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!)
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.
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.
almond or coconut milk makes a good alternative to dairy and i always like a little citrus juice and ginger in smoothies.
We do this all the time at home:
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.
I've been living on this one for breakfast lately...
a cup of spinach
a cup of kale
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.
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.
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!
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.