Wendy’s Super Green Smoothie

green smoothie

I’m really not a health nut, so originally the idea of a green smoothie was repulsive to me.  Drinks should not be green (except for green tea)!  That all changed when I got my amazing 750 series Vitamix.  I’m not even going to tell you how much I paid for it, but just know that it was major dough, but totally worth it!  It’s true what they say…a Vitamix will change your life.  It’s a super powerful blender that makes everything taste good…including green smoothies and juices. Plus, the blades are so powerful that they break down the cell structure of the ingredients, which allows your body to absorb more of the nutrients.  I definitely don’t get my daily dose of vitamins, so I like to start the morning off right with a smoothie packed with fruits and veggies.  Here’s one of my favorites.  Don’t let the bright green color put you off.  I swear it’s delish.  Even my fiance loves them and he was a hater at first!

ingredients for green smoothie

Wendy’s Super Green Smoothie

(Makes 1-2 cups, depending on how much liquid you put in)

1/2 an avocado

1 green apple

Handful of frozen mangos and/or pineapple

1 thin slice of ginger, optional

2 big handfuls of spinach

8 oz of rice milk (can be sweetened or non-sweetened)

  1.  Throw everything into your Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy your Super Green Smoothie!

NOTE:  You can add more rice milk if you like a thinner consistency.

—This post is dedicated to my friend Jamye who is dying to try to my green smoothie 🙂 Bottoms up!  LMK what you think. 

green smoothie

My Mom, the Fruit Whisperer…and 5 Fruit Picking Tips

My mom never pretended to be a good cook, but there were (and are) a few culinary skills she’s good at.  She excels at making boxed brownies and cake mixes look homemade.  She’s great at fruit cutting, a skill that is just as important as cooking in the Asian culture.  Oh, and she is a rock star when it comes to picking fruit.  That’s why I call her “The Fruit Whisperer.”  In other families, there are secret recipes handed down from generation to generation.  In my family, it’s the art of picking fruit.  Growing up, without fail…after every meal, we’d have a plate of perfectly cut fruit.  And I knew, before even taking a bite into it, that it would be juicy, sweet, and the perfect texture.  So how does one go about picking the perfect fruit?  It’s an art and a science, and takes years of practice, but here are a few tips to get you started:

Apples

Let’s start with the basic apple.  I like mine firm and crispy, and don’t understand people who like them mushy.  That’s just plain weird.  To select a firm and crispy, it should feel and sound like just that.  What does that mean?  Pick up the apple and feel it.  It should feel firm with no mushy spots.  Mushy spots mean mushy apple or rotting.  Ew!  Once you’ve confirmed it’s firm, flick it like you would if you were to flick somebody’s ear.  The sound of it should be crispy, vibrant, and sort of echo (vs. flat and dull).  Check out the demo here (sans noise, which would have been helpful.  Working on it!).

Apple flick

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Berries

Berries are usually in wrapped packages, so difficult to feel…but usually it’s more about the fragrance and smell.  For example, with good strawberries, you can usually smell them with a simple sniff.  The smell of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are a bit more faint, but still there.

Grapes

Grapes should be firm and you can usually feel them through the plastic bags they come in.

Watermelon

OK, here’s the big kahuna and one that’s taken me years to really “get.”  Watermelons are complex and take a combo of sight, sounds, and touch.  The overall shape of it should be symmetrical and not lopsided.  Color should be bright green (if it’s light green, it’s over ripe) with a spot of yellow (where it used to rest on the ground in the field).  The belly button should be small.  And finally, you need to give it a good slap to really know if it’s the one.  Imagine that you are make believe slapping somebody’s face…palms open, good amount of force.  Whack it and then listen.  It should sound hollow and you should be able to feel a slight vibration.  I was at the Whole Foods the other day slapping away and taught this technique to the fruit guy who worked there.  It works…for real.

Other Melons

Melons are a bit like watermelon.  Their shape should be smooth and symmetrical.  Cantaloupes are better if the surface is smoother/ pattern is denser.

Hope this is enough to get you started.  If you have any other fruits you’re curious about, write ‘em down below in the comments and I’ll ask mama if she has any words of wisdom.