15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 13: Berry Refreshing Smoothie

I’ve ha a hankering for blueberries and cucumbers lately, and we finally got to the grocery store yesterday, so I grabbed some. I’ve had my eye on a cucumber blueberry smoothie for some time now, but haven’t had the ingredients to make it. Since I finally had them, I figured today’s the day.

I decided to make this one with coconut milk, blueberries, cucumbers, and lemon juice because it looked easy and creamy.

It. Was. Disgusting.

Seriously. So gross. It wasn’t sweet at all and I could hardly taste the blueberries because the cucumber taste was overpowering. So was the taste of coconut and lemon, but not in a good way. Maybe I did something wrong? I don’t know. But I left it sit for a minute and came back and it looked like there were chunks on the top so I’m thinking the coconut milk curdled.

But, I can’t just post a smoothie fail, right? So I used the ingredients I had left to make this one.

It’s still not my favorite, but it was much better. Plus, it was refreshing and different from the desserty ones I’ve been making. Tim liked this one a lot because he’s not a huge fan of creamy smoothies, so I’ll call it a success.

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Berry Refreshing Smoothie
Pretty much copied from Green Plate Rule
Makes 2 small smoothies

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 large cucumber, slices
-1 green apple, cored and sliced
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-ice cubes

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 3: Apple Pie Smoothie

Yesterday, I mentioned my recent love of chocolate. Today, I’m going to admit that the love of chocolate really extends to the love of all things sweet and dessert-y. Apple pie? Definitely one of those things. But, when you don’t want the carbs and the added sugar, what are you supposed to do when the craving for this all-American goodness strikes?

Make a smoothie, of course!

The added bonus to this smoothie is that if you want to add apple cider vinegar to it, there’s no better way to mask the taste of it than to add it to a smoothie that already has apples in it. You’ll barely even know it’s there!

A few tips on this smoothie, though. The one I made was pretty good, and I’ll include that recipe, but I used a green apple because that’s all I had on hand and I have difficulty getting my pregnant self to the store, a red apple or other super sweet variety of apple would have made this taste much more like apple pie. However, if you do only have a green apple on hand, some honey would have been nice to add a little bit of sweetness. Also, the banana I had was still a little green, so a really ripe, sweet one would have tasted much better, too.

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Apple Pie Smoothie
Adapted from FitSugar

Ingredients:
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 ripe banana
-1 sweet apple (cut chunks for the blender, but leave the skin on; that’s where all the nutrients and fiber are!)
-2 tablespoons almond butter
-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)
-ice cubes

Directions:
Add everything to your blender. Blend, and enjoy!