Strawberry and Orange Green Smoothie

This is one of those brown smoothies they don’t look that stunning or spectacular but it does punch a amount of flavour and vitamin c. You might notice the distinct lack of ice in any of my smoothies and that’s ‘cause I don’t really like a super frozen smoothie. So by all means use ice for part of the water if you like them slushier.
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Green smoothies are an easy way to get more veg and fruit into you without having to cook or think too much about it. I always add the sweetener as the last step, sometimes you need it sometimes you don’t. I do highly recommend the cinnamon variation, that was so good. I’ve been on a cinnamon kick in smoothies and protein shakes for a while now.
Strawberry and Orange Green Smoothie
2 cups orange slice or 2 oranges, peeled and cut up
2 handfuls kale or spinach
1 cup strawberries, whole
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)
blitz away until smooth

Theme and variations
2 cups of the smoothie
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend.

2 cups of the smoothie
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Blend.

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Cucumber and Apple Smoothie

This blend makes a pleasantly cucumbery smoothy and sometimes its nice to have a smoothie where the veg shines instead of the fruit. The apple gives it a nice hint of sweetness and body, while the cucumber still shines through. You could use green tea for the base if you want I found a sachet of roobios lurking in my cupboard and decided to use it up. My cukes were in the freezer, if they start to go bad on you cut them into chunks and freeze them. They work great in smoothies since you are blitzing them up.
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Cucumber and Apple Smoothie
2 cups cukes, cut up
1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped
large lemon slice, peeled
2 cups roobios

Put cukes, lemon slice, and apple in blender with your roobios.  Blend it all up. Take about 2 minutes for my blender.

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Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

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We all end up with that little bit of leftover pumpkin that you either find a way to eat or grows mold in the back of the refrigerator. There’s not really enough to make anything with and freezing it seems silly since half of it will get stuck in the bag. Here is one of my solutions Pumpkin and Chai Smoothie.
 photo DSCF2003.jpgThis is one of my favorite fall smoothies. It contains two things I love to combine chai and pumpkin they work together so well. This is an easy way to sneak an extra veg into your life. You know any food with that much color has to be good for you. Pumpkin has beta carotene, potassium, folate, magnesium, calcium and more. It is a powerhouse of nutrients.

Pumpkin and Chai Smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup chai tea, already brewed
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Brew your chai and let cool. Toss it all into your blender and blend until smooth or you can use an immersion blender, like I did. Yes its that easy. Sometimes I turn this into a protein shake with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Want it thicker add some ice. Want it warm use warm chai.