Are you eating baby food? Is that algae? Are you drinking peanut butter? What is that?
These are real questions I’ve received from people who’ve seen me enjoying a green smoothie. Usually these questions are accompanied by a look of fear mixed with disgust. It always makes me laugh. I explain what a green smoothie is and that it actually tastes good. People don’t seem to believe me.
But this green smoothie is GOOD! And it’s so GOOD for you! Seriously, look at those ingredients. You feel healthier just reading about them, right?!
I’ve heard it said that you should drink a green smoothie once a day. It’s a great way to get a power-packed dose of raw fruits and vegetables…especially greens (hence the name). I try to heed this advice and make a large green smoothie almost every day. I split it into two servings and usually have one for breakfast and one in the afternoon (I take it to work in a glass jar as shown above). I like to drink mine with a straw, too. It’s just better somehow.
There are MANY recipes…even entire websites…devoted to the wonderful green smoothie. This is the tried and true recipe I’ve developed for myself through experimentation. I do change up the ingredients from time to time, maybe add a different fruit or more greens, but for the most part I keep it the same. I don’t really measure the ingredients, so the flavor does change a bit, but I’d rather not have it be exactly the same every day.
Of course I try to stick with all raw for a green smoothie, since I want to maximize the nutritional value. I think the only thing I use that isn’t raw is flavored liquid stevia (or at least I assume it isn’t raw), although I have used raw agave before.
I use a Vitamix blender, which is wonderful for creating a smooth drink, but I have also used small personal blenders before and they work good, too; it might not be quite as smooth, but it will still be yummy and full of health-boosting goodness.
Kale is super nutritious and has a pleasant, sweet taste. But if you’re not used to the “green” in the green smoothie, you may want to start out with more spinach and less kale. Spinach is milder and is easily masked by any fruit that is added. I have gradually added more kale to my smoothies over time and even sometimes have only kale, and I have grown accustomed to and actually enjoy the flavor now. It may not look appealing (and if you add extra berries it might turn sort of a sick brown color), but just think of all the green goodness you’re getting!
Cinnamon is definitely the key ingredient in this smoothie. It takes the edge off the green-ness and just really brings everything together into a tasty and sweet (with a little stevia!) drink.
I encourage you to experiment with ingredients to find your perfect green smoothie. It only takes a few minutes to whip one up and it’s a great addition to your diet!
- 1 large leaf or several small leaves of kale (thick stems removed)
- handful of baby spinach
- a small handful of almonds or walnuts (about 8-10 nuts)
- 1 T. chia seeds
- 1 carrot
- handful of blueberries or raspberries (I usually use frozen)
- cinnamon to taste
- lemon or vanilla liquid stevia to taste (I use about 1-1/2 droppers for two smoothies)
- ¼ to ½ cup almond milk (I use homemade raw)
- 2 T. raw hemp protein powder
- water (amount depends on how thick you want the smoothie)
- Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.