Monday, September 14, 2009

Green Smoothies? Count me in!

I consider myself a very adventurous eater. But for some reason I have always been afraid to try the "green smoothie" recipes I see floating around the net. Spinach and fruit smoothies? I'm not a HUGE smoothie fan to begin with (too fruity-sweet for me) so I figured spinach wouldn't really help things.

Plus the ONE time I thought I would be sly and add a handful of kale to the kids smoothie, it looked like salsa in a glass and the kids were not impressed.

SO, when I brought home the Enormous Bag O' Greens from Costco that would make Popeye feel like a girly sailor, I made a vow that I was going to WASTE NONE this time - hence round 2 of Green Smoothies.

And I'm a convert!

Follow a few simple rules (like NO red fruit - if you want it to look appetizing) and you too can be enjoying your very own chartreuse cocktail. Here is the recipe I got online, but altered. I started gaining confidence once all the kiddos were smiling and drinking. And for the non-smoothie lover (me) I REALLY like this type - I think because the spinach adds an earthy flavor that balances the sweetness. So go ahead and give it a try!

Plus now I'm down to 3/4 a bag of Enormous Bag O' Greens. More spinach recipes to follow!

p.s. The model in the photo shoot was wearing GREEN already so I grabbed her for a few shots - I just HAD too.


Combine the following in your Vitamix, and blend for 1 minute. If you don't have one you are INSANE and should go here and buy one using this code 06-004169 for free shipping. Ok, now that is out of the way....

4 - 5 cups raw spinach (about) - kinda hard to measure leaves!
1 banana (frozen or not)
1 apple (peeled)
1 orange (peeled)
1 cup water
1 cup ice
a few tablespoons of sweetener (sugar, honey or agave etc.)

I subbed out the apple once for a few slices of honey dew and it was rad!! Just keep the fruit in the green/yellow family: green grapes, kiwi etc.


Jennifer B. said...

I am SO going to try this!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Those pictures are ADORABLE! I LOVE a good green smoothie, yours sounds delicious.


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