I have been making smoothies and juicing at home for over a year and half. Not every day, but I rotate between juicing and mixing smoothies. Personally the smoothies are easier and taste better. Being pregnant I need more substance to my drinks than just juice! It has been quite the debate on facebook and friends ask me all the time how I make mine so I took some pics and giving you my step by step smoothie process.
I make 2 smoothies, one without Acai and one with, the recipes are basically the exact same minus one ingredient.
1st recipe: Order of ingredients
I freeze spinach in small baggies, makes it easy for a quick grab and the quantity is already made (no muss no fuss) I eyeball the amount of fruit I want in my smoothie as well, if you are blending for 2 just double the amount. I usually do about 3-4 strawberries, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1 banana, 1-2 spoonful of greek yogurt, 1 tbs of ground Chia Seed and as much OJ as you would like!
I add the spinach, blueberries and chia seeds with orange juice 1st. Why you ask? Because I like my smoothies really really fine (no chunks or seeds) I dont own a really expensive blender yet and found this way blends it up very finely!
Heres what it looks like after blended
Then I add the yogurt, strawberries and banana- if its too thick, add a little more OJ
Wa-la! I used to use Coconut milk in the past, I found I like the OJ a lot better. I like my smoothies a little tart and not so creamy. I only add the yogurt to get some good protein in.
Smoothie recipe #2
Same ingredients, some days I opt out of the greek yogurt and add granola!
With the Acai pack you need to run it under hot water for about 5 secs to break it up, they come frozen.
Facts about the Acai:
Açaí – the king of the superfruit jungle is this tiny purple palm fruit called açaí. A staple food for the local Amazonians, açaí is rich in antioxidants (specifically anthocyanins like those found in red wine) and healthy fats similar to olive oil, plus it has no sugar. This combo makes açaí a powerhouse of satisfying nutrition.
I love the flavor it brings to my smoothies and if you have kids that are super picky, adding this to smoothies helps with the color of the drink and also that popsicle flavor with NO added sugar!
Blend it the spinach, Acai, blueberries and chia together with OJ
This is an action shot! Can’t tell but Its still mixing!
Finished product! Drink with a straw and enjoy!
Why do I use Chia Seeds? Do you know how good Chia Seeds are? Read all about there here
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1tbsp)
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2
It also gives me a boost of energy in the morning which I always need. Be careful with the seeds though, if you don’t drink within 10 minutes of making the smoothie does start to thicken as the chia seed start to gel a little bit. So make it and drink it!
I love that I get all these healthy ingredients in one shot! It keeps me full for a decent amount of time ( this is substituted with my breakfast of either whole grain waffles or oatmeal, pregnant ladies need a lot of food!)
I do have other recipes that include pineapple, mango, raspberries and other fruits! You really can add any type of fruit you want! The key about making spinach smoothies is you need a very acidic ingredient to counteract the bland flavor of the spinach or kale.
Hope you enjoyed this post today! I would love to know of your favorite smoothie recipes!!