Quit Groaning and Try It: Green Smoothies

Quit Groaning and Try It: Green Smoothies

My son used to be all about our old smoothie maker (basically a blender with a pour spout). I’d received it as a gift 8+ years ago but almost never used it.  Then one time when my son was sick and had a sore throat, I thought we’d try smoothies to keep him hydrated. Amazingly, he loved the smoothie (though it may have really been a love affair with the machine). I enjoyed the smoothie too (easy breakfast!). In any case, that old smoothie maker got regular use until it kicked the bucket and was replaced by a Vitamix blender that will blend the crap out of anything.

I never used to be into green smoothies. The thought of blending a leafy green sounded terrible. For whatever reason (I was probably trying to get rid of some spinach before it went bad or something), I added a handful of baby spinach to our a smoothie one morning. And you know what? It was okay. The spinach taste wasn’t strong at all, and the green color was actually kind of awesome. Even my husband and stepdaughter thought the green smoothies were tasty. And if I can get everyone to have a few extra vegetables, I’m all over that.

These pictures are from several years ago when we still had the old blender. Man – my little guy is cute.

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Power-Packed Smoothie
Serves 2-4
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 handful of spinach AND/OR 2-3 fronds of swiss chard, kale, or other green of choice*
  • ½ of a cucumber AND/OR 1 stalk of celery, cut into large chunks*
  • 1 carrot, cut into large chunks
  • ½ an avocado (peel and pit removed)
  • 3 small OR 2 large ripe bananas (riper = sweeter)
  • ½  cup other fruit of choice (strawberries, blueberries, apple, pear, etc., — optional)**
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups liquid of choice (coconut water, milks: almond, coconut, cow, …) OR juice
  • ¼ – ⅓ cup cacao powder (optional, if you’re feeling like a chocolate smoothie)
  • 1 T of chia seeds, flax seeds, AND/OR hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1 T coconut oil (optional)
  • Sweetener of choice if needed, to taste (e.g., honey, maple syrup)

*If introducing to a non-green smoothie fan, cut back on amount of greens/veggies to start (e.g., a couple leaves of spinach and either ¼ cucumber or ¼ stalk of celery)

**If the green color is a concern, strawberries and blueberries (or a chunk of red beet) will help turn it to a pinkish/purple color.

  1. Wash all produce.
  2. Blend liquid and greens together first until smooth.
  3. Place everything else into blender and blend until smooth. Add additional liquid if needed until you like the consistency.

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