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As I was brainstorming recipes to top off green smoothie week on Organize Yourself Skinny my favorite summer time beverage -lemonade – popped into my head. In my opinion, there are few things more refreshing on a hot humid Buffalo summer day than an ice-cold glass of lemonade.
I loved the idea of using lemon in a green smoothie but I was not sure what else to put with it. I guess any fruit would do because really I think lemon makes all food taste good. But I wanted something that made sense. Then I got a flashback to my waitressing days when we used to serve up this delicious raspberry lemonade. Raspberries in a green smoothie sounded good to me. But I needed more substance so I decided to throw strawberries in too. Low and behold I had a berry lemonade green smoothie!
In addition to the berries I use ½ of a banana and 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup. This gave the smoothie that perfect lemonade sweetness. Put the other banana half in the freezer for a future smoothie. If you wanted you could probably leave the banana out. It just might be a little tart. For the green I used kale. You can use spinach.
Once blended up, using my new Vitamix S30, it tasted like a berry lemonade slushy. It was so good and I absolutely loved it! Perfect green smoothie for the summertime.
I used the new Vitamix S30 to blend up this smoothie recipe. It worked great. This blender is a perfect size for someone cooking for 1 or 2 people or maybe just has a small kitchen. It is small, sleek, and easy to hide away when done using. It comes with a 20 ounce to go cup and a 40 ounce container that the recipe can be blended in. I will post my full Vitamix S30 review on Friday.
- 4 large frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ banana
- ½ cup kale, packed
- juice from 1 lemon wedge
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 40 ounce container and secure into place on the blender.
- Turn dial to 1 then slowly increase to 10.
- Blend for 25 - 30 seconds or until you get the consistency you would like. If it is to thick add a little water and blend again.
Disclosure: Vitamix gave me a Vitamix S30 Blender to use for this recipe. All opinions are my own.
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