Monday, January 24, 2011

A "Smooth" Morning with Martha - Recipe Challenge Week 1

So clever I am, no?  :)

This is the very first post in my month-long recipe challenge (more about that HERE).  As you can see, we are starting out easy.  Today you get a smoothie and tomorrow you may get a super easy dessert but you'll have to wait and see.  After that, it's on to the main dishes!  Best thing - this whole week will consist of "light" recipes for those of us still trying to shed those holiday pounds and eat cleaner.

Anyway, the first recipes I tried from Food Everyday (Martha Stewart's little recipe mag) were smoothies.  Perfect for a Sunday morning!  The two we made were the Almond Date and Pom-Berry Banana.  Both recipes are meant to yield two smoothies.

Almond Date Smoothie
3 tbsp almond butter
4 pitted dates, chopped
1 cup low fat yogurt
1 cup apple cider or juice
1 cup ice

Blend all ingredients in blender.

Pom-Berry Banana Smoothie
1 peeled orange, quartered
1 cup frozen berries
1 ripe banana
1 cup pomegranate juice

Blend all ingredients in blender.
Cheers!  So good, we even broke out the Simon Pearce for breakfast.

My son downed the Pom-Berry immediately.  My husband and I shared the Almond Date (he also polished off what was left of the berry).  It was a bit gritty from the almond butter. The Almond was not as refreshing as the other, but still very good.  These were filling as a breakfast too - and I usually can't do a "drink" as a meal.

Nutritional info as per magazine:
Calories - 197
Fat - 0g
Protein - 2g
Carbs - 50g
Fiber - 4g

Almond Date
Calories - 373 (clearly, a meal)
Sat Fat - 2g
Protein - 11g
Carbs - 53g
Fiber - 3g


  1. hmmmm seems delicious x

  2. Oooooh... I love smoothies. Not sure about the dates though. But the berry one sounds yum!

  3. Thanks for reading girls. The berry one tastes just like my fav jamba juice but with much less calories.

  4. Oh boy, I have tried to like smoothies but I prefer to EAT my breakfast... don't think that I will try these for me but maybe for the kids.

    Make it a great day!

  5. I can already tell I'd love the Pam-Berry! Sounds wonderful...gonna have to try this one!