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Green Monster Smoothie (Vegan)

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After sharing my favorite cookies with you last weekend (and hearing rave reviews from those that tried them), I have a solution to balance out all that chocolate and peanut butter: Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothies! They are loaded with all kinds of healthy stuff, including vegetables!! I made a couple batches this weekend to test out on friends to make sure I wasn’t crazy. Everyone thought they were awesome. Here’s what goes in them:

Green Monster Smoothie

How healthy does that look?? But, you can’t even taste the vegetables and would have no idea that there is spinach and kale in there. First mix together the kale, spinach, frozen bananas and your choice of milk. I used unsweetened coconut milk, but you could also use soy or almond to keep it a vegan smoothie.

Green Monster SmoothieThen, blend in the strawberries, cucumber, a few ice cubes, and your detox smoothie is ready!

Green Monster Smoothie

I plan to have this for breakfast all week!

Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothie

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

This recipe is enough for 1-2 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk (you could sub 1/2 cup for orange juice for a slight citrus flavor)
  • Large handful of spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups kale, loosely packed, stems removed (you can also just use more spinach)

Directions:

Add the almond milk to a high-power blender and toss the banana pieces and kale in. Blend on high. Add the strawberries and cucumber. Blend again until smooth. Add in more almond milk, some orange juice, and/or ice for desired consistency.

Does anyone else avoid using their blender because they don’t want to clean it? That’s how I felt until Jimmy shared this great tip with me! Now, I don’t think twice about it….First, rinse the blender out with water, then add some more warm water with soap, but it back on the mixing stand and blend for a few seconds to get it all soaped up. Just one more rinse and it’s as clean as new!

How to clean a blender

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Strawberry Bruschetta

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Before summer’s over and the berries are no longer ripe, you should try out this fun fruity take on bruschetta! Everyone I’ve made it for is always delightfully surprised at the variation from the normal diced tomato topping. It’s a perfect summer appetizer.

Strawberry Bruschetta

Strawberry Bruschetta

1 French or whole wheat baguette, lightly toasted
4oz goat cheese (or another similar spreadable cheese that you like)
1 cup diced strawberries
extra-virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar
roughly 1/4 cup sliced basil leaves
freshly ground black pepper
 
While the oven is heating up, dice the strawberries into small pieces and let them sit in a bowl until ready to use so that the juices can macerate. Lightly toast the baguette slices in the oven. Then, spread goat cheese on each slice of bread and top with a spoonful of strawberries. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top of all of them. Then sprinkle with thinly sliced basil leaves and cracked ground pepper.
 

Recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats