Morning smoothie 3

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This one rates at 2 almost a 1! It was simply made with 4 cups of leftover salad which contained;

Smoothie 3

 

  • iceburg lettuce
  • red lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • shredded carrots and daikon
  • tomatoes
  • some white cabbage
  • banana
  • 1 C ice
  • 2 T orange juice concentrate
  • One granny smith apple

Richard said he was not feeling all that brave for smoothies today and would drink this if it had orange juice. He though it was one of the tastiest ones we have made.  Note, No beets, no kale, no celery, no parsley…all the strongest tasting stuff eliminated. It was pretty tame.

Smoothie 3 Finished

 



Smoothie #4 Sorrel

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Sorrel

The man at the farmer’s market this week complemented me, “Wow, you are the only person who has ever known what Sorrel is on sight!” My mama would have known too. I love the stuff.

Looks like a tender spinach, but so sour! We always just snacked on the leaves straight out of the garden. The farmer said to just keep the rootball wet in a cup and it would stay lovely and crisp. Seems to be working.
Now what to make from this? I used to make a vibrant sour green sauce for poached salmon, one of the classic European preparations from this. So I was bemoaning that yesterday I ate too many starches with buckwheat and not enough greens. I stared at that sorrel and decided to smoothy it this morning before I walked the 2+ miles to work.
So I added some other stuff to it as well:

  • ten leaves of fresh sorrel
  • 3 leaves kale
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small peeled avocado
  • 2 C  ice

Smoothy 4

I was thinking maybe less ingredients would leave me free to assess the Sorrel’s contribution better. I made this after Richard had left so do not have his input, but I rate this a 3! It was tangy but not sour. The fruit sweetened it up a lot.  maybe I will put the rest of these leaves in a salad or on a sandwich.

Green Breakfast Smoothie 2

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We are going to put online several days worth of smoothies for you with ratings.

This one has:

Smoothie 2

  • I cup Ice
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 3 leaves of kale
  • 1/2 C broccoli slaw
  • 2 carrots
  • small bunch parsley
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 stalks of mint
  • 2 baby bok choy
  • 1 banana
  • 2 T frozen orange juice concentrate

We rate this one a 2! Pretty color and taste.

Today’s smoothie  has no picture, It was so unattractive-

  • ice
  • Orange juice
  • kale
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • parsley
  • 1 carrot
  • and 1/4 head of purple cabbage

This smoothie looked so pretty before I blended it! The raw purple cabbage turned the whole smoothie the color of  wet concrete, It was slightly foamy and very bitter. Richard gave it this death knoll comment, ” Hmmm, This one won’t convert anyone!”  We rated it a 5 for awful, truly bad. 3rd worst drink so far, after the chinese water spinach one, and the mustard greens one. We felt really holier than thou for gagging it down, 10 0z. each, we did not save the leftovers for lunch!

The other items were in the previous tasty smoothie, must be the red cabbage combination. white cabbage did not seem to make this same reaction.

Smoothie 1

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Smoothy 1 Poured

Smoothy 1 Ingredients

Recipe for this morning’s batch in the Blendtec:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 4 baby bok choy,
  • 3 leaves of kale,  stripped of tough stem
  • 1 medium peeled beet cut into chunks
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 dead ripe bananas
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 stems of mint

I peel the beets because the rough edges where the stems grow stay in the blend sometimes, I also take the tough stems out of the mint and kale. One cup of ice makes it cold, It is easier to drink that way. The  Pineapple and 2 bananas made today’s smoothy pretty sweet, but they both need to be eaten today. I pack this blender cavity full, The Blentec does a superb job of grinding it all to a fine puree. It still has some texture. Richard and I each drink a ten ounce glass for breakfast and there will still be a 8 ounce glass for us each as a snack or with lunch.  We rate todays drinkability, with one being the best we give today a 3, just all right. It amuses me that today’s green drink is not green, because of the beets.

5 veg  2 fruit

Smoothy 1 blended