Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, and Local Bars

50 Rules to Throw Out When You Turn 50 Gallery

50 Rules to Throw Out When You Turn 50 Gallery

These rules were meant to be broken

iStock

Rules to Follow at 50

50 Rules to Throw Out When You Turn 50

iStock

We believe that 50 is the prime of your life. You have years and years of wisdom and life experience behind you to help you avoid those silly ol’ mistakes, and yet you are still young enough to travel the world or live new experiences right in your own hometown. So while you’re in the best years yet, some long-held beliefs — and that whole “life rulebook” — need to be thrown out.

Back in your day, it was considered too forward to call back a person you were dating, white after Labor Day was considered to be a major social faux pas, and seeing a parent with brightly colored hair was shocking. Not anymore! After all, you’re 50, not dead.

Don’t think you can still learn how to bake bread or do the tango? Well, think again. It’s never too late to try something new or grow into your self-confidence. But of course, not all of life’s rules that are meant to be broken are fun. (You may want to rethink that diet soda and sugar-free candy habit at 50). For more rules that are no longer relevant as a middle aged adult, click here for the 50 rules to throw out when you turn 50.

Activism Is for Young Kids

Joel Carillet/istockphoto.com

It may seem like the newest generation is leading the charge when it comes to social change, but just because you’re over 50 doesn’t mean you need to be stuck in your ways! Get politically active now by becoming an Election Day worker or volunteering for a cause you care about, like fighting hunger in America.

Age Is Something to Be Ashamed Of

istockphoto.com

Once many people reach a certain age, they start to become ashamed of how many years they have under their belt. Stop saying it’s the “21st anniversary of my 29th birthday.” You’re 50! Wear it loud and wear it proud. Age ain’t nothing but a number, after all.

Avoid Dairy

istockphoto.com

You may think that cutting dairy is the key to keeping trim, but think again! In reality, your bone mass reaches its peak when you turn 30. If you skimp on dairy products, you’re missing out on huge amounts of calcium your bones could benefit from. That means you’re on track for a greater risk of osteoporosis and joint pain. Dairy also contains good amounts of vitamin D, which can keep your skin, hair, and overall mood from degrading as you age.

Be Selfless

istockphoto.com

Presumably, at age 50, you’ve spent a good amount of your life caring for other people. Whether it’s your spouse, your children, or your friends, your needs probably come last at least most of the time. Every now and then, be a little selfish. Spend extra money on a sexy new outfit for yourself; book a solo vacation to that exotic island you’ve always dreamed of. This time is your time. Enjoy it!

Been There, Done That

istockphoto.com

Nothing has to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sure, you studied abroad in Germany in college, but when was the last time you went back to Europe? Re-experience your favorite life moments; you never know what istockphoto.comavel clichés might be totally worth it.

Canned Beans and Vegetables Are Just as Healthy as Fresh

istockphoto.com

Vegetables and beans are very important for a healthy diet, but canned versions of these super-healthy foods are soaked in sodium and bisphenol A (BPA). Sodium is a food that can really hike up your blood pressure. If you’re looking to extend the shelf life of your groceries, consider frozen veggies.

Carbs Are Bad

istockphoto.com

It’s easy to feel that carbs are the way to a rounder belly, but that isn’t true! Carbs such as whole wheat bread, pasta, and oats contain fiber, and that is an absolute must-have for anyone over 50. Most women require between 25 and 30 grams of soluble fiber every day to help lower cholesterol as it creeps up with age. Cut the carbs and you’ll miss out on all of those health benefits and probably will feel even more tired than you were already.

Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

istockphoto.com

Listen, we’re not going to tell you to forego spring cleaning or to keep your house a mess, but we will tell you that you don’t worry about having a perfectly clean home. Take less time dusting off your bookshelves and spend more time with your loved ones.

Dance Like Nobody Is Watching

istockphoto.com

You don’t have to be a perfect dancer in order to boogie down. If you’re a little embarrassed when you put on your dancing shoes, consider taking a dance class.

