Green Smoothie Recipes and Resolutions

Honeydew Lime Green Smoothie

Maybe it’s just that time of year, but many of the conversations that have been going on around me are about exhaustion, burn-out…big butts. They’re about the desire to recharge, regroup, reconnect — both with oneself and with those who really matter.

That’s going on for me, for sure.  It’s up to each of us to decide what matters most, but for me, it means a decluttering of house and spirit, a pairing down of non-essentials. We’ll see how it goes.

One step in the process for my family house has been to eat as vegetarians at home. We’ve been doing it for nearly a year and it has been shockingly easy. We’re enjoying it and it hasn’t sent my meat-eating Cuban DNA into any sort of shock or revolution. When I read there is a movement of Meatless Mondays and that some people are freaked out that they could not go there, I was surprised. Really, you can.  (Here’s a link to the campaign website, which has lots of interesting information.)

Anyway, a goal around here is to get more fruits and vegetables in during breakfast and lunch and hurrah when I discovered home-made green smoothies. They’re so good I want to share them and maybe you have a recipe of your own to share?

I tasted my first during the Nintendo Wii event I attended in Nashville when I became a Wii Brand Ambassador. The Hutton Hotel, a lovely and chic chic place in Midtown Nashville, served heart-healthy green smoothies so amazing I asked the event coordinator to beg for the recipe. And score! Here it is. (A big thanks to Justine from Brand About Town for her charm and persuasiveness!)

I swear, you can’t taste the spinach in these and they are so sweet and tropical, I fell in love. Even my 7-year-old loves it …but she doesn’t know about the spinach…sssshhh!

Enjoy!

Honeydew Lime Smoothie

3 cups peeled, roughly chopped honeydew melon

¼ cup honey

Juice of 2 limes

Pinch of kosher salt

¼ cup of spinach leaves

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1.       Briefly freeze the melon until slushy frozen, about ½ hour.

2.       Puree all ingredients until very well blended

3.       Adjust flavor with more lime juice and/or honeydew to your taste.

Here are some others I’m going to try, but honestly, not sure any will compare to the amazing Hutton recipe.

Groovy Green Smoothie from All Recipes.

Spinach-Mango recipe from Green Diva Mom.

Blueberry Smash at The Green Smoothie Queen blog.

Basic Green Smoothie recipe from Whole Person, Balanced Life.

OK, so what do you think of smoothies with spinach and kale? And, how about giving up meat?

Share, por favor!

By Carrie on January 4, 2011 · Posted in food

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Rebecca at Toothwhale says:

What a score to get the green smoothie recipe from the Hutton Hotel. I didn’t have the honeydew lime smoothie at the Wii event, but the one I had was delicious, so I’ll be trying this recipe. My husband has been doing smoothies for breakfast for months (sometimes with spinach), and is trying to convert me from cold cereal because he says he really feels like smoothies have helped him feel better. We eat meatless dinners sometimes (usually rice and beans and veggies), and everyone does fine. I could spend more time getting to know vegetarian recipes — there are so many inspiring cookbooks and blogs out there.
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Posted on January 4th, 2011

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Posted on January 4th, 2011

Denene@MyBrownBaby says:

Score! This recipe sounds absolutely divine, and I love you’re getting in the veggies without having to actually taste them. I love spinach and kale, but I don’t really want to drink them… just sayin’. I’m definitely going to try this one out. The meatless Monday sounds kinda cool, too—not so scary at all. I’m happy to eat a vegetarian meal, so long as it’s seasoned well and I feel satiated when I push away from the table. Thanks for the head’s up on the Meatless Monday’s campaign site!
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Posted on January 4th, 2011

Carrie says:

Denene, I love when you stop by!
I totally agree that I don’t want to drink greens. I am not a fan of the grassy smell, but I seriously was bowled over by the honeydew smoothie and it showed me that it is possible to “hide” the greens in the sweets that still are good for you.

The trick to going meat-free for us has been to have dishes with a lot of texture and to try different seasonings and spices on things like tofu and seitan.

Here is an example of amazing veg dishes I adore:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/farro-and-roasted-butternut-squash-recipe.html

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/lemony-chickpea-stirfry-recipe.html

They both are from 101 Cookbooks, but I find just as many great recipes on Epicurious and All Recipes.
At the moment, I have French vegetarian cassoulet in the crockpot. Easy and hurrah!

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 5th, 2011

Carrie says:

Rebecca, I have to believe that your husband is right. I had a lot of them this summer, but can’t always bring myself to have a smoothie on a 35-degree morning, but I am trying.

Check out the recipe links I posted below to Denene.

Posted on January 5th, 2011

Cynthia says:

Perfect timing! I’ve been on a smoothie kick for the past week, DESPITE the freezing temperature outside. I way overindulged over the holidays and I think my body is just craving goodness. Will have to try this one.

We’ve been pretty consistent flexitarians in my house for the past year. I hate cooking with meat, so that settles that. We eat it only a few times a month, and mostly when we eat out — or have a summertime carne asada. Can’t give those up! Oh, and I love burgers. Mmmm.

Posted on January 6th, 2011

Rebecca at Toothwhale says:

Carrie, the recipe for Lemony Chickpea Stir-fry (posted in reply to Denene) looks incredibly delicious. I am coo coo for chick peas. The thing is that although I like it, I’ve had a few awful (really awful) experiences with cooking tofu. I used the extra firm and tried my best to press extra water onto paper towels, but it still was a mushy mess for me. What is the secret of making that stuff?!
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Posted on January 15th, 2011

Carrie says:

Cynthia, let me know if you tried it.
And sounds like we’re in the same flexitarian mode.

Posted on January 18th, 2011

Carrie says:

Rebecca, I use the extra firm tofu, heat a little olive oil really high — like just before smoking — and stir the tofu around in it until it is lightly browned and semi-crispy.

Sometimes, I slice garlic, brown it, and remove it from the oil so it doesn’t burn before putting it back in later. It helps flavor the tofu…I add whatever spices I use after the tofu has browned and I lower the heat.

Good luck!

Posted on January 18th, 2011

Rebecca at Toothwhale says:

Thanks, Carrie!
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Posted on January 18th, 2011

Marcela says:

Great recipe!
Thank you!
My breakfast the last couple mornings has been very similar to green diva’s…..

spinach and mango smoothie…

1 cup almond milk
1/4 avocado
1 cup baby spinach leaves
ice
1 cup frozen mango chunks.

Posted on January 22nd, 2011

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