If you’ve never made one, the basic idea is to blend up greens with a base of other fruits so it tastes delicious and you get all the great vitamins and nutrients but the greens are “camouflaged.”
I have to say that I’m quite particular about my smoothies–I don’t like them to be too sweet, or too processed (protein powder, etc.). I’ve finally found a few recipes I love–mostly I’ve taken some and adapted them.
One of the tricks to a good green smoothie is to limit the kinds of fruit. You want it to taste like something, not just a big mash of every fruit in the house. The other trick (for me) is to portion it down to make just one, so there’s less waste. So my smoothie recipes will serve one person, but can of course be doubled or tripled.
- 1 cup fresh pineapple (about half of 1/4 of a pineapple), including core
- 1/4 lime, half peeled (leave a little zest and some white)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 leaf kale, stem removed
- 5-7 pieces of ice (optional)
- 2-3 drops liquid stevia
Put in blender: pineapple, lime, spinach and kale. By keeping the wettest ingredients at the bottom, it will blend up easier. Process on medium until incorporated, and then process on high until well blended. How long this takes depends on your blender.
Add ice if you want. It will create more bulk, so it’s a good way to extend your smoothie. I like mine cold, but you can drink them at room temperature.
Taste, and add liquid stevia as needed. I find this recipe is quite tart, and a little sweetness helps my kids enjoy it more.
Smoothies are a great way to get several servings of vegetables and fruits, and I find it gives me a great energy boost in the morning. A trick I’ve found to get my kids to eat it–I pour the leftovers in Popsicle molds and freeze it. My 2 year old can’t get enough of the green-sicles!