Thursday, September 27, 2012

Limeade Green Smoothie

Green Limeade Smoothie

Meet my newest “kick”: green smoothies.  Why this new-found love all of a sudden?  Well, because of this new-found love: the BlendTec Total Blender.

along with this Twister Jar:

 

I’ve had it less than one week and haven’t gone a day without turning it on.  I adore this blender.   1560 watts of power have been pulverizing fruits and veggies into some amazing smoothies.  It’s hands-free, amazingly easy to clean and pow-er-ful!

The Blendtec Total Blender crushes ice like a pro…literally, it looks like snow.  The three-quart WildSide jar is a great size for pureeing soups and green smoothies.  I think what I like the most are the cycles that the blender uses.  For example, when I am making a green smoothie, I just press the “smoothie” button, and in 90 seconds, it’s completely pureed.  It’s almost like it knows exactly what is in there.

I went with a limeade smoothie, which was inspired by a local restaurant called Succotash.  They have someone behind the bar, all the time, making fresh juice.  One of their fresh juices is called The Best Limeade and it is amazing.  I actually find myself craving it.  And since I don’t have a juicer, I don’t get it unless I am there.  That is, until my Limeade Green Smoothie came along.

It’s packed full of veggies & fruits which means it’s also packed with vitamins and minerals.  And it actually tastes like a limeade.  I love this green smoothie.  And if you haven’t found yourself on a green smoothie kick like I have, maybe this one will do it for you!

Green Limeade Smoothie

Make sure you stick around in the near future!  I have a few things up my sleeve that might include a Blendtec giveaway!

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Limeade Green Smoothie Recipe

Yield: about 4 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

My twist on the Green Monster: limeade green smoothie. Filled with spinach, banana, ginger, green apple and lime, it's the perfect breakfast or snack.

Ingredients:

2 cups spinach
1 green apple, sliced
1/2 English cucumber, skin removed
1 banana
1 large lime, peeled and quartered
1/4-inch piece of fresh ginger root
1/4 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
2 handfuls ice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender, such as a Blendtec, and blend until smooth.

Cassie’s Notes:
Optional add-ins: 1/2 of an avocado; 1 cup of kale in place of one of the cups of spinach; 1 large pinch of cinnamon; milk (soy, almond, cow’s milk, etc.) instead of Greek yogurt; regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt; flax seed, chia seed, orange juice, pomegranate juice

Jar individual servings and store them in the refrigerator if you plan to drink the smoothies within a couple of days.

Make a couple of big batches ahead of time and store in the freezer. Set the smoothie 30-45 minutes before you plan to drink it; I put mine in the fridge overnight and then take them out of the fridge when I get up in the morning; they are perfectly thawed after a night in the fridge.

Limeade Green Smoothie

Disclosure: Blendtec provided me with a blender to review.  I was not compensated for this review and, as always, all opinions are my own.  I truly love this blender. This post contains affiliate links.

 

39 Responses to “Limeade Green Smoothie”

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    Amanda — September 27, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    Those Blendtec folks are brilliant in partnering with you… you are making the most awesome stuff!!! I cant wait to make this. Well, as soon as I go buy my own Blendtec! ;)

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    Vicki Bensinger — September 27, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    You know I love green smoothies so I will definitely try this, maybe even today since I have those ingredients on hand. This sounds delicious and the Blendtec sounds like a powerful little monster.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 27, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    This sounds awesome – I love the ginger in it! I’d love to try one of these Blendtecs, too – my blender sounds like a baby compared to this!!

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    Emily — September 27, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    My GOODNESS this sounds so good! And refreshing! I need more green juice in my life. LOVE IT!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 27, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    i’m asking for a blend-tec for christmas. what has my life come to? blenders on my xmas list? i use spinach and green apples in my smoothies but have never thrown a cucumber in there. :) Gotta try that!

    • Cassie replied: — September 27th, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      for our first Christmas together, my hubsand (then fiance) bought me my first KithchenAid mixer because that is what I asked for. Only a foodie! :-)

  6. #
    Cookbook Queen — September 27, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Love love LOOOOVE Limeade. Can’t wait to try this!!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 27, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I love me some limeade! And this green smoothie looks totally awesome. I’ve never put spinach or green apples or cukes in my smoothies before but now I gotta try it!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — September 27, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Gorgeous color and I love the addition of cucumber!

