Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pineappleberry Salad Smoothie

I haven't posted a delicious smoothie recipe in a while! During the winter I got out of the smoothie habit, usually opting for hot oatmeal or quinoa porridge - or last night's dinner leftovers - for breakfast. We've had a little bit of spring weather here in Kansas City, but so far it's mostly dreary and rainy and very cold - we even had snow a few days ago. But, I've been drinking a lot of smoothies lately. I have a wisdom tooth that is bothering me, and until it comes out I can't chew very well, so instead of eating a salad I've decided to make them into smoothies. This way I can still get all my nutrients and I can still be full with the minimum amount of chewing! Kinda sad, actually... LOL.

You may think that carrots, cashews and a mushroom are odd in a smoothie, but they are really good. The carrots are slightly sweet, the cashews add protein and thickness, and the mushroom has practically no flavor at all (but it does have nutrition). If you'd prefer a sweeter smoothie, add honey or agave nectar. I used coconut milk, but feel free to use your favorite liquid. Also, leave the skin and seeds of the apple - they both have valuable nutrients (and you will not be poisoned by eating a couple of apple seeds!) I just cut an apple right down the middle and tightly wrap the other half for another time.

I never post pictures of my smoothies because they are always a deep green color due to the Amazing Grass Berry Flavor Drink Powder I put in every smoothie. It's an extra shot of nutrients, antioxidants and probiotics that adds to the wonderful wholesomeness the smoothie has already. It's totally optional but I highly recommend it - it doesn't change the taste very much at all.

Pineappleberry Salad Smoothie
  • 1 tablespoon raw cashews
  • 1 small to medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 an apple with skin and seeds, roughly chopped
  • 3 one-inch chunks pineapple, fresh or frozen
  • 1 button mushroom
  • good handful baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Berry Flavor Drink Powder (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cup vanilla coconut milk
Layer all ingredients in a blender in the order they are listed. Start blending at a slow speed and increase until you have a near-liquid consistency. You may have to stop the blender and stir a couple of times to ensure everything is being mixed. The smoothie is done when a whirlpool forms in the middle of the liquid.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds crazy! In a good way! I do a smoothie almost every morning at breakfast and thanks to your inspiration I'm going to add some cashews tomorrow.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You've got a new follower. Your recipes are so interesting and fun.