In order to support my jump onto the healthier me bandwagon I’ve re-introduced green smoothies into my routine. (More about that here). I stopped drinking smoothies regularly when I fell into a rut. Same ingredients each time. It all got so very boring. Inspiration to dive back into the smoothie pool came from three smoothie recipes in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. They were showcased next to an ad for a Vitamix blender. I have cooked with W-S recipes before and I must say all have been delicious. The Onion Soup recipe is one of my absolute favorites. For summer the Tomato and Basil Tart is great with anything grilled! The Williams-Sonoma website is a great resource for recipes if you are on the hunt for something…but I digress. The smoothie recipes were really more of a kick start to get the Vitamix out and I combined some of the ingredients to make my own Sunday Green Smoothie.
It turned out to be super green (um, like neon) and super yummy. Fruit (green grapes, a whole orange, pineapple), baby spinach, ice cubes and a bit of water. Easy peasy.
- ¼ cup Green Grapes
- ¼ cup Pineapple Chunks
- 1 whole Orange, peeled (seeds, if any, removed)
- 2 cups Baby Spinach
- 1½ cups Ice
- ½ cup Cold Water
- Layer ingredients in the order listed into a blender (I use a Vitamix)
- Blend until smooth
A note on the Vitamix. I had wanted one for nearly a year (after I saw a demonstration in a Whole Foods Store) but couldn’t stomach the ultra high price for a blender. I did some research online and learned that the Vitamix site has refurbished Vitamix blenders for much less than anywhere else. I know, $250 or $300 is still a lot of money but quite a bit less than the $400-$500 they go for anywhere else. And I have found that I use it all the time. Although I really should use it more for smoothies and less for margaritas (seriously this thing makes the best margaritas out there).