DIY, Inspiration

On Smoothies, Part III

I’m wrapping up this three part series on smoothies today. If you haven’t read them already, click here to read the first post about what I put in my smoothies, and click here to read part II on how I layer the smoothies and what I like to put on top.

Beet Berry Layered SmoothiePart III is all about smoothie inspiration! I find that instagram is a great place to find inspiration for smoothie recipes, ideas and techniques. So, here are my favorite instagram accounts for health food inspiration.

Beet Smoothies by A Million Miles


1. amillionmiless is a great instagram feed for all kinds of incredible health food recipes and beautiful photographs. Don’t these juices look mouthwatering? Her smoothie bowls and energy balls are just as delicious-looking. She also has a blog with recipes – A Million Miles.

Melody Organics

2. melodyorganics is another great account for juicing recipes and healthy living. You can also find Melody Organics on YouTube. …I’m currently saving up to buy a macerating juicer…


3. anneem83. Lots of great smoothies and juices, plus a lot of humor! She also has a beauty channel on YouTube called My Invisible Chrysalis.


4. liverawlicious is another great instagram feed for smoothie and raw food inspiration. I aspire to make such lovely smoothie bowls!

I’m so hungry now!

Tell me what some of your favorite instagram feeds are!



On Smoothies, Part II

Following up from the earlier post about what I put in my smoothies, I’m back to give some tips for making layered smoothies.

Red and Purple Smoothie

Making a layered smoothie starts with making two (or more) smoothies of different colors. It’s helpful to make both smoothies the same consistency. Otherwise, make sure the smoothie on the bottom layer is more dense than whatever you intend to put on top. It’s normal for the layers to mix a little bit. Sometimes, I’ll make one of my red, green or orange smoothies, and then just mix up some berries and yogurt to layer on top. This is a quick alternative to making two different and more involved smoothies.

layered green smoothie

One great technique that I recently discovered is to pour your bottom layer in your glass and then add in a handful of ice cubes. When you pour your second layer on, the ice cubes will help to keep your top layer from mixing to much with the layer below. The ice cubes also help to keep your smoothie ice cold.

Fruit Veggie Layered Smoothie

Once you’ve got the layering part down, it’s time to add some toppings. This is just a fun way to finish off your smoothie and make it that much more fun to eat!

Suggested Smoothie Toppings:

  • Granola
  • Freeze dried raspberries (or other freeze-dried fruit. I am a fan of these, as you can tell)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nuts – cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
  • Sliced fruit – slices or chunks of whatever you already put in your smoothie, like strawberries or bananas, make a great topping
  • Shredded coconut
  • Mint leaves

Share some of your favorite smoothie toppings in the comments!



On Smoothies, Part I

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that I have a thing for smoothies. Some of you have been asking for recipes and tips, so this is the post for you! I can’t say that I use any sort of specific recipes or measurements, but this post will talk a bit about what I like to add to my smoothies.

Beet Berry Layered Smoothie

Some days I add all of the items listed, sometimes I pick and choose and change proportions. I use a Nutri Ninja blender and blend most of my smoothies using the ultra-blend setting.

My red/purple smoothies tend to include:

  • Red Beets (raw, a few slices)
  • Berries (usually a mix of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sometimes just a handful of one kind of berry)
  • Cherries
  • Chia seeds (a generous tblsp)
  • Strawberry Kefir – one of my FAVORITE smoothie additions (no more than 4oz)
  • Pomegranate or blueberry juice (no more than 4 oz)
  • Water (as much as is needed to smooth out the blend without it getting too watery)

Strawberry Kefir

My orange smoothies tend to include:

  • Baby Carrots (4 or 5, cut into smaller pieces)
  • Golden beets (raw, a few slices)
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Ginger (one thumb or so)
  • Orange Juice (4 oz, usually less)
  • Coconut Flour (a generous tablespoon or so. It adds protein! and flavor)
  • Water

Green and Red Smoothie

My green smoothies* tend to include:

  • Baby Spinach or Kale (a generous helping)
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Golden beets
  • Ginger (one thumb or so)
  • Organic Maca Powder (1 tsp or so)
  • Aloe Vera Juice (a few tablespoons)
  • Apple Juice (4oz or less)
  • Water

*The trick to getting a green smoothie to stay green is to not add anything that is a contrasting color – adding red or purple fruits and veggies will make a nice brown color. Brown smoothies are still delicious, just not as photogenic. And the better they look, the more fun they are to drink! :)

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

You’ll probably notice that I don’t tend to use almond or soy or dairy milk in my smoothies. I have used these things in the past, and will sometimes throw a splash in here and there, but I generally just don’t like the taste of almond or soy milk very much. I tend to stay away from dairy milk in my smoothies because I am usually drinking them pre- or post-workout. I just don’t want milk in my system right before or after a workout.

A few notes:

  1. All of the fruits listed are usually frozen, bought in bulk in the freezer section of the grocery store.
  2. Sometimes I add ice cubes. Why not?
  3. I tend to add things in amounts of about 4oz
  4. Ingredients like maca powder, aloe vera juice, coconut powder, ginger, etc., I use interchangeably amongst all the different colored smoothies I make. I just do a lot of experimenting. Usually, if you add stuff you know you like, it will turn out tasty – although I have had a few smoothie fails here and there.
  5. I am of the opinion that smoothies taste better when served in a mason jar.

Orange and Red Layered Smoothie

I’m dying to hear suggestions for other things I can add to my smoothies – what do you all put in yours?? I’d love to know!

Stay tuned for Part II of the smoothies posts, which will include tips for layering smoothies and suggestions for toppings!



Spinach Ice Cubes – Perfect for Smoothies

Spinach Ice Cubes

A few mornings a week, I make a smoothie for breakfast. More often than not, I add spinach to said smoothie (see my spinach smoothie recipe). However, sometimes the spinach I buy goes bad before I can use it all. So annoying. So, thanks to pinterest and a little tweaking of this recipe, I’ve got spinach ice cubes in my freezer, ready and waiting for me to use them, and not going bad! I added flax and chia seeds to the spinach cubes too, since I usually add those into my green smoothies. I figure it’s a good way to save myself a step by just adding it all in there.

Spinach in Blender

I used:

  • 1 bag of spinach (about 10oz. – you can also use baby spinach)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup (plus more if needed) water

I added a whole heap of spinach leaves to my blender, basically filled it to the top, added about a cup of water, the chia seeds and flax and blended. I used an entire bag of spinach (I kept adding spinach to the blender once I’d blended the first batch down a bit).

Spinach Puree

Once I had a nice liquid mixture, I poured it into ice cube trays and put them in the freezer.

Spinach Ice Cubes2

After the cubes froze thoroughly, I put them all together in a freezer bag.

Spinach Ice Cubes in Freezer Bag

It’s so handy having the spinach cubes in the freezer, not worrying about them going bad, and being able to use them in place of ice cubes in my smoothies!  I just add 3 or 4 to the blender, along with my other smoothie ingredients and I’m good to go. Let me know if you try it, and if you have any suggestions on other things to add to the cubes!