Diet Soda Is Great for Cutting Calories

istockphoto.com

Diet soda is actually really, really bad for you. And you should stop drinking it. Don’t believe it? Here’s 18 reasons why.

Don’t Call or Text Back Someone You’re Dating

istockphoto.com

Did your dating years involve The Rules, the dating book that advised single women to "[not to] call him and rarely return his calls." Well, dating has changed in the 20-plus years since the best seller was published in 1995. So call or don't call, swipe left or swipe right, text or ghost the guy or gal (just don't breadcrumb them)! You are savvy and experienced enough at 50 to make your own rules when it comes to dating.

Don’t Eat Before Bed

istockphoto.com

It doesn’t matter what age you are, you’ve heard this advice countless times. “Not eating after 8 p.m. is the key to maintaining a healthy weight/weight loss.” Nope! Your body doesn’t know what time it is; it just knows whether or not you’re hungry. If you go to bed hungry, you’ll actually sleep worse, causing you to be sluggish (and famished) the next day. Have a healthy late-night snack instead of starving before bed.

Don’t Play With Fire

istockphoto.com

OK, we’re not telling you to have a lot of fun with arson or a live fire. But if you’ve never done it, having a bonfire at the beach is a beautiful experience. Just don’t forget the s’mores!

Don't Wear White After Labor Day

istockphoto.com

You’ve been hearing this fashion/etiquette rule forever, but have you ever thought why you shouldn’t wear white after September? It was actually an arbitrary rule made up after the Civil War to try to separate old money from “new money.” Basically, it was just a way for women to be snobby to other women they didn’t like. So forget this silly rule. Wear white when you feel like it (except for at a wedding).

Dress Conservatively

istockphoto.com

Whether you were raised to dress modestly to avoid drawing attention from men or whether you just hold the belief that “a woman over 50 shouldn’t wear ___,” forget those rules! Rock that deep V if it makes you feel good, break out those platform heels when you go dancing, and don’t wear stockings if you don’t feel like it. You can dress however you want — you’ve earned the right.

Drinking a Glass of Wine a Day Will Help You Live Longer

istockphoto.com

The science is out on whether or not drinking alcohol in moderation will help you live longer or greatly shorten your lifespan. However, after a certain age, the way you metabolize alcohol changes. It gets way more difficult for your body to handle that one glass; you’ll get a worse hangover and higher degree of toxicity from your drink.

Eat Low-Fat Foods

istockphoto.com

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

istockphoto.com

There’s this perception that older people get up early or should get up early for their health. Nope! Don’t be sleep deprived and get up early just to work out or catch your 6 a.m. news broadcast. If you’re a natural night owl, make your own internal clock work for you. Some truly crazy things happen when you’re sleep deprived, after all!

Family History Is Ancient History

istockphoto.com

There’s no better time than now to get in touch with your family’s roots. Consider putting together your family tree or getting a DNA test to find our your ancestry. Heck! You can even just hang out with your mom and learn old family stories. Spending time with your mama is good for her health (and yours too).

Gray Hair Is for Old Ladies

istockphoto.com

Celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, and Glenn Close proudly and loudly rock their gray hair, and you should too. Forget that dye. Heck, even younger celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna have dyed their hair gray on purpose. It’s on trend!

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

istockphoto.com

Listen, life won’t go on forever. If you want something badly enough, go after it! Whether it’s a new job, a new love, or a major raise. Be proactive!

If You Haven’t Done It by Now, You Never Will

istockphoto.com

Says who? You’re 50, not extinct. There are so many new things one can try to do in life. You can pick up a new sport, learn a new language, or do anything you want to. The time for self-improvement is now.

I’m Too Old For ___

istockphoto.com

Think your days of solo travel, going to music festivals, or skydiving are behind you? Well, they aren’t! It’s never too late to try something exciting and new. If you’ve always wanted to go scuba diving, what’s stopping you? Go explore the world!

