15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 15: Green Sunrise Smoothie (and a bonus!)

Well, folks, our 15-day smoothie journey has come to an end. I have to say, this was tedious at times because I don’t really do daily projects very well. I can’t keep to that kind if a schedule. BUT, I’m happy I did, because I discovered a lot of new smoothie recipes that taste great, are packed with nutrients and foods I don’t eat enough of, and satisfy my pregnant sweet tooth. I call that a win.

To conclude our journey, I have a pretty ugly (but tasty! and easy!) smoothie for you. The Green Sunrise smoothie. It a variation on the Sunrise Smoothie from yesterday, but with spinach. You can use whatever berries you have on hand. I happened to have raspberries.

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Green Sunrise Smoothie
Makes two 16-oz smoothies

Ingredients:
-2 cups orange juice
-1 cup frozen raspberries
-2 bananas
-2 generous handfuls of spinach

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

And, as a bonus, I hid some spinach in another favorite smoothie, the Banana Bread Smoothie! This one is much prettier. If you like green.

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Green Banana Bread Smoothie
Makes two 16-oz smoothies

Ingredients:
-2 cups coconunt milk
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-2 ripe bananas
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon ginger
-2 generous handfuls spinach

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 14: Sunrise Smoothie

Well, it was my first day back at school today with an institute day, so I needed a quick smoothie to give me some energy. I wanted some bright flavors to kickstart the day. I feel like I’ve done a variation of this in the past, but it’s so good, it’s worth making a million times. Plus, it’s EASY!

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Sunrise Smoothie
Makes two 16-oz smoothies

Ingredients:
-2 cups orange juice
-2 bananas
-1 cup frozen strawberries
-1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

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 12: Banana Pumpkin Bread Smoothie

As I mentioned, I had a pretty major checkup yesterday. Glucose/iron screening for gestational diabetes and anemia (for which I was supposed to fast for 2 hours, but ended up fasting for closer to 4.5 because apparently I can’t read), TDAP vaccine (so I was pretty much pricked with needles for an hour… and I hate needles), and a kind of intense ultrasound to see if my placenta moved up to where it was supposed to be (it was low; it is no longer low… yay!). Like I told Tim yesterday, it’s not that this stuff made me nervous or anything; it’s just that I had to be emotionally, physically, and mentally present through it all. Plus, I didn’t eat much, which really threw me off.

I’m really hoping everything turns out well with the blood test, and I’m so happy my placenta is behaving the way it should. But, I’m pretty exhausted today. And I’m running out of creativity. And it’s cloudy. And school starts in two days.

Top all that off with the fact that we haven’t been grocery shopping in well over a week. I sent Tim a list this morning of stuff we need, and that list was long. LONG long. This also means we are pretty much out of whatever I need to make cool and creative smoothies.

I really want to try a blueberry cucumber lemon smoothie, but we have no cucumbers. So, that will have to wait until tomorrow, because, hopefully, someone gets to the store today.

So, I woke up and opened the fridge and pantry to see what we had. Leftover pumpkin from my pumpkin peanut butter smoothie (YUM), some bananas, some coconut milk, and spices in the cabinet. Seriously, that’s about it.

Considering my pumpkin smoothie and my banana bread smoothie were so delicious, I figured, why not combine the two and take the sweetness down a notch to make a hybrid, banana pumpkin bread recipe.

I have to say, I was not disappointed. This one pretty much tasted like the banana bread one, but with a hint of pumpkin (and some more nutrients!).

If I were to do this again, I might try adding a green apple, just to get the trifecta of fall flavors and add some brightness to an otherwise thick and creamy smoothie. Maybe I’ll add that to my list of smoothies to try in the next few days as this project comes to a close.

