Friday, April 30, 2010

every day in the month of may

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good day, good month!
My sisters and I (and I am trying to drag a few local friends along) are going to do a green smoothie challenge in the month of May. I've seen these around the blogosphere but have never hopped on the wagon. In an effort to always try to feel our best we thought this would be fun. (Yes, fun!) So, every day in May we will be blending up some green goodness.
I made my first one yesterday while on the phone with my sister. I told her, "this is going to be easy... mine looks like a chocolate shake"! I used 2 cups of frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries) 1 frozen banana, water and 2 cups of packed baby spinach. It was good. Honestly. I bought kale today and plan on mostly using that. Feel free to join along!
There will still be cookies baked over here. Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies were this weeks cookie of the week. A home run. Everyone loved them, and I especially loved the dough. Biting into a peanut + chocolate chip = delicious.
Have a wonderful weekend.

75 comments:

Cutzi said...

Good for you!! I recently did an elimination diet in which you drink only green smoothies for the first two days. There are some great smoothie (and other) recipes on the site.

http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/01/elimination-and-detoxification-diet-its.html

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Sarah Jane said...

We've been smoothie-ing it up around here, too. Who knew kids would drink spinach!

Lee said...

I love smoothies, I think that it's great you and your sisters are doing it together. Those cookies also sound like heaven.

ELP said...

I think the "Green Smoothie" idea sounds great. I am always trying to get in more greens and vegies and for some reason lately I am just feeling run down. This sounds like a good solution, I'm on board as soon as I get to the store for some kale and spinach.

Brianna said...

I am definitely making those cookies this weekend. My favorite are oatmeal cookie variations, and my husband's favorite is peanut butter cookies, so this will be the perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Flipfloppingmamma said...

thank god for you and your headless pics and and cookie recipes!! I will be making these cookies pronto!!

Jane said...

Thanks for the cookie recipe! I need to make these asap. I was trying to be all healthy-like today and make some that tasted like dirt! I'll be watching on the sidelines as you drink the green smoothies...you're a better person than me in this area!

MadMad said...

Yeah... um... can I just do the cookies part?

Heather said...

I have been doing the challenge with my family for the past weeks, and I can honestly say that we all feel a difference. We had been drinking them on and off for a few years, but there has been no comparision in drinking them everyday. Hope you enjoy the weekend

Melissa said...

Great idea! I might have to join you in the challenge. I watched the Vita-Mix demo at Costco and ended up buying one. They made a spinach, pineapple and orange smoothie and it was really good.

I made one at home with what I had around and it wasn't so good (avoid using only grapefruit, berries, and spinach. toooo tart. I added OJ and it was much better.)

I just found your blog recently - I'll be back for more!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

The smoothie looks delicious. I am looking forward to seeing what combinations you come up with ;)

Sandee said...

Ok. I am going to try one...tomorrow. May 1st. if it goes well...then....I am with you.

I WISH my kids would drink something green.....

Anonymous said...

Having read your blog for awhile now, I'm often inspired--and today for sure! Maybe the smoothie thing will be just the thing to perk me up a bit.

PS the cookies look good and I had to smile when you said the dough was good--I always taste my doughs (to include bread dough) and batters, figuring if they taste good, then the finished product should too!

Melody

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

YUM!

raining sheep said...

Hi Leslie, I am just catching up on many, many blogs. I love green smoothies and Kale is my favorite green in them. Just read back in your posts and love the beautiful dog you have adopted - Trouble! So wonderful :)

~RaenWa~ said...

That sounds very tasty I love baby spinach & love those fruits I will have to try that out thanks fro sharing.

Shelley in SC said...

Okay . . . you've got me thinking. I really could do this. I've even got the Vitamix : )!! Thanks for posting this great idea. All the other comments are encouraging too.

Maggie said...

green smoothies are great. I like to add a teaspoon on tahini, to me it gives it a nutty chocolatey taste.

the treat girl said...

I think I will just be doing the cookies...yep, just cookies!

Maria Rippo said...

Yay! I love to see that you are doing smoothies AND still eating cookies. How fun and to get the kids involved is GREAT! My name is Maria and I have tons of free smoothie recipes on my site if you wish to check it out!
www.thegreensmoothiechallenge.com
Have a fun month!

Poshyarns said...

I am loving the contrasts in this post, green smoothie versus chocolate, peanut cookie. A perfect balance.

Linda said...

I love smoothies and especially for my som who isn't that keen on veggies!

amywb said...

I make smoothies for my boys a lot. As long as I put in enough blueberries so it doesn't look green, they'll eat them with broccoli, spinach, kale, swiss chard, whatever! Makes it easier to give them the cookies.

Denise said...

Wow Leslie, that looks..........weird! ha ha, I usually do a smoothie with blueberries and it turns out a lovely purple, I'm not quite sure about the brown? I may just have to try this though ;-)

Alisa said...

