Monday, January 7, 2013

Hello Sunshine! (Mango, Ginger, Clementine and...Broccoli) Smoothie

Today's a transition day--back to school for R and G, back to a full work week for the first time in three weeks for SPH and back to my mommy routine for me!

With a busy day before us, how did I power up this morning?  With my new favorite smoothie, named after today's abundant sunshine, please meet my:

Hello Sunshine! Smoothie...

Here's the cool part--besides just sweet clementines and mango, there is also a secret power-food ingredient in this glass too.  Wanna guess?

Yes, broccoli!  But if you try to make a smoothie out of the florets, you'll end up with a green, sort of gritty (unless you have a super blender) not-so-smooth, smoothie.

Instead of using the florets, use the part of the broccoli you probably aren't accustomed to eating, the inner stalk.

Loaded with the same nutrients as the rest of the broccoli, you can use the inner, soft part of the stalk to power-up your smoothie without tasting like, well, as broccoli smoothie.

Simply cut off the florets and then slice off the tough sides of the stalk like so:

Then get ready to dice up the stalk:

 Keep dicing until you have about 1/2 cup:

 Ok, now you're ready to put it all together:

Hello Sunshine! Smoothie

1 cup diced mango (buy it frozen to make it easy)
1/2 - 3/4 cup raw diced broccoli stalk
3 large or 6 small clementines, peeled and sliced
1 inch piece of ginger, diced
enough milk (almond, soy, dairy, coconut or rice) to measure about 4 cups (with the fruit too)

Combine all the ingredients (if you aren't a ginger fan, you can omit it, but it is super tasty if you'll give it a try!). 

 Blend well. Add more milk, if necessary, to reach the desired consistency.

 Makes enough for 2 - 16oz smoothies, one for today, one for tomorrow or later in the week!

Use an extra jar store it for the next day!

Life is sweet,


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the idea to use broccoli stalk in a smoothie! I have been using greens, but I would have never thought to use the part of the broccoli I usually end up throwing away. Yummy recipe!

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