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Have a “Great Purple Morning” Smoothie

Thick_ Great Purple Morning Smoothie

In the event red isn’t your thing (or if you love Prince as much as I do), you’re in luck!

Smoothie Recipe as described with celery ingredients.

“Great Purple Morning” Smoothie (1 serving)

1 handful of spinach*

1 handful kale*

mixed berries*

1 beet*

2-3 celery sticks (optional)

1/4 cup fresh basil or mint (optional)*

2 tablespoon flaxseed meal*

1/2 scoop vegetarian soy protein

1/2 cup green tea

Directions (this is what works best for me and my blender)

  1. Add green tea, almond milk, soy protein, flaxseed meal (and chia seeds if you are using them) to blender and pulse for a few seconds.
  2. Add spinach and kale to blender. If frozen, blend now.  Then add remaining ingredients in order from softest to toughest, then blend.
  3. If you’re working with fresh ingredients, add the remaining ingredients in order from softest to toughest, then blend.
  4. Enjoy! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Smoothie :)

What’s with all these notes*? I mean, DANG GIRL!”

Listen, you don’t know my life! I had a lot to point out! HMPH! 😛

  • Spinach – This kind of depends on your hand size I guess. If you use more, you’ll just get more greatness from the spinach. If you use less, you’ll get less. If you want to measure, I was using 1 cup. If you use more, your smoothie will be less purple and more mauve.
  • Kale – Same as spinach. The combination of how much you use of each one is going to affect the color. You may also want to try your smoothie with only one of the two as I’ll be doing next week! Trial and error 🙂

More of a mauve version of this smoothie with more (twice as much) spinach and kale.

  • Mixed Berries – Combinations I’ve tried are: strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries  as well as strawberries and raspberries. 1 pound of strawberries and 6 ounces of both blue and blackberries (or raspberries). It evens out to roughly 1/2 cup when split between seven jars. The berries affect the color a lot less than the greens.
  • Beets – I’d like to clarify that it’s technically not 1 full beet because they range in size. I peel and chop them, place them into a measuring cup and then divide evenly. The beet is where the majority of the color comes from! If it is overpowered by the greens, you’ll get mauve.
  • Basil/Mint – If you want to add a bit of an extra taste (as well as something to aid digestion), add (a little) fresh herbs. I don’t really like fresh basil (I buy it for my margherita pizza or try to mix it with cooked dishes). With that said, I love it in this smoothie! As for the mint, I tried spearmint and it takes a little getting used to. I’ll probably stick with basil.
  • Flaxseed Meal – Feel free to use chia seeds as well. I ran out of chia seeds and decided to just stick with flaxseeds. I liked chia seeds but they’re pricey. Also, when I started adding seeds, my iron was low. My iron has rebounded now that I’ve got my eating planned out better so I needed to remove something.
  • Other – I added cucumber to this smoothie twice. I had 2 cucumbers that I didn’t want to go bad. If you add cucumber, don’t add a whole one. As mild as they are, it dominated the taste and it was little weird.
  • Other 2 – I also added concord grapes several times. Concord grapes are used for jelly and most grape juices. The smoothie had kind of a grape jelly taste and it was a deeper purple! I’m side eyeing myself for forgetting to buy more this week :/
  • Other 3 – I ran out of green tea one day and used 1 cup of almond milk (vanilla). It added a little bit of a nutty taste. The grapes were stronger. 🙂

Same as the smoothie with more spinach and kale with the addition of concord grapes. You can’t tell here (forgot to turn on the flash) but it is a deeper version of the first photo.

I’ve been drinking this smoothie 7 times a week for the past month or so. It’s safe to say I am enjoying it and having fun playing with the recipe 😀

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