I was at Whole Foods yesterday & grabbed an Odwalla Original Superfood Smoothie, as I was going through checkout ~ a complete impulse buy. They were two for $4 ~ such a steal. (no really, I did pay for it :) It was just me, so I only bought the one. Big mistake! By the time I got home, I had already consumed the smoothie ~ the flavor combo was just what I didn't know I needed. I was still thirsty for more green, satiny fruit goodness. The original 12 ounce bottle sounded ample enough at the time, but I was craving more... M O R E...
After I put my groceries away, I started scrounging around in my fridge, freezer & cupboards. I found that I had most of the items needed to make a pretty close match to what had been in my now taunting, empty smoothie bottle. I must admit, I was missing the juices of wheat/barley grasses, wheat sprouts, dulse & Jerusalem artichoke ~ but I did have the stuff they pictured on the back of the label & that included the Spirulina. (yeah, I know, I have weird things lurking in my pantry :) I was also out of apple juice, the last of it went out with J's lunchbox. So, I decided to use some V8 V*Fusion since it's made with fruits & veggies ~ I figured I could make up for the missing green stuff with some other colorful fruit & veggie juices. Works for me.
I gotta say, this smoothie turned out AMAZING!! The color was not the dark green of the Original Superfood Smoothie, because I didn't have the all the green grass stuff & since I used an Acai Mixed Berry V8 V*Fusion (it's purple). Fine by me. It did have the same texture & an addicting taste. YEAH!! Next time, if I find I just have to have it green, I'll throw in a handful of spinach. Maybe one time I'll try it with just apple juice, but I doubt it, I'm pretty partial to the V8 V*Fusion juices ~ you get one serving of fruit & one serving of veg in every 8 ounce glass. Such a bargain!
Now, I can make my own easy, smoothie version, whenever I want. I'm calling it my ~ Healthy Super Food Smoothie. Take that taunting, empty, soon to be recycled smoothie bottle! :) heehee
Healthy Super Food Smoothie
inspired by drinking an Odwalla's Original Superfood Smoothie
1/4 cup water
1 inch slice of banana
1/4 cup frozen cubed mango (I use Trader Joe's frozen mangoes )
2 large frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen peach (as may frozen slices as look like 1/2 a peach)
1/4 tsp Spirulina powder (I get mine in the bulk aisle of Whole Foods)
Throw all together in the blender & whirl away
~ Enjoy! ~
~ if you have fresh fruit, by all means use it instead of frozen, I used
mostly frozen fruit because that's what I had available ~
I made this smoothie again & added a large handful of spinach...this time I got the green color that I was missing before. Oh, yeah! :)