Friday, July 15, 2011

Green Smoothie Cups

 

Featured Ingredient: Coconut Water












Bored stiff of H2O? Try coconut water, now available in plastic bottles and tetra packs at a growing number of food stores, as a more lively alternative. Gleaned from young green coconuts (don’t confuse it with coconut milk made from the pulp of mature nuts), coconut water has a tangy personality and one of the best natural sources of the blood pressure lowering electrolyte potassium. Because the electrolyte balance is very similar to that of human blood, coconut water has been used as IV fluid during war time.

Aqua de coco contains no added sweeteners so won’t give you Buddha-belly like other heavily high-fructose corn syrup sweetened drinks. When Tabi and I cycle in SouthEast Asia, we love rehydrating by dropping a straw into a fresh coconut. I am so happy it has become easier to enjoy this refreshing drink du jour back home.

Apart from chugging it straight up, coconut water is a great addition to smoothies. But you don’t always want to take the time to gather up all the necessary ingredients and toss them into a blender. These coconut green smoothie cups are your answer to a hurry up smoothie. Simply blend up all the ingredients, freeze them in muffin cups and place them in a Zip-top bag for later use. 













Spinach adds a vibrant hue and plenty of nutrients but trust me, this smoothie does not taste like a salad bowl. There are plenty of flavor combos you could go with, so feel free to experiment at will.

I am a big fan of the coconut water from Zico. They recently launched a chocolate version that is really awesome.

Like these? Click here for another green smoothie cup recipe.

Coconut Green Smoothie Cups












2 cups coconut water
1/3 cup almonds
2 cups spinach
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint
1/2 orange
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
2 cups frozen mango cubes

Place the ingredients in the order listed in a blender container and whirl until smooth. Divide mixture among 12 muffin cups and freeze until solid. When ready for a refreshing drink, place 1 cup coconut water or regular water in a blender followed by two of the green cups and whirl. If you don’t have a powerful blender, you might need to cut the frozen smoothie cups into quarters first.

If you like these, perhaps you should try these chocolate coffee smoothie cups.  

58 comments:

  1. Matthew, I love this idea! Great for when you have a glut of ingredients however it's also a green smoothie that is very easy to put together! Cheers Kristine Miles

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  2. Great idea! I love being able to make a big batch of these so I can have a green smoothie anytime I want. Brilliant!

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  3. i have added you to my google reader but none of the pictures show up :(

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  4. Geer, I've heard that complaint before, but I am not sure how to remedy that. Any suggestions?

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  5. Just made a batch. Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Do you have a recommendation if I can't find Mango? I live in a pretty small town and some things just aren't available to me.

    Thanks :)

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  7. I think strawberries or peaches would work well.

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  8. Great I have both! Thanks :)

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  9. I have an aversion to celery, any suggestions for what I might use in its place? I thought about wheat grass, but I don't know how that would do in the blender.

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  10. Chelsea, two ideas that come to mind are parsley and cucumber. Or you could probably just leave that ingredient out and still get good results.

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  11. A question I should have asked before I tried this...

    How do you get them out of the cups? Should they just pop out? Mine are stuck. :(

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  12. Hi Faith;

    Try placing the bottom of your muffin tray in warm water for a few seconds. That should help. I guess this is one of those cases where the flexible silicon cups are really handy!

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  13. I love this idea and I'm planning on trying it, the only thing is that I've heard you want to make smoothies and drink them as soon as possible because the longer they're out, the healthy enzymes decay. Do you think freezing slows down that process?

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  14. Zico coconut water is my favorite too, although I haven't gotten bored with water just yet. However,I work at a health food store and Zico just sent us samples of the chocolate flavor. I have to say, you're right it's like chocolate milk but better. Can't wait to try it in a muffin tin!

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  15. Now that is a job with some good perks :)

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  16. I can't say I have a firm answer for you on the enzyme thing, but I do believe the freezing process would help preserve nutrients, enzymes etc.

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  17. For those with a less powerful blender that won't take a full cup of frozen goodness, it works well to set them in ice cube trays and then transfer over to zip top bags

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  18. How long do 12 last? I may want one every day, but I may not and don't want to make so many and waste them!

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  19. These make six smoothies, but the frozen cups will last several weeks in the freezer.

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  20. Found this on Pinterest & it reminds me of the frozen fruit pucks I make for my kids' lunches....

    Anyway, I'm thinking these would make a great addition to a regular fruit smoothie: 1 small banana, handful frozen berries, 1/2 c. water, plus 1 or 2 green smoothie cups. I usually just throw in a handful of fresh baby spinach for the added greens, but I love the idea of whipping up a whole batch of nutritious green smoothie cups to easily toss into my daily smoothies! Thanks for the recipe & idea! :)

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  21. I was very skeptical about some of the ingredients listed, esp. together but I'm always on the lookout for a healthy, make-ahead kind of meal so I went out and bought all the ingredients (def. not stuff I had just laying around!) and tasted it with apprehension and was very pleasantly surprised! I will def. be making this more in the future! Yum!

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  22. Excellent! So glad it worked out. You can also play with a bunch of flavors such as berries, milk, banana etc. The possibilities for smoothie cups are endless.

