I think this just may be the hottest week of summer. And that calls for a smoothie–even better, a chocolate smoothie! There’s a soy and non-soy version for this recipe, so you can take your pick. The smoothie I made … Continue reading
Lemon and strawberry are two great summer flavors and I’ve been seeing Strawberry Lemonade photos come up quite a bit this summer on Pinterest. So I thought I’d try a recipe out from Better Homes and Gardens. I added a little more strawberries … Continue reading
It’s been so hot the last few days, a smoothie sounded like the perfect thing to make! I like this recipe because it also has a peach in it–blackberries and peaches are such great summer fruits, so what a great idea … Continue reading
I think this is the creamiest smoothie I’ve ever had. This is the first smoothie I’ve made with coconut milk, and I love how super creamy and smooth it turned out! I modified a recipe from Del’s Cooking Twist by adding some banana … Continue reading
It’s really been warm lately, so I’ve been making lots of smoothies–they just taste so good on a hot day! One fruit that I really love but haven’t used that much in smoothies is honeydew melon. They’ve always been a little challenging … Continue reading
Did you know there was such a thing as organic herbal blue tea? Well there is…BlueChai blue tea is made from organic butterfly pea flowers. I discovered this tea recently when I received a complimentary sample to try. You can drink … Continue reading
I saw this smoothie at Food.com not long ago and was kind of intrigued by the blueberry/green tea combination, wondering just what that would taste like. I had plenty of green tea on hand, some blueberries in my freezer, and … Continue reading
When I posted my Lemon Raspberry Muffins recipe recently, I promised you I’d share the recipe for the Raspberry Lemonade I made to go with them…well, here it is! It’s very, very lemony! And the frozen raspberries that are mixed in with it give … Continue reading
I had some kale that I needed to use up, and smoothies are always great ways to use extra fruit and greens that you’re not sure what else to do with. :) So I began searching for kale smoothie recipes … Continue reading
This is an easy, fruity drink to make–perfect for enjoying on a sunny spring day! This cooler has strawberries that you mash, or muddle, to release the juices, and then you add in the orange juice for a really great fruity combination! If you need to make a larger amount of servings, just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need–you could even mix up a large batch in a pitcher!
When I was mashing up my strawberries, I found it was easier to do that in a medium-size bowl, and I used a spoon to mash them. But you could also mash them right in the glass if that works best for you.
STRAWBERRY–ORANGE MINT COOLER by NancyCreative, adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes 2 servings
- Half a pint (8 ounces) of strawberries, hulled
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups orange juice (or tangerine or mandarin juice)
- mint springs for garnish, optional
Divide strawberries between 2 (10 or 12-ounce) glasses. Add 2 mint leaves to each glass. Muddle (or mash) strawberries until they are crushed and juicy (you can use a spoon or muddler to do this). Add 4 or 5 ice cubes to each glass, then fill each glass with 1 cup of orange juice. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.
If you want a slightly fizzy drink, use 1 cup juice mixed with 1 cup sparkling water. It will be less sweet, but the fizziness is nice!
This would be a great beverage to serve at a spring breakfast or brunch. Maybe even on Easter! What types of fruity beverages do you like to make?
Linked to Inspire Me Monday.
If you want a cool, creamy treat, this smoothie is just the thing to make! It gets it’s creaminess from the tasty blend of frozen kiwifruit, banana, and key lime yogurt (you can substitute vanilla yogurt, but I really like this with the lime). There are a few other ingredients you’ll see in the recipe below and they all blend up into this wonderful smoothie that not only tastes great, but is also a delightful springy shade of green. How can you resist that?
SHAMROCK SMOOTHIE by NancyCreative, adapted from Midwest Living
Makes about 16 ounces, or 2 servings
- 2 kiwifruit, peeled and quartered
- 1 banana, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup seedless green grapes
- 1 (6-ounce) container key lime or vanilla flavored yogurt
- 1/3 cup orange juice or white grape juice, well-chilled
- 1/2 Tablespoon honey
- Optional: additional kiwi fruit slices for garnish
Several hours or the night before making: Place the 2 peeled and quartered kiwifruit and sliced banana in a small freezer bag and freeze for 2 hours or until frozen (arrange fruit flat in a single layer in the bag so it doesn’t freeze into a big clump; otherwise it will be too hard to break up for blending).
When ready to make, add grapes, yogurt, juice, honey, and half of the frozen fruit (break up fruit if any pieces have stuck together while freezing). Cover and blend until smooth. Add remaining frozen fruit and blend until smooth.
Pour into glasses and, if desired, garnish with fresh kiwi fruit slices.
Hope you get a chance to enjoy this smoothie! What kinds of fun green treats are you making (or eating) for St. Patrick’s Day?
I thought I’d try a flavored water with a green theme, since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! But of course, this water is great any time of the year. You mostly taste the lime in this, but the kiwifruit and pear slices make the pitcher of water look so nice! :) I think this water tastes best the same day you make it, but you’ll want to refrigerate it a few hours before serving so the water has more flavor. Use organic produce if you can when making this.
