Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 1 - November 2012 GSC

Welcome to our Monthly Green Smoothie Challenge!

Next month the GSC will be on December 17 and 18 - be sure to mark on your calendar!

When mandarins are in season I buy them by the box, and love snacking on these lovely little gems!

Marvellous Mandarin GS

1-1/2 cups water
3 or 4 peeled mandarin oranges
1 banana, peeled
2 cups spinach leaves, tightly packed
1" chunk ginger
  • Adding the water, oranges and banana to the blender first makes for easier blending if you are using a regular blender - I use a Vitamix
  • To this liquid blend, add the spinach and ginger and blend again until smooth and creamy
  • For an extra kick, add some lime juice and a small chunk of Jalapeno
Mandarins are good sources of vitamins A and C for our eyes and immunity. Did you know that dried mandarin peels have been used for hundreds of years in Chinese cooking and used in the formulation of traditional Chinese medicine. The peels are considered to be a medicinal herb and a popular ingredient found in tonics and beverages. 


I came across this drink in Victoria Boutenko's book, Green Smoothie Revolution, and decided to give it a try. With a very pleasant fruity taste and pink colour, this drink can be a good way to ease into Green Smoothies!

Green Strawberry Drink

3 stalks celery
2 bananas, peeled
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 pear, stem removed
2 cups water

  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy
Strawberries not only taste good, but are also good for us. They are loaded with dietary fibre, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties and are good for healthy eyes. With lots of vitamin C and manganese they are also good for bone health.

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