Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Green Smoothie Update


Welp, since reading The Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko, I've now incorporated a green smoothie into my morning ritual. Strike that... the green smoothie IS my morning ritual! I SO look forward to that morning green bliss, well, after I get back from the gym that is. For anyone who wants to try, here is my favorite concoction.
  • 2-3 heaping cups of spinach, kale or any other green leafy vegetable
  • 1 cup of organic coconut water **(see the bottom of this post for more on THAT)
  • 1 whole organic mango peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 medium organic pineapple peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 large banana peeled
  • 2 cups of ice cubes (optional... I like mine REALLY cold)
Add all ingredients above in Vitamix or high speed blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the mixture is blended REALLY well. You can also add ground raw flax seed for an added nutritional punch. If the smoothie is too thick add some spring water or more coconut water to thin it out. This recipe makes 2-3 LARGE glasses of smoothie and the smoothie keeps for about 3 days. If not serving immediately, be sure to re-blend before serving.

Ok... on to the coconut saga. I LOVE fresh coconut! I DO NOT LOVE prepping fresh coconut. I remember the fun of cracking open my first coconut and proceeding to drain the OH-SO-YUMMY water, prying the shell the rest of the way open to then commence to mutilating my hands trying and get all the meat out. OUCH, OUCH and OUCH!!! The same holds true for just about every coconut I've ever bought although I will say that the Young Tai coconut is a little easier to work with but had a much blander taste; not my favorite coconut even though it is supposed to be so good for you. I finally came to the conclusion that buying my coconut meat and the coconut water already prepared and packaged is the way to go! It's worth any added expense of NOT having to mess with it.... TRUST ME! My new slogan for any of you coconut packagers out there: "All the exotic taste without the pain." HA!

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