PEAR, LIME, KIWIFRUIT WATER by NancyCreative
Makes a large pitcher (half gallon) of flavored water
- 8 cups of water (I used 2 cups of sparkling water mixed in with 6 cups of regular water to give it a slight fizziness–see note below*)
- 1 large organic pear, cut into thin slices
- 2 limes, cut into thin slices
- 2 kiwifruit, cut into thin slices
Fill pitcher with 8 cups of water. Add slices of pear, lime, and kiwifruit, and stir all ingredients together in the pitcher. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving (the slices of kiwifruit tend to settle at the bottom, so you will need to stir before serving to mix all the fruit evenly). When ready to serve, add ice cubes to pitcher and stir or add ice to individual glasses and pour the flavored water over the ice.
*For a fizzy water drink, use Seltzer water or natural sparkling water (like Perrier) instead of regular water, or use some of each (do not use Club Soda or Tonic Water, as one is high in sodium and the other is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup).
Have you tried making any uniquely-flavored water lately?
Linked to Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.
In my last post, I shared a recipe I had made with OrganicGirl Super Greens, the Super Greens Fiesta Salad, and now I’ll be sharing a another recipe I made with OrganicGirl Baby Spinach, the Tropical Spinach Smoothie. But first, I’ll tell you who the 5 Giveaway winners are from the OrganicGirl Greens giveaway on that salad post!
Congratulations to Jhuls (comment #7), Keshakeke (comment #10), Deal Housewife (comment #20), Table of Colors (comment #24), and Rachel (comment #33)! I’ll be emailing each of you to let you know in case you don’t happen to see this and will give your email to OrganicGirl so they can contact you about delivering your greens!
Thanks so much to all of you who participated in the giveaway! I wish you all could have won some greens, but as a consolation prize, here’s a recipe for a spinach smoothie that I think you’ll really like! This is a wonderful smoothie–it’s thick but not too thick. It’s sweet but not too sweet. It tastes great and it’s very, very healthy. And it’s an easy, tasty way to add more spinach to your diet.
TROPICAL SPINACH SMOOTHIE by NancyCreative, adapted from OrganicGirl
Makes 12 ounces, enough for 1 large or 2 small servings
- 1 1/2 cups (well packed) OrganicGirl Baby Spinach (or substitute Baby Kale or Super Greens mix)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 of a small to medium size banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 Tablespoon honey
Put all ingredients in a high-power blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass (or glasses) and serve.
Have you made smoothies with spinach before? What other kinds of recipes do you like to use spinach in?
Now that the weather out my way is warming up a little, it feels like spring is just around the corner–and I love having smoothies for breakfast during the spring and summer! So to celebrate the warmer weather, I decided to make this smoothie. Maybe I’m jumping ahead of the winter season a little, but I’m just so ready for spring!
You use frozen berries in this smoothie, which makes it convenient because you don’t have to worry about having fresh berries on hand in your fridge–just pop them out of the freezer whenever you want to make this! Use one kind of berry or use a variety of berries to equal 1 1/2 cups (I used a mix of strawberries and blueberries in this smoothie). This also is sweetened with honey, but you could use whatever kind of sweetener you like best. It’s a great way to start the day!
FROZEN BERRY SMOOTHIE by NancyCreative
- 3/4 cup orange juice or grapefruit juice
- 1 medium banana, sliced into smaller chunks
- 1 1/2 cups frozen berries–strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and/or blueberries
- 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon honey
Add all ingredients in your blender; cover and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes 2 (10-ounce) servings.
I’m linking this recipe up to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
I’m not a heavy coffee drinker but there’s something comforting about a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning. And we’ve had very cold mornings this week, so I’ve been drinking more coffee than usual! Most of the time, I just drink my coffee with cream, but it’s a nice change to have this Vanilla Spice Coffee every now and then. It’s not a super-sweet coffee drink, so if you prefer it sweeter you can add more sugar. The vanilla-cinnamon-nutmeg flavors are great together and if you add some whipped cream on top, you just may feel like you’re at your favorite coffeehouse! :)
VANILLA SPICE COFFEE by NancyC, adapted from Gooseberry Patch
Makes 2 servings
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup light cream (Half & Half)
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar (or a little more, to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) of hot, strong brewed coffee
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Whipped cream and ground cinnamon for garnish
Combine milk, light cream, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan and stir well. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until sugar dissolves (or you can heat in the microwave, in a medium size microwave-safe bowl with a lip, for 45 to 60 seconds). Remove from heat and stir in hot coffee and vanilla (you can taste it at this point and if you’d like it sweeter, add more sugar). Pour into coffee mugs; garnish with whipped cream and a light sprinkling of ground cinnamon, and serve.
You may notice that the cinnamon and nutmeg won’t totally dissolve in the coffee as you’re making this, but that’s okay–just blend it as well as you can. I think the whipped cream topping with the additional sprinkle of cinnamon really makes this special–and you can use light whipped cream if you’re watching calories.
What’s your favorite flavored coffee drink? Do you make it yourself or get it from a coffee shop?