Jun 17, 2013

Smoothies {Unusual Ingredients}

Last week I featured Classic & Favorite smoothies from some of my favorite blogs.

This week's theme is Unusual Ingredients.
Be sure to visit the featured blogs for recipes.

Disclaimer: of course "unusual" is relative.  What I find unusual may be status quo for you.  I think, though, that these smoothies will hold a few surprises for some.

Healthy Smoothie from Emily 
Just about every ingredient Emily adds to the base of this smoothie is out of the box.
I met Emily through her Tasteful Tuesday party.  The title of her blog made me laugh since my son stopped napping at 9 months.  Emily's blog is filled with clever crafts like this Whale Bank and healthy recipes like Greek Layer Dip and Baked Chicken Pesto Sandwiches.  Emily gets a lot done during nap time. 

Green Smoothie from Evelyn @ 
My Turn (for us)
Spinach is the unusual ingredient in this smoothie.
You don't have to wait until St. Patrick's Day to try it.
(With encouragement from Evelyn I've added spinach to my smoothies.  I'm still alive.)
  Evelyn has a wide variety of recipes on her blog, ranging from Mexican like Chile Relleno Casserole (this is the recipe that first drew me in), Texas BBQ and smoked meats like Texas Brisket, and healthier versions of not so healthy classics like Zucchini Lasagna.  You'll find something you'll like...and Evelyn will make you smile.  She's super sweet.

This 2 or 3 ingredient smoothie has an unusual ingredient.  Hint: it's not the berries.
Jan has a weekly menu planning post that lives up to her blog's name.  She creates her menus based on what she has.  A smart, frugal tip.  And since we're talking smoothies, check out Jan's Smoothie Bags.  While you're there, why not some Ranchy Style Pork Tenderloin and Nutella Hot Chocolate?  You know you want to.

Could also be one of next week's features (dessert smoothies).
But it's also not your typical smoothie.
Lynn is one busy gal!  Not only does she post tasty recipes like Easy Cheesy Risotto and Chocolate Pecan Coffee Cake, she also offers kitchen/cooking tips like how to clean your coffee pot.  Did I mention that she posts just about daily?  What Lynn posts is really interesting too--check out Leather Britches Beans.

Go see Emily, Evelyn, Jan, and Lynn and tell them "hi."

Nap Time Creations  /  Facebook Page
My Turn (for us)  /  Facebook Page
Frugal in Florida
Turnips 2 Tangerines

Thank you all for allowing me access to your posts and pictures for this series.    
And thank you for being unusual!

Stay tuned next week for the next round of smoothies.

When I first blended the ingredients for 
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
oatmeal was not so common.

Now it seems at least once a week I see a smoothie containing oatmeal.  It makes for a very filling smoothie and adds extra fiber.  

I really like adding cinnamon--it pairs with the oatmeal to give almost a granola flavor.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Makes 2  servings

about 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

Combine the milk, oats, and cinnamon in a blender.  Blend to break down the oats.  Add the yogurt and berries.  Blend until smooth.  Blend in more milk if smoothie is too thick.

This post has been featured @:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop
Miz Helen's Country Cottage--Full Plate Thursday
Home Maid Simple--Foodie Friday
White Lights On Wednesday--Wednesday Whatsits

Linking with:
Jam Hands  Hearth and Soul blog hop at Premeditated Leftovers Feeding Big
Love Bakes Good Cakes
nap-time creations
White Lights on Wednesdays
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage Photobucket
BWS tips button Freedom Fridays
Memories by the Mile
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  1. Great way to get your vitamins. Spinach is an excellent addition to a smoothie.

  2. Another great smoothie round-up! Pinned this, Michelle and sharing on FB!

  3. Hi Michelle~ Thanks so much for featuring my Pineapple Smoothie, and Thank you so much for the wonderful feature:) Now, I have got to try that Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie, it looks delicious~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines~ I have never used oatmeal in a smoothie, can't wait to try this~

  4. Another great round up! Love your Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie. Need to try it next time I get berries in the house! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  5. I love these "crazy" ingredients! And the color of your smoothie is making me crave it ASAP!

  6. Quite an unusual round-up I'd say :)
    For me blueberries in a smoothie is unusual. We really don't use blueberries much as we only have them frozen. But it's definitely something I'd like to try.
    But spinach in a smoothie?? That's weird

  7. I love the idea of a smoothie roundup. I think all of the smoothies look terrific. I've been wanting to try a green monster smoothie with the spinach in it for ages, but just never get around to it. I know they have to be good at the rate I keep seeing them pop up.

    Love the look of your blueberry oatmeal smoothie. It seems like a tasty and healthy way to start the day.

    Just now remembered that I totally forgot to respond to you about using my go get em smoothie. I'm sorry. I've been such a space cadet lately. You can definitely use it if you still want to.

  8. Thanks for linking up at Tasty Tuesday's!!! I am one of the co-hosts this month!

  9. wow, that looks sooooo yum!

  10. What a great smoothie round up - and I love your Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie. It sounds delicious, and really wholesome too. It's such a lovely colour as well!

  11. Would love for you to share this at my linkup http://myfashionforwardblog.com/all-things-pretty-13/

  12. Hi Michelle,
    Your Smoothies are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Yup, I love putting oatmeal into my smoothies. :) I also have one with cauliflower in! So delicious! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  14. Great timing on you smoothie collection. I have been looking for a cool alternative to my hot oatmeal. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  15. Love the addition of oatmeal! It will be my new hidden way to get good foods in the kids.

    I am so sorry your son stopped napping at 9months! I thought I had it hard when they gave up naps before age 2.

    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  16. Just a quick not to let you know this is featured at today's Foodie Friday party!

  17. Congrats, your recipe is being featured in a Blueberry Round up. I will also be pinning and tweeting it this week too.

  18. I don't see the part in your recipe where you say how much/what kind of oatmeal to add. Do you mean just the sprinkle on top?

  19. mlf-thank you for catching that. I had my black beauty smoothie recipe posted by mistake. I've corrected it--thanks again!

  20. Whew! I thought I was going crazy! I must have reread it 10 times and I thought sure someone would have mentioned it in the comments! I thought somehow maybe I was the only one that couldn't see it :P It sounds delicious; I can't wait to try it out.

    1. I know! My thoughts too--how has no one caught this until now? (Especially me not catching it!)


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