I love green smoothies! I crave them at least 3 times a week. You can also make Kale (spinach, etc.) ice cubes http://sarahs-musings.blogspot.com/2008/01/excuse-me-but-i-think-you-have.html
and throw those in! Yummy and easier to keep around than fresh kale all the time.
The cookies look absolutely delicious also.

Jessica said...

I've been doing green smoothies for about two weeks now--they are so wonderful. I love being able to stop home in the middle of the day and whip one up and sip it in the afternoon. Much better than coffee. Of course, those cookies look awesome too!

stitching under oaks said...

that is one thick looking smoothie! I drink a smoothie every morning....they are my breakfast of choice. I'll have to get my kids drinking them though, it's a great way to get those veggies in them.

rhodespedal said...

Darn! All of my kitchen appliances are packed up and in Colorado! :( Give me a month and I'll join in!

kirbydog said...

What about wine?

Philigry said...

oh, they both look good!

Victoria said...

this may sound crazy, but if you love creamy things like me, i'd suggest adding avocado. it not only keeps me full longer, but makes the texture a lot smoother rather than watery/icy. :)

La Cabeza Grande said...

I find the bags of mixed berries (blue, raspberries, strawberries) quite convenient. I throw mine right into the Osterizer with vanilla yogurt, wheat germ and Almond Breeze.

Yum! I may try the spinach next time.

rohanknitter said...

This may be the little push I've been needing! Last summer I started drinking green smoothies - felt great and lost 18 pounds. I gradually fell off the wagon but I've been thinking I need to get with it again.

From All Stitched Up said...

I could go for a cookie a day (in fact I do) but a green smoothie????? I just don't think so.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Mmmm... Smoothies. I always kill my blenders so quickly that I just never bothered to replace the most recent one after its death. I'm wishing I had, though, because I've got a real hankering for a smoothie now!

larissa said...

we drink smoothies every day after school - without the spinach. But is adding greens will make it that yummy chocolaty color then my kiddos may actually drink it! we're in.

seemommysew said...

I already really like green smoothies with spinach, but I'm really interested in hearing how spinach tastes.I like your green smoothie/cookie combo. That's how I want my diet to be. :) Well, maybe not right now..I need to lose weight! But for maintaining, I think balance is a good thing. I'm wishing I had spinach right now so I could start. I wonder how romaine would be!?

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

My father is a big green smoothie fan. Maybe it's time I jumped on board.

Knitting Out Loud said...

How can you lose with peanut butter and chocolate chips?

mandycharlie said...

Thank you for sharing Green Smoothies, we are on day three and loving them.

HobbyMommy said...

My kids and I started drinking them on Saturday morning. We love them... my son thought it was magic that you put 2 cups of spinach in and then it disappears!! I think we'll be doing this for a long time to come!!! Thanks for the idea!

Hilary said...

Yum! You've made me want to get out my blender and try a couple of these!

Rebecca said...

Hmmmm....I may just have to go buy some spinach today!

MadMad said...

Back to say Holy Moly, those are some GREAT cookies! Thanks for the recipe! (My family would thank you, too, except I think I accidentally ate them all before they could get any.)

Ann said...

Looks so tasteful!
I plan to make cookies this evening.
One of my favorites is Tyler Florence's Tropical Smoothie from Oprah's website, you should try :)

mon bouton said...

oooh yummy ! it's funny how your smoothie looks exactly like some chocolate drink :)

agalandherdog said...

I had my first green smoothie this morning -- and I mean really green. My sister and I carpool to work and she got in the car and made the funniest face when she saw it. It was surprisingly good, though!

molly said...

Green smoothies + chocolate chip cookies -- LOVE IT! Just my style.

nova said...

I like the idea of smoothies for breakfast, in theory; but, I am more likely to eat a cookie for breakfast, if we are being honest! Good luck with the challenge!

Kirsten said...

Yeah! Green smoothies! My favorite is spinach, pineapple, orange, banana. (Although it's also good with kale or chard.)

AJ said...

Sounds like a really great goal. Can't wait to see what else you come up with Leslie.

Meghan said...

I'm curious to know how your smoothie with kale turned out. I made one yesterday with blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, banana, soy milk, and spinach. It was fantastic! (Too bad my 18-month-old got a hold of it and drank the last third for me!) Today I made another one exactly the same except using kale as the green. I didn't like it very much. No matter how long I let the blender run, I couldn't get the kale in small enough pieces so I didn't feel like I had to chew. I know you're supposed to vary your greens, but unless I can get kale to blend a bit smoother I think I'll stick to spinach. Any suggestions?

ali@skeinsherway said...

I've had some green drinks from powdered mixes, but I've never done a "real" one with fresh veggies like that- I should try it!
And those cookies, I should definitely try those, chocolate and peanut butter is always a winning combination in my book!

Heather said...

I need to get back on my smoothie kick. I ran out of frozen fruit and sort of gave up. I really enjoyed it and I felt so much better during the day when I did it.

Thanks for inspiring me to get back in it again.

Kelly said...

You've inspired me to give the smoothie thing a shot - especially knowing that cookies are not being neglected! I've linked to you at my blog. Thanks!

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