Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fruits Or Vegetables: A "Smooth" Solution

My husband prefers fruit.  I prefer vegetables.  In this daily battle, I generally win as I do the cooking the majority of the time.  However, in the interest of good health, and in an effort to get more veggies into him, and more fruit into me, we've been experimenting with morning smoothies.  Fruit in a smoothie is no new thing, and adding greens to smoothies has become more popular.  Finding the right combinations to satisfy us both was the challenge.

Here are our two favorites (so far):

Peanut Butter Latte Smoothie

1 cup of ice
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 container Oikos Cafe Latte Greek Yogurt
2 TBSP Peanut Butter
2-3 large handfuls of spinach
1 tsp instant coffee
1 packet Truvia (optional)
1 tsp Hershey Dark cocoa powder (optional)
1 banana (optional, but best to use if you like your smoothie thicker)

Blend and enjoy.  Makes 2 servings.

Note:  I tried this using almond butter.  It was okay but not as tasty as the peanut butter.  I use whatever flavor of instant coffee I have on hand (currently that is International Foods Vanilla Latte) but I would think you could use 1/2 cup regular perked coffee that had cooled as long as you were using a banana too, so it wasn't too runny.

My husband swears this tasted like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

A Taste Of Hawaii Smoothie

1- 2 cups frozen tropical fruit (I get the big bags as Costco)
1- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 container Oikos Toasted Coconut Greek Yogurt
4-6 fresh strawberries
1/2 - 1 banana, if desired
1 scant tsp coconut extract or 1 tbsp coconut creme
1 packet of Truvia (optional)

Blend and enjoy.  Makes 2 servings.

Note:  Sometimes this comes out too thick, more like sorbet, so I will use some coconut water to thin.  I heard a suggest to try thinning with a cup of green tea that has been cooled.