Thursday, March 01, 2012

Green Smoothies - A Giveaway

As you know, I recently became enamored with smoothies for breakfast as an easy, tasty way to start my day with loads of fresh produce. Although I haven't eaten a smoothie a day since Andy has come home, I have still had a few each week. Andy doesn't love them as much as me - he eats too fast and suffers brain freezes, and also he likes to eat cereal in the mornings.
Frozen pineapple, a banana, a Ya pear, an orange, and spinach, blended with water. This made about a litre of smoothie, and I drank the whole thing for breakfast by myself. That was a bad idea - I was so full.

Green smoothies are especially good, since they mix some veggies in with the fruit. Hilary Greenleaf has released a book on the topic - The Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted So Good   and she's given me five e-copies to give away to you, readers. The book has info on trying green smoothies for the first time, using green smoothies to detox, and has recipes throughout, including some that are good for skin & hair, and some that are full of energy.  The book is all about green smoothies in their purest form - fruit, veggies, and a bit of water, and that's it. And "green" really doesn't just mean the colour - it refers to the addition of veggies to a smoothie in a more general sense.

So, to enter! In the comments, tell me the weirdest ingredient you've ever included in a smoothie. Or, if you're not a big smoothie person, what is one often-ignored smoothie ingredient you think might be good? Anyone can enter, until Monday, the 5th of March at 11.59pm, QLD time. I'll pick the five winners randomly. So, get commenting!

27 comments:

Claire said...

I'd say the weirdest thing I've put in is maca. But by far the most disgusting was hemp protein powder!!
I'd love the chance to be inspired by some great green smoothies- thanks! xxx

tubley said...

When I was still doing swimming training twice a day, I got home one night and I was so desperate for food that I just shoved whatever I could find from the fridge into a blender. I was not a vegan at the time. My smoothie included milk, weetbix, tomato, roast chicken, orange juice, rice bubbles and chocolate. Yeah, pretty disgusting.

tubley said...

Claire, Hemp protein us delicious. I have it heaps, with rice milk. Yum!

Dee said...

I took the idea of green smoothie to extremes with a green apple, parsley, mint, zucchini and apple juice. It was delicious but I was doubled over from stomach pains! I think I would benefit from some actual recipes.

Cathryn said...

I looooove me some smoothie action, especially during the summer months... but I still struggle with green smoothies. This is probably because I had an old and not very powerful blender for ages which put me off trying to incorporate greenery into my smoothies. However, we now have a specky new blender that is much more powerful, so maybe I can start revisiting the intimidating Green Smoothie. Also: green capsicum.

Hannah said...

Rwa carrot and coconut flour :)

Mia said...

Ha ha... defiantly seaweed. I am totally in to the green smoothies myself and after hearing all the health benefits of seaweed I tried a few different kinds in my morning smoothies. Some were not bad - others were salty and stringy, and with a wimpy blender at the time it got all wrapped around the blade and turned into something slimy and similar to gully weed from Harry Potter. I often get myself in trouble with the "just chuck whatever you have in" approach.

Emily said...

Best.Giveaway.Ever.

I don't go too crazy....so I guess almonds???

Although, one time while drunk my BFF and I made rum & ice cream milkshakes {which I CANNOT recommend} if that counts for anything!

lisa said...

Like you I'm a new convert to green smoothies! Best breakfast, I always feel super energised all day when I have one. I only have a stick blender so I need to keep it pretty simple - berries, water, spinach, mostly. Sometimes with a bit of tahini or carob for extra flavour. Weirdest thing I think has been peanut butter - not too crazy.

Theresa said...

@Emily - Ha! Before christmas I added gin to a mango-banana smoothie. Baaaad idea.

urban vegan said...

Don't count me in the contest...but I just wanted to say that I am also a huge smoothie fan. I love all smoothies: green, yellow, purple, brown (peanut butter, choc soy milk and banana....mmmmmm)

Vegyogini said...

Hmmm...I regularly include kale in my smoothies, but I guess that's not so weird in vegan-land. One of the best smoothies I've had is grapefruit, banana, strawberry. Does that count? I don't think grapefruit is very common in smoothies. I also was recently at a restaurant that offered a smoothie with cayenne as an ingredient. I didn't try it, but I just might borrow the idea!

Rebecca said...

The weirdest ingredient i've put into my smoothies are hemp seeds, flax seeds + chia seeds! I noticed a lot of people do not know what they are!

Valentina @ DeerBunny said...

Ah! The weirdest thing I used was a piece of leek!! I wanted to die, DON'T DO IT!! XD

Kari said...

I'm smiling at your 1L smoothie experience...just the sort of thing I would do :p

My weirdest smoothie ingredient might just be weetbix!

Millie said...

I sometimes add soft tofu to my smoothies. Its makes the smoothie full of protein and that's an additional protein because I use protein powder too.

Mel said...

I can't think of anything that would be classed as weird that I have added to a smoothie. I am pretty conservative when it comes to making them but I have always been intrigued by green smoothies.

radioactivegan said...

I made one with spinach, pumpkin, and cranberries around Thanksgiving .. it was not so good. lol

K said...

I haven't put anything particuarly bad but my fave green smoothie is spinach, banana, rice milk, flaxseeds, (half a date) and cocoa powder.

Joanna said...

I add tofu in almost all my smoothies...but it adds extra protein, makes is creamy, and you can't even tell there's tofu in it

shawna said...

I guess the weirdest thing I've put in smoothies is tahini. It's surprisingly good.

Unknown said...

Savoury yeast. I once absent mindedly put in a spoonful and when I realised figured I might as well drink it rather than waste the whole smoothie. It actually wasn't that bad. My absolute favourite is homemade almond milk with banana, LSA, raw cacao, chia seeds and cinnamon.

iwillbevegan.com said...

I used to have dark green smoothies with loads of broccoli in them and just sweetened with apple and carrot. I now have toned things down to much milder blends!! LOL

debbiebikes said...

Nothing too weird, beet greens, swiss chard, and nutritional yeast flakes. Almond milk and plain greek yogurt is the best.

Debbikes

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