4th of July Drink
Green Thickie Thursdays
This 4th of July Drink is actually a Green Thickie. Don’t believe me? Where do you think I hid the spinach, oats and nuts? Can a red, white and blue smoothie still be a green smoothie? Absolutely! I also let you take a peek at the contents of my organic vegetable farm boxes that I’ve just signed up for, and wait and see how my baby reacts to them.
4th July Drink: Green Thickie for a special occasion
Are you bored of always having a green drink, are in the mood for something that has a bit more of a wow factor that you could serve to friends and family to impress them? Do you still want to serve up an amazingly healthy drink that still contains greens and is a complete meal replacement drink? This 4th of July will be hard to resist but yet is still as healthy as you’ve come to expect from Green Thickies.
This smoothie is also seasonal, and is still very economical so it will save you money. However I couldn’t add it as part of my ‘Simple, Seasonal, Save’ series as it’s definitely not quite as simple as my other green thickie recipes.
The red layer is made up of raspberries or strawberries. The white layer contains the oats and almonds hidden amongst the banana. And finally the blue layer (OK more like purple) is made up of blueberries (of course) and this is also where the spinach is hiding. I included just as many greens as I normally do so you won’t miss out on any healthy ingredients by making this smoothie.
You will need to make each layer separately and store it in the freezer until you’ve blended all 3 layers so they don’t melt. It doesn’t take too long but if you don’t have a powerful blender you may struggle with this recipe. You can always add more water but it will be harder to stop the layers running into each other, but not impossible. If you eat this 4th July drink straight away you may actually need to eat it with a spoon as thick is the right word! However if you let it melt for a while it will be much easier to drink. You are also welcome to make the white layer a bit thinner. I wanted it to stay thick so it literally is porridge, which I love anyway so I don’t mind at all.
Organic Vegetable boxes
You might remember me telling you that I’ve signed up for an organic vegetable box a couple of weeks ago and I’ve since had 2 boxes delivered.
It’s been so exciting receiving these and while I grabbed my camera to take some photos of my boxes, something had caught my baby’s eye.
She decided that was the most perfect tomato she’d ever seen and demolished it.
I’ve really enjoyed receiving these boxes as it’s a total surprise what I’m going to get each week. On the whole it’s been extremely positive. Here are my pros and cons so far:
- I love the fact I’m eating locally and seasonally
- I get to support a local business
- I don’t give so much power to large supermarkets
- My food hasn’t travelled very far which is better for the environment
- Everything is organic
- I get a nice variety of veg that I might not have chosen myself
- It’s a surprise what I’m going to get each week
- It tastes amazing. I couldn’t believe how good the greens tasted compared to my usual supermarket bland salad greens.
- I get to try foods I can’t get hold of in the supermarket like chard (in the UK)
- It costs me less than buying all organic veg in the supermarket
- I get to deal with nice business owners who care about good customer service
- I feel closer to nature.
- I know what grows locally so I can more easily grow the same vegetables myself, and am now very inspired to do so.
- I am becoming better at ‘whipping’ up meals with any type of vegetables.
- I get to meet some interesting like minded people.
- I used to like planning all my meals in advance which is hard to do when you don’t know what you’re getting.
- I may start to get bored of so many carrots and onions at some point.
- I’ve been a bit squeamish washing all the bugs off the salad greens which also takes ages.
So as you can see there are definitely more pros than cons. I am still cooking with my slow cooker and find it easy just to substitute vegetables for my evening meals. The weather has been so cold and wet all year that I’ve actually gone back to making soups again which is another good way to use up leftover veg at the end of the week.
I hope you enjoy your 4th of July whatever you’re doing and thanks for reading about my 4th of July drink and a day in the life of vegetable box surprises.
Do you plan your meals each week or are you more inclined to whip something up at the last minute?
I have added this recipe to Allergy Free Wednesdays.
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