Green smoothies are this crazy health-nut thing that I always thought sounded completely revolting. Kale and spinach in a fruit smoothie?? Yuck! Or so I thought. Sometime last fall, my roommate got a new blender and decided to try a green smoothie. Well God bless her, because I tried making one soon after (taking careful notes on hers, of course) and with some tweaking found it delicious. Here’s a loose formula:
1/2 c unsweetened plant milk (I like almond or soy)
1/2 c water
1 frozen, very ripe banana
1/2 c thawed frozen greens (spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens, etc) OR a big handful of raw greens (Only go this route if you have a really good blender. It doesn’t work so great with an immersion blender)
1/2 c other fruit (mango, strawberries, blueberries, etc), fresh or frozen
a date or two, pitted (hides any bitterness from the greens) OR some other sweetener. But dates are a whole food, so I like to think they’re good for me. Also, honey freezes in the blender.
a spoonful of ground flax seed
and if you really want it to be hearty and thick, add about 1/4 c dry oatmeal. I do this for a meal on the run.
1. Blenderize until smooth. Sometimes it works better if you add things one at a time.
2. Enjoy drinking something sweet and cold and good for you! And if you use strawberries, try not to look at it. Go for blueberries if you’re concerned about appearances 😉