Cucumber-Banana Smoothie

Cucumbers are a great addition to most smoothies. Their water content is high, so you might not need as much milk in this recipe as you do in others. Use what greens are in season. You’ll save money if you grow them yourself. Use organic ingredients whenever you can.

This recipes uses leftover ingredients from other recipes. Another great way to save money and create less waste.

Ingredients

vanilla almond milk

1 handful of greens – kale, chard, baby spinach

10 cucumber slices

1 egg

6 banana slices

5 watermelon chunks

  1. Place everything except the vanilla almond milk into a blender.
  2. Cover and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla almond milk a little at a time and blend, until the smoothie is at the desired consistency.
  4. Pour into a tall glass.
  5. Add a straw and enjoy!

Tips

  • Save money by using leftovers, and by purchasing produce in season.
  • Switch up ingredients for different flavors.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with breakfast or as a snack.

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

 

Vegetable-Banana Smoothie

Another leftovers type of smoothie for you to try. A lot of times I just use whatever I have on hand. Add more milk if it isn’t smooth enough. Smoothie recipes pack quite the nutritional punch at snack time, or with your breakfast.

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (may need more)

1 egg

small handful of greens – kale, chard, or spinach

a few pieces of broccoli

10 baby carrots

3 chunks watermelon

1 small banana

  • Place everything into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add a little more almond milk if needed.
  • Blend again.
  • Pour into a tall glass.
  • Add a straw.
  • Enjoy!

Tips

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with homemade Paleo granola cereal at breakfast.

Happy Days!

Shannon

 

Tropical Vanilla Smoothie

I love throwing whatever I have into the blender to see what happens. This is one of the food combinations I came up for a recent smoothie. Smoothie recipes are especially tasty, and certainly more healthy, when using organic foods. Feel free to use bits of leftover fruits and vegetables in this smoothie, as I have done with the kiwi.

Ingredients

1/2 to 1 cup of coconut water

1 egg

small handful of a spinach or lettuce

1 small banana

3/4 of a peeled kiwi

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Place all but the coconut water into a blender.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of coconut water.
  3. Blend until smooth, adding more coconut water if desired.
  4. Pour into tall glasses.
  5. Add a straw.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips

  • Try adding a few slices of cucumber.
  • Look for produce in-season to save money.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a breakfast of Paleo pancakes and sausage.

Happy Days!

Shannon

 

 

Fruity Cocoa Goodness (Smoothie)

Once in a while I have a chocolate craving. I find smoothies are a great way to take care of this. Making them thick and adding ice is also a nice treat. Doing so almost makes a smoothie seem like a milkshake.

I use organic ingredients when I can. They really do have superior flavor.

Ingredients

1/2 to 3/4 cup of coconut water

ice

1 small handful of spinach or Romaine lettuce

1 egg

1 small banana

6 medium size strawberries

3/4 of a kiwi

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of raw honey

  1. Put some ice into the blender along with everything except the coconut water.
  2. Blend until combined, adding a little coconut water at a time until the smoothie is the consistency you want.
  3. Pour into glasses, add a straw, and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Try using different lettuces and berries.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

 

Quick Tip: Using Leftovers to Make Smoothies

I know, it sounds gross. But those aren’t the type of leftovers I’m talking about.

I am talking about using those leftover bits of raw fruits and vegetables. You know, that half of a banana your little one didn’t eat at lunch, or the three pea pods he neglected. The chopped vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower, celery, and broccoli, from the get-together you had the other day.

It’s also okay to use that hard-boiled egg no one wanted at breakfast, and the last of the fresh parsley or thyme.

Go head. Use stuff up. Doing so will save money on your grocery bill, and add necessary nutrients to a smoothie that your body will love you for. And you wont even notice the taste of those foods, unless they are being used as the main ingredient.

You’ll notice that I implement this tactic often in the smoothies I make.

Shannon

 

Banana-Pear Smoothie

For this smoothie, I used the leftover pear and banana from the Pear and Blueberry Cereal I shared with you yesterday. Smoothies are a great, healthy way, when done right, to add essential nutrients to your diet. I love coming up with new combinations of ingredients for these drinks.

I finally broke down and bought this wonderful blender. I love it because the whole set-up sits nicely to one end of my my shelf. Remember: at this point I am renting a room, so things that take up as little space as possible are what I’m looking for.

This personal blender comes with two serving size cups and two half-size cups, so I can easily blend up just what I need of whatever foods I’m working with. The larger cups are perfect for smoothies.

