Smoothies

GIVEAWAY + Green Juice and Carrot-Orange Juice

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This juicer turned kale, celery, cucumbers and pineapple into a crave-worthy, chlorophyll-packed, refreshing and hydrating beverage.

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Over the coming days, I'll be sharing more juice recipes. I have had so much delicious fun combining different vegetable and fruit juices.  I know you will love the KitchenAid Maximum Extraction Juicer too!  You can watch  me make juice this morning on SnapChat: FoodieInNewYork.

Green Juice Recipe

Kale 1 Cucumber 1 Celery stalk 2 Apples 1/2 pineapple 1-inch piece of ginger 1/2 lemon

Add ingredients to the KitchenAid Maximum Extraction Juicer. Drink immediately, or store in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to one day, or freeze.

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Carrot-Orange Juice Recipe

2 medium carrots 4 valencia oranges, peel removed

Add ingredients to the KitchenAid Maximum Extraction Juicer. Drink immediately, or store in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to one day, or freeze.

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To win this juicer, you must be a current subscriber to the Foodie In New York newsletter at the time of the drawing, July 23, 2016.  In the newsletter, you'll get recipes and travel stories delivered directly to your inbox. You may edit your subscription at any time.  You also must be over 18 and be a resident of the United States. Although KitchenAid is providing the product, all opinions in this post are my own.

Fresh Juice Recipes

Nice Cream Smoothie Bowl

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Summer has always been my favorite season. Perhaps because I was born in the summer, or because I grew up in a nearly-tropical environment that felt like summer most of the year. Whatever the reason, I love this season and I love all of the food we get to eat during these hot months.

I'm celebrating the summer solstice and this heat wave by having "Nice Cream" for breakfast. Nice cream is similar to ice cream because it's frozen, creamy and delicious. But nice cream is kind to your body because it consists of only one ingredient! Bananas!

Last night, I chopped then froze two bananas. This morning, I put them in a food processor and processed until they congealed and were smooth and cream like ice cream. It really is that simple!

Put chopped, frozen bananas in a food processor.

Process until smooth and creamy

At this point, it's ready to eat! But, if you want a scoop-able ice cream, put it in a closed container in the freezer for a couple of hours.

To make this nice cream smoothie bowl, I added a dollop of melted chocolate, raspberries, chia seeds and coconut. This definitely feels more like dessert than breakfast!

Ingredients:

2 bananas, previously chopped and frozen

To garnish: melted chocolate, raspberries, chia seeds and coconut

Method:

Put the bananas in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.

Transfer the nice cream to a small bowl and garnish with a dollop of melted chocolate, raspberries, chia seeds and coconut.

Serve immediately.

Kale Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

Kale and Kiwi Smoothie Bowl Happy FriYAY everyone! I'm loading up on greens since with this smoothie bowl since Father's Day weekend will surely be indulgent with delicious food, drinks, and desserts!

If you have been following me, you know that I'm a smoothie addict. And there's nothing I love more than a smoothie packed with leafy greens like spinach, collard greens or kale.  I wanted to keep this green smoothie green, so I paired it with kiwi and pineapple, and topped it with some of my favorite go-to toppings: fresh berries, chia seeds, coconut and cacao nibs.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful weekend!

Kale Kiwi Smoothie Bowl
Author: Vallery
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Serves: 1 bowl
Ingredients
  • 1 medium ripe banana, previously frozen and chopped
  • 3 large kale leaves, rinsed
  • 1 small kiwi peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup water or almond milk
  • Fresh berries, chia seeds, coconut, cacao nibs and kiwi for garnish
Instructions
  1. Blend the frozen banana, kiwi, pineapple and kale with the Greek yogurt and liquid until smooth. If the smoothie is not blending, add more liquid. However, smoothie bowls should be much thicker than regular smoothies. If your smoothie is too liquidy, blend in more frozen fruit or ice.
  2. Pour into a bowl and garnish with fresh berries, kiwis, coconut, chia seeds and cacao nibs. Serve immediately.

 

Raspberry-Cherry Limeade Smoothie

raspberry limeade smoothie This is, without a doubt, the tastiest, tangiest smoothie I have ever made!  It reminds me of the Cherry Limeades I used to order from Sonic when I was growing up, but this has no added sugar and is just as delicious! Because I'm so accustomed to putting vegetables in my smoothies, all-fruit smoothies often are too sweet--especially if they are filled with the super sweet fruits like bananas, peaches, and mangoes.  This smoothie is all-fruit, but I also added ground flax seeds, plain Greek yogurt, and my newest smoothie secret weapon: a wedge of lime. 

For the first time ever, I put an entire wedge of lime right into my blender along with the other ingredients. The lime combined with the other fruit (raspberries, strawberries, cherries, mangoes, and banana) created a magical flavor profile that highlighted the lime's unique and tangy flavor. I can't say enough about how delicious this smoothie was! Just make sure to use only a very small wedge (I used 1/6 of a small lime for one serving).  It was just the right amount of tanginess to take this smoothie to the next level!

Raspberry Limeade Smoothie
Author: Vallery
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1 lime wedge (about 1/4 of the lime in total, or more depending on taste)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender with 2/3 cup of water and blend until smooth. (Add more water if you have trouble blending).
  2. Top with fresh raspberries and serve immediately.

 

Cherry Berry Smoothie with Cacao

Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl I really over-indulged this holiday season, so I'm excited to share this smoothie bowl I made in an attempt to balance out the pecan pie truffles and challah french toast!

Anyone who knows me knows that I make a smoothie pretty much every single day. About a year ago, I discovered an ingredient that makes my smoothies taste so much better--cherries! The tangy-sweet flavor of cherries is bold enough to stand up to the bitter taste of greens, yet mild enough to blend perfectly with just about any berry (although the cherry-strawberry combination is my favorite!)

I normally take the "kitchen sink" approach with most of my smoothies, so feel free to use whatever produce you have available!  Just be careful with mixing colors if you find brown smoothies unappetizing. Banana is a recurring favorite since it lends both creaminess and sweetness, as is pineapple which is relatively inexpensive compared to organic cherries and strawberries.

The cacao nibs add both a flavor boost and an anti-oxidant boost. I discovered Cacao Nibs at the Chocolate Museum during our day trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I consider cacao nibs "pre-chocolate"--they have the smoky chocolate-y flavor, without additives like sugar.

Find the recipe below. Please note that you can always blend the toppings into your smoothie if you prefer smoothies to smoothie bowls.

 

Cherry Berry Smoothie with Cacao Nibs
Author: Vallery
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh pitted cherries, plus additional cherries as toppings
  • 2 cups frozen red berries (strawberries or raspberries)
  • 1 small beet, cooked (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cacao nibs
  • 2 teaspoons shaved coconut
Instructions
  1. Blend the first seven ingredients until smooth. Add more water if you have trouble blending (but, note that smoothie bowls should be thick, otherwise the toppings will sink to the bottom!)
  2. Pour the blended smoothie into a bowl, and top with fresh cherries, shaved coconut, and cacao nibs. Serve immediately.