Monday, January 6, 2014

Green Smoothies

It's our second last day in Orange County. We're staying with my aunt Theresa in Westminster which is where little Saigon is located. It's basically like a warm-up to Vietnam with more space. Every morning we wake up, drink Vietnamese coffee that my uncle makes, eat Vietnamese pastries from the French bakery down the street, and drink a green smoothie made for us by my cousin, Kevin. He got a Nutri-blend (magic bullet on steroids) and it liquifies almonds. Pretty awesome. Just because it's your lucky day, I'll be blogging 2 of my favorite green smoothie recipes that he has made for us.

We've been spending a lot of time with my little cousins and my aunt. The thing about not having a job is that it leaves time for other things like extra eating time and daily mass. All in all, it's pretty amazing. Everyone in our family has been taking us out to the best Vietnamese food in town (which by deduction via my uncle is the best Vietnamese food in America). We've had pho, crawfish, a 7-course spring roll dinner, French-Vietnamese pastries by the dozen, and so many other treats. I'm grateful for the green smoothies so we have some small amount of healthfulness going for us.

Also, my aunt lives just 15 minutes from the beach! We rented single speed bikes that were the heaviest things in the world and biked 14 miles from Huntington to Newport beach and back. We were fueled by ham and cheese croissants, poke bowls (like a Hawaiian sushi bowl) + a spam roll, and banzai bowls.

This is not a picture of the smoothies Kevin made for me, but rather a failed attempt by me to replicate him by not using any part of his recipe.

So back to the recipe (each recipe makes enough for you plus a friend.)

Green Smoothie #1

1 apple, cored
1 large ripe banana, peeled
1/2 cup frozen pineapple slices
2 large handfuls baby spinach, chard, and kale mix
11 almonds (ideally soaked overnight)
1 cup water or enough to thin

Place in blender and blend for 1-2 minutes. If you are using a normal blender blend for like 5 minutes instead.

Green Smoothie #2

1 apple, cored
1/4 cup cubed cucumber
1/4 cup sliced celery
1 ripe banana, peeled
11 almonds (ideally soaked overnight)
2 large handfuls baby spinach, chard, and kale mix
1 cup water or enough to liquify veggies

Same directions!!

P.S. Where are everyone else's blog posts? Laura have you lost your camera again??


  1. obviously i lost my camera again!! i did just find it a couple days ago though, so i'll be doing some posts soon. Also, we had a few days of no internet with the transition but that's fixed now. You are so lucky to be missing this polar vortex thing, it's insanely cold here. Most of our hot water faucets are not working today, only the downstairs bathroom has any hot water at all. And I'm very very jealous of all the Vietnamese food. Seven course spring roll dinner??????

  2. Yes I have to take you!! You make your own spring rolls and they bring 6 types of beef and a catfish. Nom nom.



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