Blendtec Recipe #1:
Dried Plum & Apple Green Smoothie
The more common name for dried plum is prune, but I don't call them that because there are so many popular misconceptions associated with the word. This is a healthy and refreshing mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up guaranteed to keep you in the flow this month and throughout the year and to help you detoxify and rejuvenate your miraculous body. Serves 1-2.
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt (dairy or nondairy if you are a vegan)
- 8 dried plums, pitted
- 4 leaves of romaine lettuce
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1/2 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup frozen apple-juice concentrate (you can also find it bottled and unfrozen)
- 1/4 lemon, peeled (leave pithy part on)
- 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3 leaves fresh mint
- 5-6 ice cubes
Blend until smooth and serve.
Dried Plums (Prunes) -- A natural laxative, dried plums are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, beta-carotene, and iron. They help lower cholesterol and are beneficial for the blood, brain, and nerves.
This smoothie will help keep your digestive system in the pink this month and throughout the year. With a burst of flavors melding together, each glassful is detoxifying, rejuvenating, alkalizing, and energizing. You can also vary the taste each time you make it by adding in other fruits (fresh or frozen) and leafy greens (like baby leaf spinach or kale) that you have on hand. Whenever possible, choose organic produce, too.
This green smoothie recipe is an excerpt from my full-color recipe and healthy living book titled Recipes for Health Bliss: Using NatureFoods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life.
If you don't have a blender, or you need a new one, the one I use and recommend is the Total Blender by Blendtec. Click here for more information or to purchase the Total Blender. Also, visit my Favorite Products page and check out the Kitchen Mill and the Ionizer Plus. I would not be without these three kitchen angels.
Blendtec Recipe #2
If losing weight, beautifying your skin, and having more energy are your goals, this colorful and nutrient-dense smoothie is perfect for you. It fills you up, not out! Double or triple the recipe so you have enough for a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, or even as a late night snack, if hungry. The celery supports better sleep, too. It's also excellent after a hard workout to help speed up recovery. Serves 1.
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 stalk celery
- 4 romaine lettuce leaves
- 1/4 cup water or other liquid
Place ingredients in a blender (I use The Total Blender—see above) with some of the liquid. Blend, adding additional liquid if necessary so it's the best consistency for you. Savor every sip.
Variation: Blend in 2 teaspoons of flaxseed to increase the omega-3 fatty acid content and a dash of cinnamon powder, which helps balance blood sugar levels, soothe an upset tummy, and quell gas.
This smoothie recipe is an excerpt from my book Health Bliss: 50 Revitalizing NatureFoods & Lifestyle Choices to Promote Vibrant Health (Hay House Publisher). It's part of a 3-book healthy eating and living collection referred to as the Blissful Living 3-Book Set. To find out how to get the set at a substantial discount, click here. In this book, you'll find 40 of my favorite scrumptious, nutritious green smoothies that everyone loves — from toddlers to seniors (I refer to them as "goldenites").
Blendtec Recipe #3
This simple smoothie recipe is a favorite of children and a great way to get children and teens to eat more greens. The minty flavor will make you smile and ignite your taste buds. It's hard to believe that it's actually good for you. Serves 2-4
- 4 pears
- 4-5 kale leaves
- 1/2 bunch fresh mint (to taste)
- 1/4 cup water or other liquid
Place ingredients in a blender with some of the liquid. Blend, adding additional liquid if necessary. Enjoy.
Variation: Use different kinds of mint such as peppermint one day and spearmint another. These mints are easy to grow in pots in your kitchen window or in your garden. Kids love to participate with the smoothie-making process and select the ingredients for the recipes from the store and/or garden.
This smoothie recipe is an excerpt from my book Health Bliss: 50 Revitalizing NatureFoods & Lifestyle Choices to Promote Vibrant Health (Hay House Publisher). See above for information on how to get the popular 3-book holistic lifestyle set at a discount.
COMING SOON — from Health Bliss — a recipe for my Bosc Pear-Raspberry-Kale-Lemon Smoothie