Guess what today is everyone? It’s a very special day for ROJ Running! It is my FOUR YEAR anniversary! In the world of wedding anniversaries I could expect silk or linen, fruit and flowers or electrical appliances. I DID buy myself new towels this week and today’s recipe features fruit. Who wants to send an electrical appliance? Does a washing machine qualify or a dishwasher because I’d really love either. Maybe Amana will hook me up at FitBloggin next week. haha. DREAM BIG.
Earlier this week I was on the hunt for new workout pants. While looking at Kohl’s, I happened to come across two new cookbooks. Sold as part of their Kohl’s Cares Program. One for Party Food and another for ideas on recipes to make in your blender. At $5 a piece and knowing the money goes to charity, how could I say “no”? I immediately started eyeing the ideas in the blender book and found one to share.
Great Grape Smoothie
- 1/2 cup chilled grape juice
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 cup seedless grapes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and frothy
Makes 1 serving
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The original recipe calls for red grapes, I used seedless black because they’re my FAVES next to concord. I also used Chobani Greek yogurt…because is there really any other kind?
My mixing device of choice is my Ninja Blender, and although I DO love it, I have to agree it doesn’t always mix the skins of things into the finest condition. Green smoothies have specs of spinach and this smoothie has specs of grape skins. I personally don’t mind and like the texture, but it’s something I know others wouldn’t enjoy.
At first I was nervous about grapes and yogurt, but it was quite pleasant. Want to know a secret? I even made my own grape juice!
Since this was such a simple combination, let me tell you how to make your own grape juice too.
- Take your grapes (I don’t know how many exactly, but it takes a lot to make juice so be warned). Make sure they’re rinsed and pulled off the stems and nothing weird is getting in the way. Technical language.
- Using a potato masher (or blender on pulse as I used) break down the grapes.
- Pour this mixture into a saucepan and heat on medium and stir for 10 minutes.
- Next strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or sieve into another saucepan or drinking glass to collect your juice. Don’t throw out the grape skins yet!
- Allow juice to cool
By making my own juice I was able to make this smoothie knowing there wasn’t a crap ton of processed chemicals, preservatives or sugar.
What did I do with the extra skins? Waste not, want not. I topped my oatmeal with them! YUM YUM. I truly had myself a Great Grape Meal.
Thanks again for a wonderful 4 years, here’s to many many many more!