Purple Resolution Smoothie

I have to say that I am kinda on one time smoothie/juice diet! I try to create luscious smoothies each day and feel like oh I need some more! Smoothie diet sounds no fun, but it kinda is. Especially if you like to experiment with pairing fruits and veggies together. Sometimes it can be a shocker and sometimes it can work like a charm!

Just try with basics greens and fruits and later on start experimenting with adding various health foods like peanut butter, almond butter, fig butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, aloe vera pulp, wheat-grass shots. People tend to add Matcha green tea powder or protein powders too for more energy.

I am still taking baby steps with fruits, veggies, and seeds. Maybe in few more weeks I will be able to get my hands on other ingredients as well.

Start from any 4-5 of these:

Greens – Kale, spinach, arugula, kiwis, green grapes, others.

Reds – Cherry or grape tomatoes, watermelons, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, red bell pepper, others.

Oranges – Carrots, oranges, clementines, nectarines, others

Yellows – mangoes, pineapple, yellow bell peppers, lemons, others.

Purples – Blueberries, blackberries, plums, pomegranate seeds, fresh figs, purple grapes, others.

Whites – Bananas, dates, melons, ginger, pears, apples, white peaches and nectarines.

Later on experiment with seeds, protein powders, and green tea variety. Variety is the spice of life, so try to enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables every month. Visit farmers markets and try the local produce. Come home, Google recipes, and experiment!!

So here is one more smoothie recipe which has a lot of berries!!

Ingredients:

1 cups of kale (black or green kale)

1 handful of cherry tomatoes

1 handful of purple champagne grapes

1 handful of blueberries

1 handful of blackberries

1/4 piece of pear

1 clementine

2 cups of cold water

1 teaspoon of agave nectar (optional)

Method:

Juice everything up in your blender. As usual I don’t remove any seeds because my Blendtec does the job well. If you want you can strain the juice too.

Enjoy!

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Healthy Green Juice

Kale has become my favorite greens and I use it all the time. Earlier I have posted so many recipes with kale and I am telling you it is really versatile. Make salads, chips, throw kale in pastas, soups, smoothies, anything. It always taste delicious. Just explore your options and trust me you will adore it. If my husband can like kale, I can’t imagine anybody else hating it much. As he is such a picky eater.

Kale is one of the latest food trends of 2012, 2013, and I am sure it will go on for few more years. So here is a wonderful fresh green juice recipe by using some of the simplest ingredients you can find it in your refrigerator. Just grab them and create this delicious juice.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups of Kale

1/4 cup of seedless grapes

2 clementines (peeled)

1/4 piece of pear (or apple)

1 tablespoon of honey (or agave)

2 cups of cold water

Method:

Throw all the ingredients into your blender. I used my trusty Blendtec on its ‘Juice’ mode. Blend all.

Drink instantly.

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Classic Bubble Tea – BOBA

Who doesn’t love bubble tea. Here is my attempt and it is very easy.

There are three versions of bubble tea: 1. Flavored Tea Powder based, 2. Fresh Fruit based, 3. Flavored Tea (No Milk) based.

In this post I will demonstrate 2nd and 3rd version and both tastes good. It is your preference.

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Recipe 1: Fresh Fruit Based – Bubble Tea

Ingredients:

2 Kiwi (Ripe, Sweet, Peeled)

Black Tapioca Pearls (Cooked, Large sized pearls from Asian Market)

2 tablespoon sugar / honey / agave nectar (depending on sweetness of the fruit)

Ice cubes

Method:

1. Soak tapioca pearls in cold water for 3 hours and cook them in boiling water. Strain the pearls.

2. Juice the kiwi with sugar in your blender. Strain the juice with cheesecloth.

3. Serve tapioca pearls & fruit juice mixture with ice cubes.

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Method 2. Flavored Tea (no milk) Based – Bubble Tea 

Ingredients:

1. Coconut Truffle Tea (Tea Forte Company)

2. 1 cup of Boiled Water

3. Sugar/honey/ agave (to taste)

4. Black Tapioca Pearls (Cooked, Large sized pearls from Asian Market)

5. Ice cubes

Method:

1. Just steep the tea bag in 1 cup of boiling water for an hour or so. It will release all the flavors. Sweeten the tea.

2. Soak tapioca pearls in cold water for 3 hours. Cook them in the boiling water and strain them.

3. Serve tapioca pearls and sweetened tea with lots of ice.

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Blueberry – Banana Smoothie

In recent times a lot of speculations are going on about the frozen drinks being healthy and people have started switching there diet around frozen smoothies or say smoothie diet.

Well, I have read many articles about it and have got mix reviews about “Frozen fruit drinks” to be really healthy or not. The most given fact is the level of sugar content in those frozen drinks.

Time to time even I crave for good smoothies and Jamba Juice happens to be my favorite one. Anyhow after getting blendtec, I started experimenting a lot with fruits, veggies, and also mixing fruits with veggies.

This recipe is extremely simple and you just need 5 ingredients. A perfect breakfast time smoothie.

Ingredients: ( Serving: 1 large glass)

1 medium size banana (peeled and frozen)

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup of Greek yogurt or plain yogurt

1/4 cup of water or crushed ice

1 tablespoon of honey or agave nectar

Method:

Blend everything. I used smoothie mode on my blendtec.

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Blueberry – Peach Ice Tea / Fresh Lemonade

Ingredients:

1. Infused Sugar Syrup:

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Water

Rosemary

2 lemon zest

2. Blue Berries Syrup:

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cups of sugar or sugar substitute

2 cups water

3. Lemonade:

Peach Ice tea or any tea

10 cups water

4 lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

 

Method:

1. Boil sugar-water mixture and infuse it with rosemary and lemon zest for 3-4 hours.

2. Boil blueberries with water and sugar for few mins. Until the blueberries get mushy.

3. Make peach tea or black tea. Cool it completely. Add lemon juice and salt.

4. Now mix all three : infused sugar syrup, blueberries syrup, and iced tea – lemonade.

5. Serve chilled with ice cubes, lemon slices, and rosemary sprig.

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Mango & Chia Seeds Smoothie

I loved chia seeds instantly when I heard about its benefits on Dr. Oz show. That’s one of my all time favorite shows, as you can learn about different products on it. Anyways, Chia seeds are full of fiber and protein.

It is similar to basil seeds, which we used in Indian falooda (a frozen drink). I guess they are cousins of the same family.

I recently purchased them from trader joes. They were extremely expensive, but I had to buy them anyways. I have found better deal in Costco for chia seeds. Chia seeds can be used in smoothies, milk cereals, puddings, salad dressings, and also in muffins. Just like we use wheat germ or flax seeds. They plump up in 2-3 hours after soaking in the pudding or smoothies.

So anyways, let me share my first experiment with them.

I made a frozen smoothie by using trader joes’ frozen mangoes this time, but you can chose any fruits you like. Just freeze the fruits in the freezer for few hours. (Example: pineapples, mangoes, bananas, coconut milk… Combos)

Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups of Frozen mangoes
1 cup of yogurt (any regular or Greek)
1/4 cup of agave nectar (or any sweetener)
2 cups of cold water (or coconut milk + water)
1/4 cups of chia seeds

Method:
I blended mangoes with yogurt, agave, and water in my Blendtec (smoothie setting).

Now take it out in a container. Add chia seeds and incorporate them well in the smoothie.

I refrigerated it overnight. You can keep it for 3-4 hours

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