“Cooking” with Anna: Green Smoothies

Many people have asked for our green smoothie recipe! I know that it looks unappealing, but it doesn’t taste like it looks! It took a while for some of the family to gain enough courage to try a green smoothie, but once they tried it, they really liked it.

Start by washing the apples.
Start by washing the apples.

Next weigh the apples.

Cut the apples into pieces.
Cut the apples into pieces.
Blend the apples with the almond milk.
Blend the apples with the almond milk.
Add spinach and blend.
Add spinach and blend.
Next the flax seed.
Next the flax seed.
Now the protein powder.
Now the protein powder.
Add blueberries and bananas.
Add blueberries and bananas.
Make sure to wear earplugs, because being near the loud noise can damage your hearing!
Our blender is VERY loud!
Now for the last step – ice!
Add it slowly.
Add it slowly.
Ah, so creamy, so good!
Ah, so creamy, so good!
The final product!
The final product!

Green Smoothie Recipe

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
16 ounces apple, sliced (we use fuji)
10 (approx.) ounces frozen spinach (frozen or fresh)
2 scoops (1/2 cup) vanilla flavored whey protein powder (We use Swanson’s.)
1/4 cup golden ground flax seeds (We use Bob’s Red Mill.)
9-10 ounces frozen banana
3/4 cup frozen wild blueberries
2 cups ice

Blend almond milk and apple. Add spinach and blend. Once spinach is incorporated, add protein powder and flax seed; blend. Add banana and blueberries, and let rest a few minutes; blend. Add ice until container is filled. Blend until smooth. Note: you have to be careful not to overheat your blender. With so much of the smoothie ingredients being frozen, it is easy to do! I just keep an eye on it and make sure that I’m not adding too much frozen too quickly! Also, we buy our spinach in big bags at Costco and then divide each big bag into four smaller bags and then freeze it.

Yields approximately 5 sixteen ounce glasses

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Consider the Lilies

“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” –Matthew 6:28-30

As I was memorizing this portion of Scripture, I was struck with this section:

“Consider the lilies
of the field,
how they grow”

Consider with me. Marvel at the Lord’s amazing, tender lovingkindness. Consider what the Lord has done for you today.

–Sarah

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I know the picture with this post isn’t a lily, but it will have to suffice for a picture. Look at these flowers. They were blooming and growing, high upon a mountain.

With God ALL Things Are Possible

Often, at the beginning of a new year, resolutions are made. Perhaps some of your goals seem hard or unattainable.

This reminds me of when we climbed Mt. Elbert. The summit I was initially aiming for didn’t turn out to be the real summit. It took encouragement and determination to continue on (i.e. how many false summits would there be?!). With Mt. Elbert, we couldn’t see the end result, but we knew the summit was there. I love Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

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May each of us be determined to “… press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

It is a delight to share with you, our dear readers, as we journey along on the narrow way.

Happy New Year!

Sarah

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23