  9. #
    Shaina — September 27, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Gorgeous smoothie. Blendtec is so much fun!

  10. #
    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — September 27, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I know exactly how you felt — I was the same way when I finally got my Vitamix last summer. I had longed for one for years, and when we first got it, we were using it at least three or four times a day. It’s amazing how versatile a high speed blender is (smoothest of smoothies, chopped veggies, piping hot soups and frozen treats all on the same machine). Congrats and enjoy! :)

  11. #
    Mai-Lis @ ASunshinyDay — September 27, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Perfect! I have a big bag of limes on my counter asking me how I was going to use them, thanks for the idea!

  12. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 27, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I CAN NOT WAIT FOR MY BLENDER!! Love this, cassie!

  13. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — September 27, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    sounds delicious! i love cucumber in smoothies, and the lime/ginger sounds like a great addition too.

  14. #
    Aggie — September 27, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Wow, what a fresh take on a green smoothie. Love every thing about it!! And your photos are perfect!

  15. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 27, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Ooh, adding lime and ginger sounds so good! And this looks like a fabulous blender too! :)

  16. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — September 27, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    love the blender! Looks like it would produce great smoothies! Your recipe sounds delicious Cassy!

  17. #
    Kathryn — September 27, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    I’m not normally a huge smoothie fan but I’m a big limeade fan so I reckon this could convert me!

  18. #
    Sonya — September 27, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    I drink a smoothie almost every single day for breakfast but I have yet to try putting a cucumber in one. I am going to have to add that to my list!

  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 27, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Oh this looks so thick and delicious!

  20. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — September 27, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    This sounds so good! I am so envious of that blender! I have a decent one- but nothing that could pulverize ice into snow!! :)

  21. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 27, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    I need this blender!! I have so many ideas for smoothies, but no blender to make them :( I love this version – the extra lime sounds great!

  22. #
    RavieNomNoms — September 27, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    ooooooo! What a great looking smoothie! SO YUMMY!

  23. #
    Tracey — September 27, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Ooooh, it’s so pretty, I absolutely love the color! I’ve heard amazing things about the Blendtec, but I haven’t been able to convince myself to spend the money on it yet :)

  24. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 27, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    I want this mixer so bad!

    I love this smoothie! It looks so refreshing!

  25. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 28, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    I just became a recent green smoothie obsessed fanatic so you know I’ll be trying this ASAP! And I totally have the blend-tec on my christmas wish list too! After another le creuset dutch oven of course :)

  26. #
    Michelle — September 28, 2012 @ 1:51 am

    Nothing compares to the love of a good blender. I went the Vitamix route vs the Blendtec, but my feelings are identical. I use it every day during the week without fail. It might even have a nickname. I can’t confirm whether I hug it or not. This smoothie sounds relish. Adding it to the rotation!

  27. #
    Deborah — September 28, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I love the addition of the lime to this! And I LOVE my Blendtec – I couldn’t live without it now!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 28, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    You lucky girl! I want a Blendtec. I use my food processor instead, and it’s okay most of the time, but I really need something like this! Anyway, interesting smoothie. I wish I could find fresh spinach!

  29. #
    Brooke — October 21, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    This looks amazing! Love that straw (wink wink)! I still owe you a package…I think i may need your address again!

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    JP — January 5, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    This sounds amazing. My poor little Magic Bullet would never be able to handle the apple, but I think it could handle the rest and a dash of apple juice. I’ll definitely be trying this out. Thanks for sharing :)

  31. #
    Jessica — January 8, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I made this! It was good!!!Added flax seeds.MMM!

  32. #
    SIG — March 12, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    I made this! I LOVEEED it. I was really hesitant to try it, but I subbed the apples for pears because we had none and used a bit of orange juice to thin it out. With some wild berry fat free yogurt and it was amazing. This was my first time with a green smoothie. Thanks much!

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