Saturday Smoothie Roundup–02/14/15

Welcome to the first installment of Saturday Smoothie Roundup. For this edition I have two smoothie recipes to share. One was gleaned from my Pinterest board, the other is one of my tried-and true inventions. Also, because Valentine’s Day and all that jazz….one of them is pink!

This pink beauty is courtesy of Pinterest….linked from the blog Passionately Raw! (Which incidentally has a mouthwatering Valentine’s Day smoothie recipe you may enjoy). Link to recipe is below, pictures and modifications are mine.

Rawsome Radish Detox Smoothie

Rawsome Radish Smoothie
5 -ingredient protein-packed immune booster

Before I stumbled on this recipe I would have NEVER dreamed of adding radishes to a smoothie.

I’m must confess I don’t add radishes to salads often enough. It’s a shame too, cuz they are bursting with zinc, B-complex vitamins, phosphorus, & folic acid. Not to mention vitamin C! And sulphur compounds that help keep the kidneys & liver happy. With the sub-zero temps my corner of the world is currently “enjoying”, this congestion-fixer is just what the doctor ordered…

The original recipe includes 1 cup strawberries, 1 frozen banana, and a few whole radishes, greens and all, plus alfalfa sprouts. I had neither the radish tops nor sprouts in the fridge, but I did have a couple forlorn watermelon radishes from my CSA (hence my idea to test out this specific recipe). I imagine the greens would add an extra oomph in terms of the peppery radish kick.

 

Rawsome Radish Smoothie
Liver detoxing never tasted so good.

Also, I made a couple other changes. Per my initial guidelines (which you can read here, along with another yummy smoothie), Crispy Cupboard smoothies must include 20+ grams of protein and a dose of healthy fat.

So, being the recipe tamperer that I am, I added a half-cup 2% cottage cheese (I like this brand because it has no additives) and a generous spoonful of sunflower seed butter (peanut/tree nut allergy sufferers, rejoice, this stuff is reeeeeallllyyyyy good!).

The result was a rich and creamy pink revelation…that tasted almost like a MickeyD’s strawberry milkshake. And it starts the day off with fruit AND veggies. Yay bonus points!Will definitely make this again.

Nutrition Breakdown: Calories: 355; Protein: 23g; Fat: 11g; Total Carbs: 46.1g; Fiber: 8.2g; Vitamin C :162% DV!!!

 

 

Our second smoothie featured today is one of my go-to basics…I call it

N.A.G Smoothie (Not Another Green Smoothie)

N.A.G {Not Another Green} Smoothie
Spinach, apple, golden flax…and the secret super-ingredient….

I mean, seriously, there’s a gazillion and one green smoothie recipes out there…but I don’t suppose it hurts to add another to the pool right? I bring you my signature green drink, powered by flax seeds and grass-fed gelatin.

Gelatin, incidentally, has countless benefits, which you can read about here while you sip your smoothie. Because I’m considerate enough to provide you with both breakfast AND reading material. I have to say, this is more fun than reading the back of the cereal box ever was. 🙂

And that wraps it up for today! If you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share in the comments, I’ll  feature it in an upcoming post. Tune in next week for more smoothies!

N.A.G. Smoothie (Not Another Green Smoothie)

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp golden flax seed, soaked overnight in warm water
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin (I like this brand)
  • 2 generous handfuls baby spinach (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp raw honey (not all honey is created equal…here’s a great reference to help you find the good stuff)
  • a pinch of stevia if additional sweetness is needed (optional)

Instructions:

Place everything in blender with just enough water to cover. Process till smooth. Drink up!

N. A. G. {Not Another Green} Smoothie
It also works as a light dinner: shown here with a soft-boiled egg and a bit of olive tapenade

Nutrition Breakdown: Calories: 279; Protein: 20g; Fat: 7.5g; Total Carbs: 37g; Fiber: 11.5g

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