Berry Smoothie Incognito for #SundaySupper April Fools

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29 Mar Berry Smoothie Incognito for #SundaySupper April Fools

This week the #SundaySupper tastemakers are fooling around with food! We are presenting some fun ways to “play” with our food.  The first day of April is a day when even the most straight-laced individual can let his/her hair down, so to speak, and have a little fun being foolish or sharing some light-hearted mischief! As a community of “foodies” and fun-loving chefs, bloggers, moms, dads, etc., the members of #SundaySupper are showcasing recipes that are sure to fool, but please even the pickiest of palates. Have you struggled with getting kids to eat certain foods? Today we’re going to show you some clever ways to “hide” the nutrients and eliminate the arguments. There’s a little something for everyone here today, so take a look and join the fun with April Fools treats and a few little tricks… Be sure to read to the end my post for my Berry Smoothie Incognito to check out all the wonderful recipes highlighting ways to fool around with food!

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When I learned about the April Foods theme, I thought it would really be fun to come up with something that was not exactly as it “seemed.” I started brainstorming various recipe ideas and thinking about how some dishes might not always look like they should taste and so forth. For example, I saw a gelato company on one of the food/cooking networks who were selling “spaghetti and meatballs” gelato which was truly just the frozen treat –but it was put through commercial equipment in a way that produced what appeared to be pasta noodles and meatballs. (The kids and adults alike loved it!) That got me thinking.

My kids love smoothies and for years I have been making them with the simple basics: fruit and juice or fruit, yogurt and juice. Over the past several years, I started reading about how you could add spinach to a smoothie with very little difference in taste. I began adding a small handful here and there without complaint. Over time, I increased the ratio of green to fruit and experimented with different greens. I used spinach, but would add a little kale once in a while. Recently I started purchasing greens packages of mixes that include baby spinach, baby kale, arugula, chard and mizuna. This mix is referred to as a “power mix,” and I love it!

In keeping with the “unusual” and ways to fool with foods theme, I opted to experiment with more than traditional greens in my smoothie. I started researching about the health benefits of fresh herbs, and I discovered that flat leaf parsley has significant nutritional benefits about which I was previously unaware. According to www.medicalnewstoday.com, “[j]ust 10 sprigs provide 205% of vitamin K needs for the day, as well as 22% of vitamin C and 17% of vitamin A. This news was extremely interesting and furthered my goal of incorporating herbs into my smoothies. I additionally found that parley is currently under discussion as a skin cancer combatant. Who knew? (I encourage anyone to just google some of the benefits of herbs; it’s really fascinating information!)

I’ve been excitedly sharing my findings about greens and herbs in smoothies, so I’ll also tell you I was anticipating calling my smoothie a different name — something to do with the word “green,” but when I mixed significant amounts of red berries with greens, I got what I anticipated in color: brown. It didn’t sound appealing at all, so I had to opt for something that indicated a disguise of sorts, hence: “incognito.” This smoothie almost appears to be chocolate, but it’s fully “berries” in flavor. Anyway, it worked! April Fools!

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Ingredients (for 2 servings)

2 small/medium bananas, cubed

5 large fresh strawberries, stems removed

10 fresh raspberries

1/4 c fresh blueberries

1/2 c pomegranate juice

1 c frozen strawberries or mixed berries

1 1/2 c mixed “power greens” or mixture of your choice

1/2 c fresh parsley

1/3 c fresh mint

Additional berries and mint to garnish

Instructions

Pour the juice in the blender, followed by 1 of the bananas and 1/2 c of the power greens, parsley and mint.

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Blend until mixture is incorporated and liquified.

Add the remaining ingredients and blend until thick and smooth. Serve with fresh berries and mint to garnish.

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Berry Smoothie Incognito for #SundaySupper April Fools
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Healthy
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Serves: 2
 
A mixture of fruits and greens, including herbs that is packed with nutrients but designed to taste so good, no one will ever know the hidden, beneficial gems within!
Ingredients
  • 2 small/medium bananas, cubed
  • 5 large fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 10 fresh raspberries
  • ¼ c fresh blueberries
  • ½ c pomegranate juice
  • 1 c frozen strawberries or mixed berries
  • 1½ c mixed "power greens" or mixture of your choice
  • ½ c fresh parsley
  • ⅓ c fresh mint
  • Additional berries and mint to garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour the juice in the blender, followed by 1 of the bananas and ½ c of the power greens, parsley and mint.
  2. Blend until mixture is incorporated and liquified.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until thick and smooth. Serve with fresh berries and mint to garnish.

Check out all the fun April Fools fare today! Our April Fools event includes recipes that look like something else, recipes that can fool people into eating it (like sneaking veggies into dishes to fool kids into eating them), and more! Our event today is hosted by T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley. (Thanks, T.R.!)

 

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2015, 01:33:12 PM by trcrumbley »

 

 

 

 

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