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Cherry Citrus Smoothie


We have stumbled on new flavors!   Literally, I visited the marked down produce section.  Ugly fruit makes good smoothies!  

Today’s surprise was cherries.  Which are just starting to come into the stores at the price of silver instead of gold.  The was the when is an orange not an orange find (when it’s a blood orange) as well.  But that said, there’s a quick shout out to a new friend, Harshita (https://hersheysworld.wordpress.com) for the rememberence that everyone needs a little flax seed in their lives. 

That said here’s the Mad Scientist List:

Two handful Spring Mix

Twelve ounces (350ml) Almond Milk

One medium Lemon

One Blood Orange

One medium Orange

Half Cup of Blueberries 

Twenty of the Ugliest Cherries (pitted)

Two Tablespoons of Flax Seed Powder

Two Teaspoons Cherry Limeade Powder (optional)

The Spring Mix should be blended smooth with the almond milk and Flax seed powder.  The silky green will be best continued if you add the citrus pieces one at a time.  Segment them and peel off as much of the zest and fiber as possible.  The more left on the chunkier it will be  and more bitter it will taste. The blueberries and cherries come last.  The cherries will not blend completely smooth but they are for flavor.

REBLOG Interesting article from Science Daily : Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160422091900.htm

High Fructose Corn Syrup alters the genes in the Brian.  Well, these people seen to think so.   But the US government subsidiaries help fund our destruction health.  Yeah that’s it!

Pear Pineapple Smoothie

 
 
New flavor combo!  New colors!  Pears make great smoothies. Of course, coconut water and pineapple mixes well with oranges.   This green color is probably due to spinach, but the flavor is well hidden.
The mad scientist list:

Two handfuls of Spinach

Two small Pears

Two small Oranges

One cup cubed Pineapple

1/2 liter Coconut Water

Two tablespoons Flaxseed Powder

Pink Lemonade PreWorkout Powder

For best texture, blend spinach and coconut water smooth first.  I added orange and pineapple, then finished with pear and powders.  This made 1.75 liters or about 58 ounces.  If you are drinking them the next day you will want to add an extra half cup water.

Blueberry Lemon Orange Smoothie – Best Yet

  
We are going back to the drawing board on the first week of smoothie making.  What have we learned?  They need more fluid than you think, unless you drink them right away.   The protein is a necessity for keep you full, but there’s a little adjustment in the tummy.  But lemons and blueberries are back for Day 8!

The mad scientist list:

One Orange

Two Lemons

Two cups of frozen Blueberries (Berry Mix)

Two handfuls of Mixed Greens

Two tablespoons Flaxseed or Protein Powder.

One cup Green Tea

The Mixed Greens and Green Tea should be blended until smooth.  The orange and lemons are peeled and sectioned.  Add the fruit together and blend smooth.  Add the protein powder and blend a third time.  This receipe made 52 ounces (1.6liters).  This is best thing to come out of my blender!!

Pineapple Strawberries Smoothie – Day 7

  
Day seven and the when will it end phase has hit the dieting world.  While visions of toasted brown chipotle cheese stuffed poblano peppers run wild in my head.  I look at the dwindling food stock for the next luscious smoothie.  What the hell goes with pineapple, strawberries and coconut milk?

The mad scientist list:

One medium Apple (I used Pink Lady, tart flavor)

1 1/2 Cups of Pineapple chunks

Eight Strawberries (quartered without crowns)

Two handfuls Mix Greens

6 ounces (200 ml). Coconut lite milk

One Cup of Water

Two Tablespoons Flaxseed (any protein) powder

For best results, add green to the liquid and let it go for about two minutes.  This will give completely smooth start for the fruit.  I added the apple (quartered and cored) and strawberries.  Blended this smooth before finishing with the pineapple and protein powder.  The texture was still a little coarse after two minutes at a liquefy setting.  It still looks green but has lost the green taste.  It’s not my cheese stuffed pepper, but nothing else is.

