Wednesday, April 16, 2014

*Drink Your Greens*

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Of course with Easter and C's birthday just around the corner, we all came down with sicknesses. Murphy's law, right? But our miserable state gave us the excuse to try the flu-fighter sunshine smoothie from a cookbook that just arrived in the mail today. We had all of the ingredients on hand minus one. That forced us out into the fresh air for a bike ride to the store, which then led to flower picking and nature observing. Ah yes, we needed that ride. A nice reminder that no matter what life throws at you, there is always something good waiting around the corner.

Speaking of smoothies, we have been on quite the smoothie kick the past few weeks, thanks to our tax return splurge - a Vitamix! Our most recent family favorite concoction is inspired by a drink we tasted at Whole Foods back in January. This smoothie is a good way to start your day, or as in my case lately - an evening pick me up to help me with my late night crafting endeavors. Whichever way you chose to drink it, your body will thank you for it.

Drink Your Greens
makes enough for our family of five

3 1/2 cups apple juice
2 frozen bananas, chopped
5 tsp spirulina*
2 c kale (frozen preferred)
2 c frozen strawberries
a handful of ice

Place the ingredients in your blender in the order they are listed. Vitamix or other high powered blenders work best for this. Blend on high for one minute. Pour into cups and enjoy!

*If your family is not used to the taste of spirulina you may want to start with 2 tsp or so of it and then gradually increase it to 5 over time. Also, not all spirulina is created equal. We have tried a few different brands and some of them have quite the strong flavor *ahem*. Thankfully we discovered pure Hawaiian spirulina pacifica which has a nice mild flavor and blends into our drink quite well.

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