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Make Green Smoothies With A Cuisinart Smart Stick! Ideas From Readers

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 29, 2010

This was posted on my blog this week by “mgm” but was deep in an old thread. I like this idea a lot, so I’m re-posting it here. If you are “mgm,” feel free to take credit:

I’ve been doing something at work to make the green smoothies look amazing to people, and I think it might work for kids, too. At work I use an easy to carry around Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender/Processor. Actually, I make all my smoothies with it – at home, too. Costs 30 bucks at Costco and pulverizes veggies well. Since I don’t have kids, and my husband has no interest in GS (sadly), something that small works fine for me.

Anyway, mix all your reds first (red cabbage, radishes, carrots, blueberries are what I use) and pour that in the glass – make enough to fill it half way.

Then do your greens (usually romaine or spinach with a little banana) and pour that in slowly. It makes an awesome two-toned smoothie of beautiful, vibrant colors – the colors aren’t mixed and don’t muddy each other up to an icky brown. And each one comes out different. It reminds me of the old Big Stick frozen popsicles that had side by side colors – fun and pretty to look at.

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11 thoughts on “Make Green Smoothies With A Cuisinart Smart Stick! Ideas From Readers”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow – how fun to be in a post! mgm here 🙂 Another idea I had meant to pass on, for getting converts at work, is I always have a pretty little shot glass with me in the staff kitchen while I’m blending – if anyone shows interest, I pour them them very own tiny sparkly glass of GS. It makes it look special, and is not an intimidating amount for them to try. They usually want a refill!

    Another fun trick with the two toned smoothies, if you have some one who is completley turned off by the green. If you blend the reds slightly thicker and pour them in the glass, then very carefully and slowly pour the greens straight into the middle of the reds, it disappears completely. The red stays all around the sides of the glass and only a tale tale drop or two of green on top lets you know there is ANY green in there. Drink it with a straw to keep it that way, instead of tipping and sipping, and the green is a non factor. I did this with a woman at work – it got her past her phobia and once she found out how great it tastes, she didn’t care about the green anymore.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      MGM, another good one, love it and thank you!

  2. Hi I love the shot glass idea. My sister (one of two sisters who I’ve converted ) and I are going to have a green smoothie tasting party and I’ve been thinking about glasses etc but the shot glass idea is great- wonder if I can find any that have a healthy green on it!!

  3. Really, those little stick blenders can do all that??? I never knew. I will see if I can find one. Thank you!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this idea!! My parents can’t get past the green either, I can’t wait to try this on them.

    Now I want a smoothie and it’s 11:00pm! 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jill – I don’t know about things like the Magic Bullet, and wand blenders, but the Cuisanart has a very sharp food processor type blade on it, and so far, so good. I figured for $30 I could afford to give it a try and it seems to be working. We’ll see how long the blade stays sharp, but I already feel like I’ve received my moneys worth. It runs for $40-60 in other stores though, so I’d for sure get it from Costco. It’s actually a companion product to the main product in the box, which is small food processor – so look for a picture of that on the box.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey

    Robyn—me and my friend have been asked to teach a “healthy eating” for kids (and mom’s too) class for enrichment. I want to show green smoothies, but I’m overwhelmed at deciding what to narrow down to focus on….any suggestions? THANKS

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Lala, my suggestions:

      Talk about what “good nutrition” really IS, because people don’t know.

      Talk about raw plant food and WHY.

      Cover where the TRUE best sources of calcium, iron, and protein are.

      Talk about a focus on the high-micronutrient, low-calorie foods.

      Teach practical ways to increase plant-based food in the diet because most people don’t know anything besides eating an apple or celery stick or making a salad.

      Don’t try to teach everything and the kitchen sink. Consider talking about the statistics from my research, in The Green Smoothies Diet, and teach them that ONE simple, 10-minutes-a-day habit–GS of course.

      If you want to offer samples of something they might not be familiar with (to show how interesting and delicious plant-based foods can be), make a yummy quinoa salad with any Ch. 3 recipe and some black beans and chopped veggies.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Lala,

    I did a green smoothie demo for an Enrichment class once. I just did a basic green smoothie that my family likes, using plenty of fresh, delicious fruit. I think I had spinach, carrots & avocado, then fresh, frozen pineapple chunks and frozen strawberries. I made it thinner with water. Using the tiny dixie cups, nearly everyone came up and tried it. Several people told me later that they were making them for their families, though I don’t know that any lasted a long time. 🙂 It’s quick and fun and you don’t even have to have a *super* blender. I have a KitchenAid blender, but I did emphasize that you shouldn’t use carrots if you can’t blend them smoothly.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi all,

    I have blogged a couple times about the green drinks. I gave in and tried the Ormus suppergreens. Robyn was right, it is good and refreshing even. It kinda taste like herbal tea. I mixed 2 tsp in about 8 oz. It wasn’t bad at all. I can totally add that to my liter of water 2 or 3 times a day.

    Thanks for all your help.

  9. Robin,

    I’ve been sharing your website with everyone I know who is interested in healthy eating. I’ve had so many questions about green smoothies that I’ll be hosting a Green Smoothie Party this month. Everyone will bring the ingredients for a smoothie. Then we’ll take turns whipping up and sampling each others’ smoothies. It should be great fun! Just thought I’d mention the idea in case other readers are interested in doing the same.

    Have a happy 4th!

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