Green smoothies in Vitamix?
I just bought a used Vitamix 4500 for about 1/2 its retail cost, mostly because I want to start making meal-replacement smoothies. Now here's where I get weird... ;) I can count on both hands the fruits and veggies I actually like. My issue with most vegetables is the taste; with fruits, it's primarily a texture or seed thing. I do like the actual flavor of most berries. For greens, I like kale the only way I've ever prepared it (in chips), and I like spinach; however, I don't want my smoothies to actually taste like either. Will whatever berries, yogurt, etc I put in there overpower the greens? And will the Vitamix completely pulverize berry seeds? I know...I have major food issues - not for lack of being willing to try anything though. Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions, beginner recipes, etc anyone can provide. :)
I use my vitamix for this exact reason... You will not tast the greens (I don't care for kale or spinach), but I load my smoothies with both. The vitamix will pulverize all the seeds, if you notice any speeds just blend for a bit longer.
I'll answer with the strategies for making smoothies (which I do) for my 5 year old :)
1. Baby spinach is really mild, I honestly don't taste it.
2. Dark berries (blueberries, raspberries) mask the taste and color of greens pretty well.
3. I also use a greens powder called Complete Greens that is added insurance in my smoothies, and you can't taste it at all.
4. The good thing about a Vitamix is that you will totally get a smooth texture by running it on high. They're awesome!
5. Banana and yogurt adds creaminess, as does protein powder. Avocado too!
6. Put the fresh fruit in the bottom of the mixer and add the frozen fruit on top.
7. Good luck and just play around with it :)
We do the "Glowing Green Smoothie" from Kimberly Snyder. Gets the day going perfectly and adds lots of nutritional goodies. It's mild for a green smoothie. I don't care for any other fruits in it even though I will sub lime for lemon and adjust the sweetness with frozen grapes.
VM will pulverize anything as long as you let it blend. I've spoken to VM support and they recommend the greens + water mix first, then adding other ingredients with frozen/ice last.
Kale can have more of a strong flavor than spinach. You can look for baby kale, which is more mild.
In addition to the berries and citrus mentioned already, another good thing to add is ginger. Ginger has a sharp but good flavor that can help make some of the more bitter greens more palatable.
The advice offered so far corresponds with my experience, but I will say this about Kale. We usually buy green or Lacinato kale, and the leafy portions will disappear in the smoothie, but if you leave the core fibrous stems attached, that will come through in terms of taste and texture. The will be pulverized, but they will give the smoothy a kale taste and a texture that makes you feel like you could chew it. I rather like that, but you may not. So, if you try Kale in your smoothy, try it with and without the central stems.