Just Call the Handyman

istockphoto.com

Don’t undertake a massive plumbing project on your own, but knowing how to do basic household maintenance like fixing a leaking pipe, rewiring a lamp, or tiling a bathroom floor can be very rewarding and save you tons of money.

Leave the Past in the Past

istockphoto.com

Maybe it’s been decades since you last talked to your best friend from high school. You may think it’s too late to reconnect, but it isn’t! Pick up the phone and give them a ring. You’ll have a nice time reminiscing about the good ol’ days, and maybe you’ll have a new old friend again.

Life's a Picnic

istockphoto.com

Life isn’t always easy, so don’t pretend that it is. How can you take this piece of advice and flip it on its head? Take a little time out and actually go on a picnic. Spending time in nature can de-stress you, and we all know classic picnic foods are the best.

Little White Lies Don’t Hurt

istockphoto.com

Oh, but they do. You are very much an adult, so just be honest with those around you. This isn’t a license to be rude or hurtful, but remember that honesty is always the best policy.

Losing Weight Is All About Counting Calories

istockphoto.com

Counting calories is actually sabotaging any hopes of losing weight. Plus, as you age, your metabolism fluctuates. There’s a very real possibility it will slow down. Instead of focusing on numbers, focus on your hunger cues and cravings.

Men and Women Can’t Just Be Friends

istockphoto.com

There’s an old-fashioned stigma that one person will end up catching feelings for another if a man and woman try to simply be friends. Let’s blame When Harry Met Sally. But it’s 2018! Men and women can totally have a platonic friendship, and they can be seriously rewarding.

Networking Is for New College Grads

istockphoto.com

You may feel very secure in your career at 50, but you never know what may happen. Stay plugged in to your chosen industry through Facebook, LinkedIn, and networking events. Heck, you’re never too old to make more money and have new job opportunities!

No New Friends

istockphoto.com

You may feel contented with the friends you have already. You have 50 years’ worth of relationships! But in fact, people with close friendships live longer. So connect with new people — you never know who you may hit it off with!

Once a Bad Cook, Always a Bad Cook

istockphoto.com

You can always pick up a new skill, no matter the age. Do you want to learn how to bake bread at home? Bake some bread! If you’re seriously intimidated by the kitchen, consider starting with these simple weeknight recipes.

Rigorous Exercise Is the Way to Go

istockphoto.com

You know which exercise is just as beneficial is high-intensity interval training? Walking. Truly! So instead of risking injury by going to that CrossFit gym or waking up at the crack of dawn to get an eight-mile run in, just take a 30-minute walk through the park. Heck, you can even stop and smell the roses along the way!

Sing Like No One Is Listening

istockphoto.com

OK, we’ll take this one literally. Sing like everyone is listening and embrace your flaws. We suggest doing this by going to karaoke. Trust us, it’s fun.

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

istockphoto.com

Maybe you’ve been smoking for 35 years, and at 50, what’s the point in quitting? Well, smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death. Immediately after you toss your cigarettes to the side, you blood pressure drops, your body’s oxygen levels improve, and your risk of heart disease drops considerably.

Sugar Free Snacks Are Healthier Than Sugar Snacks

istockphoto.com

There’s Shame in the ‘Senior Discount’

istockphoto.com

You’ve been paying full-price for dinner, shows, and movie theater tickets your whole life. It’s time to embrace that discount. Flaunt your 50!

There’s Something Wrong With Being Alone

istockphoto.com

Don’t isolate yourself from others (loneliness can lead to health problems after all), but there’s no need to feel like you always need to be engaging with someone else. In fact, being alone and at peace with yourself is a useful skill at any age.

Time Heals All Wounds

istockphoto.com

Yes, nothing helps a broken heart or a major loss quite like time, but don’t be afraid to be proactive in your mental health after tragedy. There’s no shame in seeing a mental health professional, and actually, a therapist can be quite beneficial at any time.

