My husband Ted, a.k.a. the Smoothie King, suggested we name this blueberry spinach smoothie Dark and Anti, thanks to its rich color and mega-dose of antioxidants. I love this smoothie, but think the name doesn't do it justice, so I've dubbed it Purple and Powerful. The spinach plays a supporting role, so what you have is a vibrant fruit smoothie with a bonus of dark leafy greens tucked inside, perfect for sending kids back to school with a serving of vegetables for breakfast. I tried on two different days to get a good photo of this amazing smoothie, and believe it or not, these photos are the best of the bunch. Purple and Powerful looks much better in real life than it does here. Alas, I don't seem to have the smoothie photography gene. You'll have to trust me, and taste for yourself.
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The first time my husband Ted whizzed up this blueberry, apple and basil smoothie, it was Memorial Day weekend, when we'd just planted our basil in the herb garden, and a few leaves needed to be trimmed. On a whim, Ted tossed the leaves into his new blender. Who knew that blueberries and basil could be so happy together? You can use frozen blueberries or fresh, whatever is easiest to find. The fresh herb adds a little savory edge to what would otherwise be a sweet smoothie, just enough but not too much, a bit of brightness that tickles your tongue in a pleasant way. Now, if only we could do something to brighten up the color.
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To be honest, I thought I'd be the last person ever to utter these words: "I like green smoothies!" Yet, when my husband Ted whipped up this green goodness smoothie, with baby spinach leaves providing the green, and bananas and raisins serving up the goodness, I fell in love with the whole green smoothie thing right then and there. Cold and refreshing for breakfast on a hot summer morning, this smoothie might be equally good with tender baby kale, and apple juice instead of the white grape juice, and dates in place of raisins, but it was pretty perfect just the way Ted made it. After I finished this little glass, I had another, and another after that. What a great way to start the day, with a serving of dark leafy greens dressed up in something icy cold and sweet.
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My husband Ted's enthusiastic adventures in smoothie making continue, and this berry blast smoothie, made with two kinds of berries plus cherries, is one of my favorites. I love the undertone of grape juice, though you could swap in unsweetened apple juice, or plain water. For breakfast, add some granola or sliced almonds on top. Substitute vanilla frozen yogurt for the plain nonfat yogurt, and you have a first-class afternoon snack. If you have fresh strawberries, use those, and add a couple of ice cubes. What I'm trying to say is that smoothies are forgiving; alter the proportion of ingredients this way or that way, secure in the knowledge that you can't go wrong.
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