Placed all into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Use the tamper if needed to push the ingredients into the blades.
Food Tip: Any of your favorite greens will work in this smoothie. Spinach and romaine lettuce are good starters for the novice green smoothie drinker because the fruit masks the taste of the greens. As you get more accustomed to the taste, try removing the Stevia and some of the fruit. That will retrain your palate into not always needing food to be sweet to taste good.
Time Tip: As with my other smoothie recipes, I save time by pureeing the fruit and freezing them in ice cube trays. No need to separate large chunks of frozen fruit. Also, I can add exactly the desired amount of fruit keeping the flavor just like I like it or give me option to change it up a bit.
Money Tip: Buy your greens at a food warehouse such as Costco or Sam’s Club. As soon as you open the bags, fill gallon-sized freezer bags, label and date them, then put them straight into the freezer. Use up the fresh greens in the refrigerator then begin using the frozen greens. No more tossing half of your greens in the trash 3 days after you bring the home and running out to by more. No waste ALWAYS means more money in your pocket.
Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories. Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy. Along with cantaloupe and honeydew, watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. There are five common types of watermelon: seeded, seedless, mini (also known as personal), yellow and orange. This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It provides a nutritional breakdown of watermelon and an in-depth look at its possible health benefits, how to incorporate more watermelon into your diet and any potential health risks of consuming watermelon. Nutritional breakdown of watermelon
Along with cantaloupe and honeydew, watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrate (including 9 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber) and 1 gram of fiber. One cup of watermelon will provide 17% of vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of calcium needs for the day. Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Despite being a great source of the above nutrients, watermelon is made up of 92% water. (Excerpt taken from Medical News Today. Originally published: Sunday 10/6/13)