Trends Are for the Trendy

istockphoto.com

Do you really admire your niece’s habit of dyeing her hair wild colors but feel like you can’t get in on the action? Oh, please! It may be called “millennial pink,” but that hair color will look fabulous on you. Don’t be afraid to shake up your style just because it’s for “young adults.” You’re only as old as you feel, after all.

Wearing ___ Is for Young Folks

istockphoto.com

Articles of clothing come in sizes, not ages (unless you’re an actual toddler). As we’ve said before, you’re only as old as you feel. Wear that cold shoulder top, V-neck T-shirt, or stiletto heel. It’s all about what makes you feel confident!

When in Doubt, Do It Yourself

istockphoto.com

You may have a lot of wisdom in your 50 years, but you don’t know everything. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or collaborate with a team on work projects.

You Can Eat All Your Favorite Foods No Matter the Age

istockphoto.com

New allergies, intolerances, and food sensitivities can develop at any age. Maybe you used to eat cheese by the pound, but suddenly it makes you sick. If you’re having weird symptoms, consider getting an allergen test.

You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

istockphoto.com

Oh, but you can! Don’t believe it? Consider actually adopting an older pet from a shelter. It will be good for you and for that sweet dog or cat.

You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About

istockphoto.com

At age 50, you’ve been there and done that. You have plenty of wisdom to spread to the younger generation. Your daughter doesn’t think you understand the modern dating landscape? Oh honey, you know all about how tricky dating can be, and you have plenty of anecdotes to back up your knowledge.

You Need a ‘Beach Bod’

istockphoto.com

No matter what age you are, any person’s body on the sand is a “beach body.” But we get it, in your youth you were insecure. Throw those body issues out the door when you turn 50 and learn to love your body. If you want to feel the sun on your belly, rock that bikini no matter your size! If someone has issues seeing your buns out in the sun, that’s their problem, not yours.

You Need to Act ‘Dignified’

istockphoto.com

Says who? While you do have years of experience behind you, embracing your inner kid is the key to living a happy life. So go ahead, laugh it up. Smile, joke around, and have fun. Life is only so long.

You Need to Work, Work, Work

istockphoto.com

Yes, saving for retirement is important and you shouldn’t stop contributing to your 401(k) just because you have senior stats, but there’s no need to work your tail off, either. Feel free to take that extended vacation to Europe. Even if your time off is unpaid, there’s only so much time left to see some of the wonders of the world.

You'll Find Love When You Stop Looking

istockphoto.com

Forget that! Be proactive! Get on dating websites, go to mixers, swipe right and swipe left to your heart’s desire.

Your Best Days Are Behind You

istockphoto.com


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Green Smoothies Recipes (and a tip!)

I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for about 5-6 years now. I love them.

And what’s not to love?

They are healthy and taste great. (well, they can taste bad too but I’m going to help you with that)

I would’ve shared them with you before now but around January of last year, within months of starting this blog, I had lofty dreams of creating another blog devoted solely to food and recipes.

Funny. I had no clue how involved (creating content, taking photos, editing photos, writing, building etc) a blog was.

I do now.
Let’s just say, I won’t be starting a second blog anytime soon. ) (edited to add…I did finally start that blog in March/2015 –>> www.foodiechicksrule.com :) )

So….that means I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes here with you all. See the new little “recipe” tab up above?
That’s where they’ll be.
I love to cook and I love to cook healthy which means I have a bunch of recipes I’m looking forward to sharing with you throughout the new year.

But first….let’s talk GREEN SMOOTHIES (and then green smoothies recipes, too).

Super healthy and a great way to get your veggies.

I’m also a fan of juicing but today we’ll just talk smoothies. :)
The problem with making smoothies has always been prep and such. Not really a problem, I suppose, but just involved and time consuming.

All fine and good…and healthy…. but who has time for that?

So, I tended to get a bit slack in my smoothie making at times.
Until I decided to pack them up in serving sizes for the freezer.

Lay it all out, cut it up, package ….all at one time. What a time saver.

