Saturday, February 2, 2013

Smoothie Saturday | Mango Acai Super Smoothie

Wow, you'd think I'm writing a food blog with all the posts I've had this week. As it probably should be, blog imitates life, and currently my life is very focused on nutrition and whole foods and cooking. I have some very exciting house news coming up though, so I'm sure to change gears from food to decor in the next month (and no, we aren't moving unless we win the dream home we bought tickets for).

Anyways, as luck would have it, I ran out of my "pre-bagged" frozen smoothie mix, and so this post which was supposed to show you the 10+ different goodies in my go-to smoothie has now resulted in a smoothie du-jour recipe. Nonetheless, it's tasty and healthy and still super easy to whip up with a little prep.


Mango Acai Super Smoothie


From top, clockwise
  • Frozen Organic Mango Chunks (Costco)
  • Organic Black Kale (aka Dinosaur Kale) -(Thrifty's Foods)
  • Frozen Bananas
  • Dried Mint (Bulk Spice section at Grocer)
  • Acai Mango Zinger Tea (Bag cut open) - (Celestial Seasonings brand- bought at Walmart)
  • Organic Spinach Cubes (Made from pureed spinach and water) - (Costco)
  • Power Mix (made from hemp hearts, chia, flax and buckwheat) - (Costco and Bulk)
  • Acai Juice Supplement (frozen into cubes)- (Costco)



I never thought of cutting up tea bags to use the tea insides until I realized what matcha green tea is. Yup, just ground up green tea. So, I've started including green tea or hibiscus tea (zinger) in every smoothie for an extra flavour kick and a huge amount of nutrient dense leafies and antioxidants. Dried mint is also a very inexpensive and tasty way to rev up the nutrition in your smoothie.

I just discovered black kale last month and it is now the only kind I buy. It has a much more buttery texture than regular old kale, I find it stays fresh and crisp in the fridge for much longer (no need to make kale cubes if it's gone within the week) and it tastes SO GOOD cut up in soups and stir frys.

The rest of the ingredients are pretty self explanatory. Give it a go!

Any great ingredients you've put in your smoothie lately?

4 comments:

  1. Hi,
    This sound delish! I used to drink a smoothie every morning many years ago and then got out of the habit. Am trying to get back at it again!
    Some questions:
    1) Since you have frozen some of the things do you add any other ice to the mix?
    2) I have always frozen overripe bananas to use to make banana bread so they don't get wasted. You have frozen bananas and they look like fresh. How do you that and not make them mushy?
    3) As for the loose tea (from the tea bags) do you use all the contents or part of it?
    I probably have many more questions but that's all I can think of right now.
    Thanks for your time,
    Cathy
    P.S. The only think I added extra was protein powder.

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    1. Hi Cathy! Thanks so much for your questions!
      1) I never add ice! The frozen ingredients are perfectly frosty for me!
      2) They key is to PEEL the bananas before freezing! Cut them into bite sized pieces, place on a wax papered cookie sheet and freeze. One frozen, you can put them in a freezer bag. This is the only way I freeze my bananas and it's great for both smoothies and making banana ice cream which is a favourite treat of mine!
      3) I use the entire contents of the tea bag. I also use green tea as well.
      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  2. Wow Jen, you have a quiet a smoothie, so how long did it took you to prepare this one? I hope you will create a smoothy using an organic herb like this tulsi herbs because I've been looking for some organic recipes that I haven't tried yet.

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  3. Great recipe and so inexpensive because of Costco. Thanks a bunch! This just shows that super nutritious smoothies don't have to cost a lot! Great idea!!

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