pineapple, orange & banana green smoothie

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This is a bright and fresh tasting green smoothie to start off our day with a little extra energy.  I think half my kitchen freezer is full of frozen fruit.  Plenty of smoothie recipes call for fresh fruit, but I just like it better with frozen.  I buy extra bananas and just let them ripen on the counter, then break into pieces and freeze.  I also recently had a glut of oranges that we weren't going to get to, so I peeled and cut them into chunks and froze, and I've been using those in smoothies. 

I try to avoid using juice in my smoothies.  It just adds a lot of sugar without all the other nutrients from the fruit.  Instead I prefer to whole fruits and then add other liquid as needed.  In this one today I used my homemade almond milk. 

Ingredients are approximate.  This is a big smoothie - enough for me and four kids - so if you're just making it for yourself I would probably cut this down by at least half.  

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen orange chunks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or to taste)

Blend in a high speed blender until totally smooth. 

Cold fighting smoothie

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I've got a little one with the sniffles and a cough today, so I blended this up for an afternoon snack. Hopefully it will help her feel better. 

Strawberry Banana Orange Smoothie

The measurements are very approximate.

  • a cup or so of Homemade almond milk
  • a cup of orange juice
  • a frozen banana
  • a few slices of frozen oranges
  • a handful of frozen strawberries
  • about a half cup of plain yogurt
  • about a tablespoon of grass fed gelatin
  • about a teaspoon of raw honey

Blend until smooth, adding extra liquid if needed, or a little more frozen fruit if it's not thick enough. 

Your new favorite holiday cocktail

It's holiday cocktail time - and eggnog season! This sounds so yummy, and easy! Great for holiday parties. whatlisacooks.com

I'll keep this one short and sweet, so you can get to drinking.  Because this is going to be your new favorite holiday cocktail.  Mostly because it tastes so good.  But also because it's so easy to make.  Just equal parts chocolate milk, eggnog, and Kahlua.  You really should use good (real) eggnog - not that 'nog flavored' stuff, and I always recommend you try to get a chocolate milk without high fructose corn syrup. 

If you want precise measurements, here's what I've been doing: 

  • 2 ounces good eggnog
  • 2 ounces chocolate milk
  • 2 ounces Kahlúa (if you're feeling a little less bold, just 1 ounce)
  • 1 ice cube

You can thank me later.

It's holiday cocktail time - and eggnog season! This sounds so yummy, and easy! Great for holiday parties. whatlisacooks.com
 
It's holiday cocktail time - and eggnog season! This sounds so yummy, and easy! Great for holiday parties. whatlisacooks.com