.
Frozen mango, papaya and pinapple (not pictures). YUM. I usually buy this at Trader Joe's however I have recently discovered a nice selection of frozen fruit at my local Walmart. Who knew?
I use Raw Organic Blue Agave to sweeten up my smoothies. Use it sparingly at first, as its 4x sweeter than honey. I over used it a little this morning and I'm feeling a little sticky. ; ) However, it is slowly absorbed into the blood and has a very low glycemic index, so even though I went a little over board, I still won't get that spike in my blood sugar I would have if I'd used regular honey or sugar.
- My basic smoothie starter with apple, substituting OJ for water
- A banana
- A large handful of spinach and 3-4 leaves of rainbow chard
- A handful of frozen mango
- A handful of frozen papaya
- A handful of frozen pineapple
- A big squeeze of Flax Oil
- A big squeeze of Agave
And I feel like I should be sitting on a tropical beach somewhere with a little umbrella in my smoothie. Exactly what I needed on this cold, gray day in the Pacific Northwest!