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  23. Um, wow. You have me converted. These are delicious! The recipe made slightly more than my dozen muffin pan could hold but I just finished the rest up there and then.

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  24. Found you on pinterest - just made these. Delicious! I actually did more mango but loved the ginger and mint flavors in there as well. Mine are freezing as we speak!

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  25. LEMON! I always add a touch of lemon to my green smoothies. (I also use stevia instead of honey). Can't wait to try this to save extra time in the mornings! Kathi (ps: found you on Pinterest.)

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  26. Found you on Pinterest. I am new to the smoothie world, so after I make them and freeze them, do I just thaw one out and drink it or do I blend it with something else?

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  27. Nope, you keep them frozen in a container in the freezer. When you want a smoothie you add a couple of the frozen smoothie cups to a blender along with some liquid of choice and blend until smooth.

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  28. Hi, I can't wait to give these a try. Are they a good meal replacement for like breakfast before some exercise? Also do you think they re good for kids?
    Thanks for the recipe!

    Heather

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  29. These are amazing - I made mine with half mango half pineapple (that's all I had in the freezer), and blend 2 frozen cups with half a banana and about 3/4 cup of soy milk which gives it a creamy texture. Delicious! Thank you!

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  30. This is delicious! I made mine with frozen plums (that's what I had on hand), basil instead of mint, and about 6 cups of spinach. YUM YUM YUM. What a great base recipe that can be made a variety of ways. THANK YOU :)

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  31. Michael, I would like permission to pin this on my pinterest board, giving you credit of course.

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  32. Thanks, here's the link so you can see for yourself. By the way, I love green smoothies every morning, but I haven't tried it with coconut water yet. I can't wait to try these.
    http://pinterest.com/jodyrogers/blendtec/

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  33. Wow, what a great idea. I'm always looking for ways to save time in the morning. I currently blend up my green smoothies the night before, but freezing them would keep them fresher I'm sure. Many thanks.

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  34. I tried these and absolutely loved them. What a great way to keep the recipe cool but not have to water it down too much with ice. I love the flexibility of adding these to my green thickie smoothies. Amazing!

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  35. Saw these on Pinterest and I'm intrigued. Is this something that would work if one is wanting to go on a Juice Cleanse for a few days? Have never done one before but have been hearing a lot about them and am looking for recipes.

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  36. Hi Pam;

    I think these would be a good candidate for a cleanse such as that.

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  37. Thanks for the quick reply, Matt. Looks like I will be getting more muffin tins in the morning. I think your recipe will help keep me motivated, particularly from the flavor and time saving perspectives.

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  38. Pam, the silicon muffin trays are really great for frozen items such as this. Because they are bendable, extraction is much easier than with metal.

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  39. great idea! I will definitely have to do this!

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  40. I really liked this! My first time trying coconut water, that was an awesome find. Thank you for this excellent recipe.

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  41. Great idea to have many of the ingredients already mixed and frozen. I also add wheat germ and oatmeal too.

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  42. This was a great recipe to try. I have never been a smoothie fan but I needed an easy way to increase my leafy greens. Pre-made smoothie cups is the perfect solution for my lazy mornings. :)

    I used raspberries & peaches instead of mangoes in mine, so they weren't as green. Still delicious, though! Thanks for this recipe!!

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  43. I have some coconut oil. Would that work?

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  44. Sure, a little coconut oil in there would work. Just don't go overboard as you don't want an oily tasting smoothie.

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  45. I love green smoothies and juices but it is a huge process to make one batch and doesn't last long in the fridge. This idea is awesome. I made my first batch last week and my first drink this morning...so easy.

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  46. To make this a complete meal, would I make some kind of protein? Say, for example, making a smoothie for breakfast and making an egg to go along with it.

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  47. Good protein options include ricotta cheese, those cartons of pasteurized egg whites, a neutral tasting protein powder (something like a chocolate flavor would probably taste a bit funky in a green smoothie).

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  48. Any suggestions for a substitute for almonds for those with nut allergies? Would it be ok just to leave them out?

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  49. For some healthy fats, you could try swapping almonds for ground flaxseed.

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  50. I have Keratosis Pilaris, and tried to use coconut oil as a remedy, but it made my skin much worse. Do you think I would have a reaction to coconut water? I am not very far into my journey to get healthy, and I am very intrigued by the benefits of coconut. I just don't like the way it tastes, so I was hoping that masking it in something like this would help. Any ideas?

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  51. I don't think you'll have the same problems with coconut water. Keep in mind that the benefits from the oil and water are different. Coconut oil contains mostly beneficial fats and antioxidants whereas the water is a lot of electrolytes. With these cups you really wont have any coconutty flavor.

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  52. I added Chia seeds & kale sometimes flaxseed meal in place of almonds and mix it up with Almond milk. Yummy!

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  53. I've been playing around with freezing my smoothies and pulling them out to defrost before work, but the system isn't perfect. THIS might be just the solution I was looking for!

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  54. This has the best flavor. YUMMM. Perfect use for all the fresh mint I'm growing on my porch.

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  55. Mmmm, love this. Added a bit of aloe to mine. Perfection. Thanks for the recipe.

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