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Banana Pumpkin Bread Smoothie
Makes two 16-oz smoothies

Ingredients:
-2 cups coconut milk
-2 ripe bananas
-1/2-3/4 cup chopped walnuts (however much you want)
-1/2 cup canned pumpkin
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon ginger
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-ice cubes

Directions:
Blend until everything is pureed, including walnuts. Enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 10: Paleo Banana Bread Smoothie

I’m really into the dessert smoothies lately, probably because all I really want is ice cream, but I’m trying to eat things that aren’t, like, totally terrible for you. With my blood glucose test (screening for gestational diabetes) tomorrow, I’m trying to load up on good stuff and hope for the best. For that test, you have to fast for 3 hours prior to it, then drink some nasty, sugary stuff and get your blood drawn an hour later. I’m really not looking forward to it. But, if I fail, I have to go back for another, similar test that takes 3 hours, so I REALLY don’t want to do that. I’ve heard that if you don’t eat a ton of dessert-y foods the day before, it can help reduce your chances of a false positive (which is, incidentally, really common).

So, I’m trying not to have dessert-y foods today. Of course, what does that mean I am dying to have? You guessed it: dessert.

I turned to none other than Pinterest to get me through this day, and found this banana bread smoothie which looked promising because it’s dairy free. But then I saw that it required tofu and gagged a little bit. I really, really hate tofu. This is probably a remnant of my vegetarian days, but I think it’s truly disgusting. Unless it’s fried, and then it loses all healthy properties.

So, I modified the recipe. I not only modified it for preferences, but also for what I had in my pantry. We were out of honey AND maple syrup, so I went with brown sugar. (Yes, I just said I was avoiding sugar. One tablespoon in a smoothie before a yoga class is not going to do me in tomorrow. I hope.) This would definitely be healthier and a tad less sweet (which would maybe be a good thing) if I had gone with maple syrup, so I’d recommend that. You could also add a dash of vanilla if you like that sort of thing. I also went with only a little almond butter because that was all we had left (Clearly, we need to go grocery shopping.) and then supplemented walnuts, but had I thought about it, I might have gone with walnuts from the beginning because what is banana bread without walnuts?

Let me just say: This. Smoothie. Was. Amazing. Maybe even better than my previous favorite, the Peanut Butter Perfection Smoothie. It is sweet. It is creamy. It is delicious. It tastes exactly like banana bread. It is packed with calcium, potassium, and protein (plus some good fats with the coconut oil), which will get me through my yoga class that starts in 45 minutes. I am totally sold.

It doesn’t hurt that this smoothie kind of tastes like ice cream, either. Because I really want some ice cream.

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Paleo Banana Bread Smoothie
Makes two 16-oz smoothies

Ingredients:
-2 cups coconut milk
-2 ripe bananas
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-2 tablespoons almond butter
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-2 tablespoons brown sugar (You can substitute honey or maple syrup, or cut this down by half. It was almost too sweet.)
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon ginger
-Ice cubes

Directions:
Add all ingredients. Blend and enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 9: Berry Brain Blast Smoothie

This is an old favorite, and a lighter option for those days when you just want something refreshing, but don’t necessarily want all of the add-ins and calories of some of the heavier, creamier smoothies.

It’s called a “Brain Blast” smoothie because avocados (and berries!) are really great brain foods. All of those good fats in the avocados work to help your brain function at tip-top shape.

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Berry Brain Blast Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie

Ingredients:
-1 cup orange juice
-1 avocado
-1 cup frozen strawberries
-1/2 cup frozen raspberries
-optional: coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, nut butter

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 8: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Perfection Smoothie

Pumpkin is my favorite thing of all time. All. Time. Pumpkin pie is my absolute favorite food ever. This is probably a huge reason why I love fall, because I know that pumpkins are on their way. It’s also a huge reason why I’m excited for a fall baby, because, hopefully, she will also love fall and we will have many fall birthdays to enjoy pumpkins and changing leaves and cooler temperatures together.

It makes sense, then, that I horde cans of pureed pumpkin. There was one year I remember that there was a shortage of pumpkins in the Midwest and it was almost impossible to get cans of pumpkin for Thanksgiving. I will not let that happen again.

(Incidentally, this year, I am also going to horde pumpkin beer, but that’s because I don’t want to miss the brief pumpkin beer season and won’t be able to drink any until the baby is born.)

So, because of our intense nesting this summer which included cleaning out our pantry, we found four cans of pumpkin plus a jar of pumpkin butter. Hello, early fall!

