Okay, so after hours of watching Vitamix videos, and reading comparisons with Blendtec, I came to the conclusion that I'd made the right decision in a power blender. (If I did indeed need a power blender at all!) Vitamix appears to be the best one for green smoothies... precisely what I plan to make in them. Another look at their 30 money back guarantee brought to my attention that they will even pay for your shipping back if you want to return it.
Continuing on with this week’s VeganMofo mini-theme of high rawish posts, I want to tell you about a new addition to our green smoothies. We got gifted this tub of Jarrow Formulas Optimal Plant Protein powder from my pescetarian parents, who decided they really didn’t need it. After a quick inspection to confirm the vegan-ness of the ingredients, I agreed to take it home to try. I had only tried the Garden of Life raw vegan protein powder before, but it made me very nauseated just after drinking it, so I was a bit skeptical about this one.
Only good news to report here! I haven’t been making smoothies regularly anymore, but I still try for about once or twice a week. (Usually when I work the [half an hour] later shift at work, and have some extra time.) This has made a lovely addition. Not only does it agree with both of us, it lends a nice, sweet flavor to our drinks, and does not leave a gritty texture in its wake.
Here is my smoothie in the making. Mixed greens (kale, collards, mustard), blueberries, mango, banana, water, almond milk…
And with a just a little pineapple for extra sweetness… after! I love that purple color!
And ready to travel with us to work!
Do you have a favorite vegan protein powder?
The other morning I rushed out of the house only to figure out two things…
1. I did such a good job rushing, that I was actually 30 mins early. (I was on “late” shift!)
2. I was hungry, and hungry for a green smoothie!
Fortunately for me, I recently looked up the fruit & veggie smoothies that Jamba Juice now carries, and there is a Jamba Juice very conveniently located right on my way to work. As it turned out, they’re not all that busy at 7:30 AM. I mean, I’ve never stepped foot inside a JJ before, so I don’t know what their normal wait time is like, but there were just a couple of FAU student types getting their drinks when I came in. (FAU campus is directly across the street.)
I went with the Apple ‘n Greens, because it seemed to me the greenest of the three options. Ingredients: Apple-Strawberry Juice, Green Vegetable Juice (Carrots, Spinach, Bell Pepper, Kale, Spirulina, Lettuce), Peaches, Mangos, Bananas, Ice
It was kind of pricey for such a small cup’s worth, but it really hit the spot. And it wasn’t too sweet, as I’d imagined it would be. So I was thoroughly satisfied. I highly recommend trying one if you find yourself in need of a green smoothie and away from your supplies to get the job done.
They have two other flavors too, if you’re new to the idea of drinking fruits with vegetables…
Berry UpBEET™ Ingredients: Strawberries, Blueberries, Mixed Berry Juice, Red Vegetable Juice (Carrots, Beets, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Lettuce), Mangos, Ice
and the least threatening, with NO green at all…
Orange Carrot Karma Ingredients: Orange Juice, Carrot Juice, Mangos, Bananas, Ice
Guess who’s going to be eating high raw & drinking green smoothies again, for at least the rest of the week? If you answered “you are!”, you are correct. If you answered “I am!” You may be my boyfriend, or just coincidentally feeling our need for clean.
After last night’s complete starch fest made up of 4 Veganomicon recipes & a batch of biscuits, I was really feeling like we needed some serious green back in our life. All the holiday comfort foods and sweets have left me and my body feeling gross and sluggish, so it’s time for an informal detox. When I told Thomas I wanted to go back to green smoothies and raw food for the week, he was all for it. I made an impressive shopping trip to Whole Foods today after work, and found that I got a whole lot of healthy food and even some dish soap and paper towels for just under what I normally spend on a serious trip, so that was nice too.
We put all of the pots that normally frequent my counter back in the oven since it will be getting a well deserved respite.
I also bought a bunch of hummus because they were on sale for only 99 cents each, and it’s pretty much Thomas’ fave snack. Two of them are oil free, and the other two are not bad. I figure eating them with carrot sticks makes for a pretty reasonable and healthy snack.
I also decided to give this vegan blue cheese a try for salads. I taste tested it right out of the package as soon as I got home. It really does taste just like blue cheese. A quick look at the ingredients reveals that it’s essentially seasoned tofu, and given the texture, that makes a lot of sense. I loved it, and it’s not even bad for you.
These are the two raw books I will be using. I have used the one on the right a bit previously, and had good results. The one on the left is written by the owners of New York’s super fancy Pure Food & Wine, (never been there!) and the recipes are a little more intricate, but I figure I’ll try a couple of those too while I’m at it.
