Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Niki's Green Smoothie

I am on a health kick and thanks to my new Ninja blender.... a smoothie kick too!!!   I got brave and wanted to see what these green smoothies are all about.   Don't be scared.... they are good!!!!   I would suggest starting out small.  Add a small handful of spinach only...and/or put the smoothie in a closed dark cup so you can't "see the green" until you get used to it.  I've recently doubled my green intake and still love it!!!   Here is my original recipe.   Your bladder will thank you for all the nutrients you are giving it!!!  Oh... and I added up all the calories... only 163!!!!
1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 frozen banana (leave out if banana's bother you)
7 frozen blueberries
1/8 Cup Quick Oats (Add more for hungrier appetites!!)
3 slices of pears (I used Del Monte Lite Canned Pears... a can lasts me about a week)
1/2 Cup packed Spinach
1/4 Cup Kale or Collard Greens
1 Small (about 4-5 inches) celery stick (I freeze mine)

 Add all ingredients in blender and blend.   Be sure to blend for a long time (about 3 minutes) to make sure all greens are liquified.   I don't like to chew my smoothies!!  ;)

Yields about 20 ounces


  1. I'm counting calories and learning to cook all over again. I can't see me sticking to a new eating plan if I just trudge through, so I've picked up some really yummy recipes and combos that don't make me feel like I'm on a diet. This smoothie sounds healthy and satisfying. I've only discovered almond milk in the last few weeks, and I really like it!

    I like that you include specifics in your recipe.

  2. Hi Nicki, I love your blog. Thank you so much for all the recipes, they're so helpful. I have a hot beverage recipe you might like. I make vanilla steamers all the time, and they taste just like Starbucks. I heat 1 cup of milk on the stove, add 1 1/4 Tablespoons of French Vanilla Syrup (I order it from the INC shop online), and about 1/2 tsp of honey. I then insert s wisk into my hand mixer, and beat it until frothy. I let it get very hot but not to the boiling point. It's tastes so delicious.

  3. I meant 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of syrup but you could totally add less/more. :)

  4. Thank you everyone! Jenna Ann your recipe sounds so yummm! I would love to give it a try and add it to my blog (with your permission) to share with others!

  5. Love your blog Niki. You have given me some awesome ideas. Having IC doesn't mean you have to eat bland and boring :)

    And I just got a new blender. Can't wait to try this out.

  6. You can definitely add it to your blog, thank you!

  7. I just got a nutribullet and love it!! i just made pesto in it too! Soups are easy as well. Jenna-i gotta try that!!! Niki please share if you try the vanilla steamer!

  8. I just went through your whole blog and it's amazing. Just been diagnosed with IC, although mild, it's been chronic, and worsening. I am a health nut and couldn't understand why my completely clean, mostly raw, vegan diet wasn't making me feel perfect... now I know why. Putting a name to my symptoms is a relief, although daunting. I'm starting the elimination diet today and already found that raw snap peas are no bueno... anyway, thank you so much for sharing your story and your recipes. Another recipe to add to your "health kick"... try almond milk from scratch... 2 tbs almond butter, 1-2 dates, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of sea salt and 2 cups water. Blend for a minute, strain out pulp and enjoy!

  9. I love this blog. I am going to make a feast tomorrow (one that I can have! Haha) I was wondering if you were still suffering from IC? There isn't a comment place on your introduction so thought I'd try here. If you don't feel comfortable replying on here my email is

  10. Thanks so much for all the recipes you've shared here. I've made a couple of them. It's nice to find recipes I don't have to modify. Just wondering how you're doing with your interstitial cystitis?

  11. Hi everyone!!!! Thank you so much for all the comments. Sorry I haven't responded... i'm 33 weeks pregnant with a very complicated pregnancy (non IC related) and things have been crazy. I'm so glad everyone is enjoying the blog! If it helps just one person I feel it's been totally worth it! My IC has been doing great, but then again I'm pregnant and I always go into remission while pregnant (been enjoying spicy mustard, ect.) However, before getting pregnant I was doing much better as well. Only had one flare in the last year (a rather long, 2 month I attribute my success to Elmiron, drinking only Evian, and these recipes!!! If I cheat (when I'm not flaring) It's always at restaurants. My home is always 100% IC friendly.

  12. I thought pears made IC flare up?

    1. I can only speak for myself but pears do not bother most icers. It's one of the few safe fruits along with blueberries. I would stay away from canned pears and go with fresh as the canned pears could have preservatives that could set you off.

  13. All smoothies are good for you because they contains fruit but it's much better if you have the time to make your own using fresh or frozen fruit. That way you know exactly what when into it.Blendtec

  14. Well, I am looking for some flavoured Green drink so that my kids can also enjoy this healthy drink. Hey, Can you share some more blogs on that? As, I am regular visitor and really like your articles.