I got the idea to combine pumpkin and peanut butter from Pinterest (How’s that for some alliteration?), but was wary of it at first. Peanut butter and I have had a love-hate relationship this pregnancy. A smear of peanut butter on toast was one of the only things I could eat in early pregnancy. Now, just the smell of it usually reminds me of how sick I was and I tend to avoid it. Plus, peanut butter isn’t Paleo. But, I use the all-natural kind from Trader Joe’s, so I feel like there are probably worse things I could be eating.

So, despite my reservations about peanut butter, I realized this morning that I needed a smoothie that didn’t involve berries, just for something different. I figured, what do I have to lose? Pumpkin, spices, and coconut milk? Yum.

Holy cow, am I glad I made this smoothie. It is my absolute favorite so far. Its creamy goodness has subtle hints of pumpkin pie and just a touch of peanut butter. It is amazing. Seriously, you won’t regret making this one, even if you are Paleo.

This recipe is a combination of several I read this morning, but the end result is entirely my own.

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Perfection Smoothie
Makes two 16-oz smoothies

Ingredients:
-2 cups coconut milk
-2 bananas
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
-4 tablespoons peanut butter
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon ginger
-Ice cubes

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 7: Banana Berry Citrus Smoothie

I don’t know why, but I’m really digging the pink smoothies! They are just so pretty and bright and they really make me happy. Plus, I could eat strawberries all day, every day. Seriously. Give me 24/7 strawberries and I’ll be happy. I would almost not be surprised if this baby girl came out with red hair just because of all of the strawberries I’ve consumed.

This Banana Berry Citrus Smoothie is like a taste of summer, which is perfect for a warm, sunny, August day like today. In fact, I’m enjoying it whilst sitting on my patio in the sunshine, making it even more perfect. It’s really a simple variation on yesterday’s smoothies, but tastes oh so different.

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Banana Berry Citrus Smoothie
Makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups orange juice (I prefer the full-calorie stuff with calcium and vitamin D, but whatever floats your boat)
-1 banana
-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-1 cup frozen strawberries
-1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Days 5 & 6: Berry Coconut Dreamcicle Smoothie

Ok. I’ll admit it. I’m a cheater. I ate a smoothie yesterday, but didn’t post it, and then I made the same one today but used different berries.

But hear me out. This smoothie is so creamy and delicious and packed with nutrients, how could I NOT make it a few times? Plus, it’s pretty, and after my road tar experience the other day, I needed a few that were easy on the eyes as well as for sure delicious. This one hit the mark.

Yesterday, I made this smoothie with strawberries:

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Today, I made it with raspberries:

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I’m not going to lie to you. Tomorrow, I might make it with blueberries. And the day after, I might just make it with the leftovers of all three.

Protip: If you use frozen berries and a frozen banana (just slice it up before you freeze it), you don’t need ice cubes.

Berry Coconut Dreamcicle Smoothie

Ingredients:
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-2 tablespoons almond butter
-1 banana
-1 cup frozen berries of your choice

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!

15 Smoothies in 15 Days, Day 4: Green Blueberry Smoothie

I’ll start this one with a protip: Don’t mix apple cider vinegar and coconut milk.

I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s fine, but alternative milks can curdle when mixed with apple cider vinegar. Even then, I’m pretty sure it’s fine to drink, but I got about 1/4 of the way through drinking this smoothie, panicked and tossed it because I’m paranoid and pregnant and hormonal.

But, what I did drink was pretty good (which probably means the milk wasn’t curdled at all, because doesn’t curdled milk taste awful?), and super healthy, too. I would try to make another one, but it’s grocery shopping day and I used the last banana and avocado for this bad boy.

Anyway, I’ll leave the ACV out of the recipe because… just don’t. Also note that this smoothie looks a good deal like tar, especially if you don’t gulp it down all the way and let it sit for a while. This could be fixed by using 1/2 an avocado instead of a full one, and less spinach. You know, if you don’t like eating things that taste OK but look like you could pave a road with it.

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Green Blueberry Smoothie
Makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients:
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 avocado
-1 banana
-3/4 cup frozen blueberries (fresh works, too, but then you should add some ice cubes)
-2 tablespoons almond butter
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-generous handful or two of spinach (I used two handfuls, so if you’re looking for less green, use less spinach)

Directions:
Blend and enjoy!