My favorite smoothie from Tropical Smoothie is the Blimey Limey. I decided to recreate it but there is a lack of recipes for copycat “Blimey Limey” recipes. Eventually I found one recipe so I adapted the recipe a little bit by removing the sweetener. I loved it without the sweetener.
Mornings are crazy for me. If I don’t have a plan or something ready to go, I run behind when I should leave for work. Lucky for me, I know different routes to work and have a little padding on when I would like to leave, and the latest time I could leave to make it to work.
One way I help to make sure I have breakfast is to make smoothies. Getting the ingredients together in the morning can be challenging. Sometimes my high-powered blender has a fit and refuses to blend the ingredients. That doesn’t help to get out the door on time.
So what can be done to ensure I have a smoothie in the morning? I could make some ahead of time and then put them in the freezer. The only problem with that solution is remembering to pull out the smoothie from the freezer so it can defrost so I can drink the smoothie.
Another solution is to prepare smoothie kits, so all I have to do is pull the bag out of the freezer and then add the liquid ingredients. I’ve started to do it, and it makes life so much easier.
Here’s what you need to do:
Gather all the ingredients for the smoothie. (Except for the liquid)
Place all of the ingredients in a Ziploc-type of the bag. If you make a green smoothie, place the greens in a sandwich bag. Then place the sandwich bags in the Ziploc with the other ingredients.
Place the smoothie pack in the freezer with instructions on what liquid needs to be added to the other ingredients.
When it is time to make the smoothie:
Place the greens with the liquid in the blender cup.
Blend up the greens and liquid until smooth.
Add the other ingredients with the greens and liquid.
Blend until smooth.
If you need more liquid, add water until the smoothies are blended.
So last week, I had my blender cup washed after making a smoothie. The Wee One and the Imaginative One put away the dishes after the dishwasher was finished. Somehow my blades got put into the silverware/ utensil drawer (double drawer), and the band that held the blade was missing. I had been craving a smoothie but couldn’t make one because of the missing piece. 😦
Today the Wee One found the piece in our cereal/ plastic ware cabinet, so I decided to make the smoothie I had been craving. I had bought some fresh cranberries today, so I decided to put them in the smoothie. Yum!!! Since I didn’t put any sugar in the smoothie, it turned out tart, but that’s okay with me. If you make this, you may want to put some sweetener in it if you don’t like tart flavors.
This smoothie is called tastes of Thanksgiving green smoothie because I love eating cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving and the flavors of this smoothie remind me of cranberry sauce.
Tastes of Ta hanksgiving Green Smoothie
Stars of the recipe:
1/4 c. fresh cranberries, washed
1/4 c. frozen strawberries
2 c. greens (I used power greens – kale, spinach, and Swiss chard.)
1/2 c. orange juice
water if you need more liquids (add a little at a time)
Optional: 1 Tbsp. of your favorite sweetener (more or less depending on your taste buds.)
Add all the ingredients to your blender cup.
Blend together on the smoothie setting until blended together.
This smoothie looked interesting, so I decided to try it. At first, I was skeptical because it contained carrot juice, but it was delicious! It’s a wonderful way to get the fruits and veggies you need!
Side note: I took it to work one day. Some students asked me what was in it. When I said carrot juice, they all gave me a look of disgust. (They had thought it looked good until I told them about carrot juice.)
One of my favorite smoothies at Tropical Smoothie is the Blimey Limey. It has strawberries, limes, oranges, and pineapples. I love the tang of the limes in the drink. So when I found a recipe for a smoothie that used limes, I had to try it out. Delicious!
After drinking it, I was super energized. In fact, one of my students mentioned I was hyper. I don’t know if it was from the smoothie or the two cups of coffee I had that morning. (I didn’t sleep well the night before.)
Yum! And healthy are 2 words to describe this smoothie. Since I would make the boys homemade “Shamrock” shakes, I made myself one of these instead.
This is another easy recipe to put together. This recipe makes four servings. I put the other three servings in the freezer to enjoy them later. (They are already portioned out, so all I have to do is pull it out of the freezer, thaw it out, pour it into a cup, and then enjoy.)
St. Patty’s Smoothie
Stars of the recipe:
1.5 c. of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup spinach
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. chocolate chips
Place all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips in the blender.
Blend until smoothie.
Add the chocolate chips.
Blend until the chips have been combined.
Pour a fourth of it into a cup. Divide the rest into 3 quart-sized bags that have been labeled. Place those 3 bags in the freezer for later.