I’ve been making green smoothies for years, but never used ‘real’ greens; I’ve always used powdered greens in my conventional blender. While now with my spiffy new Blendtec – I am using all kinds of greens. I have recently learned that green smoothies are an whole lifestyle – if you’re interested, one web sites I like is Green Smoothie Girl.
The general formula is 40 percent greens, 60 percent fruit, and whatever extras appeal to you (I try to use a couple of ‘superfoods‘ such as chia seeds, flax, goji berries, cocoa nibs, bee pollen, etc). Then, as you grow to love the green smoothie, gradually add more greens and less fruit. I always add some of the fruit frozen because I like the partially frozen texture.
Yogurt brings more richness to the smoothie – but its fine to leave it out.
This will make 2 12 oz smoothies, which is the amount I make every morning for David and myself.
1/2 – 1 cup water, non-dairy milk, fruit juice
2 handfuls of clean baby spinach
1/2 bunch cilantro
handful of radish sprouts
1/2 cup coconut yogurt (or any other yogurt you like)
a squirt of flax seeds oil
1 tablespoon chia seeds (or hemp seeds)
a inch square knob of ginger, peeled and cut into quarters
1 large mango, peeled, cut away from the seed and cut into chunks
1 banana (I used a frozen one – cut into chunks)
several chunks of frozen pineapple
a few drops of vanilla
a bit of sweetener (stevia, honey or agave) – optional
Place the liquid in your blender along with the greens – blitz for a few seconds until the greens are liquefied. Then add the rest of the ingredients and continue blending. If the blender starts to ‘labor’ – add a bit more liquid. Taste and adjust as desired.
- options are utterly endless, but one option that I use about half the time is frozen berries which are delicious and you end up with a beautiful purple smoothie. (strangely, some folks find the color green unappetizing)
- don’t have mango? add apple or pear, or papaya