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 pear, chunked

a handful of still frozen spinach from the freezer

almond milk

  1. Pour a little milk into the cup. Maybe 1/8 blender cup or so.
  2. Crack the egg into the cup.
  3. Add the fruit.
  4. Add the spinach.
  5. Pour a little almond milk in, no further than the fill line, depending on how thick you want the smoothie.
  6. Cover and invert, placing the cup into the blender.
  7. Turn and blend a few seconds at a time, until well blended.
  8. Remove from the motor.
  9. Turn right-side up, remove the cover, and enjoy.

Tips

  • Try different types of milk.
  • Use fresh kale or chard instead of the spinach.

Serving Suggestions

  • This will pack a wallop of a nutritional punch when served with a one-pan meal or stuffed squash.

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

This is another basic smoothie, but a very good one. I’m trying to find produce at good prices, and to couple my coupons with sales for whatever other ingredients I’m using for each recipe. I want to spend as little money as possible, while still packing the nutrients into each beverage. I hope you enjoy 🙂 Again, I used my single serve blender.

Ingredients

small banana

a handful-and-a-half of blueberries

single serving of coconut yogurt

water

  1. Place everything but the water into the blender.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water.
  3. Blend for about 30 seconds, or until everything is blended well, adding more water if needed.

Tips

  • Try using different types of berries if they are on sale.
  • Add other ingredients if you would like.

Shannon

 

Flower Petal Ice Cubes

These are simple to make using organically grown flowers. Try making them in season using the petals from flowers such as:
  • Carnations
  • Johnny Jump-Ups
  • Lilacs
  • Roses

Simply place the petals into ice cube trays and cover with water. Freeze and use in water, iced teas, or lemonade.

Shannon

Easy Sun Tea for One

I’ve wanted a mason jar glass with a cover and straw for some time now, and finally picked one up at Renny’s during a trip to the coast with the bestest. The trip was a blast, and I came home with a few things for my kitchen. This always makes me happy 🙂

Once I got it home and washed real well, it sat on my counter until I had a day off to make some sun tea. I placed the plastic straw it came with in the donatables box, replacing it with a stainless steel one I already had and, on my next day off I put a little filtered water in the bottom of the cup along with a mint tea bag and let it sit in the sun for a couple of hours while I went to Aroma Joe’s for breakfast and to do some writing.

When I arrived home, this is what I had:

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Tea concentrate.

I added ice, and then filled the jar with more water before covering. What a refreshing drink!

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

From the mint tea bag, I was able to get two iced teas. But the chamomile tea bag I used today only gave one. I guess it will depend on the tea.

The perfect iced tea method for one.

Enjoy your day!

Shannon

Chocolate-Banana Pudding with Berries, and a Smoothie

I admit it. I love chocolate. I don’t know too many women who don’t. However, I’m trying to eat healthier foods. Traditional chocolate desserts are a no-no, and I comply with that most of the time. When I really want chocolate and am at home, chocolate pudding is a dessert I enjoy. Because there is only one of me, I don’t eat the whole thing, but I do take half and make a smoothie for the next day. Both recipes are below.

Just let me say that I had never had an avocado, so I had no idea what this might taste like starting out. I was pleasantly surprised when I made the pudding and the smoothie. I still have never had just an avocado, but I do know I like it mixed in with other foods.

Avocado is not necessarily cheap, mind you, which means I don’t make this often. One costs me about .98. I can get more kiwi or bananas for the price, which is what I often do with a portion of my fruit money. But for only a once in a while treat, this is perfect.

Chocolate-Banana Pudding with Berries

Ingredients

1 chocolate-banana pudding recipe (I use this Paleo one from Paleotable.com)

2 large strawberries, the green cut off

a few blueberries

  1. Make the banana pudding recipe according to the directions on Paleotable.com.
  2. Mix with a blender and taste. If it’s not chocolatey enough for you, and another tablespoon of the cocoa powder.
  3. Chill for an hour or so, then split half the pudding between two small cups or bowls.
  4. Top with diced strawberries, and a few blueberries.
  5. Refrigerate the other half, covered.

Chocolate-Banana-berry Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 of the chocolate-banana pudding recipe above

1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated over night

a few strawberries, greens cut off

a handful of blueberries

  1. Place everything into a blender.
  2. Cover and blend until combined.

Tips

  • Buy coconut milk on sale, preferably with a coupon, to save a little money.
  • Try adding strawberries or other berries to the smoothie.
  • Top the pudding with apple slices for dipping.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the pudding over a Paleo brownie, or with fruit slices for dipping.
  • Serve the smoothie for breakfast, with eggs on a bed of spinach.

Have a great day!

Shannon