Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Alien Juice . . . Works For Me Wednesday

You can admit it....you thought our family's diet consisted of sugar and butter alone.


Because we have our fair share of sugar around here, I really try to make sure that we're getting our 5 fruits & veggies a day (or at least that kiddo eats his).

After Christmas, we got hooked on Amanda's Blueberry Kale Smoothies (the only way my boys will eat kale willingly). One reason I love that smoothie is that it calls for just water and the fruit/veggies. No yogurt, no milk, no tofu....just water. So easy!


Here's a smoothie we came up with....ALIEN JUICE!!!

{I had every intention of calling these "Chic Chartreuse Smoothies," but as soon as kiddo saw them, he dubbed the smoothies, "Alien Juice!"}

All you need...



1 c water
1 c (organic if you can find it) frozen mango chunks
1 handful rinsed organic baby spinach
(you *have* seen the report on pre-washed spinach, right? No? Take my word for it....RINSE IT!)
1 banana
juice from 1/2 small lemon

Blend it all together. That's it!


I use my handy-dandy immersion blender. Sur La Table sells these pretty Cuisinart blenders (mine is Buttercup!) for only $29.95. I LOVE it!!! If you have one, just blend the ingredients in one at a time rather than all at once.

So, smoothies work for us. Sometimes, kiddo even asks for these instead of a cookie!!! {What is wrong with that child?}

What's your vote?

Alien Juice...


or, Chic Chartreuse Smoothie?

45 comments:

  1. That is crazy that you posted this today because just last week I started drinking these green smoothies every morning for breakfast. They are so yummy!!

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  2. I'm going to have to agree with Alien juice! :D I will have to try this out I think Kidlet would really like it!

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  3. I don't care what you call it, your smoothie looks very refreshing Bridget.

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  4. Alien Juice!! Can't wait to try it with the kids. Thanks.

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  5. trying this tomorrow morning! oh i cant wait and cant believe i have ALL of the ingredients!!

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  6. My kids would love this!!!

    Me? I'm sticking to sweet tea (and snug pants)

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  7. I like ALIEN JUICE! Gotta have a sense of whimsy when drinking green stuff!
    I make green smoothies too, orange,red grapes,kiwi,spinach,apple if I have it and COLD water.
    We make 90% of our smoothies with fruit and water. No milk, no yogurt. Water/ice.
    I have no idea what you are talking about...I have to wash my prewashed spinach??

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  8. That looks fun and yummy! I need one of those immersion blenders! I had no idea they were that cheap! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Kiddo knows what he's talking about, Alien Juice all the way!!!

    Now for a little experimenting with my boys... muahhahahhaaa...

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  10. Those look so good! I have to make them. I'm not sure I'll get a "Hootie Hoot" out of Mike on them, though. But he may surprise me:)

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  11. Okay the picky kid that is well still 24 year old me who hates spinach but is trying to get more nutrients has to ask...how does the spinach blend in taste and texture wise? I love mango/banana/lemon and want to try it...just nervous. Help!

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  12. Must be Alien Juice! Don't know if I could get my kid to drink it but I think I will give it a try.

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  13. Can u taste the spinach at all?

    I love smoothies...

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  14. I love the name Alien Juice. That so appeals to young kids! What a great way to get them to eat / drink fruit and veggies.

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  15. awesome! anything to get them eating their veggies ~ especially kale :)

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  16. awesome! anything to get them eating their veggies ~ especially kale :)

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  17. Alien Juice! Cute name and probably helps the kids want to drink it! :)

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  18. I am REALLY excited to try this recipe...

    Immersion blenders are the best!

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  19. I think Chartreuse Alien Juice! It looks really good!
    You must have been freaking out when you were over for lunch last week and I did not rinse our prewashed spinach for our salads!!!! I have not seen that article!

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  20. oh man!!! I am soooo trying this on my kids! I was just thiking the other day how to get "greens" into my kids. You have solved it for me!!!

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  21. I just got a jack la lanne juicer i will have to make a version of this yummmmmmm~ and I love the name it is sure to get my boys to drink green drinks~

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  22. ok that is just AWESOME!!! I am sooo going to try that on my kids!

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  23. Totally Alien Juice. ;-) It looks wonderful though, I want to try it! And I totally want to get one of those immersion blenders. Thanks for the link! :-)

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  24. Alien Juice is a go with the kiddo's they pretended to be from Mars all day! One friend of my son who refuses to eat veggies at my house drank 4 glasses of Alien Juice (aka AJ)I am going to share this with his mom.

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  25. Ok, so not gonna lie, this scares me a bit, but I have bookmarked it...and am totally going to give it a try! I like all of the ingredients but it sounds a little scary to me all together! :-P

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  26. How about Chic Alien Juice? The other word will be too hard for the little ones to repeat. Sounds yummy. Can a regular blender be used? I'd like to try it but don't have the other thing. This smoothie thing is new to this oldie.lol.Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Those look awesome! I have to try them. I am a fan of the name "Alien juice." It's a good way to get those kiddos to drink it!

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  28. Those look awesome! I have to try them. I am a fan of the name "Alien juice." It's a good way to get those kiddos to drink it!

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  29. Just this....yes, sure you can use a regular blender! :)

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  30. Cassie & bird...no, I don't taste spinach. I don't think baby spinach has a strong flavor and with the other ingredients, I don't think you'll notice it.

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  31. LOL I love the name debate! I vote for Alien juice... just cause it sounds disgusting and fun and my kids would LOVE that!!

    You are so creative.. I am so going to try this next!!

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  32. I really haven't met a healthy smoothie that I actually like. They all just sound disgusting! So I vote for alien juice!! Oh, and I have two of those very same immersion blenders, but they aren't for smoothies - they are for soap!

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  33. These look great.. I love the name Chic Chartreuse Smoothies. :) I have always been a bit skeptical about adding greens to a smoothie, but I think I'll have to give it a try now. I have some fresh spinach from our CSA just waiting to be used!

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  34. These sound great. I love that you sneak spinach in them. I would never have thought of that, but I like it! I love smoothies and will definitely give this a try. Thanks!

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  35. Made this and all but one loved it! It is now part of our repertoire of smoothie recipes. I love how there is no added sugar!

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  36. LOVE this Alien juice!!! Want it now!!! Healthy and yummy! PERFECT combo!

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  37. Bridget!
    Bridget!
    Me-My-Bo-Fidget!
    Bridget!
    I am sooooooooooooo loving your families Alien Juice!
    And Alien Juice it is for this gal!
    I can't even pronounce the other name! ;o)
    Kiddo and I just think alike!
    You know I have a crush on that sweet boy!
    What a doll-baby!
    I am expecting my new blender in the mail any day!!
    And as soon as I get it...
    I am whipping this ALIEN JUICE up for Greg and I!
    And we'll let you know how much we LOVE it!
    As long as it doesn't tint my BLONDE hair GREEN!
    xxooxx
    What fun you and KIDDO must have together!
    xo
    You could add a scoop of protein powder to this too!

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  38. Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post today :)

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  39. Just shared these on our facebook page! What fun! Love the pics too! It's always more inspiring to make a recipe when there are nice photos! :)

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  40. I don't care what you call it, your Juice looks very refreshing Bridget.

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