Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sweet Spotted Green Shake - Recipe

When it comes to the food pyramid, fruit is my Kryptonite. So, after a couple of weeks of eating holiday sweets, meats, bread, and gourmet cheese, I had to remind my body what it feels like to eat fruit.

I threw together a what's-in-the-kitchen shake, and it was so delicious that I wanted to share the recipe. This is a mildly sweet shake. The flecks of purple from the plums' skin gives this green shake its spots.

I didn't actually measure anything so these are approximate amounts:

2 fresh or frozen plums with skins
1 frozen green banana
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1 fresh or frozen peach without skin

1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup milk (or another 1/4 cup almond milk)
1/4 cup orange juice

Throw the fruits and veggies into the blender, then incrementally begin adding the liquids until combined but still thick.

The frozen fruit gives the shake the thick texture without having to add "junk" like ice cream. I sometimes add honey or agave to my shakes but I loved the mild, sweet flavor of this shake without any added sweeteners.

All of my fruit is either picked or purchased fresh, but then I make sure it is ready to go into a shake (peeled, pitted, etc.) before freezing some of it for future shakes. At least some of it needs to be frozen though, for the shake to have that lovely, thick texture without actually adding ice cream.

Also, I used to avoid all shakes with even a hint of bananas in them because they overpowered the shakes for me. I really can't stand the taste of bananas in a shake. However, I discovered that if I freeze a banana that is solid green, the banana taste does not overpower the shake. The frozen bananas are awesome for adding a lot of thickness to the shake, as well as nutrition.

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