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August 29, 2013

Blueberry spinach smoothie recipe {vegetarian}

Blueberry spinach smoothie, perfect back-to-school breakfast.

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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July 4, 2013

Green goodness smoothie recipe with banana and raisins {vegetarian}

Green goodness smoothie, with spinach, banana and raisins.

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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June 27, 2013

Berry blast smoothie recipe {vegetarian}

Berry blast smoothie.

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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June 11, 2013

Ted's apple smoothie recipe with yogurt, honey and cardamom {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Apple smoothie with yogurt and cardamom, for breakfast or afternoon snack.

My husband Ted has a thing for smoothies, and it turns out that he's a darned good smoothie maker. In general, Ted's an out-of-the-box thinker, and he's that kind of cook, too. He starts by reading some recipes to get a sense of proportions, then he puts together his own combinations, sometimes weird and often wonderful. There's nothing wacky in this apple smoothie. It's cool and refreshing for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Use your favorite apple, and leave the skin on for a bit of extra oomph. And don't be put off by the color, which I admit looks a bit like medicine; the taste is pure apple.

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