Like many others I signed up for Amanda’s Green Smoothie Challenge! I must admit I’m not doing very well. I tend to not want to drink a green smoothie every day, but I am doing better than any month prior, so that’s a start, right? And freezing them into popsicles has worked out beautifully. I eat them as a snack or an any time treat.The natural fruit juice has severely curbed my sugar cravings and candy bar attacks.
As I mentioned before, we worked with SUPER FOODS this week in my nutrition class, and along that topic was the emphasis on eating a variety of colors of fruits and veggies. See the color isn’t simply there to look nice, although they do! They color is indicative of different vitamins and features unique to each color family. Eating the rainbow is not just fun, it’s beneficial. Try to find foods in each of the color groups to use in your own meal planning.
Food Color Groups:
Red fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called “lycopene” or “anthocyanins.”
Orange/yellow fruits and vegetables are usually colored by natural plant pigments called “carotenoids.”
Green fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigment called “chlorophyll.”
Blue/purple fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called “anthocyanins.”
White fruits and vegetables are colored by pigments called “anthoxanthins.”
To read more, I found this site using Google Search and found it very easy to follow.
My recipe this week is super simple and designed to help you create a green smoothie using a fruit or veggie from each of the color groups. In fact it’s so simple I feel guilty even calling it a recipe.
RAINBOW Green Smoothie
What you will need:
- 2 Bananas (white group)
- 1/2 cup Blueberries (blue/purple group)
- 2 Oranges (orange/yellow group)
- 1/2 cup Red grapes (red group)
- 1/2 cup Green grapes (green group)
- 1 cup Spinach (green group)
- 1/2 cup Cherries (red group)
- Chop,slice, peel, pit and whatever else all fruit as needed
- Place all items in blender
- Blend for at least 1 minute
- Serve and enjoy!
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Here’s the thing with smoothies, each person has a preference for how much of each kind of item to use. I did not even measure mine, those are estimated amounts, add and subtract as needed. Use different fruit/veggies if you want, just make sure you hit up each of the groups at least once.
If you have a standard blender, it can be helpful to place the spinach near the bottom and heavier fruit/veg on top. This should aid in pushing things toward the blades and getting a better blend. I’ve also heard a lot of blender do not work well with oranges, you will end up with strings.
I use a Ninja Blender and have no issues with consistency or any other issues for that matter.
How do you like to make smoothies? Are you doing the Green Smoothie Challenge?