Saturday, September 27, 2008

Green Smoothies

Have you every heard of green smoothies? If you haven't had one or never heard of one, you are probably wondering why anyone would drink something that is the color of green! Well, get ready for a nutritious, delicious drink for breakfast, lunch or really anytime you are in the mood.

I have a Vitamix blender, which is really great for making smoothies, and lots of other things. No, they aren't paying me to endorse their product. I've had my Vitamix for over 20 years, a gift from the best mother-in-law on the face of the earth, yep, that would be my mother-in-law, Ella. She is 94 years young and is still doing great. Anyway, back to the smoothy. You can get some recipes from . This is a great way to start. Once you know what ingredients you like, then just start experimenting. Today, I started with:

1 c. green grapes (picked up today from the farmer's market...sweet and delicious)
2 c. baby spinach
1 medium ripe banana
1 medium peach, peeled and pit removed (also picked up at the farmer's market)
1/2 c. lemonade (it was already made up and in the refrigerator)
1 c. ice cubes

You just put it all in the vitamix, or blender and put it on high for about 1 minute. I should've taken a picture of my vitamix, but it needs cleaning! I have the all stainless steel one. Love it!
Can I just say how totally delicious this is! You do not taste the spinach at all, but do get the wonderful benefit of the phytochemicals, B vitamins, and Beta Carotine! What is not to love about that! My DS#4 emphatically DID NOT want to drink this, but I insisted. He loved it as did DH. The flu/cold is going around, so I am going to start serving these more often. This made about 3 8 oz portions.

Farmer's Market Report

Happy Saturday everyone! Today I was able to go to my local Farmer's Market in Saint George, Utah. I love the setting.....Ancestor Square in downtown SG. Today I only had $14 cash on me and no checks, so I went around to all of the vendors first, then decided what I couldn't live without. Note: you can click on the picture which will enlarge it (if you are getting this in your email from me, first go to the blog, then you can enlarge the picture).

My first purchase was the sunflower sprouts. I think that this is my first purchase of every farmer's market trip. I am such a creature of habit! If you haven't tried sunflower sprouts, then you really need to. I love them in my salads or with scrambled eggs. I had a nice little visit with the vendor, Lea's Micro Market. I told her how lame my sunflower sprouts were, and she filled me in on the secret to successfully growing my own. I'll save that for another better come back if you're really wanting to know!

OK, I love the vendor where I purchased the pomegranate. I also got the grapes from her. I always buy things from the figs in previous visits. If you want to see my previous farmer's market reports, go to my other blog, .

On the way out I saw these wonderful onions, and I needed that for the Carolina Crock pot Chicken recipe I am making for Sunday dinner (which also happens to be my DS#1's birthday celebration dinner).

I tasted some terrific refrigerator pickles from a gal named Julie. For $3 a small bottle, I caved in and parted with the cash. Yea, I know, I could make my own, but not having a garden, I am not tempted this year. Maybe next year I'll get something going with a garden.

I had $2 left, and was at the car, and felt impressed to go back and buy the garlic. I got 3 for $1 and then got 3 peaches for $1 from the same vendor. So, I have no more cash, but I do have some lovely produce. I had to take another picture of the grapes, because they look so gorgeous!

I'm off to make a green smoothie. Maybe I'll take some pictures and share the recipe with you!