Posts Tagged ‘green smoothie’

Meatless Monday: Organic Fall Green Smoothie


A slight variation on my favorite healthy breakfast. An organic green smoothie with the star of fall produce, the apple! Trader Joe’s now sells bags of cut and washed kale which makes this smoothie a breeze to whip up in the morning or you can buy frozen kale at Whole Foods. This is the prefect breakfast for your morning commute.


Green Smoothie

Organic Fall Green Smoothie
Serves 2

1 cup organic cucumber, chopped (about half of an English cucumber with the skin on)

1 ripe organic avocado

2 cups organic apples, chopped (skins on)

2 cups organic kale, chopped and tightly packed (washed and dried)

1 cup organic lemonade (or 1 cup fresh squeezed lemons and oranges)

1/2 cup of ice

Puree in a blender until very smooth and bright green. Make sure to blend well as chunks of kale are not so appealing. We like to drink ours with a straw.



Farmer’s Garden Smoothie


Fruit and greens ready for blending


While visiting my parents last weekend I discovered a sad truth.  Not all Whole Foods have smoothie bars.  Not a surprise, I’m guessing, to those of you who didn’t realize any Whole Foods have smoothie bars, but a disappointment to me who depends on a Farmer’s Garden Smoothie to transform the checkout line from frustration station to my own personal happy hour.

Chopped spinach and kale


Luckily, it’s the world’s easiest smoothie to recreate at home. If you’ve been hesitant to try green smoothies (like our Organic Green Smoothie), this is a great first step because it has all the health benefits of a green smoothie plus the familiar creamy sweetness of a strawberry/banana blend.  Strawberries are beautiful now, but using frozen fruit keeps the smoothie even colder, so the recipe is just as good out-of-season as in.  I also like to peel and freeze ripe bananas so I have them for this smoothie (or banana bread).

Question–where do you stand on protein powder?  I had been anti for a long while but I’m coming around to it now after experiencing one too many post-smoothie energy crashes. One scoop of vanilla whey protein rounds out the flavor, adds creaminess and keeps me energized until lunch.  I finally stopped filching from my husband’s protein jars and bought my own, which makes it official.  I’m a fan.



Farmer's Garden Smoothie


Farmer’s Garden Smoothie

adapted from Whole Foods smoothie bar

Makes 2


1 small bunch kale, washed and finely chopped

1 small handful spinach, finely chopped

1 medium banana, cut into chunks

4 strawberries, cut into chunks

1 cup orange juice

1 small handful frozen blueberries or raspberries, about 4-5 berries (optional)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Kale refuses most blitzing efforts so be patient and keep pulsing until it is puréed enough for your taste.

Enjoy immediately.


The Weekend Dish: Breakfast


We have breakfast on the brain here at A & O as we gear up to make it for our clients this weekend! The forecast is in the 80’s so the weather will be perfect for peachy pink freshly squeezed Cara Cara orange juice and Italian breakfast paninis (pancetta, egg, arugula and slow roasted tomatoes) served on the deck overlooking the ocean.

Cara Cara Orange

I ADORE breakfast. Eggs are one of my favorite foods (as seen here and here.) Growing up my mom would make my brother and I popovers for breakfast on very special occasions! Hot from the oven and slathered with raspberry jam, the are truly one of the best things on earth.


My Dad used to make us creatively shaped chocolate chip pancakes which we topped with whipped cream (from a can of course) or little marshmallows.

chocolate chip pancakes

Now days I like to start the day with something lighter and healthier like our Cranberry Coconut Granola over Greek yogurt.

CranberryCoconut Granola

Or a green smoothie with seasonal or frozen fruit and lots of leafy greens during the week.

Green Smoothie

But weekends are a time to indulge in a big breakfast and the shared act of celebrating the morning with your loved ones.  If I was cooking for myself this weekend I might make Sarah’s Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Or the sweet breakfast panino we featured this week with the mouthwatering combination of Nutella and Bananas!

nutella panini

This weekend make something special for breakfast at home or treat yourself to a breakfast date with a girlfriend. Enjoy one of the weekend’s best little rituals in honor of Sarah and I as we slave away in the slums of Malibu.



Organic Green Smoothie


by Lydia Ellison

Organic Green Smoothie, Smoothie recipe, Green Smoothie

This is a recent creation of mine which immediately became a staple for Drew and I as a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack. It was inspired by the Avocado Smoothie at our favorite local vegan restaurant Flore, Gwyneth Paltrow’s body and our friend Will Greenberg (to you, The Food Dude) who makes healthy smoothies every morning for breakfast.

Organic Green Smoothie, Green Smoothie, Smoothie Recipe

Organic Green Smoothie-
Serves 2

1 cup cucumber, chopped (about half of an English cucumber with the skin on)

1 ripe avocado

2 cups chopped nectarines or peaches (can substitute organic frozen peach slices)

2 cups chopped kale, tightly packed (remove the stems and ribs first)

1 cup lemonade (or 1 cup fresh squeezed lemons and oranges)

1/2 cup of ice

Puree in a blender until very smooth and bright green. Make sure to blend well as chunks of kale are not so appealing.


PS- The bud vases are by Heath Ceramics and Jonathan Adler. Table by my brothers Wyatt and Bobby and my Dad.