25 November 2012

Strawberry Spinach Booster


I am always thinking up new smoothie recipes and ways to pack then with nutrients. I have been thinking about using quinoa in smoothies for a while now. Quinoa is known as a superfood, so it seemed an ideal smoothie ingredient.




I wanted to use the quinoa as an uncooked wholegrain, so I had to grind it. Luckily Vitamix UK sent me a dry blade to try, so it was easy to grind my quinoa into a fine powder.

The Vitamix dry blade comes in a 0.9L jug, that fits on top of the vitamix in place of the standard 2L wet container.

If you don't have a vitamix, save for one. Seriously! If not, you could grind your quinoa in a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar. You may have to sieve it before adding it to your smoothie.



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Strawberry Spinach Booster
A thick smoothie made with frozen strawberries, banana, avocado and spinach.
Ingredients
  • 10 frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • a small handful of baby spinach
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tsp quinoa powder
  • 4 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • ½ pint milk
Instructions

1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and whizz until smooth. 
2. If it is a little thick, just add more milk. 
3. Serve in wine glasses.

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Yield: Serves 4



Disclosure: Vitamix sent me a Vitamix Dry Blade to try out. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

17 comments:

  1. Wow - your smoothie still looks pink and not a sludgy brown like I would have expected with the mixture of reds and greens in it.

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    1. I know, I suppose there was quite a lot of strawberries. Sometimes smooties are a bit sludgy, but so good for you :)

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  2. It does look good and yes the vivid pink makes it far more appetising than some of the smoothies I've come up with.

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    1. It is hard to keep a good colour when making a smoothie. I think bought ones cheat and add colouring. They must!

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  3. oh dear, that really doesn't appeal to me at all. What did it taste like?

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    1. Creamy with a strong flavour of strawberry with earthy tones. It was actually very pleasant. Cooper glugged his down too.

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  4. this is fantastic! love it - I would never have thought to use quinoa in this way - brilliant!
    Mary x

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    1. Thanks Mary. Needs must ! Cooper is going through a not eating much stage at the moment.

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  5. One of my early objections to almond and rice milk (that I've since gotten over, after trying various brands) was that it tended to be gritty - your dry blade must just take this down to dust! I hadn't realized that quinoa might be healthier uncooked - is it? What a great way to use it.

    I'm researching and gearing up to try the 5:2 thing - again, thanks for kicking it off.

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    1. Most things are healthier uncooked, but I couldn't say what difference it makes with quinoa. Good luck with the 5:2 Tanita. I am fasting today :)

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  6. I've been wanting to do more juicing and introduce it to Pablo, this sound like a great combination. Would make a nutritious snack! Beautiful color too:-)

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    1. You do so well with Pablo already. I am sure he will love smoothies too.

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  7. I was lucky enough to try all sorts of smoothies at FBC this year as Vitamix were there and I LOVED their strawberry and cabbage ones! This looks JUST as lush Jac! Karen

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    1. Strawberry and cabbage, well I wouldn't have thought of that Karen :)

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