Monday, December 10, 2012

December 9, 2012

Green Smoothie 1
serves 1 ~ $3.88 per serving

1 orange ($.40)
1 small bunch kale ($1.69)
1 mango ($1.49)
2 bananas ($.30)
1 cup water
ice cubes

This is a very basic green smoothie recipe. In my smaller blender, I find that blending the orange and kale first can help this turn out smoother, but really it's just about pureeing all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add some ice cubes at the end if a chilled smoothie is desired.


calories: 528
fat: 0 gr
carbs: 132 gr

protein: 8 gr
Green Smoothie 2
serves 1 ~ $2.89 per person


5 ounces spinach ($.98)
6 leaves romaine ($.75)
1 cucumber ($.49)
1 apple ($.40)
2 bananas ($.30)
1 cup water for blending
ice cubes

I had thought about doing a day of green smoothies, to see just how much something like a green smoothie feast would actually cost. I didn't do a full day, but it would be very possible to do a day of green smoothies for $10 a day (or less!).

The directions for this recipe are the same as the one above, just puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.


calories: 436
fat: 0 gr
carbs: 106 gr

protein: 12 gr
Green Soup
serves 2 ~ $1.31 per serving


5 ounces spinach ($.98)
1 avocado ($.88)
1 small cucumber ($.45)
1/4 onion
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
1 cup water for blending
salt and pepper
2 green onions, sliced ($.10)

Raw foods are really so flexible. If it's green and sweet, it's a smoothie ... green and spicy is soup. And I'm really enjoying raw soups lately. The avocado really makes this creamy, too.

This, again, is a very simple blended recipe. Puree all ingredients in a blender, except the green onions, until smooth and creamy. Salt and pepper to taste, and top with sliced green onions. Pour extras into a canning jar for later.


calories: 310
fat: 32 gr
carbs: 28 gr

protein: 2 gr
Green Parfait
serves 6 ~ $1.38 per serving


green ice cream 

1 small bunch kale ($1.69)
1/2 pineapple ($2.00)
2 bananas ($.30)
1 avocado ($.88)
3 tablespoons agave ($.30)

macadamia cream

1/2 cup macadamia nuts ($2.50)
1/2 cup water
2 dates, soaked to soften ($.30)
3 tablespoons agave ($.30)
pinch salt

I know, I know ... I did green ice cream last week. I'm doing it again, mostly because my grandkids love it so much, but we added some macadamia cream and made a parfait.

In a blender, puree all the green ice cream ingredients until smooth. Process in an ice cream maker (thanks again Heidi!) or put in a container in the freezer and stir every twenty minutes until firm.

Puree the macadamia cream ingredients until very smooth and refrigerate until chilled and thickened. Layer into parfait glasses or another suitable dish.


calories: 304
fat: 13 gr
carbs: 28 gr

protein: 2 gr

Total cost for the day: $9.46
total calories: 1,578
total fat: 45 gr
total carb: 280 gr
total protein: 27 gr


  1. I really appreciate what you have done here. I have seven children and two grandchildren. My husband is always saying, "Isn't this expensive?" Now I can show him otherwise. Green smoothies also are a big part of my daily intake. I should figure out just how much I'm spending as you have done. And your grandchildren ate the green ice cream? Hmmm...

    1. Hi Lynn, my kids and grandkids all love green smoothies and just about any raw food I make. Watermelon soup is a favorite, but they also love green ice cream. Your grandkids, depending on how old they are, might like some of the raw recipe videos I made with mine. Here's one ... and I've got more on my youtube channel.

  2. Do I see a beautiful green pattern here? Greens are the way to take your health to the next level aren't they?? Our 5 kiddos literally crave their green smoothie every morning--it's so beautiful.
    Peace and Raw Helath,
    I still cannot believe you have grandchildren, you look like you are in your twenties!!

  3. Love youre recipe! I actually have my own version of green ice cream! I can't wait to try out yours though! And the coments are right, you look amazing especially for a grandmother! Must be from all the greens! :)



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