Banana Berry Almond Smoothie – Day 6

   
   

We are running at full speed in Smoothie Land!  The receipes are getting easier because I can understand what the product will look like now.  The process is explained differently in each book or post.  First thing learned after one week of use, blend greens with liquid.  Once the green liquid is smooth add protein or powder supplement.  We now have good looking smoothies!  Well, it helps!
Today’s Mad Scientist List:

One cup Blueberries

One Frozen Banana

One cup Red Grapes

Eight Strawberries (quartered)

Two handful greens (Spinach and Spring Mix)

One and half cups Almond Milk

One Tablespoon Flaxseed Powder

One Tablespoon Chia Seeds ground

First step, take greens and Almond milk and blend smooth.  Add the proteins and blend thirty seconds.  The fruit comes next!  For best look, cut grapes in half.  I’m ok with a little bits in smoothie. As in picture above, strawberries and banana are in chunks.  This all blends in under a minute to a fairly smooth apparence.  This receipe will produce about 35 ounces (1.1 liters).
 

After several smoothies, I have the following advice.  If you don’t like an ingredient, say Mango.  The Mango Lime Smoothie won’t taste good.  As much as I like to think you can dress up a smoothie to mask things.  Think lipstick on a pig!  It might look slightly better but it’s still the same.  My heartfelt recommendation for first week are Banana Orange, Pineapple Orange, and Banana Coconut.  I can’t rate today’s receipe.  I drink these the next day.  It may change overnight.  They do tend to thicken up in the fridge.  

As far as weight loss, I’m not thinking much has changed.  The pants are a little loose but not much.  We are trying.

Smoothie Day 5 – Mango Lime

  
Today’s smoothie flavor is Mango Lime.  This is more green than last ones but not as coarse.  This is the smallest yet producing 30 ounces (.9 liters).

The mad scientist list:

One Orange (baseball sized)

One Lime (Palm size)

Two Thirds Cup Mango Chunks

Two handfuls of Spinach/Kale mix (remove stems)

One 11.5 ounce can Coconut Water

1/2 cup Water 

Two tablespoon Flaxseed Powder

One Teaspoon Protein Supplement

One serving Stevia

This is a little different in production.  First off, the secret to making smoothies smooth blend the spinach or greens and water/liquid first.  Blend the greens until they are completely liquified.  Then we add fruit.  The orange and lime peeled and seeded.  The powdered protein next.  You can substitute any protein powder for flaxseed.  If you are drinking it right away, use eight ice cubes instead of extra water.

Blueberry Lemon Smoothie -Day 4

  
Day four of the smoothie craze!  We are expanding boundaries and moving into lemon land.  This is a return to green stuff as well.  Green tea, spinach and kale being the green part.  I’m hoping to cover the taste well.

The Mad Scientist list of ingredients:

Two Lemons (slightly bigger than a kiwi in size)

One cup Red Grapes

Eight large Strawberries

One cup Blueberries

One cup frozen Mixed Berries

Two tablespoons Flaxseed Powder

Two handfuls of Spinach/Kale mix

20 ounces (700ml) Green Tea

The lemons were peeled with some white fiber left on.  Strawberries quartered with crowns removed.  The mixed berries were blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.  You may wish to slice grapes to make them blend better.  The smoothie looks a little uneven, not particularly smooth.  Either over blend, or cut up fruit more for smoother apparence. The total volume here was about 40 ounces (1.2 L). So adjust accordingly.  

  

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie Day3

  

The journey into smoothie-land goes tropical!  I searched high and low to find something worth the effort to cut up a fresh pineapple.  Well, my dear friends, I give you the next great life changing smoothie!!  Really, I’m getting better at this.  Pride comes before the fall.  So be very iffy about tomorrow’s receipt.

Humbly called Pineapple Coconut leaves out the Grape, Orange, and Peach.  This is a tropical mix.

The mad scientist list:

Half Fresh Pineapple (2 cups)

One Orange (baseball size)

One Peach 

One cup of Red Grapes

One half liter Coconut water

Two Tablespoons of Flaxseed Powder

Cut Pineapple into dice sized pieces, Orange peeled and sectioned, Peach sliced thin (I cheated and used frozen), the Grapes a handful and a half thrown in last, the coconut water was last in.  The blender was set for smoothie for three minutes and pulsed to break up grapes.  You may want to cut grapes in half first.

Enjoy, please feel free to express any experiences with these.  Tomorrow’s dream blueberry lemon….well berry something.