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Need delicious green smoothie recipe

nofunlatte Mar 29, 2012 06:04 PM

Does anyone have a great recipe that fits the following criteria? It needs to be:

1. delicious tasting, not just "healthy" tasting (i.e. something a person not overly concerned with health would enjoy having for breakfast)
2. uses kale or spinach
3. can be made in a regular, normal, $39.99 14-year old blender (nothing requiring a Vitamix, please!)
4. does not require ice cubes (my blender doesn't crush them very well).

I do like having a banana or berries in a smoothie (esp. frozen!)

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    Rigmaster Mar 28, 2013 01:31 PM

    Kimberly Snyder's Morning Green Glory smoothie is the best. We've tried several versions but this is the standby. Just DL from her website.

    As to blenders, I find that if you simply make it in smaller batches and have a crushed ice dispenser it works well.

    1. nofunlatte May 13, 2012 01:22 PM

      Thanks again. I've been enjoying banana mango spinach smoothies made with almond milk and some apple juice. I even demo'd one at a cooking class I taught and the audience raved about it!

      1. Savour Apr 4, 2012 03:30 PM

        Experiment with what you like! I've found spinach works better in a regular blender than kale, and it helps to blend that first before adding other fruits. I usually add a banana, fresh apple, frozen mango and/or pineapple chunks, Greek yogurt for protein, half an avocado, and sometimes a whole orange as well. Sometimes I add honey to taste. I've found that berries aren't actually great because the seeds stay whole.

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          Bananna85 Apr 4, 2012 03:05 PM

          I've been living on this one for breakfast lately...

          a cup of spinach
          a cup of kale
          1 banana
          1 pear
          as much orange juice as you need for it to blend.

          I'll usually add a bit of greek yogurt for protein and some ground flax. It makes enough for 2.

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            empfam Apr 4, 2012 12:55 AM

            We do this all the time at home:

            1 banana
            1 cup yogurt
            2 cups frozen mango chunks
            1 cup spinach
            1 cup apple juice (or pineapple juice)

            My extremely picky kids drink this all the time, so I think this fits your 1st requirement.

            1. nofunlatte Apr 2, 2012 03:31 AM

              Thanks for the suggstions.

              1. hotoynoodle Mar 30, 2012 12:42 PM

                almond or coconut milk makes a good alternative to dairy and i always like a little citrus juice and ginger in smoothies.

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                  RelishPDX Mar 29, 2012 09:13 PM

                  In the health-crazed hippy 60s, my parents made us drink this concoction famously known as "Green Drink" then, that had a base of sunflower seeds and pineapple juice (I think the seeds were soaked in the juice overnight). We only had a standard Waring blender at the time, so I'd gather any blender would work. They would put a maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass, as that was the only way my sister and I would drink it.

                  I know I had the recipe at one time (god only knows why), but I found a GoogleBooks reference to where you could probably find it. I doubt if I have my parent's copy saved anywhere.

                  Bon appetit:

                  http://books.google.com/books?id=WhUH...

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                    adventuresinbaking Mar 29, 2012 06:41 PM

                    We've been making a green smoothie at the bakery I work at with 1/2 an avocado, 3/4 cup orange juice, a big handful of Kale and Spinach, and some hemp seed. It is great! (well everyone who tried it liked it, even people who had dubious thoughts about greens in their smoothies.) We do add ice, but you might be able to get away with frozen strawberries instead of ice cubes. Also, we have to let green smoothies blend the longest.

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                      scunge Mar 29, 2012 07:25 PM

                      I use both a premixed blend of of a dried product as well as raw veggies .I throw in frozen berries and fruit ,oatmeal ,organic peanut butter or a mixture of nuts.If i need a liquid almond milk does the trick .

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