Ninja RobynTue, 26 Jul 2016 11:09am0 Comments

The surprisingly potent

If there's one thing I've learned from making smoothies, it's how surprisingly potent certain fruits and vegetables are. Case in point: the most potent fruit I've used is watermelon and the most potent veggie is celery. What do these two have in common? Water! How can two things that are known for being full of water completely take over the taste of a smoothie?

Watermelon

Two other potent fruits I've found are raspberries and bananas. Now, I knew that bananas were potent enough to hijack the taste of a smoothie - which is why I never use them - but I didn't expect raspberries to do the same thing. Boy, a few raspberries goes a loooong way! I guess this is a good thing since when I use raspberries, I put them in the juice by themselves and attempt to pulverize the shit out of them before adding everything else. The fewer raspberries needed, the easier to get rid of those pesky seeds.

On the other hand, strawberries are surprisingly not potent. Despite their strong taste and smell, when you add them to a smoothie they seem to disappear. I add them to every smoothie I make mostly for bulk because they honestly don't add much flavor (which makes me sad). I suspect the fact that they are one of the fruits that doesn't have much sugar may play a role in their lack of flavor, but I'm not really sure.

Finally, as I've mentioned before, I found quite a difference in taste when you add spinach vs. kale. Unlike what I had heard, spinach really added quite a bit of flavor, whereas kale did not. However, I have found a workaround for spinach - cooking it. More specifically, I steam the spinach and then freeze it. For whatever reason, it doesn't add much flavor cooked. Go figure!

Ninja RobynWed, 6 Jul 2016 12:26pm0 Comments

SOUR APPLE CRANBERRY

Sour Apple Cranberry Smoothie

OMG this smoothie! Let me start by saying if you love sour stuff, you'll LOVE this smoothie. This one is my husband's favorite by far - in fact, he won't drink anything else. I have to admit - although I don't like it as sour as he does - this smoothie is bomb!

- Apple Juice
- Strawberries (only a few)
- Cranberries
- Kale
- Flaxseed

You actually have to be careful with the ratios on this one. Too much apple juice really takes over the flavor and makes it less sour. Too many cranberries makes it really sour - my husband adds a ton. The kale and the flaxseed don't do much to the taste either way (though my husband does refuse to use them because it's slightly less sour with them).

I will say that the Vitamix does not like this combo. I mean it still does it's job - don't get me wrong - but you need the tamper more. I think it's because the cranberries are just the right size to create little air pockets and you really can't use much juice/liquid without really losing that delicious sourness.

Ninja RobynSat, 19 Mar 2016 5:22pm0 Comments

STRAWBERRY SPINACH PEAR

I was told by many people that spinach would be great in smoothies - that it goes with anything and everything and you'll barely taste it. Well...I didn't find that to be true.

Spinach Smoothie Recipe

I've been using kale in all of my smoothies so far and found it be an almost tasteless addition, which has been great! I'm not sure if I just didn't get the right ratios with this smoothie or what, but here's what I tried:

- Pear Juice
- Strawberries
- Spinach

That's it! I really kept it simple on this one. I found the spinach taste to be a little strong, though it was still good. I guess one thing I will say is that I've found strawberries to have a surprisingly light taste in smoothies. Despite their strong (and delicious) smell, they get lost in smoothies, especially with certain stronger tasting fruits and vegetables. Pear is a bit similar, I think. So maybe that really was the problem with this one!

Not a total failure, but I would say it needs work!

Robyn NorganTue, 23 Feb 2016 10:17am0 Comments

TROPICAL TASTINESS

One of my favorite juices is Hawaii's famous POG or Passion Orange Guava. Specifically, I love guava, so, of course, I had to get some guava juice for smoothies. I combined it with a few delicious ingredients and the result was awesome:

- Guava Juice
- Strawberries
- Pineapple
- Kale
- Chia Seeds

Verdict: delicious!

Ninja RobynWed, 3 Feb 2016 9:09pm0 Comments

BERRY BASIL LEMONADE

Since I'm trying to eat more vegetables, I decided to add some basil to my pizza (I love margherita pizza). As it turns out, buying a small amout of basil isn't all that easy, so I figured I'd use the leftovers in smoothies. Strawberry basil lemonade was the first thing that came to mind, so I decided to try it out:

- Lemon Juice
- Strawberries
- Basil
- Honey
- Chia Seeds
- Water (add this last!)

In my first adventure with lemonade, I added way too much water, so this time I blended everything without the water and added it after, which was much easier to guage. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how strong basil is and I had to add a lot of extra strawberries and even a little more lemon juice so it wasn't so basily. I only used two leaves, so be cautious!

I also tried out blackberry basil lemonade the next day. This was my first blackberry drink and I was interested to see how the Vitamix would handle the seeds. It did not disappoint!

Blackberry Basil Lemonade in Vitamix

I used pretty much the same ingredients for the blackberry basil lemonade, except I didn't include the chia seeds because I figured there were already enough seeds going on with the blackberries.

- Lemon Juice
- Blackberries
- Basil
- Honey
- Water

I don't love adding sugar to my smoothies (even in the form of honey), but you really need at least a little if you're using lemon juice.

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