Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

Last night I was really craving something sweet and creamy after a weekend of hiking, carrying people, and horseback riding in the mountains.

On the sugar detox, though, I’m only allowed one green apple or one green banana all day. I already had an apple in my morning smoothie, so I went to bed and made this creation just now:

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Here are the ingredients for my sugar detox, sweetener free pumpkin cheesecake smoothie:

1/2 c cottage cheese
1 green tipped banana, peeled and frozen
1/4 c canned pumpkin
5 ice cubes
1/2 c coconut water
1/4 c milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice

Blend until smooth to make two big glasses of creamy “dessert” shake. All that cottage cheese gives this smoothie a big dose of protein, making it a suitable replacement for protein shakes using sweetened protein powders.

If you’re not sugar detoxing, I encourage you to add 1 tsp of your favorite sweetener. This shake was just below my threshold for sweetness, so I bet the tiniest amount of sugar, agave, honey, or stevia would really bring out the flavors. Enjoy!

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“Beet” the heat smoothie recipe

Today’s green smoothie is a simple twist on the basic recipe from yesterday. Instead of using a whole green apple, use half and replace the other half with a few slices of frozen beets.

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1. In a blender, combine 1/2 green apple, 1-2 cups fresh spinach, 3-4 slices frozen beets, 1 cup water, splash of lemon juice, and several ice cubes.

2. Begin on low speed and increase to high speed. Whirl until smooth. Allow the smoothie to settle for a minute if you prefer it to separate.

This is what it looks like well blended:

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This is what it looks like after settling (even yummier!):

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What’s your favorite “green” smoothie recipe?

Green juice for beginners

Ok, let’s get started with a ridiculously easy recipe. Even if you’re not doing a sugar detox, you may be curious about green smoothies and juices. They are probably the easiest way to pack some greens into your day! Here’s the most basic recipe for a rushed morning:

1. Cut a green apple into quarters.

2. Toss the apple, a handful of spinach, cup of water, splash of lemon juice, a d cup of ice into a blender.

3. Start on a low setting and quickly turn it to max speed. Blend for about 60 seconds or until the spinach and apple are completely liquefied and frothy.

This makes one MASSIVE green juice coming in at about 100 calories (depending on size of apple.) Enjoy!!

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