If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you have to be well aware by now of my obsession with concocting and making new green smoothie recipes. I am pretty sure I post at least two photos of tasty frozen smoothies on there every week. And I have had several requests for the recipes. ;)
Well, guess what?? I am going to share them all with my readers this week during my Green Smoothie Week on the blog! And not only will I be sharing FIVE new green smoothie recipes with you, but myself and a few of my blogger friends are giving you all the chance to win two of my favorite blender for smoothies- one for you and one to give to a friend! :) I really do love this blender! The blender cups are the perfect smoothie portion so you can just unscrew the cap off, pop a straw in, and enjoy. And it is a powerful blender- no worries about little pieces of spinach or kale showing up in your green smoothies.
For those of you who may not have heard of a green smoothie before, they are basically healthy fruit smoothies with a leafy green such as spinach or kale thrown in. They really are the perfectly tasty way to sneak more leafy greens into your diet or maybe the kiddos'... or in my case, the husband's. ;) If you want a little bit more of detailed description of a green smoothie, you can visit my recipe post for the Afternoon Pick-Me-Up Green Smoothie.
I figured after all of the chocolate, red velvet, and decadent desserts from Valentine's Day, we would all be ready to jump back on the healthy eating wagon- I know that I sure am!
If you would like to follow along and make each smoothie with me this coming week, I have provided a convenient little printable shopping and prep list below...
Green Smoothie Week Shopping List
- Your favorite leafy green- such as spinach or kale
- Nonfat or low fat vanilla Greek or regular yogurt (you can sub soy or coconut milk yogurt, if desired)
- Almond milk (you could also sub skim milk, soy milk, or coconut milk)
- Coconut oil
- Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- Blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- Light cranberry-raspberry juice
- Natural or organic creamy peanut butter
- Mango (fresh or frozen)
- Chopped pineapple (frozen)
- Shredded coconut
- 1 ripe avocado
- Fresh ginger
- Apple butter
- Prune juice
- Ground cinnamon
InstructionsTo prep the bananas
Cut each banana in half and then peel. Wrap each banana half in foil and store in the freezer. You will need one frozen banana half for each smoothie you make. I usually just purchase a bunch of bananas each week, and prep at least half of them for my smoothies for the week.
You will need 1 cup of rolled oats and 1 tbsp of coconut oil.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix together the oats and coconut oil until the oats are well coated. Spread the oats/coconut oil mixture evenly over the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Allow the toasted oats to cool completely, and then transfer to an airtight container to have on hand for lots of smoothies!
You can wash, peel, chop, and freeze any other fruits that you would like to use for the week too. For instance, you will need to freeze the pineapple and apple for two different green smoothies this week. Feel free to go ahead and do this and get a jump start on your smoothie prep! :)
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Now that you all know exactly what you need for Green Smoothie Week, how about that giveaway? ;)
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