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To be honest, I actually was never really in the smoothie hype. I can blame it partly to my grandma. Whenever I stay at my grandparents house when I visit them during the summer, my grandmother makes a “health” smoothie daily without fail. I appreciate that she takes the time to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the rest of my family to makes these smoothies, but boy, do they taste more like medicine than a drink. My grandma blends in all the superfoods she hears on the TV that the finished product doesn’t taste much of anything but a mix of bitter, sweet, sour, and salty.

 

Anyway, after meeting Serena who always talks about her smoothie breakfasts, I was intrigued as to whether this green smoothie hype was actually real. So, over spring break, I decided to at least try making a green smoothie once. Surprisingly, I grew to love it so much that I made and drank a smoothie every single day!

 

Now, this isn’t any ordinary green smoothie. Yeah, we have the berries, the banana, the avocado, and the greens (I used either kale or spinach – whichever one was already washed), BUT, I added in another ingredient called goguma.

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Baked Goguma

Goguma is a Korean sweet potato that is widely known in Korea to be the “magic” food. It has a lot of nutritional benefits, filling but at the same time, calorically low that many celebrities swear on “Goguma diets.” I never thought to put goguma as one of the ingredients, let alone make a green smoothie, but my mom suggested it. I was bit skeptical but I decided to give it a shot, and let me tell you, it’s sooooo delicious! The goguma allows the smoothie to have a thicker consistency and taste sweeter.

 

While I soon ran out of some ingredients later during break, I always had my goguma (being a Korean, you always have frozen gogumas at your disposal 🙂 ) and this made my smoothies a success. So my smoothies varied from day-to-day in color, consistency and in purpose, but they all were so tasty. The colors would range from purple or green depending on what ingredient I put most, the consistency depended on how much goguma or avocado I put in as well as water, and purpose ranged from acai bowl to just a simple post-workout snack.

 

Here are the ingredients:

  • Avocado (duh)
  • Baked Goguma
  • Berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • Kale/spinach
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Water

 

Optional for toppings:

  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Nuts
  • More berries/fruits from above list

 

These are some pictures during the process. My family’s blender was ancient (we probably never thought to buy a new one after being horrified by my grandma’s smoothies, haha) so we decided to use a food processor and it worked just fine!

 

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Lots and lots of kale!

 

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Before being blended!
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Green now, but after blackberries, purple!

Here are some of the after pictures:

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Straight from the blender – isn’t it fascinating how the smoothie changes from green to purple just from the blackberries?

 

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Another day’s smoothie: beginnings of an “Acai” Bowl

 

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All done!

I can say from this spring break experience that I have officially jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon!

 

Have you made your own smoothies before? What other smoothies should I try?

xoxo,

Stephanie

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