Project 52 Week 4 – “Homemade”

The Project 52 week assignment this week was “Homemade”.  To learn more about the project that the Bloom Forum hosts, read this post.

Before I show the pictures, I have to tell you a little bit about my love affair with my Vita-Mix.  I held off for a long time because it’s pricey, but a few years ago my husband bought it for me (yes, it was for Valentine’s Day and I am not one of those girls who hates getting appliances for gifts, especially this one!).  So, for the last few years me and the mixer have become super close.  He is the handsomest thing in my kitchen and by far gets the most attention.  He’s durable, strong, good looking and makes me feel good about myself.  What more could a girl ask for?  I am now a firm believer in the benefits of green smoothies.  We drink them often, way more in the warmer months, and it’s not uncommon for it to be used every single day (way more than the bread maker and the food chopper and the the mixer).  So, to me it’s well worth every penny.

When my boys were younger and crazy about superheros I coyly named them” Superman Smoothies” thinking this would encourage them to drink them down.  Not that they needed encouragement.  One sip and they loved them.  In fact, the first time I made one, I didn’t show the kids what was in it and then while they were sipping away I told them there was raw spinach blended in there and they didn’t believe me!  Trust me….you can’t taste it.  It’s a great way to get a lot of nutrition in a glass, because I don’t know about you, but I don’t go around eating raw spinach on a regular basis.  I posted some pictures of just one of the many different kinds we make.  So, without further ado……

If you want to make one, you might be able to use any old blender, but I’m standing by my man.  (And no, I’m not a huge fan of the “Princess” stuff for girls, but since my husband ordered the cups, he got to pick, and of course that’s what he wanted for his little girl.)

Superman Smoothie

1 ripe banana

1-2 cups of spinich or kale

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1-2 cups frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mango)*

1-2 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)

couple of ice cubes

1/2 cup juice (I like V8 splash but you can use orange, apple or even milk)

1/4 – 1/2 cup water, depending on how thick you like your smoothie

*if you’re making them for kids make sure you add some blueberries, at least the first time, otherwise the smoothie with be green or brownish colored-not the most appetizing color!

Now go check out what Denean Melcher, a Berks County Child and Family Photographer at http://www.deneanmelcher.com/2012/01/27/fifty-two-on-friday-homemade/, photographed this week.

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Ginger - January 27, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Gret,love these!!! I am interested in learning more about juicing! I’ve heard so much about it;)

Sabrina - January 27, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Love this! We are trying to get back into smoothies as well!! Love the images of your handsome appliance! I do have a strange sort of love for small appliances!And thanks for the recipe!!!

Deanna Pecina - January 27, 2012 - 2:29 pm

Yum! Will most definitely have to try this one with my kiddos. Love the idea of giving it a name!

Mary Schannen - January 27, 2012 - 4:15 pm

OK – I’m inspired again to do the smoothy thing with my kids. Thanks so much for posting the recipe – I used to put spinach in their pancakes. They never knew.

Denean - January 27, 2012 - 5:50 pm

oooh! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m always looking for ways to trick the kids! I have the same mom cup :)

cara - January 27, 2012 - 6:06 pm

Sounds great! We love smoothies… but my middle kiddo will only eat orange colored smoothies with no specks in them. Peaches? Oj? Maybe a banana? and yogurt but that’s about it. LOL Guess I need a recipe book.

Dana Cubbage - January 27, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Yum! That looks amazing and much more “homemade” (and healthy) than what I did this week haha :)

Misty setzler - January 28, 2012 - 1:29 am

I shot images of my vitamix too… But mine was much less healthy coffee drink lol. Love the vitamix! Great shots

Lora - January 28, 2012 - 12:25 pm

I feel like Cupid!

admin - February 2, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Funny, Lora….you definitely shot cupid’s arrow and I am in love! Thanks sweet friend!

Kate - February 3, 2012 - 1:08 am

Such a fun post. I hardly ever make smoothies…and after I saw this post I’m going to change my ways. Especially since we live in the country and we can’t go buy a smoothie anywhere.

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