Stay tuned! : )
Thomas has been sick all weekend so I made this smoothie to give him an extra kick of protein and nutrition. When I told him I was going to make him a chocolate banana smoothie he added, “and peanut butter?”. Yes! And peanut butter! I always make a whole batch first, pour mine out, and then add the protein powder to his. Then I adjust it based on how it tastes at that point, because the protein powder changes everything. You can stop at the point before the protein powder if you like. Mine was AMAZING! Here’s what I used…
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothies
2 big servings or several normal sized ones!
3 c. chocolate non-dairy milk (i used the pure almond dark chocolate, but you can do milk + raw cacao for a raw smoothie)
1/2 c. filtered water
2-3 c. frozen chopped spinach
2 frozen bananas
~3 tbsp. peanut butter
then I poured out my serving and added:
1.5 scoops of raw vegan protein powder
an additional frozen banana
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
These were unbelievably AWESOME! Too decadent for an everyday smoothie, but SO good!
What better way to celebrate payday Friday than with a luscious green smoothie for lunch? Hah! ; ) Maybe not the 1st thing you think of, but today’s is super yummy. I discovered yesterday by trial that one of my delicious valencia oranges squeezed in gave a fantastic result. It’s nice to switch things up! (I would have used the entire orange, but they’re a little difficult to peel!)
Today’s smoothie was (in the order they went in the blender) : raisins, dried cranberries, agave, vanilla, water, mango, kale, collards, mustard greens, lots of spinach, a banana, the juice of one orange, and coconut milk beverage to blend.
Today’s smoothie was… water, almond milk, raisins, blue curled kale (lots!), very ripe bananas, peaches and blueberries with raw cacao & a lil bit of raw agave! : )
I put this up on the facebook page, but not on here, but it was such a pretty green today, so I wanted to share! I keep making them greener and greener, ie. regardless of color, upping the greens in my ratio.
Today’s smoothie ingredients were fairly simple:
frozen blue kale
So here’s a picture of my 19th green smoothie at work today. (I’m a radiation therapist in case you’re wondering what all those sci-fi looking keyboards are for!) This is my little setup these days. I use one of my humongous Beatles Love cups to tote my approximately 32 ounces of greens & fruit to work every day and drink it through my purple metal slurpee straw. (I originally bought it just because it was purple, and hardly used it, but it’s turned out to be absolutely perfect for these!) Today I decided to try a scoop of raw cacao powder in the mix.
Green Smoothie #19
*Fresh Kale, about 3 cups
a handful of fresh parsley
2 1/2 cups of filtered water
1 apple, quartered
* 3/4 c. frozen mixed greens (collards, kale, mustard greens)
*1/2 c. frozen mixed berries
*1/2 c. frozen mango
*1/2 c. almond milk
1/4 cup raw cacao
a handful of ice
* measurements are approximations
The berries took it from a very vibrant green to a brownish color, which is what gave me the inspiration to try the raw cacao. I also had 2 bananas in there so I thought it’d be a nice complement. This came out extra thick and made a ton! The Vitamix was totally full. I had to drink some before I could pour it all into these giant cups! : )
Okay, so after hours of watching Vitamix videos, and reading comparisons with Blendtec, I came to the conclusion that I’d made the right decision in a power blender. (If I did indeed need a power blender at all!) Vitamix appears to be the best one for green smoothies… precisely what I plan to make in them. Another look at their 30 money back guarantee brought to my attention that they will even pay for your shipping back if you want to return it. So fine. I opened up the manual/recipe book/materials it came with and popped in the DVD.
Even after watching all the demos of it’s features, I still think I will mostly be using it for green smoothies. Occasionally soup. (it can make HOT soup!) And every so often frozen desserts. (it can do ice cream in minutes, and other such frozen type treats.) Wait! Am I keeping it? I still hadn’t taken it for a test drive, as I was out of greens this morning. A stop at the store for some organic spinach was all I needed to take it on it’s first test run. And we have video…
As you can probably tell I was really impressed with the results. Similar ingredients in the KitchenAid were still yielding smoothies that you had to chew a bit per sip. This was actually smooth. The only bits still visible were teeny little bits of the apple skin, which probably would have disappeared if I’d kept on blending. (It blended so fast!) Oh, and that whole worried about it not locking onto the base thing? I didn’t notice a problem. So yah, it’s looking like the Vitamix might have to stay…
Today’s Smoothie was:
2 cups of water
*1/2 cup of almond milk
*4 cups of spinach
1 apple, quartered, core intact
*1/4 c. frozen berries
*1/2 c. frozen mango
*1/2 c. frozen pineapple
drizzle of raw agave
*these measurements are approximations!