So simple…not sure why I never thought of doing this before. Anyway, wow, sure makes it easier to eat healthy!

Grab a bag, add juice or water and go…

Can’t get much easier than that…..

*I’ve included an affiliate link for the Vitamix below (which I love!). See full disclosure here.

My blender is a *Vitamix 5200 Series Blender that I purchased from Costco about 5 years ago.
It’s a bit pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
It blends everything up WELL. And you want these green smoothies blended well, trust me on that. )
If you don’t have a Vita Mix, no worries, you can still make palatable smoothies. :) It’s just my preference to use the Vitamix for them.

Years ago when I first started making green smoothies organic fruits and vegetables were more hard to come by.
Nowadays they are much more readily available. Costco has all kinds of organic berries and fruit, frozen.
They also have some organic greens and vegetables. Kroger is a great place for organics too. (no affiliation..it’s just where I shop :) )
You definitely want to use organic whenever possible, for obvious reasons.

I’ve had many requests for recipes but I will tell you, it’s a “trial and error” kind of thing.
I will include some here for you though.

You will figure out as you go along what you like and what you don’t.
What tastes good and what doesn’t.
And how to add things to camouflage some of the stronger greens (like Kale and Mustard Greens, for example–>and always remove the stems, they make your smoothie very bitter)

As a rule, I’d suggest rotating your greens weekly. You don’t want to eat the same thing over and over again.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same applies with your additions. I’d rotate and mix it up a bit.
Even taking a break from smoothies all together, from time to time.

So don’t forget to label your smoothies with the type of green that it contains (and the date is always good too) when freezing.

You can add any kind of juice (or water to keep the “sugar” content down) or milk, almond milk etc.
I personally try to stay away from cow’s milk and do not drink soy milk for health reasons.
My choice is unsweetened almond milk or water, occasionally juice.

Below are some ideas of ingredients for your green smoothies recipes:

Greens
Spinach
Kale
Romaine Lettuce
Parsley
Chard
Mustard Greens
Beet Leaves

Fruits
Mango
Apples
Oranges
Pears
Peaches
Bananas
Grapes

Berries
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Vegetables
Celery
Carrots
Beets
Cucumbers
Peppers

Fresh ginger root is a nice addition too sometimes. Gives it a bit of a zip. )
You can add things like Flax or Chia seeds, protein powder, etc.
Cocoa is nice to add along with almond milk (and even instant coffee crystals) for a “Frozen Cafe Mocha” style drink…only healthier.

You can use sweeteners until you get used to the flavor. I don’t anymore unless I’m making something like I mentioned above.
The fruit makes it sweet enough for me.
The sweeteners I use are Stevia, Xylitol and Agave. (I don’t use Agave as often)
You can use whatever you like to sweeten.

Anyway, here are a few recipes to get you going.
(ice is not necessary if you make them ahead of time and freeze)
–all recipes say 𔄙 large handful”…adjust as needed, more or less. (I do more greens/veggies and less fruit but I don’t like very sweet things in general)

A very good basic green smoothies recipes to start:

1 large handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 mango (or 1 peach)
small handful of grapes
5-6 baby carrots
ice and water

OH! ..and don’t be turned off by the lovely brown shade these “green” smoothies can turn with the addition of berries.
They may not look appetizing but they are still super healthy and still very green. )

Now remember, these are just basic guidelines. You can add a little more of this or a little more of that.
You will get a feel for it after you’ve made a few.
And if it doesn’t taste right, add something until it does.

Love it? PIN it to save it!

Have you tried green smoothies before? Think you might?

I hope you will. It’s a great way to get your veggies in. :)

**Please visit my new FOOD blog over at www.foodiechicksrule.com for more recipes!**

Note: I am not a health professional or medical doctor. The information and directions given on this site are of my own opinions and my own experiences with such and not meant to take the place of medical or professional advice. You may choose to try any or all recipes, etc, I post at your own discretion.


Watch the video: Long Island Businesswomen Get Inspired to Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke (December 2021).